Brisbane in a nutshell
Brisbane is Australia’s third largest centre and is located on Australia’s East coast.
It has a population of about 2.24 million people.
Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and regarded as Australia’s holiday capital.
Brisbane City is located on the Brisbane River,15 km inland from the Pacific Ocean.
The city is situated between Moreton Bay and the Great Dividing Range in south eastern Queensland.
From a tourist perspective Brisbane is ideally located for visiting both the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.
Brisbane city, towns and surrounds
The city has a number of suburban shopping malls each with its own character and style.
The suburb of Toowong, between Mount Coot-tha and the Brisbane River has its own medium size Toowong Shopping Centre.
In the suburb of Indooroopilly there is fabulous shopping at the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre.
And north in the suburb of Chermside is the massive mall, Chermside Shopping Town.
According to the 2015 Economist Intelligence Unit’s Liveability Survey, Brisbane held the 18th position as the most liveable city in the world.
Australia has 3 cities in the top ten which I think is a truely awesome achievement.
I have visited the city twice and find it to be very modern, clean and compact.
It is easy to get about and Brisbane even has its own popular man made “beach” at South Bank Parklands.
The cost of housing is more affordable here when compared to Sydney or Melbourne.
Perfect location and highlights
The city is located on the awesome Brisbane mangrove river that draws thousands of tourists to the city.
Brisbane is well known for its world class hotels, their outstanding service and professional friendly staff.
The city offers galleries and arts, cafes, restaurants, festivals, theatre etc.
CityCat offers a high-speed ferry service along the Brisbane River and modern freeways, expressways and highways help ease of travel.
Some of the worthwhile highlights worth exploring include the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane’s oldest building – The Old Windmill, the Shrine of Remembrance, Story Bridge at Kangaroo Point and the exciting Story Bridge Adventure Climb.
Unlike Australia’s other major coastal cities Brisbane is about 15 km inland on the Brisbane river with its mangrove covered banks, so no beaches – just mud.
The closest sandy beaches to Brisbane are at Redcliffe (north) and Southport (south).
About a hour and a half’s drive north will take you to the beautiful Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast or if you go south, you will arrive at the crazy Gold Coast.
Brisbane’s weather is mostly warm with an average of over seven hours of sunshine each day.
Even in the middle of winter you will see locals in their summer clothes and it is only at night time during July and August, that a jumper may be required.
Possible severe weather around the Brisbane area can include cyclones and flooding.
If you decide to live there, make sure you do your homework before deciding where to settle.
Please check out the Brisbane Council’s website to study their flood areas map.
What do you think?
I enjoy visiting Brisbane and have family and friends that love living there. Like any big city it comes with plenty of hustle and bustle but does not seem to be as busy as Sydney or Melbourne.
I found people I have met here, to be relaxed and very friendly.
However, I just saw on TV news that apparently when Queenslanders get behind the wheel of their cars, they like to see what you are hiding in your boot and are regarded as Australia’s top tailgaters.
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Learn more about Brisbane by visiting the Brisbane visitors centre here
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