Sunday, 19 May 2019

Land form analysis of Brisbane QLD Australia

Land form analysis of Brisbane QLD Australia


I have the chance to visit Brisbane in April 2019 and I took the opportunity to take the Brisbane CityHopper, the  free inner city ferry service for the Brisbane River.

Brisbane City Council's CityHopper is a free inner city ferry service for the Brisbane River. You can hop on and hop off the CityHopper every 30 minutes. The service runs between 6am and midnight, seven days a week.

The ferry stops at the following ferry terminals:

  • North Quay, Brisbane City
  • South Bank 3, South Brisbane
  • Maritime Museum, South Brisbane
  • Thornton Street, Kangaroo Point
  • Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane City
  • Holman Street, Kangaroo Point
  • Dockside, Kangaroo Point
  • Sydney Street, New Farm.

This gives me the opportunity to evaluate the landform of Brisbane and to look at one of the most expensive property area in Brisbane.

According to ( The top 20 most expensive suburbs are as follow:

History of Brisbane

According to Wikipedia (, In 1824, the first convict colony was established at Redcliffe Point under Lieutenant Henry Miller. Only one year later, in 1825, the colony was moved south from Redcliffe to a peninsula on the Brisbane River, site of the present central business district.

The earliest settlement is at the present central business district and West End area:

One of Brisbane's earliest suburbs, West End is also one of the locales that's seen the greatest change.

The name 'West End' is believed to have been taken from the area of London by the same name, because, according to Brian Randall from the State Library of Queensland, it was seen in earlier times as a fashionable place for the houses of the wealthy.

Like many areas of Brisbane, West End started off as farming land. In the 1880s, there were Chinese market gardens located on Montague Road between Boundary and Jane Streets, as well as plenty of cereal crops in the area and a strong timber industry. West End was originally heavily timbered, but this timber was exhausted by the 1880s. The local timber mills were Pettigrew's at North Quay and Parbury's in South Brisbane.

In fact, West End housed a number of different industries in the late 1800s and early 1900s, including a gas works, a concrete pipe works, a boot factory, an iron/steel works, a soft drink factory and glass works and an ice cream plant. These industries and the farms were steadily weeded out of the area as West End was developed and beautified.

Landform analysis of Brisbane

Brisbane city is served by the Brisbane River which is curvy and full of bends. This is the key to Brisbane success.

The Brisbane River (indigenous name Maiwar) is the longest river in South East Queensland, Australia, and flows through the city of Brisbane, before emptying into Moreton Bay. John Oxley, the first European to explore the river, named it after the Governor of New South Wales, Sir Thomas Brisbane in 1823. The penal colony of Moreton Bay later adopted the same name, eventually becoming the present city of Brisbane.

Early travellers along the waterway admired the natural beauty, abundant fish and rich vegetation along its banks. The river travels 344 km (214 mi) from Mount Stanley. The river is dammed by the Wivenhoe Dam, forming Lake Wivenhoe, the main water supply for Brisbane

Brisbane River Water Mouth

Look at Brisbane River water mouth, there is Fisherman Island right in front of Brisbane River and this act as guardian to the water mouth. In addition, there is Bribie Island, Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island, which together form the Moreton Bay where the Qi flow is being slowed down and prosper Brisbane.

Having such a natural landform will prosper the city as per San He Fengshui landform method. Couple with damming of Brisbane River at Wivenhoe Dam, will significantly slow down the Qi Flow and hence prosper Brisbane more.

Looking at the shape of the river, according to San He Fengshui landform theory, the early settlement and development should be the largest curve from the river mouth. From the history of Brisbane, this is the West End area of Brisbane with the Central Business District next to it.

The next big curve near to West End is New Farm, which is currently the most expensive real estate in Brisbane.

May 2019

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