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West End

Shops lining Boundary Street

Ethnic shops along the street

West End is an inner-city suburb of southern Brisbane. Geographically, West End is bounded by the Brisbane River to the west and the south. The south-western part of West End, along the Brisbane River, is also referred to as Hill End. West End is adjacent to the suburbs of South Brisbane and Highgate Hill. These three suburbs make up a peninsula of the Brisbane River. The Aboriginal name for the area is Kurilpa, which means place of the water rat.

West End has a quirky, local characteristic described as a fusion of cultures and mix of alternative and vintage. The shops, restaurants and lively lifestyle reflect this inner-city suburb’s eclectic charm. Stroll through the weekend markets, where aspiring designers peddle their wares among organic grocers, cosy bars and coffee houses. If you like to keep track of your food’s carbon footprint, West End is the place to feed your hunger for organic produce, drinks and cocktails. The music scene is pumping – West End’s bars and clubs have been pulsating since the early days of the Saints, the Go-Betweens and the Bee Gees.

The area’s major attraction is its café and restaurant scene, as well as its shopping, which is centred along Boundary Street. It is also known for its high concentration of ethnic and organic grocery stores. Davies Park on the riverside hosts one of the largest farmer’s markets in Greater Brisbane every Saturday called the Green Flea Markets.

Annerley

Part of Queensland's cultural heritage

Hefferan Park Air Raid Shelter

Annerley is a suburb of the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Annerley is located 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) south of the Brisbane CBD. Much of the suburb is elevated, lying on a ridge that gives views of the city. For many years it was a somewhat rundown suburb, particularly close to main roads and with a lot of social housing, but with gentrification and the rise in the cost of housing, many of the original ‘Queenslanders’ have been restored to their former glory, giving the suburb an eclectic mix of residences for all socio-economic levels.

Annerley Junction now hosts a number of yearly events which are organised by the Annerley Junction Traders’ Association. The Hefferan Park air raid shelter is a rectangular concrete structure comprising a heavy floor slab and a flat roof supported by concrete piers. It stands adjacent to a playground under the canopies of mature fig trees in the northern end of Hefferan Park, which is located at a major road intersection, and is near the Dutton Park railway station. The roof of the shelter is painted light green. The bottom sections of the piers are painted red, while the upper sections of the piers are painted white. The floor of the shelter is paved with red and white pavers in a diagonal pattern.

Coorparoo

A heritage-listed state school

Coorparoo State School

Coorparoo is a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, located 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) south-east of the CBD. It borders Camp Hill, Holland Park, Stones Corner, Greenslopes, East Brisbane and Norman Park. Coorparoo was chosen as the name of the suburb at a public meeting on 22 March 1875, before which it was known as Four Mile Camp. The name Coorparoo is likely derived from an Aboriginal name for Norman Creek, probably recorded by early surveyors as Koolpuroom. The word is thought to refer to either a place associated with mosquitoes, or a sound made by the ‘gentle dove’. The latter explanation appears doubtful though, as ‘gentle dove’ may mean the spotted dove, which was introduced to the area in 1912, long after the name Coorparoo was adopted.

Coorparoo is home of the Eastern Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club who play their home games at Langlands Park. Langlands Park regularly hosts training sessions for the Queensland and Australian Rugby League teams when they are playing in Brisbane. The Brisbane Lions train during the week at Giffin Park, also in Coorparoo. State schools in Coorparoo include Coorparoo State School and Coorparoo Secondary College.[10] There are four Catholic schools: St James Primary School, Loreto College Coorparoo (girls, 7–12), Mt Carmel Primary school (co-ed, prep–6), and Villanova College (boys, 5–12).

Morningside

Story Bridge Adventure Climb

Experience a unique perspective of the city

Morningside is a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is located 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east of the CBD, and borders Cannon Hill, Norman Park, and Hawthorne. There are many older-style weatherboard and chamferboard homes in this area as well as modern units and townhouses. Morningside was named after a local estate belonging to David Longlands. The name of the estate itself likely referred either to the Scottish town, or to the estate’s location on the eastern side of Brisbane.

There are two shopping centres in Morningside; Morningside Central, located on the corner of Junction Road and Wynnum Road, and Colmslie Plaza on the opposite side of Junction Road. The Colmslie Hotel is a popular pub located next to Colmslie Plaza. The Balmoral Cemetery is located at the corner of Wynnum and Bennetts Road, Morningside. Opened in 1875, this is no longer an active cemetery, but existing graves can be re-used for family members. It is also known as Bulimba Cemetery and Morningside Cemetery and was historically known as Kangaroo Point Cemetery. One popular attraction as well is the Story Bridge Adventure Climb
where a panoramic group walks in safety harnesses across the top of Brisbane’s iconic cantilever bridge.

Bulimba

Servicing of several ferry routes across the Brisbane River

Bulimba ferry wharf

Bulimba, an inner suburb on the south side of the Brisbane River, is 4 km north-east of central Brisbane. It lacks a bridge connection to the north side, but there are ferries from the end of Oxford Street, across the river or upstream on the City Cat service to central Brisbane. ‘Bulimba’ extended well east of the present suburb. It is thought that ‘Bulimba’ was derived from an Aboriginal word describing the common magpie lark (also known as the mudlark or peewit).

The quaint riverside suburbs of Bulimba combine village charm with contemporary elegance. The suburbs are home to classic old cinemas, art galleries, bookshops, alfresco eateries and beautifully renovated Queenslander houses, making this district a great place to visit and explore. The main hub of Oxford St pulses during the day, with fashion houses, eclectic boutiques and chic cafes enjoying lively activity. If you’re looking for the perfect riverside picnic spot, playgrounds with a difference or a leafy open space to relax in, Bulimba has you covered with reserves, leafy parks and special off-leash areas for dogs.

Bulimba ferry wharf is a heritage-listed ferry wharf at Oxford Street, Bulimba, City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is located on the southern side of the Brisbane River serving the Brisbane suburb of Bulimba. It is served by Transdev Brisbane Ferries’ CityCat and CityFerry services. It was designed by GHM Addison and Son and built in 1922 by E Taylor. It is also known as Bulimba ferry house and Bulimba waiting shed & landing. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 12 January 2003.

Balmoral

Best experience for those who love the water and ocean

Windsurfing experience

Balmoral, an inner Brisbane suburb, is 4 km north-east of the city centre, across the Brisbane River. It was named after the country residence of Queen Victoria in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Now a suburb of scarcely more than 1.5 sq km, the name denoted a larger area before the Greater Brisbane amalgamation in 1925.

The absence of a bridge crossing until 1856 hindered the area’s development. Early Euopean settlers established farms, growing cotton, bananas and some sugar. The land boom of the 1880s triggered a period of subdivision and growth. The Balmoral local government division was established in 1888, comprising an area of 62 sq km, including the localities of Bulimba, Morningside, Cannon Hill, Hemmant, Wynnum West and Norman Park. (Wynnum West was transferred to Wynnum Shire in the early 1920s, reducing Balmoral Shire to 52 sq km.) The Shire had about 14 km of river frontage, and the part west of Bulimba included several industries. The Australian Meat Export Company, Borthwicks, a bacon factory, a fertilizer works and a brickworks were at Murarrie. The railway from Dutton Park to Cleveland (1889) provided access to prospective residential and actual industrial areas, and grazing and dairying were carried on in Hemmant and Tingalpa as late as the 1920s.

Bulimba, without a tram service, had river-ferry crossing points to tram lines on the north side, taking residents to Fortitude Valley or the city. Balmoral, however, was even adrift from the railway line; and Norman Park, although closer to the railway, languished after the 1890s collapse in subdivided land values. The extension of the tram service from the Norman Creek bridge along Wynnum and Riding Roads to Barton Road (1925) and later to Oxford Street, and the provision of power through the Bulimba power station (1926) finally stimulated residential settlement in an area previously thought to be too far from central Brisbane. The Norman Park primary school (1900) reached an enrolment of over 750 by 1926. Balmoral’s children could attend the neighbouring Bulimba or Morningside State primary schools (1866, 1923) or the Sts Peter and Paul Catholic school (1916) in Balmoral itself.

 

Spring Hill

Wickham Terrace

The main street of Spring Hill

Perched on the cusp of the Brisbane city centre, Spring Hill is one of Brisbane’s most popular suburbs, within easy walking distance to the best of what Brisbane has to offer. To the West are the beautiful Roma Street Parklands, where visitors can feed the ducks and take the boardwalk high above a forest canopy. To the South is the bustling city heart, and to the East is funky Fortitude Valley, a colourful hub of live music, groovy nightspots, trendy cafes, art galleries and Brisbane’s Chinatown.

Spring Hill is one of the oldest residential neighbourhoods in Brisbane, with many houses dating back to the nineteenth century. Along the streets, you will find quaint workers cottages and terrace houses, along with beautifully restored heritage-listed buildings. There are many fine award-winning eateries in the area, as well as cute coffee shops, historic pubs and colourful nightspots. Overlooking the city centre, The Windmill in Wickham Park was built by convicts in 1827 and was one of Queensland’s first stone buildings. Of equal historical significance are the Spring Hill Baths, built in 1886. Surrounded by a ring of quaint individual dressing rooms, the baths are still in operation today.

Spring Hill is within easy walking distance of the Brisbane city centre and just 15 minutes’ drive from Brisbane airport. Accommodation in Spring Hill ranges from bed-and-breakfasts and self contained units to luxurious hotels.

Brisbane City

Riverfire at the Story Bridge

International arts festivals

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 Brisbane central business district stands on the original European settlement and is situated inside a bend of the Brisbane River, about 15 kilometres (9 miles) from its mouth at Moreton Bay.[11] The metropolitan area extends in all directions along the floodplain of the Brisbane River Valley between Moreton Bay and the Great Dividing Range, sprawling across several of Australia’s most populous local government areas (LGAs), most centrally the City of Brisbane, which is by far the most populous LGA in the nation. The demonym of Brisbane is Brisbanite.

Today, Brisbane is well known for its distinct Queenslander architecture which forms much of the city’s built heritage. It also receives attention for its damaging flood events, most notably in 1974 and 2011. 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.

Tourism plays a major role in Brisbane’s economy, being the third-most popular destination for international tourists after Sydney and Melbourne.[136] Popular tourist and recreation areas in Brisbane include the South Bank Parklands, Roma Street Parkland, the City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane Forest Park and Portside Wharf. The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary opened in 1927 and was the world’s first koala sanctuary. The suburb of Mount Coot-tha is home to a popular state forest, and the Brisbane Botanic Gardens which houses the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium and the “Tsuki-yama-chisen” Japanese Garden (formerly of the Japanese Government Pavilion of Brisbane’s World Expo ’88).

New Farm

New Farm Park

Relax in the beautifully shaded park

New Farm encourages an outdoor lifestyle, with tree-lined streets and unique spaces such as Brisbane Powerhouse and the heart of the suburb, New Farm Park. The park attracts visitors from near and far with its perfect riverside picnic spots, cycling loops and tree house-style adventure playground. Teneriffe, once a farming area and industrial and commercial hub, has undergone an urban resurgence. Apartments have sprung up and trendy restaurants, cafes and boutiques have followed.

At the south-eastern end of the peninsula is the historic New Farm Park. The suburb derives its name from the fact that the peninsula was used as a farming area in the early years of Brisbane’s history. Brunswick Street is the main street running northwest-southeast up the centre of the peninsula. To the south of Brunswick Street the suburb is characterised by large ornate Queenslander-style houses, shady streets lined with large trees and tall apartment buildings, predominantly along the river. More modest Queenslander-style houses dominate the north of Brunswick Street, where there are fewer large trees and apartments.

Fortitude Valley

Latin nightclub with a live band

Dance salsa at Cloudland

Fortitude Valley is a contradiction in itself – raw, yet sophisticated. It is where elegance and style meet grungy and offbeat, and heritage-listed properties proudly stand among contemporary buildings. The Valley, as it is affectionately known, was Australia’s first dedicated entertainment district and continues to be a hive of activity. Live music thrives and international DJs are drawn to the clubs and chic bars. The impressive Chinatown Mall is a hub of exotic Chinese supermarkets and restaurants. The Emporium complex channels a European village feel, James St showcases Australian fashion labels and Brunswick St is home to multicultural dining options.

Fortitude Valley has a range of home retailers. Decorative and home shopping retailers include Coco Republic, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, West Elm, Matt Blatt, Winning Appliances, Harvey Norman, Nick Scali Furniture, Oz Design Furniture and Everyday Living. There are also several luxury car dealerships and boutique shops. Brisbane Transport operates buses to, from and through Fortitude Valley. Fortitude Valley railway station serves all suburban and interurban lines, including Airtrain to the Brisbane Airport. The station has four platforms and is located in Zone 1 of the TransLink integrated public transport system.

Ashgrove

Awesome shaded playground for Brisbane Kids

Enchanted Forest at Dorrington Park

Ashgrove is an inner suburb in the City of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. It is located approximately 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) north-west of the Brisbane CBD. Ashgrove is an upmarket, leafy residential suburb characterised by its hilly terrain and characteristic Ashgrovian houses built in the early 20th century. While many of the surrounding suburbs have seen an increase in the number of residential apartments built in the past decade, Ashgrove remains predominantly a suburb of detached single dwelling houses, with many old Queenslander homes in the area. It contains the localities of Dorrington and St Johns Wood.

Ashgrove contains the neighbourhood of Ithaca, which is the home of the Broncos football club. The suburb contains a variety of multicultural restaurants (Thai, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Modern Australian), numerous cafes, various shopping amenities (including Coles, Aldi and Woolworths supermarkets). The Brisbane City Council operates a public library at 87 Amarina Avenue. The best known club in the area, GPS Rugby Football Club (known as ‘Jeeps’), is one of the oldest established clubs in the area and plays at the Ashgrove Sports Ground, which dates back to 1887. The club has contributed 29 players to the Wallabies. The ground also hosts the Valley District Cricket Club, which has provided both Queensland Sheffield Shield players and Australian players, including Matthew Hayden and Allan Border, and the Ashgrove Lawn Bowls Club. As well as this, there is a large Scouting group in St Johns Wood.

Paddington

Popular for young people

Rooftop bars in Paddington

Paddington is an inner suburb of Brisbane, Australia located 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) west of the Brisbane CBD. As is common with other suburbs in the area, Paddington is located on a number of steep ridges and hills. It was settled in the 1860s. Many original and distinctive Queenslander homes can be found in the suburb. Houses are frequently built on stumps, owing to the steep nature of their blocks. Between 2005 and 2010, the median house price has risen over 50% to $1,000,000.

Paddington lies in a valley in the foothills of Mount Coot-tha The area is extremely hilly with many peaks and gullies. Most of the retail is located along the ridgetops which contain the main roads of Caxton Street, Given Terrace and Latrobe Terrace. Proceeding north west (outbound) along Caxton Street there is a gentle downward slope on either side until Given Terrace is reached, colloquially referred to as “lower Paddington”. The suburb is predominantly residential, on small blocks of land by Queensland standards, with many workers cottages and Queenslander-style homes with corrugated iron roofs. Paddington includes the small locality of Rosalie. The suburb of Petrie Terrace lies to the east.

Largely due to Paddington’s proximity to the Brisbane CBD, tertiary institutions as the University of Queensland (in St Lucia), Kelvin Grove campus of the Queensland University of Technology (in Kelvin Grove), the Queensland University of Technology itself (in the Brisbane CBD), the Red Hill TAFE (in Red Hill), as well as housing suitable for “share-housing” (older wooden houses with multiple small rooms) and the general culture of the area (former working class and multicultural) many young people, especially students, live in the area. As a result, there are a number of night clubs on Given Terrace and Caxton Street including the Paddington Tavern, and many smaller bars that change owners on a regular basis. The Paddington Tavern also plays hosts to the “Sit Down Comedy Club” which over the years has hosted Arj Barker, Carl Barron, Dave Hughes, Eric Bana, Jimeoin, Judith Lucy, Kitty Flanagan, Lano and Woodley, Mick Molloy, Rodney Rude, Ross Noble, Shane Bourne, Steady Eddy, Tripod, The Umbilical Brothers and Wil Anderson amongst many others.

Milton

XXXX Brewery, Milton

The large, brick brewery

Milton is an inner suburb of Brisbane, Australia, approximately 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) west of the central business district. The suburb is a mixture of light industry, warehouses, commercial offices, retail and single and multiple occupancy residences. The main roads are Milton Road, which runs beside the main western rail line and Coronation Drive (formerly River Road), which runs along the Brisbane River. The suburb’s name was derived from the farm name “Milton Farm”, used from the late 1840s by Ambrose Eldridge, chemist. Eldridge named the farm after John Milton, the English poet. Between 1900 and 1962, Milton was served by trams running along Milton Road from Toowong and Rainworth, with the latter branching off at Baroona Road. The services were withdrawn after the disastrous Paddington tram depot fire and replaced by buses. The suburb continues to be served by most western suburb bus routes operated by Brisbane Transport.

Notable landmarks in Milton include the Castlemaine Perkins brewery, known for the “Fourex” (XXXX) range of beers, the Suncorp Stadium (formerly Lang Park), a portion of the Brisbane riverwalk and the Park Road strip of restaurants and cafés. The suburb also once was the site of Milton Courts, Brisbane’s major tennis courts, where major international and national tournaments were held until the courts closed in the 1990s. The Milton Bowl, a small ten-pin bowling alley located at the Rosalie end of the suburb closed on 17 March 2008, after 45 years. In 2014 Brisbane City Council redeveloped the former Milton Courts and Milton Bowl sites as Frew Park, a large inner city parkland incorporating tennis courts, children’s playground and open space.