Beautiful Brisbane

Spectacular Brisbane Skyline

Spectacular Brisbane Skyline

On a cloudless winter day our river city is looking spectacular.

A few Facts about Brisbane

Brisbane, established in 1824, is named after the river on which it sits, which, in turn, was named after Scotsman Sir Thomas Brisbane, the Governor of New South Wales from 1821 to 1825.

Brisbane has played host to large scale cultural and sporting events.

  • In 1982 the Commonwealth Games were opened by the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip, at Brisbane’s QEII Stadium,
  • the World’s Fair was held in many locations across the city and was dubbed “World Expo ’88 – Leisure in the Age of Technology”
  • and in 2001 the Goodwill Games held their last ever competition in Brisbane.

The Indigenous Peoples of Australia call refer to Brisbane as “Mian-Jin” or “Place shaped as a spike”. The spike reference no doubt relates to the fact that Brisbane is a hilly city. Brisbane, in fact, is just east of Australia’s most substantial mountain range (The Great Dividing Range).

Kangaroo Point Park

Kangaroo Point Park also features the new sculpture by Wolfgang Buttress called “Venus Rising”

Venus Rising

Venus Rising

Venus Rising was installed at Kangaroo Point Park on 19 January 2012. The artist and engineers worked to create the best possible vision for this major sculpture, destined to become an iconic marker for Queensland. Its slender torpedo shape is based on the Fibonacci spiral. Illuminated from the base, Venus Rising is a visible marker on the Brisbane skyline. Although G.James did not play a role in this project it is an impressive artwork to form part of Brisbane. More information available on the artwork available here.

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