Brisbane is the capital of the Australian state of Queensland. In excess of two million people call Brisbane home.
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Brisbane relies on a variety of industries, from information technology and financial services to the refining of petroleum, paper milling and metal working. An important part of Brisbane's economy is its tourism industry - especially as Brisbane is the gateway to the rest of Queensland.
The city has extensive transport networks throughout the city - in terms of public transport this comes in the form of buses, trains and ferry services to the surrounding areas. There is also a widespread network of pedestrian and cycle pathways along the Brisbane River so you can enjoy the views. Brisbane has a number of urban and interurban motorways which connect the city to the Gold Coast in the south via the Pacific Motorway, or head north on the Bruce Highway to the rest of the state.
The most well-known of the city's many festivals is named Brisbane Festival and is an arts festival which is held annually. The festival consists of music, dancing, food and fireworks.
Sport plays an important part of Brisbane's culture. The most popular organised sport played is golf, while the most played team sport is touch football. Rugby is particularly popular, and is the most watched sport, while other favourites include cricket and swimming. The Suncorp Stadium hosts rugby and football matches and can seat over 52,000 people. It is even played host to music concerts, having previously presented performers such as Robbie Williams, Coldplay and Bon Jovi.
Sea World is an extremely popular marine mammal park and theme park on the Gold Coast, while the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world's oldest and largest koala sanctuary. It is not just home to koalas, as you will also find kangaroos, wombats and a variety of reptiles. Take a walk around the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, and while you are there be sure to stop at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium where you can learn more about the origins of the universe!
Last updated: 6 February 2015