Australia’s custom laws are strict, thanks to its geographical situation- it is an island with diverse endemic flora and fauna to protect. Customs and Border Protection exists to protect the country from biological hazards, harmful goods and unauthorised visitors. Go to www.customs.gov.au/site/page4369.asp
for a good guide to what can and cannot be brought into the country. The list contains nothing out of the ordinary- essentially, nothing illegal, especially drugs, and no plants or animals
Upon arrival to Brisbane Airport
on an international flight, you will need to make your way down the corridors to the immigration and customs area. There are toilets, food and duty free shops which you can access before being processed. You can then pick up your luggage at the carousels and directly behind these are the quarantine and inspection areas, where it will be inspected before you can exit into the arrivals hall.
Domestic flights are not subject to the same customs restrictions, but you will be required to surrender your hand luggage to be scanned before boarding as a safety measure.
Updated August 2013 by Chris Houston. Information is subject to change at any time.