Brisbane, by locals known as Brizzie or Bris Vegas, is the
capital of the State of Queensland and has a population of 1.6 million
people and is Australia’s third largest city after Sydney and
Brisbane has easy access to a number of attractions including the
Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.
Although Brisbane does not have natural ocean beaches like Sydney,
it has the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, and the rainforests of
Lamington national park on its doorstep, and the islands of Moreton
Bay just offshore.
And don't forget the South Bank, a fantastic area of cycling paths,
swimming lagoons, manmade beaches, bars, restaurants, and all sorts
of recreational facilities in the centre of the city right on the
beautiful Brisbane river.
The skyline of Brisbane, "Batman" building on the left
Once upon a time Brisbane used to be regarded as an oversized backwards
country town of agricultural and mining industries by residents of the
bigger cities but this image has improved after hosting a multitude
of international events, one of them the 1988 World Expo.
Nowadays it is a cosmopolitan and lively city that is home to skyscrapers,
parkland and even an artificial beach in the Brisbane River that cuts
through the city. Add to this a great social, cultural and cafe scene,
a busy nightlife and a great subtropical climate of hot, brilliant summers
and clear, mild winters and you have the ideal destination for visitors
all year round.
Brisbane is situated 25km upstream from the mouth of the Brisbane River
and is built along the banks of this river. It is easy to explore the
compact city centre on foot.
The city started out as a penal colony in 1825 where prisoners were
sent that were too troublesome for the colony in Sydney. The area used
to be home to the Jagera and Turrbal Aboriginal clans, which led to
a few clashes and the demise of these clans. Around 1860 the city changed
from a convict town to a prosperous city and many grand buildings were
constructed that can still be admired today.
The current population is culturally diverse, over twenty-six percent
of Brisbane’s population was born overseas.
Brisbane's centre has quite a few parks to wander
around or ride your bicycle, one of those is the 16 ha. South
Bank, a leftover from 1988 World Expo, that has an artificial
beach, restaurants, cafes and market stalls.
On July 8, 2004, the New South Wales flag was flown on the bridge
over the Brisbane River. Reason? Premiers of states are just as
sportsmad as the rest of Aussies so the premiers had betted on
who would win the Rugby League. New South Wales trashed Queensland
so premier Beattie had to fly the opponent's flag from his bridge!
Brisbane has an ideal climate for year round water sports
Less than half an hour from the city centre is Moreton Bay and
its islands. Here you can enjoy a variety of water sports in a
quiet beachside village environment. If you're hankering for surf,
the famous beaches and resorts of the Sunshine and Gold Coasts
are just over one hour's drive away.
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