Brisbane is a large city on the east coast of Australia. It is the administrative center of the state of Queensland. It has a population of 1.8 million and is the third most populous city in the country (after Sydney and Melbourne). Located in a bend of the Brisbane River about 23 km from its mouth. Area: 5904.8 km². Coordinates: 27°28′04″ S 153°01′40″ E. Time zone: UTC+10. The official website of the city is www.brisbane.qld.gov.au.
History of Brisbane
Aborigines inhabited the site of the modern city thousands of years ago. In 1823, a group of explorers led by John Oxley reached the mark known today as the Brisbane Business Centre.
In 1859 Queensland was formed and Brisbane was proclaimed its capital. At that time, Brisbane was twenty separate municipalities. It wasn’t until 1925 that it gained city status.
Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia. It is a major economic and cultural center on the continent. The city has a rapidly developing biotechnology industry, many large international companies have their offices and representative offices in Brisbane. Also in the city there are several universities, among which there are famous all over the world.
The city has an airport, which is the third largest on the continent in terms of passenger turnover.
Attractions in Brisbane
One of the main attractions of the city is the Botanical Gardens (1976), divided into several parts. The garden contains representatives not only of Australian flora. Among the expositions of the garden the most popular are: the tropical pavilion, the Japanese garden, the exposition of fragrant plants, the Bonsai House, the pavilion of cacti. You can also visit the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium and the Space Observatory.
While in town it’s worth visiting the Queensland Cultural Centre, which includes the Queensland Library, Queensland Museum, Queensland Art Gallery and Queensland Theatre Arts Centre.
Animal lovers will love the Lawn Pine Koala (1927). It’s the world’s largest and oldest koala sanctuary. Koalas aren’t the park’s only pets, though. You can also see kangaroos, wombats, Tasmanian devils, and echidnas.
Other points of interest include the Gold Coast Resort, Carrambin Preserve, Dream World Park, Warner Brothers Movie World, Wet’n’Wild Waterpark, and Sea World Oceanarium.