South east Queensland is one of the most popular Defence posting destinations because of the lifestyle, weather and variety in employment opportunities for Defence personnel and families.
Defence families tend to live in three main areas: Brisbane, Ipswich and the Darling Downs.
With a population of just over 1.2 million, Brisbane is Australia’s third largest city and the state capital of Queensland. Brisbane is considered to be one of the most vibrant and fastest growing centers in Australia today.
The cultural heart of Brisbane is the Queensland Cultural Centre at the South Bank Precinct where the Queensland Art Gallery, State Library and Queensland Museum provide a variety of cultural pursuits. QPAC is also the ‘second home’ to some of the state’s leading performing arts companies including the Queensland Theatre Company, Queensland Ballet, The Queensland Orchestra and Opera Queensland.
Brisbane has many other noted theatre venues, among which are The Powerhouse Theatre at New Farm which offers a mix of theatre, workshops and art programs, and LaBoite Theatre at Kelvin Grove which presents exciting theatre in an intimate roundhouse format.
Parks and Gardens
Brisbane is home to two world-class botanic gardens: the City Botanic Gardens and the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. The City Gardens, located on the banks of the Brisbane River adjacent to Parliament House, were established in 1855 and are popular with visitors and city workers alike.
The Brisbane Botanic Gardens are located at the base of Mount Coot-tha in the historic inner suburb of Toowong, only 7 kilometres from the CBD. The gardens feature a magnificent tropical display dome, a lagoon, Japanese gardens, themed gardens on 52 hectares and the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium.
In the heart of Brisbane, the 16-hectare Roma Street Parkland is a green oasis of subtropical plants surrounding a one-hectare lake.
Across from the city centre, the 17-hectare South Bank Parkland stretches for more than a kilometre along the banks of the Brisbane River. The Parklands incorporates diverse landscape styles, from rainforests to lush lawn areas and formal gardens. Over 5.5 million people each year enjoy the recreation, entertainment and dining pleasures which South Bank parklands has to offer.
The Army has the largest presence in Brisbane, with the major establishment, Gallipoli Barracks, located in the suburb of Enoggera. There is also a Naval establishment at Bulimba on the south side of Brisbane and an Army Promotion and Training Centre located in the Gold Coast Hinterland at Canungra. The RAAF base at Amberley is located in Ipswich about a 50 minute drive west of Brisbane.