Regions of Queensland: what’s new in Brisbane and Surrounds

Brisbane birds eye view

Did you know?

Brisbane is Queensland’s capital city and was named 8th most beautiful city in the world by Rough Guides in 2015.[1] Located on the east coast of Australia, it is situated along the “snake-shaped” Brisbane river, with Moreton and Stradbroke island to its east, the Sunshine Coast to its north, and the Gold Coast to its south.

Australia’s New World City, Brisbane is the closest capital city to Asia on the eastern seaboard and boasts a $146 billion economy.

With more more sunny days per year than any other Australian capital city and it also has a multicultural population with around a quarter of its residents born overseas.[2]

Google maps – Brisbane

Latest in Industry, Business, Tourism and Projects 

There are a number of large projects in progress, including the Queen’s Wharf development, a $3 billion project in Brisbane’s CBD.[3]

Other ongoing developments in 2017 include Central train station undergoing a $67 million upgrade and Brisbane airport upgrades.[4] There are also residential, showground, town centre and retirement village developments in progress.

Ranking fourth globally for foreign investment strategy, the city is one of Australia’s hotspots for interstate and international visitors.[5] Tourism Australia’s major Business Events showcase, Dreamtime, will be hosted here in December 2017. [6] 

Other interesting developments in 2017 includes the opening of Australian chef Neil Perry’s Burger Project in South Brisbane, along with Brisbane set to get the first ever flying theatre in the Southern Hemisphere, with a Taiwanese firm hoping to start the project in mid-2017.[7]

The main industries include innovation & technology, manufacturing, infrastructure and construction, logistics and distribution, hotel and tourism, international education. See Choose Brisbane for more information about investment.

Key Industries 

Queensland has long been known as the “resource state” with its key industries being Mining and Agriculture. However, Tourism, Financial Services, Healthcare, Medical Research and Development, Information and Communication Technology, and Start-ups are also important industries.

The labour force is divided into the following occupations:

  • Retail trade (11.7%)
  • Construction (11%)
  • Health care & social assistance (10.1%)
  • Manufacturing (8.5%)
  • Education & training (7.6%) [8].

Settlement Information

Arriving in a new city can be daunting, so it is useful to take advantage of the information which is out there to make the process of settling in easier.           


Brisbane has many public transport options, with buses, ferries, and trains.  Translink has detailed information on timetables, tickets and fares. To get around the Brisbane CBD, there are CityCat ferries, CityCycles, and free loop buses.

The Queensland state government has introduced recent changes to fares and zones under the Fairer Fares scheme on 20 December 2016.[9]


The Queensland state government has an online search available for the public and private schools in Brisbane areas. More information about Higher Education, Vocational Training, Schools, English language courses, and Pathway and Foundation Studies, is also available on Choose Brisbane.

New Arrival Support

The Brisbane City Council or the relevant councils covering Ipswich, Logan and Caboolture, has useful information for new arrivals. This includes current community developments, events and supports. The Brisbane City Council has multicultural services and a new resident’s guide available on their website.

Other organisations in the area that may assist with settlement, employment, training support, and culture services include:

Major Events and Festivals

There are many cultural and food events happening, including:  

To find out more about what’s happening in the area, check out this multicultural festivals list, Brisbane City Council, Visit Brisbane, mustdobrisbane, Weekend Notes, and The Weekend Edition.

Other Useful links

Links to previous posts in the series: