It has been suggested that Cleveland was named by Captain James Cook when he sailed by in 1770.  Brisbane now sprawls north towards the Sunshine Coast and south towards the Gold Coast and is the main access point for ferries to North Stradbroke Island One of the most significant coastal settlements is Cleveland which, because it was once promoted as the future capital of the state, is now an important coastal town with a number of historic buildings.

At the 2016 census, Cleveland had a population of 14,801.


Brisbane is the capital of and most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland, and the third most populous city in Australia. Brisbane’s metropolitan area has a population of 2.4 million, and the South East Queensland region, centred on Brisbane, encompasses a population of more than 3.5 million.

The city is a popular tourist destination, serving as a gateway to the state of Queensland, particularly to the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, popular resort areas immediately south and north of Brisbane, respectively.

Brisbane is Queensland’s economic engine room – a growth city with a strong history of economic performance and significant infrastructure investment. Key growth industries in Brisbane are business services, construction, education, finance, government, health, manufacturing, mining, retail, and transport