Brisbane, capital of Queensland, is a large city on the Brisbane River. Clustered in its South Bank cultural precinct are the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, with noted interactive exhibitions. Another South Bank cultural institution is Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, among Australia's major contemporary art museums. Looming over the city is Mt. Coot-tha, site of Brisbane Botanic Gardens.
Brisbane is a clean, ultra-modern, comfortably multicultural, water-wrapped city that Australia does so well. But, compared with Sydney, Melbourne, and even Perth, it keeps a low profile. Beyond the CBD (central business district), an agglomeration of gleaming glass-and-steel high-rises, you’ll find parkland, public pools and many outdoor craft and street-food markets (the Asian dishes are particularly exemplary). To the east, the city reaches out to a string of beaches. Meanwhile, a hemline of rounded hills, the Taylor Range, offer lookout points across the CBD and over to Moreton Bay.
Brisbane’s spiritual heart is Anzac Square. The palm-and-bottle-tree-filled garden at its heart commemorates Anzac soldiers who fought in World War I, and it hosts ceremonies annually on Anzac Day. The rest of the year, you’re more likely to find office workers quietly lunching on its lawns.