Brisbane | Queensland
The northernmost of Australia's state capitals, subtropical Brisbane is an attractive city lying 14km inland on the banks of the Brisbane River. It enjoys warm summers and clear mild winters. Although for many years Brisbane was a capital with the atmosphere of a large country town, the 1984 Commonwealth Games and the 1988 World Expo helped to change that image. Visitors now find a modern and sophisticated city that is full of life and vitality.
Settled in 1825 by a detachment of 45 convicts and their guards, Brisbane was originally a penal settlement situated at Redcliffe, north of the city's current location. The move to Brisbane's current site beside the river was mainly due to a lack of fresh water, the failure of introduced crops and unrest among the local Aboriginal people. The riverside position has since played a pivotal role in the life of the city.
Paddlewheelers, yachts, floating restaurants, ferries, cruise boats and bridges can be seen from many vantage points on the river's picturesque banks.
Brisbane Visitor Information Centre
Garry | 2010-02-07 | I recently stayed with my wife and two young children just across the road from the Botanic Gardens. In some ways, I was there by accident, my wife attended a conference and I tagged along. But Brisbane impressed me as a city. | read more
clarelind | 2008-04-25 | Location, affordability, relaxed lifestyle and the perfect place to relax and unwind for a quick get-away or to base yourself and day trip, Deception Bay is fast becoming the "Riverina" of Brisbane. | read more