Brisbane: Useful Information
Sub Tropical Paradise
- Brisbane has a population of about 1.5 million. Its population density is low relative to other world urban areas of similar population.
- Brisbane is at the centre of the fastest-growing region in Australia. By 2011, up to four million people are expected to be living in the southeast corner.
- Banks are open Monday through Thursday from 9:30am to 4pm, until 5pm on Friday. Some restaurants close Monday night, Tuesday night, or both; bars are generally open from 10 or 11am until midnight.
- The subtropical climate allows outdoor leisure all year round. The average temperature in summer is 20-29C. In winter it is 10-21C. Every year there is around 1000 mm of rain over 122 raindays.
- Brisbane has more sunny days than Florida and warmer winter days than the Bahamas.
- Dial tel. 000 for fire, ambulance, or police help in an emergency. This is a free call from a private or public telephone.
- The time in Brisbane is Greenwich Mean Time plus 10 hours. Brisbane does not observe daylight saving time, which means it's on the same time as Sydney and Melbourne in winter, and 1 hour behind those cities October through March. For the exact local time, call tel. 1194.
- The nearest Hospital is Royal Brisbane Hospital, about a 15-minute drive from the city on Herston Road.
- Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland, Australia and is located in the south-east corner of the state.
- Currently over twenty-six percent of Brisbane’s population was born overseas.
- Brisbane's latitude is 27 degrees 28' south, longitude 153 degrees 2' east. Brisbane is about 450km south of the Tropic of Capricorn — as far south of the equator as Tampa, Florida is north.
- Queensland's oldest building still standing is The Windmill on Wickham Terrace. It was constructed by convicts in 1828. During its lifetime it has contained a treadmill, been used as a signal station, a time ball, housed the fire brigade and was used for radio and television research.