Brisbane is young, dynamic and vibrant, and is now known as the lifestyle capital of Australia.
Each year it attracts not only residents from overseas, but also people from southern states seeking warm weather, value for money housing, great beaches, but most importantly the lifestyle for which this city is famous. In fact, Brisbane's highest number of new residents each year come from NSW, principally Sydney. Since the late 1990's, the city has developed into a sophisticated centre with a revitalised city centre, urban fringe districts, great food, street cafes and boulevards, a good contemporary art scene and cultural life, and thriving nightlife.
For contempary art, music and general hipness, go to the Valley, the urban heart of Brisbane. Enjoy the music and the nightlife - not for nothing does the Valley style itself "Loud and Proud". Catch breakfast at New Farm, and enjoy the ambience of a riverside cafe with your latte. Visit one of the great contemporary art galleries, or the Judith Wright Art Centre while you're on the way. Visit the CBD for great shopping and the botanical gardens, and then wander over to South Bank for a cultural experience alongside the wide reaches of the river.
And it doesn't end there - Brisbane is in reach of the best beaches in the world, north to Noosa and the Sunshine Coast, and south to the Gold Coast and northern NSW