Brisbane is a modern, vibrant city with a sunny, sub-tropical climate and unsurpassed natural beauty. It is
the capital and most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland. Brisbane is only a fairly young city,
with the first European settlement occurring less than 200 years ago. However, the area is the ancient
homelands of the indigenous Turrbal and Jagera peoples, who have inhabited the region for many
thousands of years. The Brisbane central business district stands on the original European settlement and is
situated inside a bend of the Brisbane River, about 15 kilometres (9 miles) from its mouth at Moreton Bay.
While it will still be winter in Brisbane at the time of ISNI 2018, you needn’t bring your overcoat! The daily maximum for August is usually 20-25◦C (68-77◦F). The nights can get a bit cooler, with an average minimum of 10◦C (50◦F), so you should bring a sweater for the evenings. August is also usually one of the driest months of the year.
You’ll find friendly locals keen to show you around this attractive riverside city. Brisbane is also well known for its distinct Queenslander architecture which forms much of the city’s built heritage. The city is a popular tourist destination, serving as a gateway to the state of Queensland, particularly to the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, popular resort areas immediately south and north of Brisbane, respectively, and their lovely hinterlands. It’s also easy to get to the Great Barrier Reef from Brisbane, with several flights daily to Cairns (for the Northern part of the reef) or Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast). The most southern part of the Reef, at Lady Elliot Island, can be visited as a day tour from Brisbane.
Several large cultural, international and sporting events have been held at Brisbane, including the 1982 Commonwealth Games, World Expo ’88, the Goodwill Games in 2001, the 2014 G-20 summit. The upcoming 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held nearby on the Gold Coast, with some events taking place in Brisbane.