Brisbane has a humid subtropical climate with warm to hot and humid summers and dry moderately warm winters. From November to March, thunderstorms are common over Brisbane, with the more severe events accompanied by large damaging hail stones, torrential rain and destructive winds. Brisbane also lies in the Tropical Cyclone risk area, although cyclones are rare.
Brisbane has an extensive transportation network within the city, as well as connections to regional centres, interstate and to overseas destinations. Public transport is provided by bus, rail and ferry services. Bus services are operated by public and private operators whereas trains and ferries are operated by public agencies. Brisbane's CityCat high speed ferry service, popular with tourists and commuters, operates services along the Brisbane River between the University of Queensland and Apollo Road.
Brisbane has over 27 km (16.8 mi) of bicycle pathways. An extensive network of pedestrian and cyclist pathways have been created along the banks of the Brisbane River to form a Riverwalk network.
Brisbane has hosted many large cultural and sporting events, including the 1982 Commonwealth Games, World Expo '88 and the final Goodwill Games in 2001. Brisbane has a substantial and thriving live theatre and music scene - both popular and classical. The Queensland Cultural Centre, located at South Bank, within the suburb of South Brisbane, is the cultural hub of Brisbane. The Queensland Cultural Centre contains the Queensland Museum, the Queensland Art Gallery, the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, the State Library of Queensland, Queensland Writers Centre, and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Brisbane's major cultural events include the Ekka (the Royal Queensland Exhibition), held each August, and the Riverfestival, held each September at South Bank Parklands and surrounding areas. The Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) is held in July/August in a variety of venues around Brisbane.
Things To Do in Brisbane
Tourism is an important part of the Brisbane economy, both in its own right and as a gateway to other areas of Queensland. Brisbane is the third-most popular destination for international tourists. Brisbane is also one of the major business hubs in Australia, with most major Australian companies, as well as numerous international companies with contact offices in Brisbane. Popular tourist and recreation areas include the Australia Zoo, South Bank Parklands, Roma Street Parkland, the City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane Forest Park and Portside Wharf and the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the Story Bridge adventure climb and rock climbing at the Kangaroo Point cliffs.
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