Brisbane is the third most populous city in Australia. Popular tourist and recreation areas in Brisbane include the South Bank Parklands, Roma Street Parkland, the City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane Forest Park and Portside Wharf. Central streets are named after members of the royal family.

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General Information about Brisbane

Brisbane is the capital and most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland and the third most populous city in Australia. The Brisbane central business district stands on the original European settlement and is situated inside a bend of the Brisbane River. The CBD covers 2.2km and is walkable. Central streets are named after members of the royal family.

The city of Brisbane is based on hilly terrain. Popular tourist and recreation areas in Brisbane include the South Bank Parklands, Roma Street Parkland, the City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane Forest Park and Portside Wharf. The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary opened in 1927 and was the world's first koala sanctuary. The city has over 27km of bicycle pathways, mostly surrounding the Brisbane river and city centre.

The city has retained some heritage buildings dating back to 1820s. The Old Windmill, in Wickham Park, built by convict labour in 1824 is the oldest surviving building in Brisbane.

Travelling around Brisbane

Brisbane has an extensive transportation network within the city, as well as connections to regional centres, interstate and to overseas destinations. Public transport is provided by bus, rail and ferry services. Bus services are operated by public and private operators whereas trains and ferries are operated by public agencies.

The Citytrain urban rail network consists of 10 suburban lines and covers mostly the west, north and east sides of the city. It also provides the route for an Airtrain service between the City and Brisbane Airport.

Brisbane is served by several urban and inter-urban motorways. The Pacific Motorway connects the central city with the Gold Coast to the south.

Brisbane Weather

Brisbane has a humid subtropical climate with warm to hot and humid summers and dry, moderately warm winters. From November to March, thunderstorms are common over Brisbane, with the more severe events accompanied by large damaging hail stones, torrential rain and destructive winds.

Brisbane also lies in the Tropical Cyclone risk area. Although cyclones hitting Brisbane are rare, they have happened in the past. Generally the warmest month is January and the coldest month is July.

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