What is the greater Brisbane area?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: March 13, 2019

Reading time: 3 mins

The sunny wonderland of Brisbane, known as the gateway for some of Queensland’s most iconic natural wonders.

Its city is a dazzling bright light, with fantastic restaurants, cafes, and bars aplenty. While its outer region is bursting with lush greenery and wildlife. But when does Brisbane actually end? Most will have heard the phrase ‘great Brisbane area’, but what does this actually mean?

What region is it?

Brisbane is within the south-east corner of Queensland. The greater Brisbane region refers to the entire coastal plain. Making up to about 15,842 square kilometres of land. The area is made up of five different urban centres, including Brisbane City, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, and Redland City.

What is the population in Brisbane?

The population for Greater Brisbane is more than two million citizens, making it the largest city in Australia. The 2016 census showed that 32.2% of Brisbane’s population were born overseas, with at least 50% of inhabitants had at least one parent born overseas, showcasing the vast diversity of this great city.

What can you see around Brisbane?

Even though the land is vast, most tourist destinations are either within the city centre or in the outer regions. When staying in the city region, there is no greater way to marvel at the dazzling city scenery than from above? The Brisbane Wheel offer visitors 360 views of the city as it glides them up the 60-metre height on the gondolas. They also offer food and refreshments so you can sip on a delicious sparkling while you marvel at the city’s skyline!

Visit the restaurants of the city at South Bank, located next door to Brisbane river. With the streets lined with fabulous restaurants, bars, shops, and events, you are guaranteed to enjoy your night here.

Take a short drive from the heart of Brisbane to see the spectacular peaks of the Glass House Mountains. These are ancient volcanic plugs around 25 million years old. Here you can hike or drive up to see the spectacular view at the top.

Head to Moreton Bay area and visit the island that sits just off the coast. Renowned for its pristine waters, lush greenery, and its unique wildlife, Moreton Island is a paradise both in and out of the water. Make sure to pack your bathers and sunnies as this is a full day of sun, sand, and sea adventures.

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Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.