Brisbane

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Aus­tralia’s third-busiest air­port has been rated the coun­try’s best for qual­ity of ser­vice mul­ti­ple times over the years, and is one of the world’s top-ranked air­ports for on-time air­craft de­par­tures and ar­rivals. A big over­haul in 2015 gave it a fresh, Queens­land-in­spired look with na­tive tim­bers, lo­cal art­works and abun­dant nat­u­ral light.

WHERE

North­east of the city cen­tre at the mouth of the Brisbane River on More­ton Bay, and just across the river from the city’s ship­ping port.

AIR­PORT CODE

BNE

TERMINALS

Two terminals: in­ter­na­tional (T1) and do­mes­tic (T2). A com­pli­men­tary trans­fer bus con­nects them ev­ery 10 min­utes dur­ing peak times, or 25 min­utes oth­er­wise.

LOUNGE AC­CESS

Air Ni­ug­ini’s gold Ex­ec­u­tive Club mem­bers have ac­cess to the Qan­tas Club in­ter­na­tional lounge, which has a barista and bar counter, buf­fet food, work sta­tions, re­lax­ation ar­eas and show­ers.

DIS­TANCE TO CBD

15 kilo­me­tres

TAXIS & HIRE CARS

Taxi stands are lo­cated out­side ar­rivals at both terminals. Fares are me­tered. The city cen­tre is 30 min­utes away and costs $AUD45–55. Both terminals have Avis, Bud­get, Europ­car and other car-rental out­lets.

OTHER TRANS­PORT

The train sta­tion (air­train.com.au) is op­po­site the do­mes­tic ter­mi­nal; fol­low signs from level three of the in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal. Trains runs ev­ery 30 min­utes, or 15 min­utes at peak times. A shut­tle (con-x-ion.com) and pub­lic buses (translink.com.au) also op­er­ate.

SHOPS

There are fash­ion and cos­metic out­lets, and stores for sun­glasses, watches and duty-free goods. Abo­rig­i­nal hand­i­crafts – such as boomerangs, jew­ellery and prints – are avail­able as sou­venirs. You can also buy items made from pos­sum fur to Aus­tralian merino wool.

FOOD & BEV­ER­AGE

The in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal has sushi, burg­ers, in­for­mal cafestyle food, Mex­i­can and Viet­namese street food such as the soup-noo­dle dish pho. Brisbane River Grill fea­tures Queens­land­sourced steak sand seafood.

WI-FI

The in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal and cen­tral area of the do­mes­tic ter­mi­nal have free Wi-Fi. Select ‘BNE Free Wi-Fi’ from your con­nec­tion op­tions and regis­ter your de­tails to ob­tain ac­cess.

WHAT ELSE? You’ll also find par­ents' rooms, a post of­fice, prayer room and free show­ers (bring your own tow­els and toi­letries). If you have the tran­sit time, free shut­tles run to nearby Sky­gate shop­ping cen­tre, which has 145 out­lets.

FAVOURITE COR­NER

Kings­ford Smith Me­mo­rial, ded­i­cated to early Aus­tralian avi­a­tion pi­o­neer Sir Charles Kings­ford Smith, pre­serves his aero­plane South­ern Cross and out­lines his ex­ploits, in­clud­ing the first NZ– Aus­tralia and US–Aus­tralia flights. It’s a fiveminute walk from the in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal.

CLOS­EST HO­TELS

Pull­man Brisbane Air­port Ho­tel (pull­manba.com. au) is a walk from the do­mes­tic ter­mi­nal and fea­tures a restau­rant and bar, swim­ming pool and fit­ness cen­tre.

The bud­get Ibis Brisbane Air­port Ho­tel (ibisba. com.au) of­fers a bistro with out­door ter­race and a rooftop pri­vate-func­tion venue. A short trans­fer-bus ride from the terminals is Novo­tel Brisbane Air­port (novotel­bris­baneair­port.com. au), part of Sky­gate shop­ping precinct. It has a restau­rant, bar and rooftop lap pool.

SKYTRAX SAYS

“The staff at this air­port are al­ways friendly and smil­ing.” “Brisbane In­ter­na­tional is OK for de­par­tures, the car drop-off is quick, and so is check-in.” “Over­all the air­port is very mod­ern, clean and safe.”

Brisbane Air­port ... Air Ni­ug­ini flies from Port Moresby to the Queens­land cap­i­tal 14 times weekly.

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