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King's College, University of Queensland, Brisbane
King's College, University of Queensland, Brisbane
King's College, University of Queensland, Brisbane
Grace College, Brisbane
Grace College, Brisbane
Grace College, Brisbane





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Brisbane Visitor information

Brisbane is the capital and most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland and the third most populous city in Australia, with a population of over 2 million. It was chosen as the capital of Queensland when it was proclaimed a separate colony from New South Wales in 1859. The city is named after the river on which it sits, which, in turn, was named after Scotsman Sir Thomas Brisbane, the Governor of New South Wales from 1821 to 1825.

The metropolitan area extends in all directions along the floodplain of the Brisbane River valley between the bay and the Great Dividing Range to the east. The city is sometimes called "Bris Vegas" in reference to its expanding live music scene and has hosted many large cultural and sporting events including the 1982 Commonwealth Games and World Expo '88.

Brisbane is relatively hilly – the urban area is partially elevated by spurs of the Herbert Taylor Range, such as the summit of Mount Coot-tha, reaching up to 300 metres (980 ft) and the smaller Enoggera Hill. Streets in the city centre are named after members of the royal family. Queen Street is Brisbane's traditional main street. Streets named after female members (Adelaide, Alice, Ann, Charlotte, Elizabeth, Margaret, Mary) run parallel to Queen Street and Queen Street Mall (named in honour of Queen Victoria) and perpendicular to streets named after male members (Albert, Edward, George, William).

The Valley Fiesta is an annual three-day event organised by the Valley Chamber of Commerce. It was launched in 2002 to promote Fortitude Valley as a hub for arts and youth culture. It features free live music, market stalls, food and drink from many local restaurants and cafés, and other entertainment.

Tourism plays a major role in Brisbane's economy, being the third-most popular destination for international tourists after Sydney and Melbourne. Popular tourist and recreation areas in Brisbane include the South Bank Parklands, Roma Street Parkland, the City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane Forest Park and Portside Wharf. There are also over 27 km (16.8 mi) of bicycle pathways, mostly surrounding the river and city centre, extending to the west of the city. Other popular recreation activities include the Story Bridge adventure climb and rock climbing at the Kangaroo Point cliffs.

Accommodation in Brisbane’s residential colleges and halls

Brisbane is home to the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University, James Cook University and the University of Southern Queensland. Accommodation is generally provided by residential colleges, located in or near the city centre. It should be understood that these residences and colleges are designed primarily for students and not children or adults expecting a high level of luxury. However, with this in mind, they do meet a level of comfort that we expect most visitors to be happy with, and we will welcome any feedback where this is not the case.

Getting around Brisbane

The use of urban public transport is still only a small component of total passenger transport, since the majority of the inhabitants drive cars. The river has created a barrier to some road transport routes; there are only ten road bridges, mostly concentrated in the inner city area. The city is served by several motorways: the Pacific Motorway connects the city with the Gold Coast to the south and the Bruce Highway is Brisbane's main route north, passing through most major cities along the Queensland coast and terminating in Cairns.

The CBD is the central hub for all public transport services with services focusing on Queen Street Bus Station, Roma Street and Central railway stations, and various city ferries wharves. The CityCat high-speed ferry service, popular with tourists and commuters, operates services along the river between the University of Queensland and Apollo Road. The Citytrain urban rail network covers mostly the west, north and east sides of the city and provides the route for an Airtrain service to and from the Airport in the north-east of the city.

History of Brisbane

Prior to European settlement, the Brisbane area was inhabited by the Turrbal and Jagera people. They knew the area as Mian-jin, meaning "place shaped as a spike". The Moreton Bay area was initially explored by Matthew Flinders. In 1799, he landed at what is now known as Woody Point, which he named "Red Cliff Point", after the red-coloured cliffs visible from the bay. In 1823, Governor of New South Wales, Thomas Brisbane, instructed that a new northern penal settlement be developed, and an exploration party led by John Oxley further explored Moreton Bay. He discovered, named and explored the river as far as Goodna, 20 kilometres (12 mi) upstream from the Brisbane CBD. He recommended Red Cliff Point for the new colony, reporting that ships could land at any tide and easily get close to the shore. The party settled in Redcliffe in 1824, under the command of Lieutenant Henry Miller.

However, this settlement was abandoned after a year, and the colony was moved to a site on the Brisbane River now known as North Quay, 28 kilometres (17 mi) south, that offered a more reliable water supply. Non-convict European settlement of the Brisbane region commenced in 1838; free settlers entered the area over the following five years and by the end of 1840 Robert Dixon began work on the first plan of Brisbane Town in anticipation of future development. Queensland was proclaimed a separate colony in 1859 and Brisbane was chosen as its capital, although it was not incorporated as a city until 1902. Over twenty small municipalities and shires were amalgamated in 1925 to form the City of Brisbane. During World War II, Brisbane became central to the Allied campaign when the AMP Building, now called MacArthur Central, was used as the South West Pacific headquarters for General Douglas MacArthur, chief of the Allied Pacific forces. Postwar Brisbane had developed a "big country town" stigma, an image the city's politicians and marketers were very keen to remove. Despite steady growth, Brisbane's development was punctuated by infrastructure problems, such as the 1974 flood, which temporarily crippled the city. During this era, Brisbane grew and modernised rapidly becoming a destination of interstate migration. Brisbane hosted the 1982 Commonwealth Games and the 1988 World Expo 88. These events were accompanied by a scale of public expenditure, construction and development not previously seen in the state of Queensland.

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