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Tiny Travel Story: Pacific

What's Brisbane Like?

Brisbane, the capital and most populous city in Queensland, has all the advantages of a large modern city yet retains the friendliness and charm of a small regional town. The cost of living in Brisbane is considered more affordable than living in Sydney, Melbourne or Perth according to the 2012 Mercer Worldwide Cost of Living Survey.

An hour's drive south of the city, you will find the golden beaches and theme parks of the Gold Coast. North from Brisbane you will find the Sunshine Coast beaches, national parks, rainforests and attractions like the Australia Zoo. With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, Brisbane is the perfect location to enjoy a range of activities – sport, picnics in parks, bushwalking, climbing, and various water sports. Whatever you choose to do, spending a semester or year in Brisbane will not disappoint.

Region and Population

Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland – Australia's second largest state by area. With a population of over 2 million, Brisbane is one of the fastest-growing capital cities in Australia in terms of population and employment. The residents are young and skilled, highly educated and culturally diverse.


Brisbane has a humid subtropical climate with hot and humid summers averaging 85 degrees and dry moderately warm winters with averages around 72 degrees. From November to March, thunderstorms are common over Brisbane, with the more severe events accompanied by large damaging hail stones, torrential rain and destructive winds.
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