The Greater Brisbane region stretches from the city of Brisbane and coastal Redlands to the southern islands of Moreton Bay. It is the economic powerhouse of South East Queensland and Queensland’s most populous region. With the city of Brisbane – Australia’s closest eastern capital city to Asia – the region is a globally connected, strategic location for business and investment.

Greater Brisbane is Queensland’s tourism hub, with a multitude of attractions including art galleries and exhibitions, live music and major sporting events, and easy access to world-renowned beaches and national parks including the iconic North Stradbroke Island. Around 1.36 million international tourists visit the region annually,1 and this is set to grow with the future completion of the Queens Wharf development and recent official opening of the additional runway at Brisbane Airport.

In 2019, 90,000 international students were studying in the region.2 The region is home to the University of Queensland, one of the world’s top 50 universities, and Queensland University of Technology, which features in Australia’s top 15. Also, the region hosts many world-class training and research facilities.

Queensland’s economic powerhouse, Brisbane’s economy is forecast to grow from $146 billion in 2016 to $217 billion by 2031.3

With a highly diversified industrial structure and an abundant level of skills and resources at its disposal, the region will continue to drive trade and investment growth.

Brisbane

Located in Queensland’s south-east corner, the City of Brisbane enjoys a prime position on Australia’s eastern seaboard, occupying approximately 1,338km2.

Economy and infrastructure

As Australia’s closest eastern capital to Asia, Brisbane is a strategic location for business. The Port of Brisbane handles almost $50 billion in trade, including 95% of Queensland’s international container trade and approximately 50% of its agricultural exports.4

A globally connected city and the economic centre of South East Queensland, Brisbane offers a culturally rich mix of inner-city precincts, urban villages and riverside living. Residents enjoy first-rate facilities such as a world-class international airport, an expansive road and rail network and a fully accessible public transport system.

Each year, the Port of Brisbane handles almost $50 billion in trade, including 95% of Queensland’s international container trade and approximately 50% of its agricultural exports.

Brisbane’s international airport is one of Australia’s busiest, and the region has reliable and efficient road and rail networks, major warehousing facilities, seaports and bulk shipping terminals.

Industry growth areas

Tourism and major events

Brisbane has major cultural and sporting facilities such as:

The Queensland Government supports several exclusive cultural experiences that have proven to be international drawcards. Recent examples include the:

  • 2017 blockbuster exhibition Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)
  • internationally renowned Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art series, which will return again in late 2018
  • annual BIGSOUND music industry conference, showcase and festival
  • World Science Festival Brisbane at the Queensland Museum – the first venue to secure the festival outside of New York
  • annual QPAC International Series, featuring world-renowned companies such as The Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.

Expected to open in 2022, and with a $3.6 billion in investment, Queens’s Wharf Resort Development is projected to attract 1.39 million additional tourists each year to Brisbane and is expected to create 8,000 jobs once fully operational.5

International education and training

The city’s welcoming climate and infrastructure attract the highest numbers of international students and skilled workers in the state. The city is home to numerous universities including the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University and the Australian Catholic University.

Redland City

With a population of almost 150,000 people, projected to increase to over 200,000 by 2041, Redland City combines city living with country charm. Just a 40-minute drive from Brisbane’s CBD, it offers an ideal location to relax and unwind, with many coastal villages and scenic landscapes.

Economy and infrastructure

Redland City is a thriving economic hub, with 11,783 registered businesses in 2020 and a local economy estimated to be worth $5.94 billion in the year ending June 2019, supporting a workforce of approximately 48,804 people in the year 2018-19. Key employment centres include Capalaba and Cleveland. Employment activity in these centres is clustered around industrial parks and retail centres.6

Industry growth areas

Tourism

As the gateway to idyllic North Stradbroke Island, Redland City offers an abundance of leisure activities, including dining at harbour-side restaurants and cafes, enjoying tastings at the award-winning Sirromet Winery, and spotting wildlife on one of the many scenic walking trails through natural bushland.

Moreton Bay

Nestled between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay provides the perfect balance of business and lifestyle. The region offers significant opportunities for investors and businesses, with convenient access to international and domestic airports as well as the Port of Brisbane.

Competitively priced commercial premises and land have attracted over 26,000 businesses and a highly skilled workforce. The region’s business precinct caters for high-tech companies, logistics operations, light industrial uses, campus-style commercial offices, and a range of retail uses.7

Moreton Bay is the envy of many, with its stunning seaside suburbs and rolling green hinterland. Providing capital-city convenience without capital-city costs, the area offers affordable housing, including family homes, apartments close to public transport and shops, and stunning homes on rural acreage.

Logan City

The City of Logan has entered an exciting era of growth. Logan is an innovative, dynamic city of the future that is transforming into an economic powerhouse of South-East Queensland.

Economy and Instructure

Logan has a diverse economic base. Top sectors are manufacturing, rental, hiring and real estate services, construction, retail, and wholesale trade. Emerging industries include transport and logistics, food manufacturing and processing, health care and education and training.

Given its central geographic location within South-East Queensland and available young workforce, Logan is ideally placed for continued growth. Logan is one of Australia’s largest and fastest growing cities, with a 2019 population of just over 334,000.8

In 2016, 27.3% of people in Logan City were born overseas, making the region a hub of multicultural diversity.9

The Logan region’s rapidly going population will be supported by 2 master-planned satellite cities, Yarrabilba and Greater Flagstone, currently under development.

Regional strengths

Transport and logistics

With direct access to major arterial road networks, 2 international airports and an extensive freight rail network, the region is an important trade corridor perfectly situated to access domestic and global markets. Ease of access to supply chains means the region is a hub for the transport and logistics sector including warehousing, distributions centres and transport service industries.

Logan’s extensive road network includes M2/MR6 Logan Motorway (connecting to M1 Pacific Motorway and Gateway Motorway), and Mount Lindesay Highway (National Route 13).

Logan’s rail network includes the Sydney–Brisbane XPT passenger and freight corridor.

International education and training

Education and training facilities in the region will increase over the coming years. One of Australia’s top 20 universities, Griffith University, already has a campus in Meadowbrook and the region hosts more than 1,900 international students study each year.10

Tourism

For adventurous types, Logan boasts access to thrilling Mountain Bike Trails, wakeboarding and go-kart racing. For those who prefer a quieter style of relaxation, you can take a guided tour through a Zen Buddhist temple or enjoy the blissful ancient art of tea. Attend one of the regular cultural ceremonies or festivals that are synonymous with the area.

Manufacturing

Logan has an already well-established manufacturing sector and stands to benefit from the LAND 400 defence contract, with spill-over benefits for local advanced manufacturers and supporting businesses.

Trade and investment services

For more information on opportunities in the Greater Brisbane region, connect with TIQ today.

References

1Tourism and Events Queensland, Mar 2020, ‘Queensland International Visitation Summary’, https://teq.queensland.com/research-and-insights/tourism-data-explorer/power-bi-ivs, accessed July 2020.

2Australian Trade and Investment Commission, 2020, ‘Regional Data Dashboards’, https://www.austrade.gov.au/australian/education/education-data/mip-orbis/regional-dashboard, accessed July 2020.

3Brisbane City Council, 2017, ‘Brisbane’s Economic Overview’, http://www.choosebrisbane.com.au/invest/why-brisbane/economic-overview?sc_lang=en-au, accessed July 2020.

4Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (ABARES), ‘About my region – Greater Brisbane Queensland’, https://www.agriculture.gov.au/abares/research-topics/aboutmyregion/greater-brisbane#agricultural-sector, accessed July 2020.

5Queen’s Wharf Brisbane, ‘Queen’s Wharf Brisbane’, https://queenswharfbrisbane.com.au/, accessed July 2020

6Redland City Council, 2019, ‘Redland City Council Economic Profile’, https://economy.id.com.au/redland/gross-regional-product, accessed July 2020.

7Moreton Bay Regional Council, ‘Economic Development Action Plan 2017-2022’, https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/files/assets/public/services/publications/economic-development-action-plan-2017-2022.pdf, accessed July 2020.

8Logan City Council, 2019, ‘Logan City Council Community Profile’, https://profile.id.com.au/logan, accessed July 2020.

9Logan City Council, 2019, ‘Logan City Council Community Profile – Birthplace’, https://profile.id.com.au/logan/birthplace, accessed July 2020.

10Deloitte Access Economics (2020), ‘International education and training snapshot, Logan-Beaudesert 2019’, report commissioned by Study Queensland.