Brisbane City

Brisbane Australia: Your Place in the Sun!

Brisbane Australia is a beautiful, sub-tropical city surrounded by picturesque countryside and in easy reach of miles of golden beaches at Moreton Bay, the Gold Coast to the south or the Sunshine Coast to the north.

The city is located in the south-east corner of the state of Queensland and has, in my view (I don’t like it too hot), the best of the state’s weather.

This photo is of downtown apartment towers – what a view they make and have!

Brisbane is also Queensland’s capital and largest city. It’s a busy city of over 1.5 million people, although most of those actually live in the many surrounding suburbs.

This next photo is of brisbane’s Central Business District (CBD) looking from the beach at South Bank as evening falls. It must be hard to work when the view from your office window looks over the Brisbane River and South Bank beach.

Here’s the CBD at night. The Conrad Treasury Casino and Hotel is awash with colour, as befits one of the city’s major night spots. There’s more about the Treasury here.

The city of Brisbane got its own local government in 1859 with John Petrie, a member of the first free settling family in Brisbane, voted in as the first mayor. Brisbane City Council meets at the City Hall, photo here, which is considered a landmark of the city and is often used as a logo of the council. There’s more about the building on our page of Brisbane Photographs

The Queensland government is unique in Australia, as it is the only state without a bicameral legislature; i.e. it has only one ‘house’ rather than the more usual two. The Legislative Council (‘upper house’) was abolished in 1922 leaving the lower house to be the sole governing body.

Queensland’s government is based on the British Westminster system where ministers are chosen from the elected delegates by the majority party. The world’s first Labour party government was voted into Queensland in 1899 and that tradition of Labour party majorities has continued throughout most of the state’s history.

There’s more Brisbane Australia history here.

Eating out is a big part of visiting anywhere and brisbane is no exception. Here are our our recommendations for restaurants in Brisbane City and Fortitude Valley, West End, South Bank, New Farm, and Milton.

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