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ATMs/BanksBanks are open Monday through Thursday 9:30am to 4pm, until 5pm on Friday.

Business Hours: Brisbane shops are open Monday through Thursday 9am to 6pm, Friday 9am to 9pm, Saturday 9am to 5:30pm, and Sunday 10am to 6pm. On Friday evening in the city, the Queen Street Mall is abuzz with cinemagoers and revelers; the late (until 9pm) shopping night in Paddington is Thursday. Some restaurants close Monday night, Tuesday night, or both; bars are generally open from 10 or 11am until midnight.

Dentists: CalmDental, 171 Moray St., New Farm (tel. 07/3358 1333), is open 8am to 8pm Monday through Thursday, 8am to 5pm Friday, and 8am to 3pm weekends. For after-hours emergencies, call for recorded info on who to contact.

Doctors & Hospitals: The Royal Brisbane Hospital is about a 15-minute drive from the city at Herston Road, Herston (tel. 07/3636 8111).The Travel Doctor (tel. 07/3221 9066; www.thetraveldoctor.com.au) is on Level 5, 247 Adelaide St., between Creek and Edward streets. Its open Monday to Friday 8am to 4:30pm (until 5pm Mon and 7pm Wed) and Saturday 8:30am to 2pm. For after-hours emergencies, call tel. 0408/199 166.

Embassies & Consulates: The United States, Canada, and New Zealand have no representation in Brisbane. The British Consulate is at Level 9, 100 Eagle St. (tel. 07/3223 3200). It is open weekdays from 9am to 5pm.

Emergencies: Dial tel. 000 for fire, ambulance, or police help in an emergency. This is a free call from a private or public telephone. Lifeline (tel. 13 11 14) is a 24-hour emotional crisis counseling service.

Internet Access: The State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Bank (tel. 07/3840 7666; www.slq.qld.gov.au), has free Internet and computer access, as well as wireless, on levels 1 to 4. The library is open Monday through Thursday 10am to 8pm and Friday through Sunday 10am to 5pm.

Mail & Postage:The General Post Office is at 261 Queen St., opposite Post Office Square. It is open Monday through Friday 7am to 6pm and Saturday 10am to 1:30pm.

Newspapers & Magazines: The Courier-Mail (MonSat) and the Sunday Mail are Brisbanes daily newspapers. Another good news source is the online newspaper Brisbane Times(www.brisbanetimes.com.au). The free weekly Brisbane News magazine is a good guide to dining, entertainment, and shopping.

Pharmacies (Chemist Shops): The Pharmacy on the Mall, 141 Queen St. (tel. 07/3221 4585), is open Monday through Thursday 7am to 9pm, Friday 7am to 9:30pm, Saturday 8am to 9pm, Sunday 8:30am to 6pm, and public holidays 9am to 7:30pm.

Police: Dial tel. 000 in an emergency, or tel. 13 14 44 for police headquarters. Police are stationed 24 hours a day at 67 Adelaide St. (tel. 07/3224 4444).

SafetyBrisbane is relatively crime free, but as in any large city, be aware of your personal safety, especially when youre out at night. Stick to well-lit streets and busy precincts.


Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.