The Sebel Citigate Hotel is right in the heart of Brisbane City. Across from the iconic City Hall, there are many things to see and do within walking distance of the hotel (or if you didn’t pack your walking shoes, there’s a free bus – but more on that later). So make the most of your time in this lovely city. Just remember that warm, clear days are forecast – but if a wind springs up the day can be quite icy (and on that note – no room to discuss in this blog, but just what are you wearing to the conference?). Back to the touristy stuff:
City Hall: ride the antique elevator up to the clock tower, take a tour of the heritage listed building or visit the Museum of Brisbane (MoB) which integrates social history, visual arts, craft and design in a celebration of Brisbane’s contemporary culture and history, heritage and people.
Queen Street Mall: offers an unrivalled mix of local, national and international labels and flagship stores. Some 700 plus retailers have made their homes there – many enjoy mall and street frontage, others are tucked away inside world-class centres and heritage-listed arcades
Roma Street Parkland: This oasis in the heart of Brisbane is a must see destination. With spectacular subtropical plant displays, sweeping vistas and unique artwork, and a licensed café, Roma Street Parkland is the perfect place to go exploring.
South Bank: With a stunning riverside location, visit the man made lagoon and white sand beaches that have skyscrapers, passenger boats and speeding ferries as a backdrop. Enjoy a swim in the lagoon, a doze on the beach or a picnic in the park – a perfect way to relax and enjoy the balmy climate.
Queensland Culture Precinct: home to the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) – the Queensland Art Gallery’s second building, the State library of Queensland, the Queensland Museum, Queensland Conservatorium and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
Riverwalk: the Brisbane Riverwalk starts at the beautiful City Botanic Gardens and follows the river north – past skyscrapers, restaurants and city hotels. You’ll find yourself on the floating RiverWalk which connects over 20 kilometres of walking paths, parks and bikeways along the Brisbane River.
Ferry: Jump on board a CityCat to see more of Brisbane – enjoy New Farm Park and the Powerhouse, South Bank, St Lucia, West End, Hamilton, Toowong and the Bulimba precinct (home of the brilliant Riverbend Bookstore!). Or just use the CityCat to enjoy the lovely Brisbane River scenery.
Free Bus: there is a free bus that circles Brisbane’s Central Business District. Just hop on and off at your pleasure. It stops at several destinations including Central Train Station, Queen Street Mall, City Botanic Gardens, Riverside Centre, QUT (home of Friday’s Popular Romance Conference) and King George Square (right on the doorstep of the hotel).
Airport Transport: The best way to travel is either bus or train. Brisbane traffic in peak hour (and often at any time – depending on the road works) is notoriously bad, and a cab ride may turn out to be an expensive trip. The bus costs $14 one way, will drop you at the door (although may stop at other hotels on the way) – but you will still be battling traffic (http://www.coachtrans.com.au/default.aspx). The Airtrain is $14.50 one way (book online in advance and save 10%) and will have you in the city in 20mins – but you will need to walk a short distance from Roma St station to the hotel. It is an easy walk (<1km), but you will need to drag/kick/carry your luggage (http://www.airtrain.com.au/products_cbd.php).
To find out more about the wonderful things Brisbane has to offer visit www.ourbrisbane.com. To view a map, visit http://maps.google.com.au/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=10+Roma+St,+Brisbane+QLD+4000,+Australia+(The+Sebel+and+Citigate+King+George+Square)&sll=-26.273714,135.703125&sspn=38.369382,78.662109&ie=UTF8&ll=-27.46607,153.022707&spn=0.008929,0.019205&t=h&z=16&iwloc=A.