Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and the most populous city in the state. The idyllic sub-tropical climate is a key factor contributing to the rapid growth of this region.
With more than 20 per cent of Brisbane residents speaking a language other than English at home, Brisbane has close ties with the Asian region.
A well-established live music scene, a program of annual events, burgeoning culinary offerings and a sophisticated arts community provide visitors with a raft of experiences. Tourism is a major economic driver for the region. Brisbane is the third most-visited Australian destination for international tourists and is well connected to the state’s natural wonders and regional centres.
The climate means the outdoors feature prominently in the city’s activities. Brisbane is surrounded by beautiful beaches, idyllic offshore islands and World Heritage-listed rainforests, waterfalls and rugged national parks such as Springbrook National Park and Tamborine Mountain. The World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef sits off a large stretch of the Queensland coast.
Sport plays a significant part in the Brisbane lifestyle. The city is home to the Brisbane Roar W-League and A-League teams. Brisbane has hosted a variety of football events including the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games football competition, W-League grand final in 2008, A-League grand finals in
2011, 2012 and 2014 and the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015. Other large-scale sporting events in Brisbane have included the 2018 Commonwealth Games, ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2015, Rugby World Cup 2003 and Rugby League World Cup 2017.