With the bigger cities in Australia dominating the attention of travellers’ busy, over-packed schedules, Brisbane is definitely one of the countries most underrated travel destinations. I’ve found that Queensland’s sunny capital receives mixed reviews, often being regarded as a stop-off on the way to other locations.
Hopefully this post will show you that there are many reasons to love living in Brisbane! From its peaceful riverside walkways and inner-city parklands to the abundance of day trips available at the weekend. Brisbane will always have a place in my heart. If you let it, maybe it will find a place in yours too!
1. It’s Small, But Charming
Brisbane is the epitome of a liveable city; it’s chilled-out and charming with lush, green parklands and an abundance of outdoor bars. The city center really isn’t very big, especially compared with Melbourne and Sydney, the two larger cities on the east coast! It has the perfect combination of new and old; you won’t be overwhelmed by too many skyscrapers here! One of my favourite things about Brisbane is that its so peaceful to explore at night. I always felt safe in the city, and found it really relaxing to stroll alongside the river and gaze at Victoria Bridge and the buildings lit up in an array of vibrant colours.
2. Queen Street Mall
Queen Street Mall is the main pedestrianized street in the city center, and will have just about everything you’ll ever need! It hosts a plethora of shops and outdoor bars. There’s always something happening; from aspiring musicians and entertainment acts to the weekly food markets on Wednesdays. And don’t miss the incredible sushi, where you can get big rolls for a few dollars. I’ve never seen sushi like it before; fillings can include sweet and sour pork, tempura prawn, teriyaki chicken etc – its not just raw fish!
3. Brisbane River
The Brisbane River meanders through the city, playing host to beautiful riverside walkways and ferry rides. The best thing is that you can explore the river for free! How could you resist not taking advantage of the free City Hopper ferry, which will take you from North Quay in the center to the suburb New Farm! If you’re looking for adventure you can explore the river in a range of ways with Riverlife, including kayaking and paddle-boarding.
4. South Bank
My favourite part of Brisbane is without a doubt the South Bank Parklands. Situated across the river from Queen Street Mall, this area hosts a man-made sandy beach lagoon and outdoor swimming pool. It’s a heavenly oasis in the city with a huge play area for children, delicious eateries and bars and walkways lined with vibrant, purple bougainvillea! As well as that, you can also find the cheapest cinema tickets at Cineplex, a budget-friendly cinema. Adult cinema tickets are $8.50 and only $6.50 on Tuesdays!
4. Rugby Culture
Slower-paced than the bigger cities, Brisbane has more of a relaxed, community feel to it. One thing I particularly enjoyed was the rugby culture! The State of Origin is a huge annual rugby competition between Queensland and New South Wales. As both teams fight for the title its hard not to get caught up in the state rivalry!
5. The Weather
Having spent time in the city during all seasons I can confidently say that the weather makes Brisbane a great place to live all year round. Its location further up the coast than the other big cities gives it an advantage in this sense! That’s not to say it doesn’t rain; Brisbane definitely hosts its fair share of spring thunderstorms, but you can live there comfortably during winter, and use the sandy lagoon at South Bank to cool down in summer.
There are some stunning areas to view the city, such as Kangaroo Point, which is an ideal place to watch the sunset. Walk or catch the ferry to this area of Brisbane which has free BBQ points. You can also catch bus 471 to Mt Coot-tha for a view of Brisbane in its entirety.
7. Its Central Location
If you choose to live in Brisbane you’ll have an extensive list of places to visit for day-trips and weekends away! Its prime location in the middle of the east coast makes the city an ideal gateway to other destinations such as Byron Bay, Noosa, Stradbroke Island, Surfers Paradise and The Glasshouse Mountains to name a few!
Have you lived in or visited Brisbane? What’s your favourite city in Australia? I’d love to know your thoughts! If you’ve enjoyed this post please share or comment in the section below.
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