The bane of every driver’s existence is parking, and central traffic areas in Brisbane are notoriously difficult for parking you rental car. As well as various rules and regulations, such as having to park at least 20 metres behind a bus stop, there are also special events and residential zones to contend with.
After collecting your car rental from Brisbane Airport, the last thing you want is to get stung with some over-the-top rates in the city.
Parking at the airport, the options
While you’re most likely to be driving away as soon as you land, if you do require parking at the airport at some point during your trip, facilities are good. There are regular promotions and deals, including a $49 pass for one week, $69 for Park Valet Weekend and $149 specials for a fortnight. Prices vary between domestic and international terminals, from $66 for one to two days, up to $158 for seven to eight days if you’re flying domestically; long-term parking at the international terminal is slightly cheaper over seven to eight days, costing $129. You can also find the best deals if you book online. With four car parks operating 24 hours a day, you’re sure to find a spot for however long you need.
Multi-Storey with Secure Parking
Parking in Brisbane’s CBD can be very tricky. Known as the Brisbane Central Traffic Area, this covers the city and surrounding suburbs such as South Bank, Spring Hill, Fortitude Valley and part of the West End, Kangaroo Point and Kelvin Grove, amongst others. What this basically means is that you can leave your car rental for no more than two hours on unsigned streets, unless the meter or signs tell you otherwise – so be vigilant. This applies Mon-Fri, 7am til 6pm; Sat 7am til noon.
There are two main carparks in Brisbane: King George Square
(on Ann and Adelaide Streets) and Wickham Terrace
(near Central Station). Now these offer various deals online, so check out www.brisbane.qld.gov.au
for more information. They include $5 per day on weekends and evening specials. Unfortunately, both these facilities are positioned frustratingly close to each other, around 20 minutes from the airport on a good day with minimal traffic. So, if you are staying in one of the surrounding suburbs, you’re likely to find more options. Meter prices vary according to zones, with CBD Zone 1, and suburbs on the city fringe designated as Zone 2, therefore slightly cheaper. Average charges are around $2.70 an hour in the day, $1.50 in the evening.
A very popular spot is Roma Street Parkland
, which is a unique and stunning subtropical park set in the middle of the city. Hugely popular with locals and tourists, it has 35 parking bays on the Boulevard, also operated by meters – but be patient, as demand is high.
Tips and things to remember on Brisbane parking
Do not gamble on getting a fine. Starting at $85 and moving to three figures depending on the infringement, it’s a cost you should desperately avoid. Check for meters wherever you park, and even if one isn’t working, go and find another one that does.
Secure Parking and Wilson offer various special deals, especially on weekends and evenings. If you have a clear picture of your Brisbane car rental itinerary, get online and save some cash. Secure also operate specials with Queen Plaza.
If you’re shopping, there are discounts for parking – just keep your receipts.
Cornerstone Parking on Browning St, West End, have a fantastic Early Bird deal of $14 if you enter before 8am and leave after 2pm. Cornerstone on Ann St (right in the CBD) offer a $22 Early Bird package.