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Brief overview of Brisbane - Queensland Australia

Brisbane Queensland

Brisbane (pronounced BRISb'n) is Australia’s third largest city and the capital of Queensland.

But because it lies between the more popular Queensland tourist destinations of the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, and the Great Barrier Reef lies along the state’s northeastern seaboard, Brisbane tends to lose out as a tourist centre.

Yet Brisbane has its own unique attractions: a well-sited and comprehensive cultural centre, heritage buildings more than a hundred years old, and an unhurried lifestyle more in keeping with the country than that of a modern, vibrant metropolis.


Brisbane is Queenslands capital and its largest city with more than 1.6 million people situated on Yuggera country.

It was settled as a penal colony and was notorious for its harsh treatment of the convicts.

Free settlers began to arrive in Brisbane in 1837 although they were not allowed closer than 80 kilometres, 50 miles to the penal area. This set a pattern of a decentralised city that is evident today - Brisbane has several distinct communities as well as the central area.

Gold discoveries in Queensland helped Brisbanes growth and in 1859, Queensland became a self governing colony with Brisbane as the capital. Queenslands other natural resources - coal, silver, lead and zinc - were also developed and Brisbane flourished.

The atmosphere in Brisbane is cosmopolitan, slow and languid.

A leisurely stroll around the wide streets of the small city centre is an ideal way to pass time and see the mixture of old and new buildings.

The Brisbane River winds its way through the city. A river cruise is a very pleBCISnt way to see the city and to get to the many riverside tourist attractions.

Brisbanes fantastic weather and excellent restaurants makes eating out a particularly pleasurable experience.

Regional specialties such as Moreton Bay bugs, tiger prawns, mubcrabs, reef fish and barramundi are just some of the delights available to tempt your taste buds.

The warm tropical currents of the waters around Brisbane provide a mix of temperate fish, such as bream, whiting and flathead and tropical fish species including snapper, sweetlips and reef cod. Estuary, beach, reef and offshore fishing are possible.

Surrounded by some spectacular country, there are a variety of day trips to experience from Brisbane including the Gold Coast, the Gold Coast Hinterland, Mount Glorious, the Sunshine Coast and the offshore islands.

Mt Glorious lies to the northwest of Brisbane in the Brisbane Forest Park, 28 500 hectares of subtropical forests and hills.

Take the Mt Nebo route and you will be rewarded with some spectacular mountain views along the way to the sleepy settlement of Mt Glorious nestled within the dense forests of the mountaintop. Walking tracks on top allow you to fully experience your surrounds.

Stop at Wivenhoe Outlook, a forest platform with magnificent views of Lake Wivenhoe on the upper Brisbane River. Take the alternative route, just as scenic, back to Brisbane via Samford.




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