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Brisbane ( ( listen)) is the capital and most populous city of Queensland, and the third most populous city in Australia. With an estimated 2018 population of 2.5 million, and the South East Queensland region which is centered on Brisbane, encompasses a population of more than 3.5 million. The CBD stands in a peninsula on the Brisbane River, located 15 kilometres (9 miles) from its mouth at Moreton Bay. The metropolitan area extends in all directions along the flood plain of the Brisbane river valley between Moreton Bay and the Great Dividing Range, sprawling across several of Australia’s most populous local government areas (LGAs); including the City of Brisbane which is the most populous LGA in Australia, as well as Moreton Bay Region, Logan City, City of Ipswich, and Redland City. The demonym of Brisbane is "Brisbanite".
Situated geographically central on the East Coast, Brisbane is the largest Western city in proximity to Asia. Brisbane is also referred to as Australia’s gateway to Asia, with the city the host of major Asia-Pacific events. The city’s strengths lie in commerce, education, culture, entertainment, research, and innovation along with a strong tech start-up scene and a major hub of companies in energy, resources, and finance. Brisbane is home to several research centres of major importance including the QIMR Berghofer and the Translational Research Institute. The ‘Golden Triangle’, concentrated on Eagle street is the city’s centre of finance. The main airport serving the city is Brisbane Airport, and the main seaport is the Port of Brisbane.