Discover Brisbane
The third-largest city in Australia

Skyscrapers, bridges, and national parks

Districts of Brisbane

Since the city is located on the banks of the river of the same name, as well as its Pacific estuary, the districts here have a very simple and clear division. The center of Brisbane is abbreviated CBD, an acronym found throughout. The central area is home to major attractions, amusement parks, and shopping destinations. The South Bank is the center of cultural life, and the West Bank is the bohemian district. The cheapest accommodation can be found in Fortitude Valley. There are clubs, restaurants, and bars here.

Population of Brisbane

Brisbane is considered to be the fastest-growing city in Australia. Just imagine that the population here increases by 1,000 people every week. The locals, mostly immigrants, and natives of Europe, are very patriotic, love their country, and are grateful to it for all its benefits. They honor the rules of etiquette, always let women first at the entrance, offer help to travelers, and also are very friendly. Don't try to convince a local that there are better cities and countries than Australia and Brisbane. You'll never succeed, and it will cause them great offense.

Brief history of Brisbane

The city is located in eastern Australia, on the banks of the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay, located in the Pacific Ocean. It has been the capital of the state of Queensland since 1859. The place is surrounded by two major natural landmarks at once: the Great Coral Reef and the Great Dividing Range. The founding date of the town is believed to be 1824. From the beginning of ancient times, aborigines lived here, and later this place became a settlement for English convicts. Later, the prison was closed, and the families of the former convicts lived in the town.

The area has seen many bloody battles throughout its history and was on the verge of extinction three times. The first serious clashes occurred between the Aborigines and Europeans, with both sides ruthlessly destroying each other's settlements.

In 1864, Brisbane was engulfed in the largest fire ever, destroying half of the city. It was this event that influenced the further shape of the architecture. The locals decided to build houses of brick and stone. In 1893, a great tropical downpour hit the city and washed Brisbane away. It took a long time to rebuild, but the locals never gave up and were determined to keep the city.

Today the state of Queensland is considered one of the most comfortable and prosperous regions of Australia, with a rapidly growing GDP and economic stability, and its capital Brisbane is the best city to live in Australia.

The best time to visit Brisbane

Speaking of Brisbane's climate, it's hard to define it clearly. It's more like a subtropical climate. There is a rainy season, which begins in July and ends in September. But during the dry season, it is hot during the day and very cold at night, often even freezing. The hottest months are from October to March, the air temperature ranges from +29 to +32°C, and the coldest is June through August. During this time, the thermometer arrow drops to +7°C during the day and -3°C at night.

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Things to do in Brisbane

  • Climb Mount Coot-tha. Brisbane abounds with entertainment for active tourists. A popular trail runs right through this mountain, which offers spectacular scenery. The Botanical Gardens are also where rare flowers and plants grow, and the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium.
  • Get to know Australia's animals. The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is home to koalas, and Alma Park Zoo is home to Australian wildlife, including kangaroos, marsupials, platypus, and more.
  • Fly over the city. You can get a bird's eye view of Brisbane from an aeroplane, helicopter, or hot air balloon. You can book a flight here: Warbird Aviation, Flight Dynamics, Sky Dance, Fighter Pilot Adventure Flights, Hot Air Balloon Brisbane & Canungra Vineyards.
  • Explore the underwater world. You can't be in Australia without scuba diving, surfing, rafting, and surfboarding. The waters of the Pacific Ocean are good for all sorts of activities.
  • Try the local cuisine. Pavlova cake (named after the Russian ballerina), beet burger, lamington, barramundi, fried kangaroo, pixie bread, and other curiosities await the true foodies.
  • Stock up on souvenirs at local malls. Queen Street Mall, Queens Plaza, Broadway on the Mall, Elizabeth Arcade, Winter Garden — they sell everything from stylish glasses to unique eco-goods.

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