Brisbane is one of those cities that is getting things right. Transport, roads, heritage management, parks, city planning, community amenities and basic services for the most part are properly developed and integrated. Being a single council for the city of Brisbane is cited as the reason for this efficiency.
Brisbane is the fastest growing ‘capitol’ in Australia and lower cost of living, better standard of living and the mild winters being the key drivers of the growth.
Queensland is also blessed with a single house government that also assists for efficient decision processes. Queensland was proclaimed a separate colony on 6 June 1859 with Brisbane chosen as its capital, although it was not incorporated as a city until 1902.
Brisbane’s early history included many years as a convict penal colony.
The Moreton Bay area was initially explored by Matthew Flinders, landing and naming "Red Cliff Point" – after the red-coloured cliffs visible from the bay, known today as Woody Point – on 17 July 1799.In 1823, Governor of New South Wales, Thomas Brisbane, instructed that a new northern penal settlement be developed, and an exploration party led by John Oxley further explored Moreton Bay.
Brisbane and the greater Brisbane is a great city and as a tourist there is a lot to discover and enjoy. Be sure to allow a minimum of a week and on the wet day be sure to visit the museum and art gallery.