Brisbane is Australias
third most populous city, with approximately 2 million people, and the state
capital of Queensland.1 With its agreeable sub-tropical climate and modern
facilities, close proximity to the
to the north and the Gold Coast
to the south, it is easy to see why Brisbane is a popular place to live.
The Brisbane River runs through the middle of
the city with the
eastern suburbs lining the shores of
The greater Brisbane region lies on the east of the Great Dividing Range, along
the coastal plain.
Brisbane has played host to a string of major international events, and
is a lively, cosmopolitan city with several interesting districts,
a good street cafe scene, a great riverside park called Southbank, a busy
cultural events calendar and varied nightlife.
today, is a bustling cosmopolitan city, with large
skyscrapers, hotels and apartment buildings that dot the city skyline, an indication
that this once quiet city has really developed its own character and is
a great place for business or pleasure.
The major centres of greater Brisbane include
Ipswich, Logan City, Pine Rivers,
Redcliffe and Redland.
Prior to European settlement, the area was known as Meeaan-jin by the local
Aboriginal Tribes the Turrbal and Jagera, the Turrbal mainly lived north of the
Brisbane River and the Jagera, who were mostly located south of the river.2,
was in 1823 that the area was first explored by John Oxley who discovered the
river we now know as the Brisbane River. It was named after Sir Thomas Brisbane,
a soldier and colonial administrator from Ayrshire in Scotland. A penal colony
was established the next year, which remained in use until 1842 when the
penitentiary was closed and the area opened up for settlement. Queensland was
named a separate colony in 1859 with Brisbane its administrative capital
although it wasn't declared a city until 1902.
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