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Brisbane Airport Car Rental Tips
A taxi from Brisbane Airport to the Central Business District will take 15 minutes and cost between $35-$50 one-way. On top of this, you'll have to pay a Brisbane Airport access fee.
So why not go at your own pace and rent a vehicle instead?
Avis, Budget, Europcar, Redspot, Hertz and Thrifty Car Rentals have service desks at the airport and can be found on level one for domestic arrivals and level two for international flights. Other rental operators such as Alpha, Keddy, Firefly, Enterprise, Bargain and East Coast Car Rentals, are located close to the airport and will transfer you between the terminal and their depot. Although this isn't as convenient, it is often the cheaper way to rent a car from the airport.
Before you go to pick up your vehicle, make sure you have your confirmation eVoucher, a full, valid driver's license for each of the drivers, a credit card or cash for the deposit and suitable ID.
When returning plan ahead of time and return your rental car with a full tank of petrol. This will avoid you paying the high price rental car companies charge to top up fuel tanks. There are petrol stations close to the airport, including the BNE Service Centre which is situated at 3 Great Barrier Road. Click here to find other petrol stations close to Brisbane Airport.
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Brisbane is the hub of activity for the state of Queensland and rightfully so. Nominated as one of the top-ten most beautiful cities in the world in the 2015 edition of Rough Guides, Brisbane has a lot to offer.
A rental car gives you the freedom and flexibility to make the most of your time exploring the Brisbane and surrounding areas, including Brisbane's renowned Queensland architecture, botanical gardens and much more. Below are some of our favourite attractions that we know you will love. For more ideas, check out the Visit Brisbane website.
Brisbane City Botanical gardens
If you're looking for a slice of colonial history, you don't need to go much further than the City Botanical gardens.
The gardens were originally planted by convicts, in order to feed the prison colony - in 1825. Fast forward to the present day and you will find lush rainforest glades, ancient trees and sub-tropical and exotic plant species.
The gardens are set out in themed sections including a scented garden, bamboo grove, a tropical display dome, arid zone and cactus garden as well as Japanese gardens for the weary traveller to rest their head in peace.
You might also choose to take a stroll through the largest collection of Australian rainforest trees in the world or visit the national freedom wall - which commemorates those who have bought peace to Australia.
Children will be entertained with the hide 'n' seek nature trail and free guided walks are available at 11am and 1pm. After a long day of flower spotting and tree hugging, you might like to take a break at The Gardens Cafe, includes stunning views of the gardens and lake.
If the night sky is more appealing to you, the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium (the largest in Queensland) features a range of interesting shows and displays all year round.The botanical gardens also include a library and plant census which provides extensive information on the plants at the gardens.
Situated at Mt Coot-tha Road in Toowong, which is approximately 15 minutes drive from Brisbane city centre entry is free, to the gardens.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
You can't get more Australian than cuddling koalas and
Just 12 kilometres (7.4 miles) from the city centre, this is the largest koala sanctuary in the world and, as it was founded in 1927, it is also the oldest. The 4.6 hectare (10
Whether you choose to feed a kangaroo or unwind in the koala forest, with an organic coffee, this is a truly memorable experience. Gorgeous rainbow lorikeets are known to fly to the sanctuary for the nectar which is specially prepared and visitors can feed the birds twice a day. Tasmanian devils, echidnas, wombats and various reptiles can also be found in the park, alongside a small farm where sheep-dog trials take place on a regular basis.
Don't forget to bring your camera, slip on some sunscreen and slap on a hat because the sun can get very hot over the summer months. There are two entrances into the parkland, including one from the Brisbane River and an entrance from the car park. Travel from Brisbane city to the park takes 20 minutes via the M5 motorway.
Queensland Gallery of Modern Art
Based in the city centre, the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) is part of the Queensland Cultural Centre and is the largest gallery of modern and contemporary art in Australia. The gallery stands out from the Brisbane landscape, thanks to the modern lines of the museum's architecture - which was designed by
GOMA includes over 17,000 historical, modern and contemporary
Home to the only dedicated cinema facility in an Australian art museum, GOMA's Australian Cinémathèque showcases a great variety of ongoing films and videos which you will not find elsewhere.These films often document the work of international cinema and film-makers as well as the inclusion of silent films, which are accompanied by live music.
As part of the Bradfield Highway, The Story Bridge spans the Brisbane River and holds the record of Australia's longest cantilever bridge. Opened in 1940, the bridge now carries an average of 97,000 vehicles each day and carries three lanes of traffic in either direction as well as a shared cycle and pedestrian way.
If you need a good tale to tell your friends back home, you might just want to attach yourself to Story Bridge and enjoy an adventure you won't forget in a hurry. The Story Bridge Adventure Climb will take two hours and includes a gradual incline to the two high points, approximately 80 metres above sea level with 360-degree views.
From the top of the bridge, breath-taking views of the river, surrounding mountain ranges and Moreton Bay Islands leave you awe-inspired. While you are taking in the magnificent views, an experienced climb leader will entertain you with interesting facts about the bridge and the city that built it.
As one of only three bridge-climbs in the world, this is an opportunity you don't get to try every day. And if you're really confident (or slightly insane), you might also like to try abseiling 30 metres off the bridge. Operating mainly on a Sunday morning, abseil climbs are not for the faint of heart. For safety reasons, the maximum weight restrictions for abseiling is 115