Brisbane, also affectionately known as Brisvegas, is the capital city of Queensland Australia.

It boasts international modern art exhibitions, many five star restaurants and world class shopping facilities. The Queen St Mall is the central hub for specialty shops, however there are also designer shops scattered through Fortitude Valley and New Farm regions.

It is also known for its conference and exhibition facilities at South bank with art facilities, museums, theaters and convention center located on the old Expo site. As a cultural hub, Brisbane's Southbank is the perfect place to take in an award winning show or musical.

Brisbane is also known as the gourmet capital of Queensland, with a multitude of restaurants, gourmet providers, coffee roasters and delicatessens. These are centered in the James St precinct of the city.

Brisbane is also known as the day spa and massage capital of Queensland.

With over 200 massage and day spa providers, Brisbane has some of the best day spa providers and massage therapists in Australia.

These vary from the large day spas that you find linked in five star hotels, through to smaller providers that work attached to hair dressing and beauty salons.

Larger Brisbane day spas can include more exotic styles of massage including Ka Huna, Lomi Lomi and hot stone massages, and can incorporated steam rooms, saunas and other facilities into their treatments.

Smaller providers tend to offer one hour treatments of remedial or Swedish massage and tend to be cheaper.

One of the more popular Brisbane massage and beauty services is the mobile day spa service. Some offer more exotic styles of massage like chocolate massage, Sea shell massage, Russian massage and Vietnamese Four Hands Massage. Ripple also does the more traditional remedial, relaxation, pregnancy and hot stone massage styles.

Brisbane has long been known as a region for relaxation, so it is not surprising that massage and day spa is popular here. By the time of Federation, Queensland was the fastest growing state in Australia and Brisbane was its economic center. Despite the drought, floods and depression of the 1890s, trade and industry boomed.

After World War Two, Brisbane continued to grow with increased industrial activity and population levels boosted by immigration.

Today Brisbane is still on of Australia's favorite capital cities with cultural, popular and financial growth. It now sprawls out from the central river with suburbs rapidly expanding to cater to its population growth.