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Brisbane is the state capital of the Australian state of Queensland and is the largest city in that state. The statistical division of Brisbane has an estimated population of approximately 2 million, along with its LGA registering a bit over a million, it is also the third most populous city in Australia.

Brisbane is situated on the Brisbane River (for which it was named) in southeastern Queensland on a low-lying floodplain between Moreton Bay and the Great Dividing Range. The city of Brisbane is hilly. The urban area, including the central business district, are 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. Other prominent rises in Brisbane are Mount Gravatt and nearby Toohey Mountain. Mount Petrie at 170 metres (560 ft) and the lower rises of Highgate Hill, Mount Ommaney, Stephens Mountain and Whites Hill are dotted across the city.

Brisbane has hosted many large cultural and sporting events including the 1982 Commonwealth Games, World Expo '88 and the final Goodwill Games in 2001. In 2008, Brisbane was classified as a gamma world city+ in the World Cities Study Group’s inventory by Loughborough University.

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The Brisbane central business district (CBD), or 'the City' is a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and is located on a point on the northern bank of the Brisbane River. The triangular shaped area is bounded by the Brisbane River to the east, south and west. The point, known at its tip as Gardens Point, slopes upward to the north-west where 'the city' is bounded by parkland and the inner city suburb of Spring Hill to the north. The City is bounded to the north-east by the suburb of Fortitude Valley.

Aerial view of the central business district (top) from the east.

The City is laid out according to a grid pattern surveyed during the city's early colonial days, a feature typical of most Australian street patterns. As a general rule, the streets aligned northwest-south east are named after male members of the House of Hanover, while the northeast-south west aligned streets are named after female members. [citation needed] Queen Street was the central roadway, that was turned into a pedestrian mall. It forms the pivotal axis for the grid of roads within the district.

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The covered walkway at the southern edge of the Great Court, a heritage-listed university colonnade at the University of Queensland in St Lucia, a suburb of Brisbane.
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The covered walkway at the southern edge of the Great Court, a heritage-listed university colonnade at the University of Queensland in St Lucia, a suburb of Brisbane


Did you know?

  • Brisbane is the state capital of the Australian state of Queensland and is the largest city in that state
  • Brisbane is named after the river on which it sits which
  • Brisbane was classified as a gamma world city+ in the World Cities Study Group’s inventory by Loughborough University
  • Approximately 1,000,000 US troops passed through Australia during World War II
  • The city has retained some heritage buildings dating back to 1820s
  • Brisbane City Council is the largest local government body (in terms of population and budget) in Australia
  • The Port of Brisbane is the 3rd most important port in Australia for value of goods
  • Brisbane is the third-most popular destination for international tourist after Sydney and Melbourne

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