his article is about the metropolitan area of Brisbane. For the local government area, see City of Brisbane. For other uses, see Brisbane (disambiguation).
Skyline from Kangaroo Point Cliffs;
Queenslander architecture, North Stradbroke Island;
Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, City Hall;
Story Bridge, St John's Cathedral;
Treasury Building, Merivale Bridge
Brisbane is located in Australia BrisbaneBrisbane
Coordinates 27°28′S 153°02′ECoordinates: 27°28′S 153°02′E
Population 2,308,700 (2015) (3rd)
• Density 145/km2 (380/sq mi)
Established 13 May 1825
Area 15,826 km2 (6,110.5 sq mi) (2011 GCCSA)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
732 km (455 mi) N of Sydney
945 km (587 mi) NNE of Canberra
1,374 km (854 mi) NNE of Melbourne
1,600 km (994 mi) NE of Adelaide
3,604 km (2,239 mi) NE of Perth
City of Brisbane
City of Ipswich
Lockyer Valley Region
Moreton Bay Region
Scenic Rim Region
Region South East Queensland
County Stanley, Canning, Cavendish, Churchill, Ward
State electorate(s) 41 divisions
Federal Division(s) 17 divisions
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
80 °F 16.2 °C
61 °F 1,008.2 mm
Brisbane (Listeni/ˈbrɪzbən/) is the capital and most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland, and the third most populous city in Australia. Brisbane's metropolitan area has a population of 2.3 million, and the South East Queensland urban conurbation, centred on Brisbane, encompasses a population of more than 3.4 million. The Brisbane central business district stands on the original European settlement and is situated inside a bend of the Brisbane River, about 15 kilometres (9 miles) from its mouth at Moreton Bay. The metropolitan area extends in all directions along the floodplain of the Brisbane River Valley between Moreton Bay and the Great Dividing Range, sprawling across several of Australia's most populous local government areas (LGAs), most centrally the City of Brisbane, which is by far the most populous LGA in the nation. The demonym of Brisbane is Brisbanite.
One of the oldest cities in Australia, Brisbane was founded upon the ancient homelands of the indigenous Turrbal and Jagera peoples. Named after the Brisbane River on which it is located – which in turn was named after Scotsman Sir Thomas Brisbane, the Governor of New South Wales from 1821 to 1825 – the area was chosen as a place for secondary offenders from the Sydney Colony. A penal settlement was founded in 1824 at Redcliffe, 28 kilometres (17 mi) north of the central business district, but was soon abandoned and moved to North Quay in 1825, opening to free settlement in 1842. The city was marred by the Australian frontier wars between 1843 and 1855, and development was partly set back by the Great Fire of Brisbane, and the Great Brisbane Flood. Brisbane was chosen as the capital when Queensland was proclaimed a separate colony from New South Wales in 1859. During World War II, Brisbane played a central role in the Allied campaign and served as the South West Pacific headquarters for United States Army General Douglas MacArthur.
Today, Brisbane is well known for its distinct Queenslander architecture which forms much of the city's built heritage. It also receives attention for its damaging flood events, most notably in 1974 and 2011. The city is a popular tourist destination, serving as a gateway to the state of Queensland, particularly to the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, popular resort areas immediately south and north of Brisbane, respectively. Several large cultural, international and sporting events have been held at Brisbane, including the 1982 Commonwealth Games, World Expo '88, the final Goodwill Games in 2001, and the 2014 G-20 summit.