Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, Australia’s sunshine state. Its sub-tropical climate and dynamic economy are attracting large numbers of migrants. The population of around two million people, makes it possible to enjoy a relaxed lifestyle in a beautiful, spacious city.
According to the Bureau of Statistics, people from the UK are Brisbane’s biggest migrant group, making up 6 percent of the population. The next biggest group is New Zealanders (4%). Other nationalities make up less than 1 percent of the population each.
Brisbane – voted 8th most beautiful city in the world by The Rough Guide 2015
Brisbane – voted Australia’s hippest city by Lonely Planet 2014
Brisbane offers a wide range of housing options spanning all styles from the iconic ‘Queenslander’ with its high ceilings and open verandas to the modern, loft-style apartment.
Most Brisbane people live in detached houses with gardens. but with the housing boom of the early 2000s Dozens of apartment buildings were built, and many continue to be built on the back of the boom in Brisbane’s central business district.
Just like the majority of Australia Brisbane boasts fantastic weather and its subtropical climate means the city has an average of 283 days of sunshine every year.
Working in Brisbane
Brisbane is one of the world’s fastest-growing capital cities, with both part-time and casual employment opportunities for international students. If you want to work while you study in Brisbane, you need to understand your rights and responsibilities to ensure you protect yourself and comply with your visa requirements.
Find out what type of visa you need and how to apply
Getting around by public transport in Brisbane is also really easy, whether you travel by train, bus or ferry. Brisbane’s public transport system is a clean and green network of trains, ferries (CityCats) and buses that have been integrated so commuters can travel seamlessly between each service when using a Go Card.
Brisbane residents are also blessed with less traffic on the roads compared to Sydney. This makes getting around far easier by car with few delays and shorter commutes. or buses due to the dedicated fast busways.
Cost of Living
Brisbane is one of Australia’s most affordable cities – more competitive than other Asia-Pacific locations such as Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore or Sydney and Melbourne.
Art and Culture
Brisbane is also home to Australia’s largest Gallery of Modern Art. Other major museums include the Queensland Museum and Queensland Art Gallery as well as a number of other smaller galleries and exhibitions.
Brisbane is ideally located for both the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. And is considered a strategic gateway to the Gold Coast, Noosa and the Sunshine Coast, where fun, beaches and beautiful nature mix together.
This accessibility to beaches is one reason why Brisbane pulls in so many tourists. It’s about an hour and 10 minutes drive and Caloundra (Sunshine Coast, north) about an hour and a half. The closest sandy beaches to Brisbane are at Redcliffe (north) and Southport (south).
It also has the benefit of a cooler inland climate. Its also blessed with Brisbane River flowing its way throughout the city, providing plenty of opportunities for scenic water views, leisurely riverside walks, cycle rides and way of perfect transport system.
Students in Brisbane have access to some of Australia’s finest education establishments including award-winning University of Queensland, and internationally renowned Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Griffith University.
Although English is the medium for public schools in Brisbane, expatriate parents should be happy to know that Education Queensland International study programs are offered in some public schools. These programs allow foreign children, from elementary school to high school, to receive extra help to adjust to an English-speaking environment.