Situated in the north east state of Queensland – Brisbane is one of Australia’s premier cities. With a population of more than two million it’s probably best known for its tropical climate, surfing spots and notable sports teams and venues. It was also host to the 1982 Commonwealth Games.
In January 2011 Brisbane was affected by severe flooding that hit much of the east Australian coast. More than 200,000 people in 70 towns, including Brisbane, were displaced with damage costing around A$1bn.
Brisbane is home to many top class sports teams. Among the better know are Brisbane Broncos (rugby league), Queensland Reds (rugby union), Brisbane Roar (football) – of whom former Netherlands footballer Patrick Kluivert is the club ambassador, Queensland Bulls (cricket), Brisbane Lions (AFL) and the Queensland Firebirds (netball).
Brisbane is also home to the Queensland rugby league State of Origin side who play an annual three Test series against New South Wales.
The stadia around the city are nearly as well known as the people who play in them. The Brisbane Cricket Ground – better known as The Gabba – is perhaps the best known.
It is named after the suburb of Woolloongabba, where it is located, and can host 42,000 spectators. The city is also called home by numerous sports stars.
He won four Premierships with the Brisbane Broncos and one World Club Challenge in that time and was the club’s player-of-the-year on three occasions.
Former Australian cricketer Michael Kasprowicz – who retired in 2008 and took part in the thrilling Ashes Test series in 2005, Andy Bichel – who also played for his country and several English counties.
But most infamous is Andrew ‘Roy’ Symonds. The self-styled bad boy of Australian cricket was constantly in the headlines of both the front and back pages and brought his glittering career to an end when his contract ended with Indian Premier League side, Mumbai Indians in 2011.
Cyclist Robbie McEwen also hails from Brisbane as does IndyCar legend Scott Dixon, the 31-year-old is still one of the sport’s most successful drivers.
Brisbane has also been a hotbed for rugby union players with players like two-time World Cup winner John Eales and Michael Lynagh.
The sportsmen are pretty good in the water too. Kieren Perkins won two Olympic gold medals in 1992 and 1996 in the 1500m freestyle. He also picked up a silver medal in 2000 for the same event.
And current women’s US Open tennis champion Samantha Stosur is another Brisbanite who continues to rise up the WTA rankings.
By: Mark Applin