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This article is about the metropolitan area of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
For the local government area, see City of Brisbane.
Today, Brisbane is well known for its distinct Queenslander architecture which forms much of the city's built heritage.
It also receives attention for its damaging flood events, most notably in 19.
The city is a popular tourist destination, serving as a gateway to the state of Queensland, particularly to the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, popular resort areas immediately south and north of Brisbane, respectively.
Several large cultural, international and sporting events have been held at Brisbane, including the 1982 Commonwealth Games, World Expo '88, the final Goodwill Games in 2001, and the 2014 G-20 summit.
Trams in Brisbane were a popular mode of public transport until the network was closed in 1969, leaving Melbourne as the last Australian city to operate a tram network until recently.
The 1974 Brisbane flood was a major disaster which temporarily crippled the city.
German missionaries settled at Zions Hill, Nundah as early as 1837, five years before Brisbane was officially declared a free settlement.However, this settlement was abandoned after a year and the colony was moved to a site on the Brisbane River now known as North Quay, 28 km (17 mi) south, which offered a more reliable water supply.The newly selected Brisbane region, at the time, was plagued by mosquitos.Despite steady growth, Brisbane's development was punctuated by infrastructure problems.The State government under Joh Bjelke-Petersen began a major program of change and urban renewal, beginning with the central business district and inner suburbs.
He formed additional outstations and made several important journeys of exploration.