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From its crude beginnings as a penal colony - founded in 1824 as an outpost of New South Wales - and its long-standing reputation as a conservative `country town', Brisbane has undergone a remarkable metamorphosis in recent years, and has embraced progress with much enthusiasm. With a subtropical climate and relatively small population of just over 1.5 million, the city has a slower pace of life than that of southern cities, and Queensland's capital has blossomed into a most attractive metropolis.Although most visitors do not linger for long in Brisbane before heading south to the Gold Coast or north to the attractions of the coast and Great Barrier Reef, there is plenty to see and do here. The city's riverside location is a very important ingredient of its charm: Brisbane stands on a sweeping bend of the Brisbane River, and taking a leisurely cruise or ferry ride around and beyond the city is a highlight of any visit.
There are museums, galleries and a few graceful old buildings here, but sunny Brisbane is a largely modern city, concerned for the most part with relaxing and enjoying the good things in life. The brilliantly designed South Bank Parklands, which include a swimming lagoon and sandy beach, and the city's many parks and gardens, are ideal places to indulge in such pursuits, as are the islands and beaches of nearby Moreton Bay. You can also explore the pleasant city centre - particularly the shops and outdoor cafés of Queen Street Mall; the Riverside Centre and its ferry wharves, just off Eagle Street; and King George Square. The best view of Brisbane is from the lookout at the top of nearby Mount Coot-tha.