A wonderfully modern, well-connected and varied city.
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Centred along the winding Brisbane River, Brisbane extends out to mountain ranges to the west and is equal distance (around 100kms or a 1-hour drive) from the beautiful beaches of the Sunshine Coast to the north and the world-famous Gold Coast to the south.
There’s even a constructed beach at South Bank that lets you take a dip, in front of the tall buildings of the city centre. It’s a truly cosmopolitan city, with an incredibly diverse choice of food styles and entertainment options.
The main entertainment hub of Fortitude Valley is home to the city’s China Town, casual bars and trendy clubs. Laneway culture has come to Brisbane, with bright street art adding colour to the hidden alleyways that are now home to uber-cool pavement bars and restaurants. In recent years, a booming food truck industry and buzzing night markets like Eat Street have sprung up, offering even more choice for the adventurous food lover. Stylish waterfront venues along the newly-redeveloped Howard Smith Wharves include a craft brewery and a selection of dining outlets for all tastes and budgets, right under the city’s Story Bridge.
Sport lovers will feel right at home in Brisbane, with top teams that attract a passionate local following. In recent years, the mighty Brisbane Broncos National Rugby League, Queensland Reds Rugby Union, Queensland Bulls cricket and Brisbane Lions AFL teams have been joined by the Brisbane Heat Big Bash cricket team, the Brisbane Roar football team and the Brisbane Bullets basketball stars. Nothing beats being in the crowd at one of the big games!
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Parks and green spaces
When you want to get away from the crowds, one of the best aspects of living in Brisbane is the amount of green space. There are stunning open spaces to enjoy, including the South Bank Parklands and New Farm Park that run along the river, as well as the Botanic Gardens and the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, with panoramic views of the city. Close to Griffith College’s Mt Gravatt campus is Mt Coot-Tha Forest, that rewards cyclists and day-trippers with stunning city views and a cold drink at the elevated look-out’s café. Beyond Mt Coot-Tha, Brisbane boasts a number of other nature reserves that offer visitors the chance to see native Australian wildlife in its natural habitat. Boondall Wetlands, Brisbane Koala Bushlands just 15kms from the city, Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve and the Bayside Parklands are just some of the places you can stop for a picnic or head off to explore the surroundings.
Closer to home, suburbs around Brisbane have well-maintained local parks with excellent sports and leisure facilities that are free to use. Everything from basketball hoops to skate parks and fishing platforms. Along the river at Kangaroo Point, Riverlife offers active outdoor experiences including rock climbing and abseiling the high cliff walls or kayaking down the river. You can even hire an electric mini-scooter to see the sights without breaking a sweat.
Brisbane’s warm climate is one of the most envied in the world. It’s a subtropical paradise, where the sun shines more than 300 days a year. In the summer months of December to February, average temperatures range from the low to high 20-degrees Celsius. During this time, the heat sometimes brings dramatic thunderstorms that light up the sky and send everyone running for cover. This brings much-needed rainfall to our dry climate, to keep our beautiful forests lush and green. Even in winter months, from June to August, temperatures can still stay around 20-degrees Celsius, meaning you can get around in shorts and a T-shirt almost all the time. The general vibe in Brisbane is relaxed and friendly. The regular blue skies and warm temperatures mean people tend to take it slow, rather than rushing around. It all helps visitors feel instantly relaxed.
Getting around Brisbane is easy and convenient, with public transport including charming river ferries and fast ‘City Cat’ boats, as well as an extensive, modern fleet of buses and excellent train links. Of course, there’s also a thriving ride-share industry operating locally. And if you want clean transport, you’ll find electric scooters for hire across the city. For the health conscious, extensive bike paths mean you can cycle almost anywhere, in comfort and safety. In fact, a dedicated bike path runs all the way from central Brisbane to Mt Gravatt, home to one of Griffith College’s favourite campuses.
Brisbane is a wonderfully creative place that loves the arts. The impressive Gallery of Modern Art and Brisbane Museum regularly host amazing international exhibitions that celebrate creativity in all its forms, from classic designer hat collections to abstract art installations. Where better to find inspiration?