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All About Brisbane

Brisbane (affectionately known as "Brissy") is the capital and largest city of the state of Queensland in the north-east of Australia. It had an estimated resident population in 2013 of 2.24 million, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics and covered an area of 5,950 km². Queensland (the Sunshine State) is the 2nd largest state in Australia occupying some 1,727,000 km² (nearly a quarter of the total surface area of Australia). Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia (only Sydney and Melbourne have larger populations) and it is officially Australia's fastest growing city. The population is expected to more than double in the next 50 years. The population is also culturally quite diverse. Currently over twenty-six percent of Brisbane's population was born overseas. In 1996 over fifteen percent of the population spoke a language other than English at home with Cantonese, Italian, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Greek, Spanish, German, Tagalog (Filipino), Polish and Russian being some of the most commonly spoken languages. The Brisbane City Council website has more information about Brisbane's population in their Statistical Portrait of the Brisbane region.

Queensland has 7,400 kilometres of coastline (9,800 km including islands) and is about 5 times the size of Japan. The city of Brisbane is located at latitude: 27°28'04"S, longitude: 153°01'40"E in the south-east corner of the state and is divided by the Brisbane River. This area of the country is blessed with an enviably temperate climate and the world's best beaches, such as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, which make it very popular with visitors. It operates in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) which is UTC+10. Note, unlike other eastern states, Queensland does not have daylight saving time. Brisbane is approximately 16 kilometres from the ocean in a direct line ("as the crow flies") and about 25 kilometres by water. Fishing and boating are very popular on Moreton Bay. Brisbane was the home of World Expo '88 and was visited by some 16 million people from most countries and its Southbank site is now a popular recreation destination.

Brisbane Panorama

Riverfire - Marty Pouwelse Photography
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Brisbane by day
Brisbane by night
Brisbane by day (from the river) Brisbane by night (from the river)

The site on which Brisbane now stands was surveyed in 1823 by British explorer John Oxley. In 1824, the settlement of "Moreton Bay", a penal colony, was established where now the northern end of Victoria Bridge meets land. It was later renamed after Sir Thomas Brisbane, then governor of New South Wales. The convicts were removed in 1839 and Brisbane was opened for free settlement in 1842. In 1849, 700 British migrants settled in Fortitude Valley. Moreton Bay was then part of New South Wales, with a resident government, but in 1859, Queensland became a separate colony with Brisbane as its capital. At the first census in 1861, the population had grown to 6,051. After an economic crisis in 1866, the discovery of gold in Gympie in 1867 brought a new prosperity to the city and by 1881 Brisbane had 31,109 people. The City of Brisbane proper had a core population of 753,375 in 1991.

Unlike other Australian cities, all local government activities are controlled by a single body, the Brisbane City Council. Voters elect a new council every three years using a system of compulsory preferential voting. Each ward returns one alderman and the whole city, effectively acting as a single electorate, elects the Lord Mayor. The municipality of the City of Brisbane, under the control of the Council, covers 1,220.49 km². This is distinct from the Brisbane statistical division, an area of about 5904.8 km² within which Brisbane's population is measured. The city of Brisbane is the largest area in the world controlled by a single city council.

Brisbane City Life

Brisbane Inner City Map

Southeast Queensland Regional Map

Info about Brisbane

ACCESS Brisbane
A guide to access and facilities for people with disabilities

Beerburrum and Beerwah State Forest

Historical Images of Brisbane

Australian animals

Some cameras around Brisbane

A freak hailstorm 19th May 2005

128 km Brisbane (Mt Stapylton) Weather Radar

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Last modified: 3rd June 2010