Brisbane Locality Guide
"Where the life is carefree - here is a city that radiates a relaxing feel"
Between Two Famous Coasts Brisbane is a Hive of Activity
The city of Brisbane is about twenty kilometres inland from the east coast and is sometimes called 'The River City' due to the Central Business District being split by the Brisbane River. It was founded in 1824 when a convict settlement was established at Redcliffe just to the north of the current city. Its suburbs have spread east to the coast and west to the hills and along the Brisbane River to Ipswich and beyond. To the south is the Gold Coast and directly to the north is the Sunshine Coast, both only a little more than an hour away from Brisbane itself. Everyone, well almost everyone, that visits Brisbane say that it is a city that seems to slumber, for there is no rush, with the attitude being that 'if we can't do it today we will do it tomorrow!' Yet there is also the feeling of excitement as the bustling modern features fostered especially since Brisbane hosted the World Expo '88 with the development of the Southbank Parklands has spawned a host of other improvements along the river and beyond.
You are able to walk the many boardwalks that skirt the river and Botanic Gardens and parks, watch the passing parade of people as they board and ride the modern River Cats (catamarans). The modern business district buildings and Southbank stand out in contrast to the remaining parts of the city that remind us of its past glory and architecture, much of it in the sandstone that has once again become a re-generated building component out in the modern suburbs.
Brisbane is truly beautiful city and one of the fastest growing in Australia. Situated in the sub-tropics it offers great weather and therefore the array of entertainment is abundant. Along with sporting events and festivals other favourites of the locals are going to the beach, shopping and eating out. There is no lack of restaurants and al-fresco dining, while the Queen Street Mall and the markets such as is in Chinatown in Fortitude Valley are kept busy every day of the week.
Just across the clear waters of Moreton Bay are Moreton and Stradbroke Islands with the dolphins at Tangalooma Resort of particular interest to visitors.
However there are also numerous other islands in Moreton Bay with their unique flora, fauna as well as history and these are also accessible by ferry or hired boat.
Brisbane is the hub of south-east Queensland, one of the most relaxing places to visit for a holiday or just to unwind. There is plenty to do and there is the chance to do nothing, either way it can be done on a budget or in style. The twin airport caters for domestic and international travelers and is just a short rail ride from the city.
Accommodation and public transport is exceptional and prices reasonable with a variety within a short distance from the city centre. The railway north to Cairns and south to Sydney makes it easy to get to as well and both are well worth the ride.