Third largest city in the country, as well as the capital of Queensland, Brisbane is the perfect combination of big city and small seaside town, which is why it is called Bris-Vegas or even "the best of both worlds" (always referring to the fact that it has both a cosmopolitan and marine vibe).
Is it the greatest strength? Annual temperatures ranging from 22 to 30 degrees, a fast-growing economy and a riverside that was elected "the most IN city center in the world" in 2003.
The main geographical feature of the city of Brisbane is the presence of the Brisbane River. The metropolitan part of the city runs along the alluvial plain of Moreton Bay, from the north - Caboolture - to the south - Beenleigh. The presence of many small waterways increases the risk of flooding, especially during the rainy season.
The climate of Brisbane is defined as subtropical humid, which means that summers are hot and humid, while winters as dry and mild. The temperature is less variable than in other Australian cities. A maximum temperature below 20 degrees is quite rare.
Given its location in a tropical zone, Brisbane is at risk of cyclones (though they're rare). Violent storms are more frequent, especially during spring and summer, from November to March.
Before the Europeans came, the area now occupied by Brisbane was inhabited by indigenous people who called the settlement Mianjin, meaning "place shaped like a spike".
Captain Matthew Flinders was the first to explore the Moreton Bay area.
In July 1799, Flinders called "Red Cliff Point" the area now known as Woody Point.
In 1823 instructions were given to explore Moreton Bay with the intent of developing a new penal colony.
John Oxley christened the Brisbane River.
Sir Thomas Brisbane visited the colony and sailed the Brisbane River for 45 km in 1824, giving the city the supremacy as the only Australian city on which he set foot.
In 1840 Robert Dixon began work on the first project of the City of NSW with an 1859 decree, proclaiming George Ferguson Bowen governor and choosing Brisbane as the capital of Queensland.
In 1930, the Brisbane City Hall and the Shrine of Remembrance were completed in ANZAC Square, the city's most important war monument.
After the war, Brisbane began its economic, structural and cultural development.
Things to see
A modern and lively city, Brisbane offers a thousand and more opportunities for tourists, as well as for its inhabitants. Thanks to its sunny climate and its natural beauty, the city is the ideal place to really satisfy all preferences.
Things to do
You can, for example, climb the Brisbane Story Bridge and rappel down, or walk around South Bank (better yet ride a bike).
Another fun activity would be to lay on the beach in the middle of the city. It is, in fact, a free artificial beach with a white sand lagoon and tropical plants. Next door you will find Acquativity, an ideal water park for the family.
Do you love art and culture? Explore the Queensland Art Gallery and GoMA, Australia's largest gallery of modern and contemporary art. Finally, complete your sightseeing tour at one of the best restaurants in Brisbane, Esquire, Gerard's Bistro, Public, the Aria just to name a few.
Are you a sportsman? Kayak on the Brisbane River in the evening. It's a 90-minute excursion that will allow you to admire the lights of the city and its bridges.
Are you passionate about sweets? Then you can't miss the chocolate tour to discover the best chocolates in Brisbane.
Finally, if you have plenty of time available, you could even think about crossing the Moreton Bay by ferry from Brisbane and reaching North Stradbroke Island - Straddie for the locals - a real scenic gem, where you can enjoy nature or simply walk on dreamy beaches.
As mentioned before, Brisbane is the ideal city for those looking for a warm, almost perfect climate. Although it's not by the sea, Brisbane has the advantage of having some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Australia within easy reach.
Another advantage not to be underestimated compared to big cities, such as Sydney and Melbourne, is the low cost of living, but there's also less competition for employment and a more comfortable lifestyle.
- Drinking alcohol in public places is a crime all over Queensland
- Before getting on the road, make sure you know the Queensland highway code
- Cape Byron, located a short distance from Brisbane, is Australia's most easterly point.
- Among the parties that you can't miss is Ekka, a festival that has been held since 1876 to celebrate independence from New South Wales.
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