17 May, 2016

In transit via Brisbane airport?   If you’ve got time up your sleeve, don’t hang about at the airport. Get out there and enjoy South East Queensland’s capital city with Car Australia’s affordable leisure car hire. Here’s list of things to do near Brisbane airport to help you with your layover plans.

Shop up a storm at Direct Factory Outlets (DFO)

If shopping is top of your list of things to do near Brisbane airport, then Direct Factory Outlets (DFO) is just 0.6km away. Here you’ll find Australian stores selling wares at discount retail prices. If you’re on the hunt for fashion and accessories, DFO is where it’s at.   Stores at DFO sell last season’s fashion or discontinued lines for a reduced price. You’ll find the big Australian surf brands here, like Billabong, Quicksilver and Ripcurl, along with homewares, gift stores and dining options. Trading hours are 10am to 6pm, 7 days a week. Check online for public holiday opening times.

Fill your bellies at Eat Street Markets

If you consider yourself a foodie, then you must travel out to Macarthur Avenue in Hamilton for the Eat Street Markets. Open on Friday and Saturday nights from 4pm to 10pm, Eat Street Markets is set up in an old shipping container yard. By far the hippest of things to do near Brisbane airport, Eat Street uses containers as shopfronts.   Graze with Brisbanites and sample a range of global culinary delights. Additionally, Eat Street Markets has recently set up a ‘Pop Up’ drive-in and outdoor cinema, offering movie nights every Friday and Saturday nights. Check what’s on here.

Go karting at Slideways in Brisbane

Looking for things to do near Brisbane airport with your pre-teen kids? Head to Slideways go karting racetrack. Just 5 minutes from Brisbane airport, Slideways is the ultimate indoor go karting experience. Rain, hail or shine, the weather won’t matter when you visit Australia’s biggest indoor go kart hire centre.   Enjoy lap after lap of 400m racetrack, including a huge 24m cross over bridge. Although there is no age limit, bear in mind there is a height restriction of 140cm, which rules the little kids out. Open 10am to 10pm Monday to Sunday. Check for prices and more info here.

Cruise along Brisbane River with CityCat Ferries

If getting out onto the water is one of your preferred things to do near Brisbane airport, consider cruising along the Brisbane River   The Brisbane City Council service operates a fleet of 21 CityCat ferries and CityHoppers. With a network of 25 terminals, what better way to see the city than on the longest river in South East Queensland? Don’t fret about the traffic, enjoy a ride on the fastest and most enjoyable journeys along Brisbane’s riverside spots. Taking a cruise along Brisbane River won’t cost much, either, because CityCat is a water operated public transport service.   Ask your experienced Car Australia driver to drop you off at Brett’s Warf, where you can catch the CityCat ferry to the CBD.   If you have no desire to get off, you can stay on the CityCat for the entire loop, and head straight back to Brett’s Wharf for your departure. Enjoy the serenity, and take in Queensland’s capital city in the river breeze.

Climb Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge

Are you a thrill seeker, looking for adventurous things to do near Brisbane airport? Head to Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge, and climb it! This adventure takes you into Brisbane’s heart, where you will experience panoramic views of the city from Moreton Bay in the east, to the Scenic Rim in the west. The Story Bridge Adventure Climb is a highly rated and safe activity, led by professional guides who are not only informative but fun, too. Book your view to remember in advance; climbs have a tendency to sell-out. Book your adventure here.

Get your wildlife fix at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

If you’ve got a little extra time up your sleeve, and would like to get your nature fix, ask your Car Australia driver to take you to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, approximately 30 minutes’ drive from the airport on the M7. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is considered the ‘must’ thing to do near Brisbane airport if you’re after a fair dinkum wildlife experience. This attraction is the world’s first and largest Koala sanctuary, housing some 130+ koalas, as well as kangaroos, snakes, Tasmanian devils, barn animals and Australian birdlife. There’s wildlife encounters, photograph opportunities and presentations to keep you busy on your visit. Open 7 days a week, 9am to 5pm. Check here for public holiday opening hours.

Getting to any of the aforementioned things to do near Brisbane airport, is easily done with Car Australia. Hire a car and a driver to collect you from the airport and take you where you need to go. Call Car Australia on 1300 661 119 or jump online to make your booking.

Make the most of your next layover and explore the many things to do near Brisbane airport. Let an expert driver from Car Australia help you enjoy your next stay in Brisbane.