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Lake Macquarie, Australia

Pacific Jewel will be docking just for the day at Portside Wharf Brisbane on 28 August 2016. How do we get from the ship to take a look around somewhere close in Brisbane?

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Queensland, Australia
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Diane R has provided you with a very comprehensive account of your options whilst at Portside.

I have nothing further to add but suggest you use the City Cat as your first option for transport to the city Centre. You get a lovely view of Brisbane city from these ferries.

over a year ago
Brisbane, Australia
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I see that others have suggested you catch the City Cat and I agree with them. The walk to the City Cat catamaran stop is less than 5 minutes’ walk from Portside. The trip is scenic, a great way to see glimpses of Brisbane from the river and as a Brisbane resident, I still enjoy the ride on the Cat. City Cat doesn't have a commentary but announces each stop. If you are able to get a map from the ship, this could assist - or have a look online before you dock. Maps are usually available on the City Cat. If there are a number of people in your party, a taxi is probably a good option, too, to take you into the city.

If I was in your position I would catch the City Cat and get off at Southbank. This parkland is home to many restaurants and cafes, the Nepalese Pagoda, a swimming pool loved my children and adults alike (fun to watch even if you don't enter the water), the Performing Arts Centre, the Queensland Museum, Queensland Art Gallery, the State Library, and Gallery of Modern Art. Personally, I gain much pleasure walking along the pathways at Southbank and going to the Epicurious Garden. This is a community garden. If you're a gardener, you could like this. There is a charge for the City Cat but the other things I've mentioned, there’s no charge to go and look around. The Wheel of Brisbane located at Southbank, especially if it’s a fine sunny day, is a quite enjoyable experience (charge applies). On Sundays, markets operate at Southbank. Southbank precinct is a relaxing place to walk and see a few of the local sights. Southbank has its own Visitors Centre which will provide suggestions of what to see there and maps, etc.

From Southbank, it is a 5 minute walk across the Victoria Bridge to the main city area - a pleasant walk and good for taking photographs. If you venture to the CBD, there is a visitor information centre located in the Queen Street Mall, 167 Queen St, Brisbane City which can provide maps and many suggestions to help you enjoy your day.

The list is endless but I hope you have a pleasant relaxing, informative and memorable day in Brisbane: there are many things to do all dependant on your own personal interests.

over a year ago
Caloundra, Australia
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I am sure the ship could provide that information but there are a number of options for you. Just a short walk down beside the river, you can catch the City Cat (fast ferry) and head up river to the city, getting off in the city and walking up to the main mall where there is an information bureau to tell you what there is to see, like our newly renovated City Hall, well worth a look, or at Southbank, a leisure area that includes a big beach pool, a little chilly in August, or you can visit the Art Gallery (GOMA), Museum or any number of restaurants. Further up river you can visit Lone Pine which is a sanctuary for a lot of our Australian animals, very popular. If you don't want to catch the ferry, the buses run from the same spot as the ferry. Across the road from the ferry stop is Racecourse Road with a lot of shops and eateries, ending in the newly renovated Eaglefarm Racecourse. A short taxi ride away is also the DFO outlet centre with heaps of shops. Another short taxi ride away along the river towards the mouth (and also a short ferry ride), is a lovely little cafe called Northshore Cafe where you can sit and watch the activity on the river or hire a kayak or standup paddle board. I hope this helps.

over a year ago
Lake Macquarie, Australia
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We called into Brisbane on Pacific Jewel and it was only a five minute walk to Bretts Wharf where we caught the City Cat to the main centre of town. We walked around and I wish we had more time to look around. We called into the Regatta Hotel....what an amazing hotel! A lady gave us advice on hiring bikes, so after listening to her we gave that a miss and caught the City Cat once more and took some beautiful photos. Thank you again for your suggestions.

over a year ago
Lake Macquarie, Australia
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Thank you all...I've printed your replies out and will take them with us. There is enough suggestions that should keep us busy for the day. thank you again.

over a year ago
Brisbane, Australia
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Sorry for the delay as I've been away. The cruise ship may offer a transit bus into the city for a reasonable fee. Other wise have a look at the Translink website for bus and ferry timetables. Portside is probably a 20 minute bus or ferry ride from the CBD. Let me know what type of things you'd like to look at and I'll see if I can recommend something that would be good for you to do. Jx

over a year ago
Lake Macquarie, Australia
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Thank you for your replies. I'm sure I can make some sort of a plan out of all this information. Thanks again.

over a year ago
Sydney, Australia
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Hi I suggest you talk to the staff on board the ship, they may even have tours organised, I wouldn't do it alone, the port isn't in a central part of the city, do it with a professional, hope this helps, happy to answer others questions if you have any cheers Eagle

over a year ago
Caloundra, Australia
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I am sure the ship could provide that information but there are a number of options for you. Just a short walk down beside the river, you can catch the City Cat (fast ferry) and head up river to the city, getting off in the city and walking up to the main mall where there is an information bureau to tell you what there is to see, like our newly renovated City Hall, well worth a look, or at Southbank, a leisure area that includes a big beach pool, a little chilly in August, or you can visit the Art Gallery (GOMA), Museum or any number of restaurants. Further up river you can visit Lone Pine which is a sanctuary for a lot of our Australian animals, very popular. If you don't want to catch the ferry, the buses run from the same spot as the ferry. Across the road from the ferry stop is Racecourse Road with a lot of shops and eateries, ending in the newly renovated Eaglefarm Racecourse. A short taxi ride away is also the DFO outlet centre with heaps of shops. Another short taxi ride away along the river towards the mouth (and also a short ferry ride), is a lovely little cafe called Northshore Cafe where you can sit and watch the activity on the river or hire a kayak or standup paddle board. I hope this helps.

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