Brisbane is an attractive destination due to its beautiful beaches, stunning parks and vibrant culture. Additionally, this vibrant city hosts many restaurants and cafes serving delicious food.
Time magazine recently ranked Brisbane amongst the 50 greatest places on Earth, making it an innovative and adventurous city with many amazing landmarks such as its most notable one – Story Bridge. This landmark tells many fascinating tales about its construction as well as those responsible.
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Daylight Saving Time
Queensland is the only Australian eastern coast state not observing Daylight Saving Time, meaning when other parts of Australia adjust their clocks forward in summer it remains dark before sunrise in Brisbane.
Queensland voters rejected permanent daylight saving after a three-year trial in 1992, so now Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner is calling for another referendum on this issue.
Under Australia’s federal structure, individual states and territories decide whether or not to implement DST. When in effect, NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania fall one hour ahead of Queensland; Northern Territory and Western Australia do not observe DST at all. DST typically commences the first Sunday in October and ends the first Sunday in April with occasional exceptions made for special events like Olympics (DST was extended by one week during 2006 Commonwealth Games; afterwards clocks were returned to standard time).
AEST Time Zone
The AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) time zone is 10 hours ahead of UTC (Coordinated Universal Time). It includes parts of New South Wales, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory Tasmania and Queensland and during winter follows standard time, while during summer daylight saving time applies.
Australia/Brisbane is the IANA time zone identifier for AEST time zone. Travel across the International Date Line from America to Australia reduces one day while direct travel from Europe adds one.
Some states fall along a north-south axis; New South Wales and Victoria fall in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST; UTC +9.5), while Western Australia, Northern Territory, Broken Hill in NSW as well as Queensland do not observe daylight saving time; Queensland does however use DST during some parts of summer while Victoria adopts DST intermittently – see Time zones and daylight saving in Australia for further details.
Los Angeles Time Zone
Time zones between Australia and the US vary by several hours; additionally, some regions observe Daylight Saving Time which can make calculating time differences more complicated between locations in different countries.
Los Angeles time zone (UTC -8 and Pacific Standard Time, or PST), follows daylight savings time. Clocks in Los Angeles advance one hour when daylight savings begins in the United States; conversely, Australia moves into summertime period and Los Angeles timezone shifts back by one hour.
Most of Australia falls within the Australian Eastern Time Zone (AEST, UTC +10), including states such as New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and Australian Capital Territory. Queensland does not observe daylight saving and remains on AEST year round – Lord Howe being an exception since it follows its own time zone before switching over during winter time changes. On average the time difference between California and Australia ranges between 17-19 hours.
Brisbane Time Zone
Brisbane Time Zone is +10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and does not observe Daylight Saving Time. During summer, however, Brisbane is one hour ahead of Sydney and Melbourne Time zones.
Australia observes Daylight Saving Time from October through April each year, starting on the first Sunday in October and concluding on April’s first Sunday. DST begins and ends each year on its respective respective first Sundays.
While Congress in the US controls time zones, Australia’s state and territory parliaments can set their own time zones through legislative mandate. While some towns or cities choose Daylight Saving Time (DST), others don’t.
Queensland has taken a vote against daylight savings time (DST), citing its negative impacts on health, safety and tourism; financial costs caused by DST; as well as its confusion caused by it. While jokes about curtains fading or confused cows might make for amusing reading material; DST can have far reaching economic implications in Queensland.