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Major public works included the Riverside Expressway, the Gateway Bridge, and later, the redevelopment of South Bank, starting with the Queensland Art Gallery.Brisbane hosted the 1982 Commonwealth Games and the 1988 World Exposition (known locally as World Expo 88).Skyline from Kangaroo Point Cliffs; Queenslander architecture, North Stradbroke Island Gorge Walk; Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, City Hall; Story Bridge, St John's Cathedral; Treasury Building, Merivale Bridge The metropolitan area extends in all directions along the floodplain 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), most centrally the City of Brisbane, which is by far the most populous LGA in the nation. One of the oldest cities in Australia, Brisbane was founded upon the ancient homelands of the indigenous Turrbal and Jagera peoples.
In 1942 Brisbane was the site of a violent clash between visiting US military personnel and Australian servicemen and civilians which resulted in one death and hundreds of injuries.
This incident became known colloquially as the Battle of Brisbane.
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.
He formed additional outstations and made several important journeys of exploration.