Brisbane is the capital city in the Australian state of Queensland, and is located on the east coast of Australia. It has a population of 2.3 million, with over 10,000 of the inhabitants being Muslims. Named after the Brisbane River, on which the city is situated, it is one of the oldest cities in Australia. Brisbane has hosted various cultural, international and sporting events, notably the 1982 Commonwealth Games and the 2014 G-20 Summit. It is a popular tourist destination, and a gateway to the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. Due to the sheer size of Muslims living in Brisbane, there are several Halal-certified restaurants and mosques located across the city for individuals to eat at and pray in, respectively.
Brisbane is well-known for its distinct architecture, which forms the majority of the city’s built heritage. The Cathedral of St Stephen is a heritage-listed cathedral church, and the oldest existing church in Queensland. Its architectural style consists of gothic revival. The Old Government House is Queensland’s first public building, and was built in 1860 after Queensland separated from New South Wales. The interior of the building has been transformed a museum for public viewing.
The South Bank Parklands are a popular tourist and local destination. Located at the southern bank of Brisbane River, it consists rainforests, fountains, restaurants and shops. It is also where the Wheel of Brisbane is located. Another famous tourist hotspot is the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. It is both the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary, boasting over 130 koalas. Tourists can take pictures, hold and even hand feed koalas during their visit.
Brisbane is the primary shopping destination in Brisbane, with over 1000 stores located in the city. The Queen Street Mall is Australia’s most popular mall, with nearly 30 million visitors a year. It contains a mixture of local, national and international labels and brands. Other shopping locations include Edward Street and Elizabeth Street.
Getting There/Transportation Facilities
Brisbane Airport is the primary international airport in Brisbane, and is the third busiest airport in Australia. The airport services both domestic and international flights. It was the ranked the 3rd best airport in the world and rated 1st in Australia. It is easily accessible by bus, railway and car services.
Brisbane contains numerous transportation facilities open to tourists and the general public. These include ferry services, buses, taxis and CityCycle bike hire.
There are various mosques located in Brisbane to accommodate Muslim tourists. These include the Moorooka Mosque and the West End Mosque. There are also Jummah Friday Prayers located on Elizabeth St in the CBD.
For a complete list of mosques, visit http://muslimdirectory.com.au/directory/Mosques/Queensland_Mosque/
Several halal-certified restaurants are available in Brisbane, with cuisines ranging from Asian and Italian to Turkish and Persian. They are suitable for both Muslim tourists as well as locals.
For more details, visit http://www.halalsquare.com.au/brisbane/
Top Ten Things to Do and See in Brisbane
1. South Bank Parklands – public lawns and gardens
2. Queensland Gallery of Modern Art – art museum
3. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary – world’s oldest and largest koala sanctuary
4. Wheel of Brisbane – observation wheel with city views
5. Queensland Maritime Museum – presentation of historic sailing ship models
6. Cathedral of St Stephen – gothic revival-style cathedral church
7. Museum of Brisbane – historical city museum
8. Queensland Cultural Centre – art gallery, state library and museum
9. Mount Coot-tha – highest peak in Brisbane
10. Old Government House – historic house and art museum