The Brisbane and Surrounding Areas section is designed to provide you with information about Brisbane and the regions surrounding it as well as miscellaneous information about Australia in general. There are many sites online that will give you additional information if you require it. Some of these links are provided in this section.

Australian Currency
Australia uses Australian Dollars which is a decimal currency with 100 cents in the dollar. There are 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollar bank notes. Coinage, which is pictured here, consists of 5, 10, 20, 50 cent and 1 and 2 dollar coins. All prices on this website are in $A. To convert this into your native currency, visit the currency converter located on the following website:

The Universal Currency Converter™

Time Zone
Brisbane remains on Eastern Standard Time throughout the year.
Queensland Public Holidays 2000
New Years Day 1 January
Australia Day 26 January
Good Friday 21 April
Easter Monday 24 April
Anzac Day 25 April - holiday 26 April
Labour Day 3 May
Queen’s Birthday 14 June
RNA Show Day 2nd Wednesday in August
Christmas Day 25 December
Boxing Day 26 December - holiday 28 December
School Terms 2000
1st Term 31 January - 20 April
2nd Term 2 May - 30 June
3rd Term 18 July - 15 September
4th Term 2 October - 15 December

Queensland is renowned for it's fantastic weather. With sunny days and blue skies all year round, Brisbane is great for lovers of the outdoor lifestyle. For up to date information about the weather in Brisbane visit the Australian Bureau of Meteorology site.

Shopping times
Supermarkets 9am - 9pm Monday - Friday
  9am - 5pm Saturday
Department Stores / General Shops 9am - 5:30pm Monday - Friday (late night shopping until 9pm one night per week)
  9am-5pm Saturday