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About Brisbane

The bustling and bold city of Brisbane, also known as Brisvegas or Brissie, is the vibrant capital of Queensland and has been chosen to host the Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2032.  The city welcomed over 8.5 million visitors in 2023 and is fast becoming a world-renowned tourism hotspot.  Brisbane has received several recent accolades including being named Australia’s happiest city by Happy Index, and was the only Australian city to be mentioned in ‌The New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2024.  The region’s best-kept secret Tangalooma Beach on Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) is now in Lonely Planet’s top 100 of World’s Best Beaches!

See Visit Brisbane for the river city’s hottest attractions and things to do.


Meanjin is the traditional place name for Brisbane, and the traditional custodians are the Turrbal and Jagera people. 

The traditional custodians of the Moreton Bay region are the Quandamooka People, meaning ‘people of the bay’.  The Quandamooka People represent three distinct, yet closely connected, groups: the Ngugi People (Moreton Island), the Nunukul and Gorenpul People (North Stradbroke Island). 

This country was cared for by traditional custodians with ancestorial ties dating back more than 60,000 years ago.  We respect their local knowledge, care for country and rich culture, some of the ways you can hear their story and experience their history can be found on the Visit Brisbane website. 


Only 40 kilometers from the shoreline of Brisbane is the island paradise of Mulgumpin (Moreton Island). The wedge-shaped narrow island is only 10 kilometres wide and 37 kilometres long. It has the Coral Sea to the east and Moreton Bay Marine Park to the west. 

The island is one of many that are nestled off the coast of Brisbane, and arguably the most gorgeous of all.  The pristine natural wonders are world-class like neighboring K’Gari to the north, and North Stradbroke to the south. The largely untouched island has freshwater lakes fused with tea-tree (Melaleuca) oils, native flora and fauna, and the famed Tangalooma Wrecks. It is the third largest sand island in the world, with the world’s tallest established sand dune Mount Tempest (285m).  This is why the island was named by First Nation people ‘Mulgumpin’, meaning ‘place of sandhills’.  

The Tanglooma Wrecks are one of the main highlights of the island. 15 ships were purposefully sunk in the 1960s-1970s, and over the decades has formed a unique marine ecosystem. The sunken ships are like a scene from Kevin Costner’s Waterworld movie, and the underwater marine life is as abundant as Finding Nemo.  When you snorkel the wrecks you will see an array of fish and coral among the vintage ship formations. 

The Moreton Bay Marine Park is protected, as it has resident dolphin, dugong, and turtle populations, and reef sites Flinders Reef and Tangalooma Wrecks. Moreton Island is famous for its friendly and interactive dolphins, attracting marine biologists from around the world.  

The island has no sealed roads and rolling sandhills among eucalyptus-lined 4WD tracks to idyllic hidden camping spots and sheltered she-oak trees to protect more than 50,000 migratory birds. 


    • The Greater Brisbane region has 2.7 million residents and is the largest capital city by area in Australia
    • Brisbane is a foodie paradise, it’s renowned for creating the Lamington a delicious piece of coconut, chocolate icing and fresh sponge cake. 
    • The TV series Bluey is created in Brisbane and based on the laid-back lifestyle
    • Brisbane has 15 bridges that connect the city, some of which are pedestrian-only, and the famous Story Bridge that can be admired from Howard Smith Wharves bustling precinct, or the adventurous can climb for unforgettable vantage points. 
    • Cute Koalas can be adored at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, which is the oldest (established in 1927) and largest koala sanctuary of its kind in the world.
    • Australia Zoo and the famous Irwin family, are based only 1 hour north in the Sunshine Coast region
    • Brisbane is proudly multicultural with nearly a third of the population born overseas, they celebrate diversity and inclusion with many arts and cultural events.
    • Brisbane hotel and restaurant scene is world-class with Emporium Hotel Southbank, Crystalbrook Vincent and The Calile to name a few 

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