Brisbane is Queensland’s capital city, situated on the southeast corner of Australia’s Sunshine State. Having once sat in the shadows of Melbourne and Sydney, Brisbane today has proved itself just as stylish and slick as its southern cousins.
The vibrant city is still number three in terms of population, but it has the largest population growth rate of any Australian city - it’s estimated that around 1000 people make the move to Brisbane each week.
It’s not hard to see the appeal; Brisbane has the relaxed feel of a sleepy country town with all the appeal of a big city – top-notch dining, great shopping, a thriving arts and entertainment scene and lively nightlife.
Brisbane’s CBD is nestled in the bend of the Brisbane River, which means lots of riverside dining options and stunning water views. Continuing the aquatic theme, Brisbane is home to Australia’s only inner-city beach – office workers can wander down to Streets Beach for a quick dip in their lunch break.
Scattered throughout the city, Brisbane’s eclectic urban villages – like bohemian West End, laid-back Paddington and artsy Kelvin Grove – bring a little extra character to the place. Gritty Fortitude Valley – or just “The Valley” in local lexicon – is Australia’s first dedicated entertainment precinct and the hub of Brisbane’s nightlife.
Friendly locals are an extra sweetener - Brisbanites are a happy, down-to-earth bunch, not afraid to smile at a stranger. Little wonder – Brisbane’s subtropical climate produces the kind of weather that makes you feel like you’re on a perpetual holiday.