Australia’s Sunshine State Capital

The capital of the Australian state of Queensland, Brisbane is Australia’s third largest city and one of the fastest growing metropolitan centers in the country.

Story Bridge at night
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The capital of the Australian state of Queensland, Brisbane is Australia’s third largest city and one of the fastest growing metropolitan centers in the country. Situated on a major river, it combines a warm weather outdoor lifestyle with the cosmopolitan appeal of a major city.

Brisbane itself is slightly inland from the coast, wrapped around the Brisbane River, but 45 minutes both north and south is all it takes to get to some of Queensland’s extraordinary beaches. And there are even spectacular beaches to the east, on North Stradbroke Island, just the other side of Moreton Bay, which is itself a prime spot for sailing and boating.

While Brisbane was long looked down upon by Sydneysiders and Melbournites as just a big country town, in the last couple of decades it has really come into its own and now has the restaurants, entertainment scene, and traffic to show for it.

Photos of Brisbane

Beach at South Bank Brisbane Queensland

Brisbane City skyline at night

ANZAC Memorial

Brisbane City Skyline

Queen Street Mall

Brisbane City with Ferry and River

Southbank beach lifeguard

Story Bridge at night

Public transport interchange at Southbank

Queensland Museum's Animal exhibit

Southbank beach

Brisbane city skyline and River

Koala and kangaroo crossing road sign

Brisbane City Hall and Cityscape

Tower Mill

Brisbane City skyline at night

Brisbane CBD city skyline

Brisbane architecture

Kangaroos sculpture at City Hall

ANZAC War Memorial with Eternal Flame

Brisbane Queen Street Mall panorama

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