Brisbane and Surrounds
Composed of the Central Business District, suburbs, and its other immediate locales, Brisbane is the state capital of Queensland. Facing the Coral Sea to the north and the Tasman Sea to the south, the region is a coastal metropolis situated at the south-eastern edge of the state, right at Australia's easternmost borders. Its population of over two million residents makes it the most populous city in the state and third in the entire country. Part of the South East Queensland Region and Stanley County, its land area of 5,904.8 square kilometres encompasses several Local Government Areas, State Districts, and Federal Divisions.
Brisbane has an interesting history. The city, which was established in 1824, was proclaimed state capital in 1859 when Queensland was formally declared a separate colony from New South Wales. The locality was named after the Brisbane River, which itself was named after Sir Thomas Brisbane, a Major-General in the British Army and Colonial Governor of New South Wales between 1821 and 1825.
At the height of World War II, Brisbane served as headquarters to General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in the South-West Pacific Area. The region hosted several world events from the 1980s to the early 21st century, such as the 1982 Commonwealth Games, World Expo 88, and the last Goodwill Games in 2011. More recently, the Loughborough University classified the city as a Beta-World City in 2008 (in the World Cities Study Group inventory) and The Economist (a British weekly news magazine) ranked it the world's 16th most liveable city in 2009.
A wide variety of attractions help boost tourism in Brisbane and its surrounds. As such, the metropolitan region has something for people to appreciate, whatever their particular interests might be:
To start off, residents and visitors alike might want to learn more about Brisbane by exploring its culture and history. As such, one might take a tour of the region and visit some of its most relevant sites, like the Anzac Square War Memorial, Hands on Art, Musgrave Park Cultural Centre, Old Government House, Parliament House, Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Maritime Museum, Queensland Museum, and Queensland Police Museum.
Alternatively, one might prefer some of Brisbane's commercial, leisure, and natural attractions. Notable locations include the Alma Park Zoo, Brisbane River Walk, Broadway on the Mall, Centenary Aquatic Centre, Commissariat Stores, Elizabeth Arcade, Flinders Reef, Moreton Island Lighthouse, Tattersall's Arcade, and Wheel of Brisbane.