I live in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, one hour north of Brisbane (where one of the major wood working shows in Australia is held each year). I previously lived in central Brisbane for over 30 years.
Brisbane is a very liveable city, with plenty of sunshine, and friendly people, and a one hour drive to the Sunshine Coast, or the Gold Coast, to exceptional beaches. Greater South East Queensland offers a wide variety of activities, most in lovely rural settings.
Brisbane has a very diverse populace, with widely accepted multi-cultural elements, which are welcomed and fostered. It is a major education centre, with students from all over the world.
It is my biased opinion that it is the pick of the major Australian cities (Sydney 6m, Melbourne 4m people), with every aspect of a comfortable lifestyle, and without the masses of people.
As with anywhere you live, you get out of it what you put in to it.
Only too happy to help if you need anything more specific.