Visiting Brisbane Is Like Finding Yourself in an Adventure Wonderland

Australia & Pacific | | December 15, 2011 at 12:05 am


Brisbane is the most crowded city and capital in Queensland’s Australian state and 3rd most crowded city; it is also called as River City and has self-proclaimed title of New World City of Australia. The metropolitan area of Brisbane has more than 2 million inhabitants and South East Queensland urban conurbation located around Brisbane encompasses inhabitants of over three million. The Brisbane central business region stands on imaginative European settlement and is located inside bend of Brisbane River around 23kms front Moreton Bay’s mouth. The urban region extends in all directions along floodplain of Brisbane River Valley between Great Dividing Range and the bay. While it is administered by various municipalities, large proportion of central Brisbane is administered by Brisbane City Council, one of the biggest Local Government Area of Australia by population.


Brisbane is named after a river on which it is situated, in turn was forenamed after Scotsman Sir Thomas Brisbane, Governor of New South Wales from 1821 till 1825. It played a significant role in Allied campaign during Second World War as South West Pacific Headquarters for General Douglas MacArthur. Brisbane is the biggest economy between Singapore and Sydney and in the year 2008, it was categorized as Beta-World City in the World Cities Study Group’s inventory by Loughborough University. Gaining global exposure during 1982 Commonwealth Games, the 2011 Goodwill Games and 1988 World Expo, its year-round warm climate, pleasant locals and spectacular scenery has been draw-card for plenty of international and domestic visitors making it one of the quickest growing cities in Australia.

Brisbane river

The CBD is where Brisbane’s most important businesses are combined with various shopping malls, plethora of its historical tourist cities, cinemas and parks. South Bank has edgy cafes, ethnic restaurants, inner-city beach and riverside boardwalks. Situated at South Bank is Cultural Precinct of Queensland that includes Queensland Museum, Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Art Gallery, spectacular Gallery of Modern Art and State Library. German missionaries settled at Zions Hill in Nundah, five years before Brisbane was legitimately declared as free settlement. The band comprised of two ministers, Carl Wilhelm Schmidt and Christopher Eipper, and lay missionaries Johann Gottried Wagner, Haussmann, Hartenstein, Niquet, Franz, Zillman, Doege, Schneider and Rode.

Brisbane is in the southeast corner of Queensland in Australia and is centred along Brisbane River, while its eastern suburbs line Moreton Bay shores. The urban region of Brisbane sprawls along Moreton Bay floodplain from Caboolture in north to Beenleigh in south and across to Ipswich in southwest. The Brisbane city is mountainous, while the metropolitan region, including central business district is partially elevated by spurs of Herbert Taylor Range like summit of Mount Coot-tha, reaching up to 980 feet and smaller Enoggera Hill. Other prominent rises in Brisbane include nearby Toohey Mountain and Mount Gravatt. Mount Petrie at 560 feet and lower rises of Mount Ommaney, Highgate Hill, Whites Hill and Stephens Mountain are dotted across Brisbane.

Brisbane Queensland Australia

The Brisbane CBD lies in the curve of Brisbane river and swathes just 0.8 sq mi and is walkable. Central streets are named after members of royal family – Queen Street is the conventional main street of the city. Streets named after female members Alice, Adelaide, Charlotte, Ann, Margaret, Elizabeth and Mary run parallel to Queen Street Mall and Queen Street and perpendicular to streets named after male members Edward, Albert, William and George.

Some of the Brisbane attractions include Indooroopilly Golf Course, Walter Taylor Bridge, Inner City Bypass, Albert Bridge, Brisbane Riverwalk, unnamed bridge, Brisbane Exhibition Ground, Jack Pesch Bridge, Victoria Park Golf Course, Eleanor Schonell Bridge, New Farm Park and Powerhouse, Merivalex Bridge, Roma Street Parkland, William Jolly Bridge, Roma Street Rail Station, Victoria Bridge, Mater Private Hospital, Captain Cook Bridge, The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital, Story Bridge, Goodwill Bridge, Pacific Motorway, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Gardens Point Campus, Suncorp Stadium, City Botanic Gardens, Norman Creek, University of Queensland (UQ) St Lucia Campus, Oxley Creek, Central business district, Brisbane River, South Bank arts and recreation precinct, Indooroopilly Shoppingtown and “The Gabba” – Brisbane Cricket Ground.

Indooroopilly Golf Course

Brisbane has the biggest economy of any city between Singapore and Sydney that consists of cities, including Jakarta, Cairns, Darwin and Townsville and has seen consistent growth in recent years. White collar industries such as financial services, higher and public sector administration and information technology in general determined in and around CBD and newly founded office areas in inner suburbs. Blue collar industries like stevedoring, petroleum refining, metalworking, QR railway workshops and paper milling, tend to be situated on lower reaches of Brisbane River and in new industrial areas on metropolitan fringe.

Brisbane is one of the most significant business centres in Australia and many of the major Australian firms with plenty of global companies have contact offices in Brisbane; while abundant electronics businesses have distribution hubs in and around the Brisbane. DHL Global’s Oceanic distribution warehouse is situated in this city, as is the headquarters of Asia Pacific Aerospace. Home grown firms include Flight Centre, Suncorp-Metway Limited, Orrcon, Sunsuper, Boeing Australia, Credit Union Australia,, Donut King, PIPE Networks, WebCentral, NetBox Blue, Krome Studios, TechnologyOne, Virgin Australia and Mincom Limited. It has 4th highest median household income of Australian capital cities at AUD 57,772.

Brisbane has array of retail boundaries both in CBD and in surrounding fringes. The Queen Street Mall has wide array of restaurants, cafes, gift shops, shopping centres and cinemas such as Broadway on the Mall, Wintergarden, Brisbane Arcade, QueensPlaza, Tattersalls Arcade, The Myer Centre and Queen Adelaide Building. Edward St in the city is a home to plenty of luxury international retailers, like Gucci, MaxMara, Chanel, Bally, Canali, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Mont Blanc, Oroton, Tiffany and Co., Bvlgari, Polo Ralph Lauren, Hermes, Hugo Boss and more. The mainstream of retail business is done within Brisbane suburbs in shopping centres and you will three most important Westfield shopping centres in Brisbane situated in suburbs of Mount Gravatt (Westfield Garden City), Carindale (Westfield Carindale) and Chermside (Westfield Chermside). Other large shopping malls exist at Toombul (Centro Toombul), Mitchelton (Brookside Shopping Centre) and Indooroopilly (Indooroopilly Shopping Centre). Other most significant shopping malls throughout urban region include Strathpine (Westfield Strathpine), Loganholme (Logan Hyperdome) and North Lakes (Westfield North Lakes). There is so much to see and do, and your every desire is catered from quiet strolls along river to adrenaline rush of skydiving.

Queen Street Mall

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