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Rental Car Or Not In Brisbane?

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Rental Car Or Not In Brisbane?

We are checking out of our hotel in Gold Coast on the 23rd and heading to Brisbane for three days before leaving Australia out of BNE at the 26th.

Current plan is to hire a car from Gold Coast and do the drive to Brisbane and then possibly keep the car for the three days so we can do some exploring. Our hotel has free car parking so we shouldn't have an issue there.

My questions are:

A: Is the drive nice from Gold Coast to Brisbane or would the train be plenty for us (and cheaper)?

B: Is a car useful to have for the three days in Brisbane or not needed?

PS: We are staying at the The Point Brisbane, will this be a good central location? We chose this place because of the Free Parking.

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1. Re: Rental Car Or Not In Brisbane?

It's an easy but relatively boring highway drive between the Gold Coast and Brisbane. The train takes a similar amount of time, and would be my choice. It's $15 on a paper ticket or around $8-10 on a Go card, depending on time of day.

As to whether a car will be useful in Brisbane or not - it depends what you wish to see and do. The city and South Bank are very walkable, and well serviced by buses,trains and ferries. A car would be handy if you want to venture further e.g. to Mt Coot-tha or the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

The Point is in a fairly central location, but there is not much immediately around it - it's a short ferry ride to the city or South Bank where most of the attractions and restaurants are. If you drive in, day parking in these areas can get pricey.

If you choose not to rent a car, I'd stay on the other side of the river - easier to get to the main sights and an easier connection to the airport ($20-23 20 minute train trip).

PS. It's a shame you're leaving on Australia Day! There will be a day of entertainment at South Bank and fireworks that evening.

Edited: 18 January 2018, 04:32
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2. Re: Rental Car Or Not In Brisbane?

Having a car means you could take a nice scenic drive from the GC via Mt Tamborine and then in to Brisbane. If you have free parking then consider keeping the car for one day and driving to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Mt Coot-tha lookout and Mt Coot-tha botanic gardens. You could also consider a day trip to Glasshouse Mountains and Montville.

If you are planning on spending most of the time in the CBD, Southbank, QPAC precinct, then don't bother with the car.

Personally, I would not stsy at The Piint. It is a decent walk to get to the CBD and southbank, and whilst there is a free cityhopper ferry, it is not fast.

Look at West End, Southbank, CBD or Fortitde Vally for accom - much more in the way of food/entertainment in those areas.

Cheers.

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3. Re: Rental Car Or Not In Brisbane?

A: Cost difference would depend on how much your car is costing and we don't know what that is. You would have to add on the extra cost of getting to and from the train stations to compare.

B: a car is useful except for trips directly into the city centre. It is certainly useful for getting to the airport and possibly storing luggage after check-out.

If the cost of the car is minimal for the extra few days then logically it would pay to keep it. You will probably find you will use it a fair bit as The Point is not in the most convenient location.

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4. Re: Rental Car Or Not In Brisbane?

HI,

I would look at a car, as others have said you can make your trip to Brisbane a nice trip with detours to other places, like Tambourine, Binna Burra etc, and for drives to the north of Brisbane, and again for storage on your last day if your flights are in the afternoon or evening etc.

I don't mind the position of The Point as it's a short walk to the ferry terminal, but I hope the building has very good glazing for noise, the traffic going past can be horrendous, and constant?

Safe travels - Robert

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5. Re: Rental Car Or Not In Brisbane?

Thanks for the information everyone! I am definitely still torn. We planned on going to Lone Pine Sanctuary and a day trip to the Glass Mountains sounds real nice. Additionally, we don't leave the city till 7pm so keeping our bags in the car could be nice.

Alternatively, I still need to check prices of a car hire. If we end up not going the car route, we would most likely change our hotel as well.

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6. Re: Rental Car Or Not In Brisbane?

If you rent the car and stick with the hotel, you can drive around to Southbank and park at the QPAC parking station for $16.00 flat rate all day - I think that is excellent value for city parking.

Only problem would be if you want to have a few beverages at Southbank before heading home....although you might be able to leave the car in overnight and come get it next day - and a brisk walk along the river is always nice in the mornings. Not everyone drinks though :-)

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7. Re: Rental Car Or Not In Brisbane?

Is the ferry not sufficient? Id imagine we would take it once in the morning and once in the evening to get back. We will be doing most of our drinking in Gold Coast so Brisbane will be more for exploring and eating.

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8. Re: Rental Car Or Not In Brisbane?

Yes, ferry is fine if it is just out and back once. Also, it is a really nice walk once you get to the Kangaroo Point cliffs - you could find your way under the Story Bridge and then walk around - it's not that far and many tourists would donthis walk at least once anyway.

Cheers.

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