Brisbane is the capital of the Australian state of Queensland and the third largest city of the country. Australia has about 25 million inhabitants and more than half of the Australian population lives in these three cities: Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Brisbane is a typical Australian metropolis, clean, with a good public transport system, an excellent network of bicycle lanes and well-functioning services. As I mentioned earlier, public transportation is efficient and connects the periphery to the city center in a capillary way without having to use your elbows to board at rush hour, unlike Sydney or Melbourne. In any case, it would not be bad to have your own car, both to move around within the city.
Brisbane has a fantastic climate with almost 300 days of sunshine a year. The weather is generally pleasant, most days are sunny and the sky is cloudless. In the summer it can get very hot, but it is mainly the high humidity that bothers. In winter, temperatures are mild.
As for the cost of living, living in Brisbane is expensive and the cost of living is constantly rising. However, prices are lower than in Melbourne or Sydney.
Brisbane residents are generally friendly and outgoing, and the old Australian rule of helping those in need still applies. Here, too, people follow the typical Australian lifestyle: people live in a relaxed manner and accept others without distinction of origin, culture, sexual orientation or background. If you want to study in Australia, you should know that Brisbane is home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world, attended by students from all over the world. Not to mention that 30% of the city’s residents are immigrants, so you will not have a hard time meeting people from many countries around the world.
Speaking of work, there is no shortage of job opportunities here. The entire state of Queensland has recently become a destination that attracts more and more companies that open their offices here, leading to the creation of new jobs.
Those who want to learn more about working in Australia can read this article: How to work in Australia
Living and working in Brisbane – pros and cons
Living and working in Brisbane, pros
- Excellent weather
- Good work opportunities
- Good services
- Very green city
- Very clean city
- Multicultural, (people of different origins)
- Relaxed life
- Friendly and tolerant people
Living and working in Brisbane, cons
- High cost of living
- Very humid in summer
Living and working in Brisbane, conclusion
Many wonder which of Australia’s three largest cities is the best. Let us look at them one by one.
- It is a larger city than Brisbane, so the cultural, entertainment and recreational offerings are also greater
- It often reaches higher temperatures but has lower humidity.
- For lovers of sports in general and of international sporting events, Melbourne is the perfect place
- Public transportation in Melbourne is much better than in Brisbane
- The cost of living in Melbourne is higher than in Brisbane
- The cost of living is higher there (especially housing)
- Although the public transportation network is better, the traffic in the city is a nightmare
- The city’s cultural, entertainment and recreational offerings are better than Brisbane’s
- The climate in Sydney is worse because there are fewer sunny days and the winters are colder
- The city is much more chaotic and stressful than Brisbane
- The climate in Brisbane is generally warmer than in the other two cities, but humidity is much higher
- The cost of living in Brisbane is generally lower than in Melbourne and Sydney
- There are fewer job opportunities here
- Less traffic and less air pollution
- A quieter and more relaxed life than the other two metropolises
In summary, if you are looking for a quieter, more relaxed life, Brisbane is the right choice for you. So you can live in Sydney or Melbourne as long as you are single and want a career, but if you decide to raise a family and live without stress, I would advise you to move to Brisbane.