Brisbane central is the capital of Queensland and the third most populated city of Australia. Latest estimates have the current population of the city at 2.3 million. As one of the oldest cities in Australia Brisbane was originally inhabited by the indigenous Turrbal and Jagera peoples then settled by Europeans in the early 1800's.
The city was named after the Brisbane River on which the city is located - originally named after Scotsman Sir Thomas Brisbane, Governor of NSW from 1821. Brisbane was originally a penal settlement for second offenders from the initital Sydney colony. It was opened as a free settlement in 1842 and adversly affected by the Australian frontier wars between 1843 and 1855.
Brisbane was proclaimed as the capital of Queensland in 1859. A popular tourist destination, Brisbane hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1982 and "Expo 88" in 1988 as major events
The city of Brisbane is well known for it's unique Queenslander architecture and is one of the key Australian tourist destinations and serves as a key gateway to the popular Gold Coast and beaches of the Sunshine Coast.
Major atttractions include South Bank - the cultural epicentre of the city and entertainment hub with restaurants, night clubs and cafe', Lone Pine Koala sanctuary and the Story Bridge climb. On the city's outskirts attractions include The Scenic Rim, Somerset and Lockyer valley.