The third city in the country, the perfect mix of the chaos of the big city and the calm of the seaside towns, Brisbane can offer you what Anglo-Saxon people call ‘the best of both worlds’: a city calmly chaotic. Brisbane, a.k.a. Bris-Vegas for it’s cosmopolitan and hedonistic atmosphere, is the capital city of Queensland, famous for its glamorous river walk and nominated ‘the most IN city center in the world’.
The economy is always growing, and the temperature rarely falls below 15 degrees. This means that from September to March you can leave work or school, and find yourself on the beach in Moreton Bay, on Bribie Island or Bulcock Beach.
From December to February it’s rainy season though, so be careful! So, living in Brisbane is pretty cool! Host of the WORLD EXPO in 1988 and the G20 in 2014, Brisbane is home to Indian, Chinese, South African and Filipino communities. It’s served by the second biggest international airport in Australia, which gets pretty busy during August, when the Ekka is on. This festival has been running annually since 1876 to celebrate Queensland’s independence from New South Wales. It is a common destination for every single “Queenslander”.
Living in Brisbane: useful information
You can leave your coat, scarf and gloves at home. If you are looking for perfect weather, Brisbane is your city. It’s one of the few cities that don’t face the sea. But it doesn’t really matter, because in a few kilometers you will find some of the best beaches in Australia. The CBD (City Center) is quite European, with a big walking area; you can also find South Bank, ideal for a jog in the evening, or West End, the cooler area in the city for gigs and a drink, and also Fortitude Valley if you are looking for fun and to party!
The cost of living is definitely lower than Sydney and Melbourne, which means being able to afford a better lifestyle and a lot of trips to Asia. Living in Brisbane means choosing a tourist destination, especially for young people and backpackers. This means the biggest industry for jobs is the hospitality industry. Construction is also big, together with IT and technology.