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Brisbane Attractions and Things to See

Brisbane is the capital and most populated city in the Australian state of Queensland, as well as being the third most populated city in the country that sits along a bend in the Brisbane River some 12 miles from the mouth of the Moreton Bay. It played a significant part in the Allied campaign in WWII as the South West Pacific headquarters for General Douglas MacArthur and the host of numerous huge cultural and sporting events that would gain it the status of a gamma world city and rated the 16th most livable city in the world.
It has a unique history, as does the entire nation, since it would begin being settled by convicts and other types that were shunned by the elite and wealthy of England and Europe. It also has a large area of retail stores with many malls that house cinemas, cafes, boutiques, shopping centers, restaurants and gift shops.
Brisbane has a growing live music scene that includes both classical and popular that houses the Queensland Performing Arts Center at South Bank that consists of the Playhouse Theater, the Lyric Theater, a concert hall, Cremome theater, Queensland theater company, Opera Queensland, the Queensland Ballet and many other performance art groups stage performances that happen at various venues. It has the Queensland Orchestra that is the city only professional symphony orchestra and the state's biggest performing arts company. In the South Bank Parklands, you'll enjoy visiting the Queensland Conservatorium that hosts professional companies and conservatorium students. There are many choirs here as well that will serenade you to whatever state you enjoy, but they perform in the many churches because as of now, the city has no permanent purpose built venue. Brisbane has numerous art galleries like the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art that opened in 2006 and one of the newest additions to the South Bank district and one of the most well known galleries in the city that showcase famous pieces of modern art from within and without the country, and the biggest modern art gallery in the country. It is a great place to view traveling art exhibitions like the Andy Warhol exhibition that would host the biggest survey of his work in the country. It is situated next to the State Library of Queensland and the Queensland Art Gallery that contains a great collection of artworks
The city was nominated as one of the top 5 international music hotspots by Billboard in 2007, along with Beijing, Marseille, Birmingham and Berlin. The Brisbane Powerhouse and Judith Wright Center of Contemporary Arts are two more venues that will excite and pique your interests in foreign art, with many amateur theater groups and many production groups that will astound you when you enjoy one of their innumerable shows. Since tourism has become such a large part of the city's economy, other significant areas include the South Bank Parklands, the City Botanic Gardens, the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary that opened in 1927 as the first in the world, the Portside Wharf and Brisbane Forest Park. Mount Coot-ha contains a magnificent state forest, and the city has 17 miles of bike paths for those that live to ride or love to ride, as well as many fishing and boating locations, the Story Bridge Adventure Climb and the rock climbing adventures at the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. Brisbane has many outstanding sports teams that participate in cricket, baseball, rugby, netball, soccer and Australian rules football.