There inevitably comes a time during your Working Holiday Visa in Australia when the money has declined and you have to choose somewhere to settle and work for a while. During our year in the country my boyfriend and I spent a total of seven months living in Brisbane. Within this time we had seven jobs between us and met a whole heap of people that will hopefully be friends for life.
Whilst Brisbane has my vote, when it comes to choosing a favourite city on the east coast, the bigger cities Melbourne and Sydney often dominate the attention of travellers busy, over-packed schedules. Brisbane receives mixed reviews and is often regarded as a stop-off on the way to other destinations.
The capital of Queensland will always have a place in my heart, and I’m going to show you that there’s many reasons to love living there! If you let it, you might just find that Brisbane has a lot more to offer than you originally thought!
It’s small, but charming
Brisbane is chilled-out and charming with lush, green parklands and outdoor bars. Queen Street Mall is the main hub in Brisbane where you’ll find just about everything you’ll ever need! This pedestrianised street 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.
The Brisbane River
The Brisbane River meanders through the city, playing host to beautiful riverside walkways and ferry rides. 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 for absolutely free! If you’re looking for adventure you can explore the river in a range of ways with Riverlife, including kayaking and paddle-boarding.
South Bank Parklands
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. It’s a gorgeous area to stroll through at night, and Cineplex offers movie tickets for only $8.50! (and $6.50 on Tuesdays).
The laid-back vibe
Slower-paced than the bigger cities, Brisbane has more of a relaxed, community feel to it. With its abundance of parklands and child-friendly activities, Brisbane really does seem like an ideal place to raise a family. 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!
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! You can live in Brisbane comfortably during winter, and use the sandy lagoon at South Bank to cool down in summer! Although you might want to watch out for the tropical storms that often occur in spring…
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.
Its central location
If you choose to live in Brisbane during your Working Holiday Visa 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 Brisbane an ideal gateway to other destinations such as Byron Bay, Noosa, Stradbroke Island, Surfers Paradise and The Glasshouse Mountains to name a few!
There’s always something to do
Despite what some people might say, there’s plenty of things to do in Brisbane.
In fact, here are some of the things you could do…
- Abseil at Kangaroo Point
- Visit the Eat Street Markets
- Watch the Broncos play rugby at the Suncorp Stadium
- Go for dinner atWest End or Chinatown
- Explore the Brisbane Festival (Sept)
- Kayak or paddle board at Riverlife
- Ride on the Brisbane Wheel
- Party in Fortitude Valley
- Stroll through the Royal Botanical Gardens or the Roma Street Parklands
- Watch a film at the Openair Cinema (Sept-Nov)
- Learn about Brisbanes history at the City Hall
Thanks for reading! Have you lived in or visited Brisbane? I’d love to know your thoughts on the city!
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