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 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