Brisbane -- open for business

Brisbane is getting back to business: that was the message on Friday, January 21 following the recent flooding. So how do things stand? This is the wrap as we come to the end of the week.

First of all, The Conjoint Marketing Group clients, Mirvac Hotels and Resorts, point out that only one of their eleven properties around Queensland, which includes four in Brisbane, was affected: the Sebel Suites – and that is expected to be operational as from  February 7.

Quay West Suites, the Sebel King George Square and Citigate King George Square are all running normally.

Meanwhile, a couple of other hotels that experienced disruptions are anticipating opening their doors very soon, the longest to be out of action being the Stamford Plaza, which expects to reopen at the end of February.

Brisbane's domestic and international airports remained open throughout the flooding and are fully operational. Airtrain, like all train services, is running to its regular timetable.

As for driving in Brisbane, all motorways and major roads in the city are open, though some suburban streets remain closed to through traffic.  All of Brisbane's bridges are operational.

A number of river cruises including River City Cruises, Kookaburra River Queen and Mirimar have suspended operations until the Brisbane River is deemed safe by the authorities. City Cats and ferries throughout Brisbane city remain closed.

Brisbane's CBD is operational with the majority of the city's 700-plus Queen Street Mall retailers open and ready to welcome shoppers. These include QueensPlaza, Broadway on the Mall, Macarthur Central, Wintergarden, Brisbane Arcade, Post Office Square and The Myer Centre – so there is no end of opportunities to ‘max the plastic’.  Foodies and shopaholics will be also be pleased to know that the Brunswick Street Mall and China Town Mall in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley are open.

Brisbane's Cultural Precinct remains closed until further notice. This affects the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, The Queensland Museum and The Queensland Performing Arts Centre. But the Brisbane Powerhouse has reopened with all programmed shows going ahead.

More good news is that nature lovers are able to get out and about again. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the world's largest koala sanctuary, has re-opened its doors, and Australia Zoo is also open for business. South Bank Parklands has reopened, but the worst affected areas remain closed, including the pools and lagoons, the riverside restaurants and the promenade.

JPT Tour Group, incorporating Australian Day Tours is not operating Brisbane City Tours at this time, but tours departing Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast and Byron Bay are still running. Meanwhile, Moreton Bay and Island businesses including Tangalooma Island Resort, Moreton Island Adventures, Moreton Bay Escapes, Goanna Tours, Sunrover Tours and Reality Cruises are all operational.

All accommodation and tour operators in the Mt Tamborine & Lamington National Park area have remained open, including Tamborine Mountain Tours, Eco Safaris Queensland, Binna Burra Mountain Lodge and O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat.