Brisbane city life
Brisbane has an exciting and vibrant city life, any visitor will be fascinated by the multitude of interesting places you can either visit or simply relax and have a good time.
Check out these museums and cultural sites:
- The Old Windmill, in Wickham Park
- The Parliament House and Old Government House
- The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
- The Brisbane Powerhouse and the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
- Maritime Museum
- Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
- Wheel of Brisbane – a ferris wheel
The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) includes the Lyric Theatre, a Concert Hall, Cremorne Theatre and the Playhouse Theatre.
Brisbane organises and hosts many cultural events, like: the Ekka (the Royal Queensland Exhibition), the Riverfestival, The Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) - held in July/August in a variety of venues around Brisbane, The Paniyiri festival at Musgrave Park - an annual Greek cultural festival held over two days in May. The annual Buddha Birth Day festival is considered to be the world's largest, attracting over 200,000 visitors each year. Recreation areas in Brisbane include the South Bank Parklands, Roma Street Parkland, the City Botanic Gardens, and more. The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is one of the most famous in the world.
Among the cool things you can do is fly over Brisbane in a hot air balloon, walk with the ferry and explore Brisbane's Moreton Bay and Islands.
International atmosphere in Brisbane
Brisbane is a popular tourist destination but also home to large ethnic communities that settled here due to quality of life. Around 30% of the city’s population is born overseas, most foreigners that live in Brisbane come from United Kingdom, New Zealand and India. Other minorities include: Chinese, Vietnamese, Cantonese and Spanish people. Brisbane also has the highest population of Taiwanese Australian citizens of any city in Australia.
Brisbane draws many international people worldwide due to its fantastic business environment and the numerous trade events and festivals organised annually.
Severe thunderstorms are common during spring and summer months in Brisbane, typically from November to March. The highest temperatures are recorded during the summer months – from December until February, with 29-30 °C (85-86 °F). Humidity is high during summer with night temperature rarely dropping below 20°C. Winter season (June – August) has high average temperatures of around 20 °C (71 °F).