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Destination Brisbane

Brisbane is the capital of Queensland Australia – with year-round subtropical weather also called the “Sunshine State” – and with interesting historic sites, beautiful parklands, exceptional wining & dining options and a diverse natural beauty on its doorstep, it makes a great destination for this year’s IACC AAP Conference.

Brisbane Facts

  • Brisbane is geographically the third largest capital city in the world, occupying approx. 1140 km2 
  • It lives up to being the capital of the sunshine state with over 300 days of sunshine per year. 
  • Brisbane was founded upon the ancient homelands of the indigenous Turrbal and Jagera peoples, who knew the current CBD as Mian-jin, meaning "place shaped as a spike”. 
  • European settlers established Brisbane in 1824 as a penal colony for recidivist convicts from Sydney. 
  • Although born on the Isle of Man in the UK, The Bee Gees were raised in Brisbane (Redcliffe and Cribb Island) 
  • There are 103 koalas to cuddle at Lone Pine Sanctuary
  • Brisbane was the busiest submarine port in the world during World War II 
  • North Stradbroke Island and Moreton Island (50 mins and 75 mins ferry ride from Brisbane respectively) are the 2nd and 3rd largest sand islands in the world
  • Brisbane has an underground opera venue 
  • The state of Queensland has five of Australia’s eleven World Natural Heritage sites 
  • A number of Hollywood movies were (partly) filmed in Brisbane including Thor: Ragnarok, Pacific Rim Uprising and San Andreas