Brisbane Australia

Brisbane Australia is arguably one of the country's most exciting cities. The capital and largest city of the state of Queensland, Brisbane is also Australia's fastest-growing city.

Inhabited for tens of thousands of years by indigenous Aborigines, Brisbane was first discovered by Europeans in 1823, and in 1824 New South Wales declared it a penal colony until 1838, when non-convict European settlement began. Brisbane became the capital city of the newly-formed state of Queensland in 1859, and was officially incorporated as a city in 1902.

Brisbane Australia is popular with both locals and visitors alike, and with good reason. Brisbane is home to Story Bridge, one of the few legally climbable bridges in the world. Likewise for the climbing crowd, Kangaroo Point, just south of the Story Bridge, boasts rock-climbing cliffs and great views of the city. Kangaroo Point also includes miles of bicycle pathways.

Another popular Brisbane destination is its South Bank Parklands, which were host to the World Expo 88. Here, too, visitors will be treated to famous Brisbane fireworks displays and various arts and music festivals.

Opportunity abounds for those looking to take advantage of Brisbane tours, as the city and surrounding area is abundant with things to do and see. One of the most popular among Brisbane tours is one that includes a visit to Lone Pine Sanctuary, where visitors can "hold a koala" and hand-feed kangaroos. Other Brisbane tours include highlights such as South Bank Parklands, scuba diving and snorkeling adventures, and hot air balloon rides over the city.

Flights to Brisbane Australia are made easy by the award-winning Brisbane Airport, which includes both domestic and international terminals, and discounted flights to Brisbane Australia can be found during Australia's off-season. In addition to convenient flights to Brisbane Australia, travel within the city limits of Brisbane itself is equally accommodating, thanks to a stellar public transportation system. Visitors can take travel in and around Brisbane by bus or its urban railway system, CityTrain. Brisbane's CityCat ferry service whisks visitors and commuters throughout Brisbane's waterways.

Brisbane Australia is also home to plenty of shopping opportunities. In Brisbane's central business district, the Queen Street Mall offers countless restaurants, boutiques, and shops, and the Brunswick Street Mall in the neighboring suburb of Fortitude Valley is host to popular Saturday and Sunday morning open-air markets. "The Valley" is also where one will find Brisbane's Chinatown District.

There's plenty to do in Brisbane---a model Aussie city!

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