Portal:Brisbane

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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 current Brisbane Broncos home ground, Suncorp Stadium
The Brisbane Broncos are an Australian professional rugby league club based in the city of Brisbane. The Broncos play in Australasia's elite competition, the National Rugby League premiership. The Broncos have won six premierships during their twenty years in competition, making them the league's most successful club.

The club was founded in 1988 as part of the New South Wales Rugby League premiership's national expansion, becoming, along with the Gold Coast-Tweed Giants, one of Queensland's first two participants in the Winfield Cup. The Broncos later played a significant role in the Super League war of the mid-1990s before continuing to compete successfully in the reunified National Rugby League competition of today.

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The Story Bridge.
Credit: Steve Collis from Melbourne, Australia

The Story Bridge is a cantilever bridge and the second crossing of the Brisbane River. It connects Fortitude Valley with Kangaroo Point.

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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