South East Queensland

Covers Brisbane (Queensland’s capital city), Ipswich, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast.
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Population Over 1.86 million people
Area Over 2,116 square kilometres
Key infrastructure


Population Over 162,362 people
Area 1,090 square kilometres
Key infrastructure
  • Borders the Brisbane City Council, about 40 minutes by road
  • Large industrial area—parks and precincts for heavy industry
  • Extensive national road and rail network
  • Ipswich motorway (part of the AusLink Network)
  • Extensive rail access for industry linking west to the energy rich Surat Basin and east to southern markets and the Queensland Port

Gold Coast

Population Over 483,000 people
Area 1,400 square kilometres
Key infrastructure
  • Less than 1 hour drive from major trading port
  • International and domestic Airport
  • Extensive national road and rail network
  • 8-lane Pacific Motorway
  • Brisbane–Gold Coast rail line
  • Hinze Dam, Little Nerang Dam and Wivenhoe Dam

Sunshine Coast

Population Over 303,000 people
Area 3,100 square kilometres
  • Caloundra
  • Maroochydore and Sunshine Coast Hinterland
  • Noosa
Key infrastructure
  • Less than 1 hour drive from Port of Brisbane
  • Sunshine Coast Domestic airport
  • Extensive national road and rail network
  • Bruce Highway, Sunshine Motorway
  • Brisbane–Sunshine Coast rail line


  • Fibro beach shacks at the coast
  • Heritage-listed workers cottages in inner city suburbs
  • Sprawling riverside homesteads to the west
  • Cutting-edge inner urban apartments
  • Prestigious canal development homes on the bay



A train, bus and ferry network connects the greater Brisbane area to Noosa in the north, south to Coolangatta and west to Helidon. Only 1 ticket is needed for all modes of public transport.

Cultural facilities

  • Brisbane
  • Ipswich
    • Large shopping centre and boutique shops in city centre
    • Queensland Workshops Rail Museum
    • Queensland Raceway—activities for race drivers and spectators
    • The Brookwater Golf Club—18-hole, Greg-Norman-designed championship golf course
  • Gold Coast
    • 70 kilometres of beaches
    • Major shopping centres, boutiques, specialty shops and markets
    • Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
    • Wildlife and theme parks—Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, Dreamworld, White Water World and Wet 'n' Wild Water Park
    • World-class sporting and recreational facilities
    • 5-star resorts and other accommodation
    • Gold Coast Seaway—safe ocean access and over 270 kilometres of navigable waterways
  • Sunshine Coast
    • 5-star resorts
    • Award-winning golf courses
    • Major shopping centres and specialty boutiques
    • Tourist attractions—Big Pineapple, Buderim Ginger Factory and Australia Zoo
    • Unspoiled beaches
    • Galleries and museums