Brisbane and the Brisbane River were named after Sit Thomas Brisbane who was a British soldier and colony administrator who was born in Scotland. The first colony was established in 1824 and then became a free settlement in 1838 continuing to develop as a town by 1859 and then a metropolitan area by 1924. In WWII Brisbane played a prominent part in the defence of Australia due to its proximity to the South West Pacific Area.
In addition to these 5 regions, Brisbane expands to three other major localities all approximately 50km from the CBD. These are:
Brisbane hosts a large number of sporting and cultural events throughout the year. The majority of these are focused around the city and South Bank and making the most of the outlook over the River. A few of the popular annual events are listed below:
Brisbane Exhibition – this goes for 9 days each year at the Exhibition Showgrounds
The Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run which is a 10km charity fun run from the Gateway Bridge to the city
Brisbane Festival which is a cultural celebration for the month of September with laser and light shows every evening and culminating with a large fireworks display and plane flyovers
Oktoberfest is celebrated at both the Exhibition showgrounds, the German Club and the multiple Brauhaus’s located around Brisbane
Seafood and Wine festival on Caxton Street celebrating the great seafood from Moreton Bay