Brisbane is a city full of contradictions. It’s a place of shorts and thongs and high finance. It is both sophisticated and rustic. A city eager to change, yet reluctant to abandon its old ways!
It seems ironic that such a glorious place was originally established as a colony for only the “worst” of Britain’s offenders. Settlers only started arriving in Brisbane in 1842, nearly 30 years after its conception. In recent times it has seen a frenzy of building activity, including new bridges, freeways, cultural centres, hotels and office blocks. The city is well placed geographically. Located between the mountains and the sea, it provides almost limitless opportunities for day and weekend excursions. Brisbane has grown to become Australia’s third largest city, and an important industrial and commercial centre.