Brisbane today has 2.5 million inhabitants, which makes it the third most populous city in Australia, and also it is by far the most highly populated city in the state of Queensland.
This city was named after the river which flows through the town, called indeed Brisbane, which in turn got its name from Sir Thomas Brisbane, the Governor of New South Wales. Brisbane has a humid subtropical climate, characterized by hot, wet summers and dry, moderately warm winters.
As the majority of the Australian metropolis, Brisbane offers innumerable attractions. The combination of art, culture, entertainment and adventure that characterized this city leads into a synergy to benefit from during the stay.
South Bank is allocated in the heart of the city, and with its artificial beach and palm threes offers refreshment during wet summers. You will forget to be around the corner from the CBD (central business district). Easily accessible, South Bank is also well connected to the public transport network. Every summer thousands of people come here to benefit from the fine sand, the artificial swimming-pools and bars allocated all around the area.
Closed to South Bank is allocated the City Botanic Garden, the perfect spot for walking through the colorful flora and wild fauna. Equipped with a lake, the City Botanic Garden is the favorite place for those who decide to relax after an unbridled shopping made downtown. Clothing and souvenir shops can be found in central Brisbane, where you can buy typical Australian articles, such as boomerang or kangaroo and koala toys. You can also find the characteristic Australian cowboy hat, made with dark leather and usually dressed by locals during the sunny and hottest summer days.
If you go to Brisbane you must visit the Story Bridge, a massive bridge crossing the river and connecting the north with the south suburbs. Hundreds of people also use it to pumping out their level of adrenaline: you can climb the Bridge! It is 75 meters high and 777 meters long, and it was inaugurated the 6th of July 1940 becoming part of the National Heritage. Anzac Square is another must see, designated Cultural Heritage site on October 1992: allocated among massive skyscrapers, this Square commemorates all the Queenslanders who have taken part in overseas battles. Art and culture are highly valued in Brisbane, museums abound and some of the most important are: Museum of Queensland, Museum of Brisbane, Opal Museum and the Queensland Maritime Museum. All easily reachable by public transport.
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