Brisbane is an exciting, vibrant and cosmopolitan city with activities and entertainment for everyone.
It's grown to become the centre of the fastest-growing region in Australia and the fifth fastest-growing in the world.
Located between Queensland's famed Sunshine and Gold Coasts, Brisbane is a smart, easy-living city that offers a diversity of culture and entertainment. Whether you're attracted by our subtropical outdoor lifestyle, great job and business opportunities or our can do attitude - Brisbane is the place to be.
Brisbane has an economy that is growing faster than the national average. With innovative and exciting new industries such as electronic security, software games development and biotechnology, Brisbane offers cutting-edge opportunities for those looking to invest, or seek employment. We're also home to leading global companies, like Boeing, Virgin, IBM, Oracle and Sun Microsystems.
There are three world-class universities, a broad range of primary and secondary educational facilities and the city is home to world-class art galleries, museums, performing arts companies and, of course, some very successful national sporting teams.
Brisbane has one of the most enviable climates of any city in the world. Temperatures range between 21-37 degrees Celsius in summer and 8-20 degrees Celsius in winter. Annual rainfall is approximately 150mm/ month between December and March and just 50mm/ month from June to December.
Summers are hot and stormy, with brilliant electrical displays lighting up skies and tropical downpours cooling late afternoons. Although the maximum average temperature is 30 degrees Celsius, there aresome extremely hot days in-between.
Coping with the heat requires some simple changes in behaviour; such as drinking more water, taking advantage of air-conditioned spaces (such as malls) and making the most of the city’s many wonderful swimming pools and beaches. It’s wise to be aware of the strength of Queensland’s sun as it is hazardous to unprotected skin. For this reason, be sure to slip on cool clothing, slop on some SPF30 sunscreen and slap on a wide-brimmed hat.
In contrast, winters are mild and dry, with very pleasant temperatures that average around 15oC. The subtropical climate dictates the lifestyle of residents, making winter the ideal time to trek mountainous areas, go camping and make the most of the city’s many bike trails.
State Government’s Smart State initiative has driven the region forward by broadening the economy, introducing and supporting new industries and by making existing industries even smarter. As such, there is a commitment to supporting the spirit of enterprise, increasing exports and encouraging emerging technologies.
Brisbane was once considered merely a gateway to holiday destinations. Today, it is Australia’s fastest-growing capital city and is attracting to Queensland the headquarters of national companies such as Boeing Australia, Virgin Blue and Oracle, to name but a few.
As the majority of Queensland’s population lives in the rapidly growing south-east corner, this region has fast become the State’s commercial, cultural, medical, education, business and distribution hub. Recognising that economic development is inextricably linked with sustainable development, ensuring resources are utilised most effectively, and maintaining/ protecting ecological diversity is core to the Government’s development strategy. Joint projects with universities and continued funding will ensure that Queensland meets and exceeds its environmental obligations.
There are 12 priority industry sectors that are currently under focus for economic development. These have been selected based on their export potential, competitiveness, projected growth and capacity to create quality job opportunities. They are:
Aviation/ aerospace Biotechnology Environment Food Creative industries Construction and development Heavy vehicles Tourism Marine Transport Distribution International education/ training.
EXPLORING GREATER BRISBANE
Unbelievably, there was once a time when Brisbane was seem merely as a gateway to Queensland's other attractions to the north and south of the city. Thankfully, visitors have wised-up to this much-dated view and started discovering the untold delights that sit on the State capital's doorstep.
Brisbane and surrounds boast a diverse range of sights and offer something that will suit the pace of pretty much everyone. Why travel south when some of the best surf beaches lie just off the coast at North Straddie and why head north, when palm-fringed white-sand beaches and shipwrecks can be had 75-minutes away at Moreton Island?
Much has been said about Adelaide's historic churches, but did you know that Ipswich has many simply stunning places of worship that are closer at hand? Birthplace of d'Arcy Doyle - arguably one of Australia's most famous painters - the city has a rich pioneering heritage and many sites of Aboriginal significance.
In what other city can you breakfast alongside a gently meandering river, stroll through the rainforest, visit the world-class museum and art gallery, take a dip in a tropical lagoon, pick up a few goodies from the colourful markets and then climb a rock face that offers stunning views of the city? Greater Brisbane holds all these delights and is successfully merging natural wonders with man-made delights; making it a region that is fast becoming a major destination in its own right.
Rather than walk you through each Council area in Greater Brisbane, following are a few recommendations to suit the needs of a wide range of readers. We deliberately haven't mentioned the large, most obvious attractions, as you'll hear about them from every other book and brochure in town.
But, if you're seeking an adrenalin rush; the information relevant to you is now right at your fingertips. If you favour a quiet stroll around beautiful parklands or places of historic interest, then the very best are listed right here for your convenience. Remember though, that the suburb profiles within this book feature literally hundreds of other destinations that are equally well worth exploring. So get out there! Explore! Enjoy Queensland's great outdoors and discover what's hidden in your own back yard!
First Hand Experience
Brisbane (pronounced bris-ban, NOT under any circumstances bris-bane) is on the right hand side of Australia, or the left depending on how you are holding the globe.
It's near the Ocean, which is nice.
It has a reputation for being a sleepy backwater (common phrase "it's just a country town") but this has long since faded and now you can find a Starbucks on every street corner and it is possible to buy a new Beemer.
Opinion is divided on which side of the river is the nicest, but generally speaking the closer the the river you are the more exclusive and pricey the suburb with outer suburbs in the South-West and North-East having a reputation for being 'rough' (although rough by Brisbane standards is not necessarily rough compared with other places). Main pockets of affluence are the leafy north western suburbs (Kenmore, Brookfield, The Gap), Bayside suburbs (Wynum, Manly) or inner riverside suburbs (Ascot, Hamilton, Bulimba). Having said that there are good pockets in the roughest suburbs, and run down bits of the nicest ones - so pick and chose what suits you best!
Brisbane underwent huge changes following some Expo in the 80s (hey, you look the year up, this ain't Encyclopedia Brittanica) and a winking kangeroo at some athletic sporting event thereabouts too.
It's nice, so don't come here to live because the roads are chokka enough as it as and we are running out of water (if the scary hype is to be believed, which it isn't).