Brisbane Attractions - Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane Attractions

Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, may be approached from the south by the regular interstate air routes; by rail or road either up the coast or through the New England Tableland; or by sea. The approach to Brisbane by sea is very attractive.

From the entrance to Moreton Bay via the North Passage, the unusual forms of the Glass House Mountains may be seen and then, for 20 kms up the winding Brisbane River, there is a succession of views of mangrove swamps, grassy slopes, and tropical shrubs. Later on the modern residences of the outlying suburbs come into view and finally, as a climax, the skyline of the city itself.

Captain James Cook named Moreton Bay in 1770 and recorded his opinion that, "from the pale colour of the water, a river entered the sea hereabouts". The river was found and explored by John Oxley in 1823, when he was seeking a suitable site for a new penal colony far from Sydney. The following year a settlement was started near where Redcliffe now stands, but a number of deficiencies, including a lack of drinking water, made the site unsatisfactory and the settlement was moved to the present position of the city. In 1842, the penal settlement was closed and the district opened to free settlers. Four years later the population numbered 849; to-day it exceeds 1,000,000.


The city and its suburbs extend for several kms along both sides of the Brisbane River, which curves in and out in a succession of pleasant reaches, each with a background of soft wooded hills. Three large bridges link the north and south sides of the river, and ferries run at all the important points.

The business centre occupies a bend of the river and is for the most part on level land. Queen Street, which terminates at the southern end with Victoria Bridge, is the city's principal thoroughfare, and contains the chief offices of most of the leading commercial houses.

Queen and Adelaide Streets (intersected by George, Albert, and Edward Streets) contain most of the city's retail shops. The insurance and shipping companies are around Eagle Street, while most of the tourist agencies are clustered together in Adelaide Street, near Anzac Square.

On the outskirts of the city are several prominent hills with splendid views of Brisbane and the Moreton Bay district. The "City of the Seven Hills" reflects the civic pride of the community and is a city worth visiting.


Brisbane, QLD, 4000