In the north, the Sunshine Coast and the extraordinary Moreton Bay; in the south, the Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise... it's safe to say that Brisbane enjoys a fantastic geographical location in Australia. Located in Queensland, a few kilometers south of the Tropic of Capricorn, the city is blessed with a subtropical climate that fosters lush vegetation. Brisbane's city center is nestled in a bend of the Brisbane River, while residential neighborhoods nestle in the surrounding hills. The modern and dynamic city center offers numerous activities. With its diversity and location, Brisbane is the perfect place to learn English during a language stay.
2.2 million inhabitants
As a metropolis, Brisbane is characterized by its rivers and valleys
28 hours from Geneva
Brisbane is located on the banks of the eponymous river, approximately 950km north of Sydney. The capital of the Queensland state is situated on a lush plain bordered by hills, with Moreton Bay to the east and the Australian Cordillera to the west, including Mount Coot-Tha just a few kilometers from the city center. It enjoys a humid subtropical climate with hot summers, occasionally punctuated by brief tropical showers. The winters are mild, with temperatures typically reaching around 20°C during the day. Additionally, Brisbane experiences high levels of sunshine, with over 3000 hours of sunlight per year.
Originally a region named Mian-jin ("Place of the Pointed Spear") by the Turrbul tribe who inhabited it, the banks of the Brisbane River were later discovered by English explorer John Oxley in 1823. A year later, a penal colony was established in Brisbane, and the first free settlers arrived in 1842, shortly after the closure of the prison. Rich in natural resources such as zinc, silver, lead, coal, the region now thrives on the maritime export of these resources as well as the petrochemical, metallurgical, agro-food, mechanical, and tourism industries. It is also in this region that the Moreton Bay fig and the Moreton Bay bug, highly appreciated in local cuisine, can be found.
Discover Mount Coot-Tha with its panoramic platform, planetarium, and botanical gardens, and traverse the city center by kayak along the river or on foot along the floating Riverwalk. The nearby Kangaroo Point cliffs offer climbing and abseiling opportunities. Don't hesitate to take advantage of the proximity to the beach resorts of the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast for moments of pure relaxation and the chance to try your hand at surfing in Moreton Bay. In terms of culture, visit the Gallery of Modern Art with its 10,000 artworks or the Queensland Museum with its interactive Sciencentre. If you're in Brisbane in October, don't miss the festival where you'll witness incredible circus acts, performances by the Queensland Ballet, and exciting multicultural exhibitions.
The city is equipped with a network of interurban and suburban trains, as well as paddlewheel boats for a relaxing cruise on the river. You can also use ferries to quickly reach villages in the outskirts. The cost of living in Brisbane is approximately 30% lower than in Geneva, and you'll find numerous shopping centers in the city center and surrounding areas, such as the Queen Street Mall, one of the largest.
Brisbane Tourism Office:
Queen Street Mall, Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia
Phone: +61 730 066 290