Brisbane is the capital of the Australian state of Queensland and the third largest city on the continent.



Once half-asleep and provincial, hiding behind the facades of business buildings, in recent years Brisbane is deservedly considered one of the most attractive places to live in Australia: its population is growing at an alarming rate, increasing by a thousand people a week. The official nickname of Brisbane is "City of the New World" and it's quite apt: with more skyscrapers than New York City, new bars and restaurants are springing up like mushrooms after the rain. Tourists can enjoy the unique nature in the national parks, pet a koala, climb one of the world's few accessible bridges and soak up the sunshine of Brisbane's welcoming spirit.