Queensland’s riverside capital is a youthful city compared to its southern cousins. Notable as a cosmopolitan hub for arts, culture and dining, it retains a close connection with nature and a classic laid-back Queensland attitude.

Brisbane’s population of 2.3 million continues to rise rapidly; Queensland is now Australia’s number one destination for domestic migration. The city’s meandering position along the Brisbane River gives it a sense of being a stress free and healthy city to live and commute in.

Brisbane remained an underdeveloped country town in the late 19th Century, with little of the Victorian architecture that characterised southern cities. It was an important trade port along the Brisbane River and today its international port is the third busiest in the country. Legislation introduced to curb congestion and urban development, in addition to construction of modern public transport like electric trams, encouraged the city to extend out rather than up. This pattern of development continued through to the 1950s, and today the city sprawls into outlying suburbs up to one hour’s drive from the CBD.

The Brisbane river is a natural divide between north and south, with scenic, hilly suburbs winding around it. Despite this, much of the city sits on low-lying plains. Brisbane’s trendy eateries and its multitude of modern apartment blocks show the rest of Australia they’ve caught up. Brisbane has a booming nightlife, all the more to support a relatively young population, with a mean age of 35 years. A warm, humid climate means it’s an inviting sub-tropical paradise all year round.

Brisbane’s liveability and affordability has led many Australians to flock north to the sun. Employment is largely in the sectors of health care, professional services and retail trade. It has a strong history of economic performance and is becoming increasingly globalised and competitive. This offers a solid foundation for investment into a property market that is very accessible by Australian standards.