Which is the most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland? Which city has the largest economy of all cities between Sydney and Singapore and is one of the major business hubs of Australia? Where in Australia can action enthusiasts look forward to an incredible range of experiences, from outdoor adventures to animal encounters?
Brisbane answers to all of the above descriptions, and more!
A New World city
Widely acknowledged as Australia's New World City, Brisbane is a multi-cultural hub of dynamism, creativity and innovation that provides everyone - from the student and entrepreneur to the tourist and the casual visitor - with something to enjoy, cherish and take back with them, even if it’s just the chance to soak in a few days of the sub tropical climate ideal for an outdoor lifestyle!
Brisbane has come a long way from its somewhat vague, humble and troubled beginnings as a penal colony for British convicts sent from Sydney. Presently the capital city of the State of Queensland on the east coast of Australia, Brisbane has witnessed steady, and at times spectacular, economic growth in recent years, a phenomenon that has resulted in it being one of the major business hubs of Australia. A lot of Australia and the world’s top companies have set up shop in the city, prominent among them being DHL Global, Asia Pacific Aerospace and Suncorp-Metway Limited. Other white-collar industries include information technology, financial services, higher and public sector.
The Central Business District (CBD) of Brisbane is home to a wide range of retail precincts. For an ‘all in one place’ experience, Queens Street is the place to head to with its numerous cafes, restaurants, cinemas, gift shops and shopping centres. Luxury retailers, from Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Hugo Boss to Montblanc, Polo and Ralph Lauren, can be found on Edward Street, within the city.
A great study environment
Brisbane has long since been one of the premier education destinations for international students heading to Australia. The city boasts multi-campus universities and colleges and some of Australia’s top rated institutions of higher education, including the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University. Numerous other reputed universities such as the Australian Catholic University, James Cook University
, Central Queensland University, JMC Academy and the University of Southern Queensland have their campuses in Brisbane. Most universities in Brisbane have a broad portfolio of study areas, ranging from Law and Medicine through to Business, IT, Tourism and creative industries.
The city does not lag behind in technical and vocational education either; no less than three major TAFE (Technical and Further Education) colleges in Brisbane - Southbank Institute of TAFE, Brisbane North Institute of TAFE and Metropolitan Institute of TAFE. Solid backing by the state government in providing services and facilities make Brisbane student-friendly place to live and study in.
To live and laze
The scope for leisure activities in Brisbane is unparalleled in breadth and variety. From lazing in the lush gardens of South Bank, to checking out the Brisbane shopping scene from sailing down the Brisbane River and taking in the scenic sights to exploring some of the most spectacular natural landscapes in the hinterland of the Gold Coast, the outdoors are akin to paradise in this beautiful part of the world. Adventure sports are big here too, for those who dare and love to get the heart racing.
Brisbane’s largest student accommodation provider is the Pad Student Living. Depending on the student’s budget and preference, studios, apartments and houses are available. Most housing facilities are professionally managed and are located within close proximity to the Central Business District and all major education providers.
A city whose time has come, the getaway to Australia’s spectacular east coast scenery, a safe and supportive environment – Brisbane has a lot going for it!
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