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Located in the east of Australia, Brisbane is the capital of the state of Queensland.
Sir Thomas Brisbane, who gave his name to the city and river, was governor of New South Wales (South West of Australia) from 1821 to 1825. Brisbane was actually founded when a group European settlers arrived in 1825 and, looking for a place with a reliable water supply, settled along the Brisbane River in a place the local Turrgal and Jagera people called Mian-jin (place shaped as a spike). This place is now the central business district of Brisbane.
In less than two centuries, the Brisbane urban area has grown to over two million inhabitants and the population is very multicultural. More than 28 percent of Brisbane inhabitants were born overseas, and more than 16 percent of households speak a language other than English including Cantonese, Italian, Mandarin, Samoan and Vietnamese.
"Brisbane is one of Australia’s most affordable places to study: the quality of teaching is high, and the cost of living expenses is relatively low compared to other developed countries."
3 good reasons to study English in Brisbane: weather, activities and opportunities
While climate is largely influenced by the proximity of the ocean, the sun shines all year round in Brisbane, with an average 300 days of sunshine per year. Daytime temperatures go from an average of 16ºC in the colder months to 26ºC in the warm season, peaking at a high of 40ºC between December and February and low of 3ºC at night in July.
Brisbane is Australia's third-most popular destination for international tourists after Sydney and Melbourne. Major points of interest include the South Bank and Roma Street Parklands, the City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane Forest Park and Portside Wharf, and the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the world’s first koala sanctuary opened in 1927.
For those with a more active lifestyle, Brisbane offers over 27 kilometers of cycle lanes and infrastructures to play rugby, football, cricket, baseball, tennis and more... The river is popular for water sports, boating or fishing excursions, and climbers can enjoy the Story Bridge adventure or climbing at Kangaroo Point cliffs.
Brisbane attracts 35000 international students each year. The city is one of Australia’s most affordable places to study: the quality of teaching is high, and the cost of living expenses is relatively low compared to other developed countries. In the past ten years, the city has experienced the fastest employment growth of all Australia’s major cities and now employs more than one million people. With annual economic growth at more than 4 percent, post-study career opportunities are a reality in Brisbane and many international students choose to stay once they have completed their studies. For more information, read IALC's interview with Gordon Scott, Head of the Study Brisbane initiative.