Travel Guide to Brisbane
Indian Embassy Contact Information in Brisbane
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Miscellaneous Consular Services are provided by the VFS Global in Australia. You can contact the VFS for all Visa / Passport / PCC / IDLV / PIO / OCI services at +61 2 8223 9909
Visa Process for Indian Visitors to Brisbane
- Original Passports with 6 Months Validity from date of travel
- Visa Application Form along with documents like Pan Card or Aadhaar Card Copy
- Cover letter mentioning details of applicants, passport details, travel details and details about who will bear expenses. If self-employed required on company letterhead.
- Income Tax / Form 16 for last 3 years.
- Hotel Bookings
- Air Tickets / Itinerary.
Disclaimer: These are the standard requirements needed to attain an Australian Visa. The visa requirements may change according to factors like employment status, age, etc.
Brisbane runs along the length of the Brisbane river giving it the title of largest city on the river. It is the capital city of Queensland and the third largest city in Queensland. The city has an easy-going, laid-back vibe making it one of the most popular destinations of the east-coast region.
Brisbane has a warm climate throughout the year, and this adds to the scenic beauty and hospitable local behaviour, summing up the Brisbane points of interest for the domestic and global tourists. In 2014, Brisbane became host to the G-20 summit, drawing attention to its expansive display of attractions. Many people discovered new places to visit in Brisbane or tourist places in Brisbane.
Brisbane has also hosted the 1982 Commonwealth Games, the 1988 World Expo and the 2001 Goodwill Games, helping it gain further recognition as a happening tourist destination. The swelling tourist numbers only built visibility for the famous places in Brisbane.
Places to Visit in Brisbane
Among the many interesting attractions of Brisbane, most popular is the Scenic Rim. It is a heritage site, showcasing lush rainforests, mountain ranges splendour and ancient landforms.
- Brisbane City Hall and King George Square, sandwiched between Adelaide and Ann Streets, are an important historical landmark.
- Museum of Brisbane is a must visit when in Brisbane. The entry to the museum is free, and a visit here makes up for the unknown history of the city. There is a special section exhibiting the local artists' work.
- Brisbane Botanic Gardens are at a walking distance from the city centre. It can also be reached by Central or Roma Railway Station. One may experience the glory and the history of the garden by booking garden tours which is a pleasant walk through the variety of plants.
- Commissariat Store is a Brisbane old building, and inside, it wonderful showcases the city history through the exhibits it houses.
- Queensland Cultural Centre is a place to be. It contains the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Museum, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) and State Library of Queensland on the Grey Street. GoMA launched a recent exhibition of globally acclaimed artists like Warhol and Picasso alongside many local contemporary artists who showcases their work here.
- South Bank is a recent development located in the heart of the city. It features an artificial beach around parklands. For leisure purposes, there are shops, cafés, restaurants and cinemas. You can swim here for free.
- Queensland Zoo is popular for family tourism. Parliament House and Old Government House are two charming historical building in the area. They were built in 1860.
- Through Manly Boat Harbour, one can reach the Moreton Bay Marine Park. It is a site full of pristine waterways and islands. Shop and dine here in places overlooking the marina.
- Maritime Museum is a dive through the past of Queensland's maritime period. There are decorated vessels resting on the river and a dry dock.
- Mt Coot-tha is Brisbane's tallest mountain. It is a perfect recreation centre.
- New Farm Park is a historic park surrounded by jacaranda trees, shaded picnic areas and a large rose garden that contain hundreds of varieties of roses, and over 40,000 individual plants.
- Roma Street Parklands is the world's largest subtropical garden in a city centre. It contains more than 1,800 unique species of plants. Admission is free at this park.
- Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is known for astronomy and space displays. There is a special Cosmic Skydome which features a wide variety of astronomy and space programs.
- Wheel of Brisbane, (at South Bank), the 15-minute Ferris wheel ride to observe the city with a 60m wide view of the city and the Brisbane River.
How to Reach Brisbane From India
Brisbane Airport (BNE) is well-connected through direct flights from all Australian capitals and its several regions. It is also directly connected to major Asian hubs (on to Europe), the US, Canada, Middle East and New Zealand. One doesn’t need to fly to Sydney or Melbourne to reach Brisbane.
- For airport transfers, the AirTrain connects to the Brisbane Central, South Bank, Fortitude Valley and Roma Street Nations.
- CoachTrans provide transfers to Brisbane city using the shuttle bus.
- There are T-bus transfers from the airport to Skygate (which is the Airport Village). From Skygate, board the TransLink bus 590 to Toombul Shopping Centre and catch a train to the city centre.
- A limo transfer is expensive, yet it is the most convenient means of transportation. Limo chauffeur will meet you at the airport if you book in advance. A taxi to Brisbane central is a good option to reach the city. Shared taxis are also available.
- There are Surfside buses to arrive in Brisbane from the Gold Coast
- A Private transfer service is always easy to hire to connect cities with regional locations. A taxi service approved by the Queensland Government runs between hotels and tourist sites from the Gold Coast to Brisbane.
- Premier Motor Service links some east coast centres of Queensland to Brisbane.
- Greyhound Australia runs through locations of Brisbane.
- Brisbane has an international cruise terminal called Portside Wharf.
Travelling in Brisbane
The Central Business District in Brisbane is easy to explore by walking or cycling. It is also accessible by public transport. To connect between the suburbs, board the buses or the trains close to the main roads. Locals are a friendly lot and willing to help you with street directions. There is a ferry station too.
The Brisbane City Council now has a CityCycle scheme to offer bicycles on rent.
Green Cabs are another recent favourite now. It is a rickshaw sort and a sustainable means to connect from one city point to another. However, it is available only on weekends or during a special event in the city. It is available at the South Bank and the Central Business District.
The major cabs are yellow and black and white cabs.
There are ferries, buses and trains linked through a common ticketing system called TransLink. Train services are commonly used for transferring from one suburb end to another. Brisbane has a very dependable bus route network, especially for inter-city connectivity.
Best Time to Visit
Brisbane is a year-round destination with a very friendly climate. In comparison to northern Australian tropics, Brisbane has a favourable climate, like during the wet season in the northern tropics, the weather is hot and clear in Brisbane summers. Similarly, winters in Sydney and Melbourne means dry and sunny weather in Brisbane. The average daytime temperatures at the same time are above 20°C in Brisbane.
Brisbane has high humidity in summers, and the average daytime temperature is 35°C and the night temperature rarely drops below 20°C.
The summertime in Brisbane means sweating time during the outdoor activities. It might rain during the summer storms time. The best months for a Brisbane visit is March, April and May- when it is the autumn time. It rains little during this time.
The wonderful climate in Brisbane means that the city is perfect to host outdoor events any time of the year. There are a lot of events conducted throughout the year especially during the summer holiday months of December, January and February.
The annual Brisbane Festival is a set of smaller events held at various places in the city including South Bank Parklands, the Cultural Centre and the Central Business District. The event is held in September every year.
Another famous event is the 'Riverfire' conducted in South Bank every September. There is a big crowd present at the event site, with family entertainment options and the big fireworks display in sight.
The annual Royal Queensland Show is conducted in August every year since the year 1876. It is also called the Ekka.
What to Pack?
- Always carry loose, soft and comfortable clothes. It is usually hot and humid here
- Carry an insect repellent with you
- In winters, carry a soft woollen
- Make sure to pack your sunblocks like high SPF sunscreen, sun umbrella etc.
- Carry flip-flops or sandals to surf the beachside on foot. Carry high heels for the evening or event dressing, as the need be
- Carry smart casuals or formal evening outfits
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- Kentucky fried duck- fried nuggets wrapped in a paper bag.
- The bombe- a sweet blend of white parfait (whipped cream, eggs and fruits), strawberry sorbet and toasted meringue (a mixture of egg whites and crisp sugar.
- Lamb shoulder- a simple dish, slow-cooked, tender-bone lamb dish served with potatoes" and lemon puree.
- Sashimi tacos- taco shells consisting of tuna cubes, salmon sashimi and tomato salsa.
Indian Food Restaurants in Brisbane
- Indian Mehfil Brisbane, banquets and curries at 10 Felix St
- Eden Garden Indian Cuisine, Popular locale serving classic curries at 2/193 Melbourne St
- Raj's Palace Indian Restaurant, Art-filled eatery for traditional fare at 4/33 Lytton Rd
Shopping List Essentials
- Queen Street Mall has a variety of shops and shopping centres
- The Myer Centre has many jeans shops to designated knife stores
- QueensPlaza is a high-end fashion brand store
- Broadway on the Mall which has much formal wear and bridal stores. There is a dedicated electrical and appliance retailer
- Brisbane Arcade has heritage shopping arcades
- Queen Adelaide Building has Sportsgirl store, Adidas and Rebel Sport
- Elizabeth Street Arcade has many independent boutiques
- Albert Street has a lined-up adventure and sports retailers, bookstores
- Edward Street has fashion stores, jewellery stores, luxury brands stores, such as Tiffany & Co., Bally, Mont Blanc, Chanel, Gucci Hugo Boss, Hermes and more
- Brunswick Street Mall is in China Town with many Chinese retail stores
- Davies Park Market is a farmers-style market which sells handicrafts too
- James Street, Fortitude Valley sells high-end fashion, furniture and electronics
- Valley Markets for handmade accessories and artwork
- Mater Health Services
- Wesley Hospital
- The Prince Charles Hospital
- Redland Hospital
- St. Vincent’s Hospital
You may also get a list of networked hospitals from your travel insurer. Best part with networked hospitals is that you may enjoy cashless treatment.
Emergency Contact Numbers
A. Ambulance phone numbers
- Call Triple Zero (000) and ask for emergency 'ambulance', Police, or Fire Services
- Call 13 12 33 to ask for an ambulance in non-emergency cases
B. General enquiries: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
C. TTY Emergency Service: Dial 106
Australian Dollar notes are available in the denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. Coin denominations are 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, and 50 cents.
There are ATMs, and commercial banks here provide the currency exchange services at nominal rates.
Do’s and Don’ts in Brisbane
A. Do’s First
- Wakeup Early: Sunrises are a sight to behold in Brisbane, so early birds have more enjoyment.
- Local Culture: Be the local in Australia, enjoy many festivals, food and art shows, mostly free.
B. Don’ts in Brisbane
- Travelling in Brisbane: Much like anywhere else in Australia, travelers should avoid, driving out at night, and engaging with wild animals without supervision. Also, riverfronts should be avoided for safety purpose.
- National Parks: Travelers should stick to the known trails in the national parks as it is easy to get lost in huge natural territory.
- Swimming in the Sea: Australian coasts should be avoided for swimming. Only strong swimmers should take to the sea, and only at designated places.
Basics of Local Communication
English is the most widely spoken language in Brisbane though being a culturally diversified location, many other languages like Mandarin, Korean, Arabic and more spoken here too. People here are very friendly, and one should not hesitate in asking a local or a driver for street directions.
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The following medical expenses are covered:
- Travel insurance includes medical expenses, repatriation, and emergency medical evacuation. Even dental care expenses such as acute anesthetic treatment of teeth are covered.
What is a deductible?
“Deductible”means a cost-sharing requirement under this policy, that provides that the insurer will not be liable for a specified rupee amount or percentage of claim amount or number of days or number of hours, as specified in the policy schedule and which will apply before any benefits are payable by the insurer. A deductible does not reduce the sum insured and is applicable per event, upto the specified limits mentioned.
What Is Not Covered Under the Travel Insurance Plan?
- Medical Expenses (inclusive of Repatriation and Emergency Medical Evacuation), Daily Allowance in case of hospitalization, Compassionate Visit benefits, the following will not be payable for Any pre-existing condition, Routine examinations, Expenses for rest or recuperation at spa/ health resort/ sanatorium, Pregnancy (including childbirth, miscarriage, abortion or related complications ) or treatment relating to the removal of physical flaws or anomalies (cosmetic treatment or plastic surgery).
- Cosmetic surgery, unless such cosmetic surgery is rendered medically necessary as part of treatment for accidents and burns whilst being abroad.
- Suicide, attempted or wilfully self inflicted injury or illness, mental disorder, anxiety, stress or depression, venereal disease, alcoholism, drunkenness or the abuse of drugs, or any loss arising, directly or indirectly, from any injury, illness, death, loss, expense, or other liability attributable to HIV and/or any HIV related illness including AIDS and/or any mutant derivative or variation thereof however caused.
- Treatment which could be reasonably delayed until the Insured’s return to India, which will be decided jointly by the treating Physician and the Emergency Assistance Service Provider and shall be in accordance with accepted standards of medical care.
- The Insured taking part in naval, military or air force operations; war and nuclear perils.
- Insured engaging in air travel unless he or she flies as a Fare Paying passenger in an aircraft licensed to carry passengers.
- Participation of the Insured in winter sports, mountaineering and such other professional sports or any other hazardous or potentially dangerous sport for which the Insured members are adequately trained, physically fit and using proper equipment. and that too only if specifically agreed and mentioned in the policy schedule.
- Hazardous occupation, or if engaged in any criminal or illegal act.
- Medical Expenses in respect of Experimental, investigational or unproven treatments or treatments which are not consistent with or incidental to the diagnosis and treatment of the positive existence or presence of any Illness for which confinement is required at a Hospital. Any Illness or treatment which is a result or a consequence of undergoing such experimental or unproven treatment.
- Naturopathy treatment.
- Non Allopathic treatment e.g. - Ayurvedic, Yogic, Homeopathic, Unani treatment(s).
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What Is Covered Under Travel Insurance?
Loss of passport and documents:
Reimbursement of actual expenses incurred in connection with obtaining a duplicate or fresh passport or reasonable cost of replacing/obtaining the stolen documents/ tickets if the passport belonging to the Insured / Insured Person be lost
Home Fire Insurance Contents & Home Burglary Insurance (contents):
Cover against any loss or damage of the Contents at Home of the Insured in India caused by Fire and Allied perils or through burglary and/or housebreaking while the Insured is on a trip abroad.
Hijack Distress Allowance
Payment of distress allowance in case of hijack of a common carrier for more than certain number of hours whilst on the trip. You can easily avail the allowance by filing a claim online through Travel Insurance cover online process.
Medical Expensesinclusive of Repartration and Emergency Medical Evacuation
If you are sick or injured during the journey, your medical expenses can prove to be costly. In such cases, Travel Insurance cover greatly helps. The insurance company also offers a cashless settlement with the network hospitals or you can also opt for the reimbursement process within 30 days of hospitalization.
Payment of legal costs and expenses incurred by the Insured towards claims from third Parties for compensation in respect of death or disablement arising due to an injury whilst on a trip abroad.
Payment of compensation if the Insured sustains accidental bodily injury during a trip resulting in death or Permanent Total Disablement or Permanent Partial Disablement within 12 months of occurrence of such injury.
Trip Cancellation/Or Interruption
Payment towards the non-refundable prepaid payments incurred on the trip being cancelled and additional cost of transportation in case of Interruption: due to medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters or other listed reason in policy wordings.
Reimbursement of additional expenses if trip is delayed beyond a period, due to airline problems, medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters.
Daily Allowance in case of Hospitalisation
Payment of daily allowance for the days the Insured is hospitalised beyond a specified number of days, as mentioned in the Policy Schedule, for which a valid claim is admissible under the Policy whilst on a trip abroad.Emergency Accommodation
Payment of compensation for the additional cost of emergency accommodation if the Insured/ Insured Person could not stay in the accommodation originally booked due to fire& flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane, explosion, outbreak of major infectious diseases.
Why do I need Travel insurance?
During a trip there are chances of unfortunate events such as loss of checked in baggage, medical emergency, loss of passport that can spoil your international trip, be it business or leisure. Travel insurance can protect you from such events ensuring that you are left stuck in foreign land.