Urban Centres: Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay, Redland City

Population: 2.3 million

Post Codes: 4000 – 4108, 4109 – 4207, 4300 – 4349, 4500 – 4516

Key industries: Innovation & technology, manufacturing, infrastructure and construction, logistics and distribution, hotel and tourism, international education, medical research & development, start-ups.


A modern, welcoming and multicultural city, Brisbane and its surrounds is renowned for its subtropical outdoor lifestyle and friendly locals. Built on the banks of a gently winding river, it is a compact, liveable and walkable city which is Australia’s New World City. One of the fastest-growing capital cities in Australia, Brisbane residents are young, skilled, highly educated and culturally diverse.

The city offers a cosmopolitan urban lifestyle, with weekend getaways from coastal escapes to rural retreats a short drive away. With year round sunshine filled days and clear blue skies, it’s no wonder Brisbane locals say “Beautiful one day, perfect the next.”

Brisbane has a sophisticated modern economy and cultural diversity, with about a quarter of residents are born overseas. World-class industry capabilities support its growing reputation as a global investment destination. The city continues to be become more globally connected, with increasing transportation links and flights to the Asia-Pacific. It is also the closest major Australian capital city to Asia.

Living in Greater Brisbane

There are five main urban centres which you may choose to live in, each with their own local council. Each council has information on their website for residents, things to do and those looking to do business. These areas are also all connected by Translink train and bus services.

A smart cities overview is available for Greater Brisbane, which provides information about housing, infrastructure and liveability.

Brisbane City 

Brisbane city is a global hub with a population over 1.18 million. The Brisbane City Council is the largest local government in Australia and their website has comprehensive information for the public, from major events held in the city centre to laws and permits. Their community support page also has information about multicultural services.


Ipswich is the oldest provincial city in Queensland with a history dating back 1904 and a population of 200,000. Ipswich City Council is the local government body and this area is located in the south-west of Brisbane’s metropolitan area. The population is estimated to more than double by 2031, especially with the continued development of the Greater Springfield.


Logan is a young city with more than 300,000 people from 215 different cultures and it is located in the south of Brisbane’s metropolitan area. It also shares a border with the Gold Coast. Learn more about living in Logan on the Logan City Council’s website.

Moreton Bay 

Moreton Bay is located north of Brisbane’s metropolitan area and shares a border with the Sunshine Coast. The Moreton Bay Council looks after this area and keep up to date with funding and employment opportunities with their e-newsletters. It has a population of over 430,000, which includes Redcliffe, Caboolture, Beachmere, Bribie Island and North Lakes.

Redland City 

Redland City is also known as the Redlands, is located in the southeast of the Brisbane metropolitan area with a population over 151,000. The area includes mainland suburbs such as Capalaba, Cleveland and Redland Bay, and island suburbs such as North Stradbroke, Peel Island and Russell Island. Learn more at the Redland City Council website.


Images of Brisbane and surrounds


Fireworks over the Brisbane River. Image courtesy of Tourism Australia.
There's no shortage of things to see and do in Brisbane. Image courtesy of Tourism Australia.
Experience some of the freshest produce anywhere in Australia. Image courtesy of Tourism Australia.