Brisbane

Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, and also the most and most populated city in the state, with over 2 million residents. The Brisbane CBD is situated inside a curve of the Brisbane River, along the Moreton Bay floodplain from Caboolture to Ipswich, and is affectionately known as ‘Bris Vegas’ for its vibrant atmosphere and evolving music scene.

Brisbane is also conveniently located between popular beachside areas of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, making it easily accessible to residents of nearby cities who work within Brisbane.

Unlike other Australian capitals, the major portion of the Brisbane metropolitan area is run by a sole local government entity, the Brisbane City Council.

Brisbane has a range of retail zones, both in the CBD and surrounds. The Queen Street Mall has a vast array of cafes and restaurants, cinemas, and shopping centres. Edward St is the made zone for luxury international retailers including Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and Co., and Oroton.

Brisbane has a growing live music and entertainment scene. The Queensland Performing Arts Centre at South Bank includes a theatres and a music hall for consistent performances throughout the year. Other contributors to performing arts and music include The Queensland Ballet, Opera Queensland, Queensland Theatre Company, The Queensland Orchestra and The Queensland Conservatorium.

Professional industries in Brisbane, generally concentrated in the central business district, include IT, financial and insurance services, and creative services. Other prominent industries include petroleum refining, paper milling, and metal work and are more commonly located on the lower area of Brisbane and in industrial sectors on fringe of the city. Tourism, retail and construction are also important parts of the Brisbane economy.

Brisbane has a range of retail zones, both in the CBD and surrounds. The Queen Street Mall has a vast array of cafes and restaurants, cinemas, and shopping centres. Edward St is the made zone for luxury international retailers including Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and Co., and Oroton.

Brisbane has a growing live music and entertainment scene. The Queensland Performing Arts Centre at South Bank includes a theatres and a music hall for consistent performances throughout the year. Other contributors to performing arts and music include The Queensland Ballet, Opera Queensland, Queensland Theatre Company, The Queensland Orchestra and The Queensland Conservatorium.

For the last 20 years, The Queensland government has been developing technology and science industries as part of its initiative to market Queensland as the ‘Smart State’. The government has invested in many technology and research facilities at universities throughout Brisbane.

Brisbane has the greatest economy of any area between Sydney and Singapore, and has seen continuous growth in prosperity in recent years thanks to the resources boom. Brisbane is one of the biggest business hubs in Australia. Many major Australian companies as well as international companies, have locations in Brisbane. With strong economic growth and close proximity to Asia, Brisbane is a fertile environment for business progression. In addition, with Council showing a firm commitment to infrastructure and sustainability investment, it is no surprise that Brisbane has become a favourable place to do business.