International Moving to Brisbane

Before European colonisation, Brisbane was inhabited by the Australian aboriginal tribe “Turrbal”. To them, the area that would later be known as Brisbane is called Mian-jin, meaning ‘sprig like place’.

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Location information for moving to Brisbane

Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia. It is the capital of the state of Queensland, in the northeast of the country, and is located east of the Great Dividing Range. Mount Cootha is to the west, with nearby botanical gardens and a planetarium. At the top of the mountain there is a viewpoint which offers breath-taking view of the city and Brisbane River.

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Weather

Brisbane has a humid subtropical climate, with hot humid summers and mild winters and scarce rainfall. From late spring to early autumn is tropical storm season. Thunderstorms are common during this period, as well as severe storms with hail, torrential rain and strong winds. The average maximum temperature is around 26 degrees, with a minimum average of 14 degrees.

Cultural activities in Brisbane

Brisbane is full of cultural activity. Stand out places include the Brisbane Museum and Queensland Gallery of modern art (better known within the city as ‘goMA’), which is one of largest galleries of art from the Australian continent (also contains an Andy Warhol exhibition). Also a must for tourists is Conrad Treasury Casino, a historic nineteenth century building where all kinds of activities take place, like plays and concerts.

Festivities

Ekka takes place in August, a celebration centred around agriculture, livestock and other traditional practices. Each year the festival is organised by the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA) and is one of the most significant events in the city, with over 600,000 visitors. On offer are animal parades, wood-chopping competitions and equestrian events.

River Festival is also a popular Brisbane event. The festival takes place along the Brisbane River, in South Bank Parklands, and includes choreographed dance the famous Brisbane fireworks. The show is made even better by outdoor banquets and concerts.

Immigrant groups also enjoy their own festivities. Two stand out: Festitalia and Paniyir. Festitalia is celebrated by the city’s Italian population. At the event there are shows and typical Italian snacks. Paniyir is a Greek feast day and is celebrated by the Greeks in Musgrave Park.

Tourism

Brisbane and the surrounding areas offer a number of attractions for visitors. In the north of the city there is Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world disposes of has lagoons and rainforests. It can be reached by ferry. The island is inhabited by dingos (wild dogs).

From the viewing spot at Mount Cootha you can enjoy spectacular views of the city and visit the nearby botanical gardens, with its wide range of exotic tree and plant species. One of the most popular parks among the local population is the New Farm where every Saturday there are free food tastings from a different region.

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For more laid back tourism you have the Queen Street Mall, the most important shopping area of Brisbane and considered the largest mall found between Sydney and Singapore. It is an important tourist spot with a pedestrianised street and half a kilometre of high end fashion, jewellery and perfume shops.  It is a hotbed of commercial tourism with no shortage of restaurants, bars and cafes. It is located in the hub of the central business district and is well connected to the city through public transport. If you wish to visit by car, there are several carparks in the area.

Another impressive shopping area in Brisbane is Paddington, a more authentically Australian area with plenty of traditional shops, cages, bars and retro/vintage stores etc. At night is has a busy nightlight scene. Finally, Brunswick Street, close to Chinatown Mall, is the alternative shopping area in the city, with antique and second hand products.

Getting around Brisbane

Brisbane has an extensive network of public transport with several bus lines, trains and ferries, as well as good connections to outer areas.

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Brisbane airport is found in the north east of the city and is one of the most famous and largest in the Oceanic continent. It has both domestic and international flights and is one of the busiest in Australia. There is also the small Archerfield airport, located 12 kilometres to the southeast. Caboolture and Redcliffe are the other most important local city airports, but are more distant.

Brisbane airport is found in the north east of the city and is one of the most famous and largest in the Oceanic continent. It has both domestic and international flights and is one of the busiest in Australia. There is also the small Archerfield airport, located 12 kilometres to the southeast. Caboolture and Redcliffe are the other most important local city airports, but are more distant.

The City Train has 10 lines covering routes throughout the city. There is also the Airtrain, a private service that connects the airport to the city centre. Tickets can be purchased from automatic machines at any rail station and there is also a combo ticket which means you can combine different forms of transport, such as rail, bus and ferry.

The Shuttle, or ferry, is a common means of transport in Brisbane, and connects the Bay Moreton Island with the rest of the Australian continent. Brisbane offer CityCat and CityFerry ferry services.

Brisbane has a wide range of bus services with many that travel throughout the city. The Loop bus is a bus line that is based in the Central Business District, also including tourist stops at the most emblematic places in the city like Central Station, Queen Street Mall, Botanic Gardens, Riverside Centre, QUT and King George Square. There are special bus lines covering the night times hours on Fridays and Saturdays, perfect for young people going to parties as it covers the main stops. Tickets can be bought on the bus or from automatic ticket machines. Some shops and newsagents also sell tickets.

There are two taxi companies in Brisbane. The Yellow Cabs (even though their vehicles are orange) and Black and White cabs. Both companies are recommended because they offer the same service and same rate (regulated by local authorities). For larger groups you can use the so called megataxi, fitting up to 10 people.

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