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QUEENSLAND - BRISBANE

Affectionately known by Australians as "Brisvegas", Brisbane is the capital the state of Queensland and is the third largest city in Australia. Brisbane was inhabited before Europeans by the Turrbal people, who knew the area as Mian-jin, meaning 'place shaped as a spike'.

The first European settlement in Queensland was a penal colony at Redcliffe, 28 kilometres north of the Brisbane central business district, in 1824. Brisbane was named after the governor of New South Wales from 1821 to 1825, Sir Thomas Brisbane.

The multicultural population has over 28% of residents born overseas and 17% speak a language other than English at home. Brisbane's population growth has exceeded the national average every year since 1990 at an average rate of around 2.2% per year.

Though situated near many beaches, Brisbane City is located around the banks of the Brisbane River. The area on one side of the city, Southbank, has a man-made swimming beach.

Brisbane has hosted many large cultural and sporting events including the 1982 Commonwealth Games, World Expo '88 and the final Goodwill Games in 2001.

Brisbane also is home toAustralia's largest Gallery of Modern Art, a thriving live music scenein "The Valley", many cafes and retaurants as well as a bustling city shopping area called the Queen Street Mall.

STUDY IN BRISBANE AT:
• AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY
• QLD UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
• GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY
• UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND

ABOUT BRISBANE

  • Population 2 million
  • Brisbane has more sunny days than Florida and warmer winter days than the Bahamas
  • Brisbane does not observe daylight saving time so is 1 hour behind Sydney and Melbourne from October to March


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