Life in Brisbane
Life in Brisbane
Welcome to Brisbane. We know you are going to love living in Brisbane and have a great time if you are passing through.
Is Brisbane a good place to live?
Yes, Brisbane is a great place to live or visit. Below our guide to Brisbane will give you all the information you need to make moving here easier or make your trip a more informed and enjoyable one.
Visas required to live in Brisbane
If you happen to be a citizen from a country other than Australia and are looking to move to Brisbane, you are going to need a visa to do so. Australia has many visas on offer that could allow you to live and work in Brisbane. Due to there being many different visas, each with it’s own rights and obligations, it is best to take our Free Visa Assessment so we can provide accurate advice on the visa options available to you in your specific circumstances.
If you are moving to Brisbane and want to find a job in Brisbane we have a guide specifically on how to find and apply for jobs in Brisbane for new arrivals. Always make sure you have secured a visa that allows you to work before starting your new job.
Map of Brisbane
Weather in Brisbane
Brisbane ( BRIHZ-bən) is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Queensland, and the third-most populous city in Australia and Oceania, with a population of approximately 2.6 million. Brisbane lies at the centre of the South East Queensland metropolitan region, which encompasses a population of around 3.8 million. The Brisbane central business district is situated within a peninsula of the Brisbane River about 15 km (9 mi) from its mouth at Moreton Bay, a bay of the Coral Sea. Brisbane is located in the hilly floodplain of the Brisbane River Valley between Moreton Bay and the Taylor and D’Aguilar mountain ranges. It sprawls across several local government areas, most centrally the City of Brisbane, Australia’s most populous local government area. The demonym of Brisbane is “Brisbanite”.
The Turrbal, a Durabalic tribe, were the earliest inhabitants of the area, and referred to it as Meeanjin.[dubious ] The Moreton Bay penal settlement was founded in 1824 at Redcliffe as a place for secondary offenders from the Sydney colony, and soon moved to North Quay in 1825 on the banks of the Brisbane River, so named for Sir Thomas Brisbane. German Lutherans established the first free settlement of Zion Hill at Nundah in 1838, and in 1859 Brisbane was chosen as Queensland’s capital when the state separated from New South Wales. By the late 19th century, the city had grown into a major port and centre of immigration. During World War II, the Allied command in the South West Pacific was based in the city, along with the headquarters for General Douglas MacArthur of the United States Army.
Brisbane is classified as a global city, and is a centre of research and innovation in the Asia-Pacific, with strengths in medicine and biotechnology. A transport hub, Brisbane is served by large rail, bus and ferry networks, as well as Brisbane Airport and Australia’s third-largest seaport.
A diverse city with over 32% of its metropolitan population being foreign-born, Brisbane is consistently ranked among the world’s most livable cities. Galleries and museums are an important part of the city’s culture, with the most prominent being the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art. Brisbane has hosted major events including the 1982 Commonwealth Games, World Expo 88, the 2014 G20 summit, and will host the 2032 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.
Brisbane is a popular tourist destination. Major landmarks and attractions include South Bank Parklands, the City Botanic Gardens, King George Square and City Hall, the Story Bridge, the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and Lookout and the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
Hotels and Accommodation in Brisbane
There are all types of accommodation available in Brisbane. The best place to find Hotels, serviced apartments or holiday lets is via Book Direct and Save Bookdirectandsave.com
This website lists the exact same properties as Airbnb and booking.com but does not charge the high commissions so their nightly accommodation rates are cheaper.
Or contact any of these great local hotels, apartments or holiday accommodation businesses.
Brisbane is full of great businesses and helpful services. Below are a selection of our best.
Accountants in Brisbane
Banks in Brisbane
Cafes in Brisbane
Carpet Cleaners in Brisbane
Dentists in Brisbane
Doctors and Medical clinics in Brisbane
You can make an appointment at any of these local doctors or clinics.
Contact one of the Brisbane Electricians below
Hospitals in Brisbane
Mechanics in Brisbane
Newspapers in Brisbane
Pest Control in Brisbane
Plumbers in Brisbane
Real Estate Agents in Brisbane
Restaurants in Brisbane
Schools in Brisbane
Solicitors in Brisbane
Supermarkets in Brisbane
Vets in Brisbane
For all information on living in towns and cities across Australia visit our Living in Australia index page where you will find 160 guides on areas right across the country.
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