Brisbane is the capital and most densely populated city in the state of Queensland in Australia. The city’s central business district (CBD) sits on the earliest European settlement and is positioned inside a curve of the Brisbane River, roughly 15 km from its entrance at Moreton Bay.
The city, one of the oldest in Australia, was established on the ancient native land of the Turrbal and Jagera people. It was named after the Brisbane River where it is situated, which in turn was named after Sir Thomas Brisbane, a Scotsman that served as Governor of New South Wales from 1821 to 1825. The region was a site for secondary offenders from the Sydney Colony when a penal settlement was established there in 1824 at Redcliffe. But this settlement was shut down in 1825 and a free settlement was opened in 1842.
The Brisbane of today is popular for its unique Queenslander Architecture. Millions of tourists flock to the city as it is a gateway to the state of Queensland. Several major cultural, international and sporting events have been held in the city, including the 1982 Commonwealth Games and World Expo 1988.
Brisbane’s Greater Capital City Statistical Area comprises of the Local Government Areas (LGA) of the City of Brisbane, Moreton Bay Region, Logan City and Redland City. They form a contiguous metropolitan area. As of June 2013, Greater Brisbane had a population of 2,238,394.
You can easily get around within the city and to regional hubs and the interstate using bus, rail and ferry services. Bus services are run by both public and private operators while trains and ferries are run by public agencies.
The Citytrain, which runs 10 suburban lines to serve the west, north and east portions of the city, also offers a route for an Airtrain service that connects the city and Brisbane Airport.
In addition, walking and cycling are popular means to get around the city with its compact and well-linked walkways and bike paths.
Living and Working in Brisbane
This green city boasts of a pleasant subtropical climate and diverse population. It is famous for its lively urban precincts, outdoor lifestyle and friendly locals.
Housing options span all styles from the iconic “Queenslander” to modern, loft-style apartments. A good portion of houses are built on their own block of land. However, the housing boom in the early 2000s saw the rise of dozens of apartment buildings.
The city offers plenty of employment opportunities, both in the public and private sectors. The major growth industries are business services; construction; education; finance; government; health; manufacturing, and more. The Brisbane government offers incentives to attract businesses involved in major industry sectors, including clean technologies, digital industries, food and beverage, infrastructure, life sciences, and more.
From a big country town with nothing much to offer, Brisbane is now a contemporary city that offers an enviable river lifestyle, good climate and cheerful people.
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