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Brisbane is the capital of the state of Queensland. It has a population of about 2 million people, making it the third-largest city in Australia, after Sydney and Melbourne. It’s a positive attitude and creative confidence that makes Brisbane a genuine new-world city. Large enough to be cosmopolitan yet small enough to be friendly and accessible, this 'garden metropolis' is famous for its leafy, open spaces and the pleasant pace of life that unfolds between the zig-zags of its iconic river. Even though Brisbane is rapidly developing and forward-thinking, it maintains a youthful enthusiasm and has what is arguably the most laid back and liveable atmosphere of any east-coast capital city. Gaining international exposure during the 1982 Commonwealth Games, the 1988 World Expo and the 2001 Goodwill Games, Brisbane's year-round warm climate, spectacular scenery and pleasant locals have been the draw-cards for many domestic and international visitors, making Brisbane the fastest-growing city in Australia. (less...) (more...)

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Points of Interest in South Brisbane

  • Brisbane City Hall and King George Square, Located between Adelaide and Ann Streets, this is the city's most significant historical landmark. This area has free public Wi-Fi
  •    Museum of Brisbane, Ground Floor, 157 Ann St. Daily 10:00-17:00. Features one floor of exhibits about the history of the city, and another floor for exhibitions of local artists. Free.
  •    City Botanic Gardens (10-15min walk from the city centre and Central or Roma Street railway stations). 24/7. Free 1h guided tours M-Sa 11:00 & 13:00 (No need to book ahead). Walking and cycling tracks. Exhibits. Free tours are a mix of the history of the gardens and the city whereas the garden tours at Mt Coot-tha are more focused on the wide variety of plants. Free.
  • Queensland Cultural Centre, Adjacent to South Bank, the site includes The Queensland Performing Arts Centre [19], Queensland Museum [20], Queensland Art Gallery [21], Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) and State Library of Queensland [22] - located on Grey St in South Brisbane. The Queensland Conservatorium [23] and the Queensland College of Art are also located on Grey St. The recently opened GoMA regularly hosts exhibitions featuring internationally famous artists (such as Warhol and Picasso) as well as many local contemporary artists. The Cultural Centre has its own busway stop and can be accessed by a large number of different routes.
  • South Bank, Formerly the site of World Expo '88 this relatively recent development is across the Brisbane River from the heart of the city and features an artificial beach surrounded by extensive parklands. Also in South Bank are the shops, cafés, restaurants and cinemas of the Grey Street precinct. A great place to hang out on a hot day and swim for free.
  • Alma Park Zoo. About thirty minutes north of the city centre. The Zoo Train can be caught from the city on the Caboolture line. Admission: adults $32, children 3-14 yrs, $22, discounts for students, seniors and families.
  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, 15 minutes drive. From the city on Jesmond Road in Fig Tree Pocket (via the Western Freeway). Catch the hourly 445 or 430 buses from the city or the Mirimar boat cruise from South Bank at 10:20AM. +61 7 3378-1366. World's first and largest koala sanctuary, with over 130 koalas. Cuddle a koala, hand feed kangaroos and see some other Aussie wildlife. Admission $32 adults, $21 children 3-13 yrs, with discounts for families and students.
  • Manly Boat Harbour, Manly Boat Harbour is the nearest access point from Brisbane city to Moreton Bay. Nestled beside the Manly Harbour Village, it is Brisbane's gateway to the Moreton Bay Marine Park with its pristine waterways and fascinating islands. Manly Harbour Village has a great range of dining and shopping options overlooking the marina.
  • Mt Coot-tha. Brisbane's tallest mountain. A popular make-out spot with a great view and good but overpriced cafe and restaurant. Also home to one of the Botanical Gardens and a Planetarium. Approximately 6 km west of the CBD. Large TV and radio antennas lining some of its broad peak. You can take a scenic drive through the heavily forested Mount Coot-tha Reserve to the peak to see the almost-360° views of Brisbane and the surrounding region. Also features the Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Planetarium and numerous walking and bicycle tracks. The mountain is 287 m (941 ft) above sea level and forms the eastern extent of the Taylor Range. It is the most northern part of Australia to record snow. It is a prominent landmark approximately 6 km (4 mi) to the west of the Brisbane central business district and is visible from much of the city. Before the Moreton Bay penal settlement, Mount Coot-tha was the home of the Turrbal Aboriginal people. Early Brisbane people called it One Tree Hill when bush at the top of the mountain was cleared except for one large eucalypt tree. The Aboriginal people of the area used to come to the mountain to collect ‘ku-ta’ (honey) that was produced by the native stingless bee. Mount Coot-tha (Place of Honey), a derivative of (the indigenous term), replaced the former title ‘One Tree Hill' in 1880 when the area was declared a Public Recreation Reserve. Car is the most effective way to enjoy Mount Cootha at your own pace. There is ample parking at the peak. One can also hike the marked trail from the mountain's foot. See one of the best views of Brisbane. It is best to arrive just before dusk or dawn so you can enjoy the transition from day to night. Drive to the peak for a picnic dinner and admire the views. There are several walking tracks through the forests that surround the summit; some are difficult.
  • New Farm Park, This historic park is famous for the long line of jacaranda trees, shady picnic areas and its large rose gardens that contain hundreds of variety of roses, and over 40,000 individual plants.
  • Roma Street Parklands. Is the world's largest subtropical garden in a city centre and home to 1,800 unique species of plants. Experience the theme gardens such as the topiary maze, rain forest walk, lake, celebration law and amphitheatre with many public artworks to admire. Free admission.
  • Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium. Located in the beautiful subtropical Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong. Open Tu-Su with free admission to astronomy and space displays and a mini theatre. Admission fees (generally $14.10 per adult, with discounts for families) apply to the Cosmic Skydome which features a wide variety of astronomy and space programs. All shows feature a "live" segment recreating the current Brisbane night sky. On weekdays (closed M and public holidays), the doors open at 10AM with school shows at 10:30AM and noon. Members of the public are welcome to attend the earlier school shows when space permits (children must be school age). The 1:30PM and 3PM sessions (Tu-F) are public programs, although the 1:30PM program may be booked for dedicated school programs (please check with the Planetarium's Booking Office). During Queensland school holidays there are extra public shows on weekdays. On weekends, the Planetarium opens at 11AM and shows are also presented on Saturday night with "Saturday Night Live" at 6PM being a very popular show. There is a shop with a wide variety of astronomical/science merchandise and souvenirs. There is free parking, an adjacent bus stop and a separate cafe/restaurant. The Botanic Gardens has many walks.
  • Suncorp Piazza, Within South Bank often hosts free live events and movies.
  • University of Queensland, One of Australia's oldest and most prestigious institutions situated on a bend of the Brisbane River. Its majestic sandstone buildings are surrounded by ornamental lakes, Jacaranda lined boulevards and some of the finest architecture. Visitor attractions include the Great Court, the UQ Art Museum at the James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre, the Eleanor Schonell Bridge, the Schonell Theatre, the lakes and the Co-op bookshop (and Wordsmiths cafe, attached to the bookshop). The university can be reached by bus from George St on bus numbers 411, 412 and 109 or via the City Cat.
  • Wheel of Brisbane (at South Bank). A ferris wheel that allows you to observe the city from 60 m with views across the Brisbane River. The trip is a 15 minute ride in an enclosed, climate controlled gondola. 10AM-10PM daily, $15, $10 children 12 years and under, $2 children aged between one and three.

Wheel of Brisbane

Queensland Conservatorium

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Southbank Institute of Technology

Griffith University South Bank

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About South Brisbane

History

For many thousands of years prior to European settlement, the Yagara Aboriginal people lived on the floodplain where the greater Brisbane region is situated. The Australian English phrase "hard yakka" - meaning "hard work" - comes from these people, and is certainly what the European settlers faced in Brisbane's humid sub-tropical climate.

In 1823, John Oxley was the first English colonist to explore Brisbane, which was then selected by the colony of New South Wales as the location for a new jail, intended to house dangerous prisoners in a remote location. The settlement was named "Brisbane" after Sir Thomas Brisbane, the Governor of New South Wales at that time. This original settlement was established in what is now the suburb of Redcliffe but was later moved to a location further down the bay.

A series of major immigration events took place in the following decades which brought with it strong industry and commercial development in the region. In 1837, free settlers moved to the area and pushed to close the jail and to release the land in the area, and in 1859 a gold rush led to the establishment of the colony of Queensland with Brisbane as its capital. Ipswich, a coal-mining centre immediately to the west of Brisbane was initially proposed as the capital city, but was ruled out for being too far upstream with no shipping access.

In 1925, the Queensland State Parliament created the City of Brisbane Act that set up a single government for the city of Brisbane, still the largest metropolitan authority in Australia, and one of the largest in the world by area.

Subsequent years to the present has seen strong immigration into Brisbane and the surrounding region, both domestically and internationally, with large communities from Asia, United Kingdom and New Zealand. This was driven by cheaper house prices than other Australian cities, a pleasant climate and good employment opportunities, especially within the mining and tourism sectors.

Recent years have seen Brisbane go from drought to flooding rains. In the mid-2000s, lower dam levels led to severe water restrictions for residents. The campaign to lower water usage was so successful that the city can boast one of the lowest average water use per resident of any developed city in the world. From 2010-onwards, a number of extremely wet summers has refilled local water supplies and you're not likely to find the tap dry or see any visible signs of the shortage. However, it is still expected you keep your showers relatively brief and expect the locals to be horrified if you walk away from a running tap.

Climate

Brisbane has a climate that is enjoyable year-round. When the wet season hits the northern Australian tropics, Brisbane enjoys hot and clear summer days (with afternoon thunderstorms). When winter hits the southern capitals of Sydney and Melbourne sending temperatures into the low teens (°C) Brisbane's climate stays mostly dry and sunny, with daytime temperatures usually remaining above 20°C.

  • Summer (December–February) humidity is high and daytime temperatures can reach 35°C, with night temperatures rarely dropping below 20°C. Occasional heat waves can raise the temperature in excess of 40°C, however these are not common. Just about any outdoor activity you do at the height of a regular summer day in Brisbane will leave you bathed in sweat. Loose-fitting clothing that protects you from the sun is appropriate attire for most casual activities, and air-conditioning will assure you of a comfortable night's sleep or ride on public transport. Summer storms with hail and heavy rainfall are common in afternoons on hot humid days. They usually pass quickly and often put on a good lightning show.
  • Autumn (March–May) sees a cool change in Brisbane with average daytime temperatures between 20-30°C. Most tourists not used to a humid climate will find this the best time to visit Brisbane, as the humidity lowers and the region shifts into a more comfortable, dry and sunny weather pattern, perfect for outdoor activities. Night-time temperatures usually drop to 10-20°C, with ambient heat from the day still radiating from the ground, keeping the early evening still warm and comfortable, though a light jacket and jeans might be required later at night.
  • Winter (June–August) signals the region's dry season, with Brisbane experiencing cool, sunny, cloudless days. Temperatures reach up to 25°C during the day with night-time temperatures rarely dropping below 5°C. The early-morning chill usually disappears by mid-morning and most of the daylight hours are relatively warm, however it is still recommended to have something warm to wear as this is not always the case. The eastern suburbs tend to be cooler as sea breezes blow in from the bay.
  • Spring (September–November) sees the revitalisation of the city with warmer days and fresh sea breezes coming in from the bay. Weather is similar to Autumn months, with increasing humidity as summer draws closer.

More detailed information on Brisbane Climate and Weather is available online at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology [1].

Warning

The damaging effects of the Queensland sun should not be underestimated. The state has the highest per-capita rate of skin cancer in the world and tourists often come unprepared. On a sunny day in Brisbane, it is common to be sunburnt after as few as 15 minutes under the midday sun, but sunburn can also occur on overcast days. This is not exclusive to summer, but can happen all year round, even in winter.

If you are planning a long day outdoors, always cover up with sunscreen, loose clothing, a hat and sunglasses to protect yourself. Limit your outdoor physical activity in the summer until you are used to the heat. Immediately seek shade or an air-conditioned area and drink plenty of water if you are feeling the effects of heat exhaustion, including headache, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, confusion or fainting.

Activities

Activities and trips

  • Kangaroo Point, the walls along the Brisbane River are a popular spot for rock climbers and give an excellent view of the CBD skyline just across the river. Activities carry on after dark, when the walls are well-lit. Abseiling and rock climbing classes on the cliffs with an instructor are available from Riverlife Adventures, as well as kayak, kick-bike, rollerblade and bicycle hire. There are also barbecue and picnic spots in the area.
  • Story Bridge Adventure Climb. Offers the opportunity to scale the top of Brisbane's iconic bridge. You can enjoy 360° views of Brisbane, the mountain ranges and Moreton Bay Islands at dawn, afternoon or night.
  • Jan Powers Farmers Markets. Buy fresh fruit, vegetables and cuts of meat from one of the many farmers markets across Brisbane including the Powerhouse at New Farm, Manly, Mitchelton and the newest market at Reddacliff Place at the top of the Queen Street Mall.
  • Balloons over Brisbane 07 3844 6671. You can gain an aerial perspective as you float over Brisbane in a hot air balloon. It's often possible to see as far off as the magnificent Glasshouse Mountains, to the Gold Coast and out to the islands of Moreton Bay.
  • Cruise the Brisbane River, There are many tours available that cruise the Brisbane River and will help you take in the sights of the city.
  • Explore Brisbane's Moreton Bay and Islands. 25 km (16 mi) from the Brisbane's CBD and stretches from Bribie Island to the Southern Bay Islands. Enjoy sand tobogganing, 4wheel driving, diving or snorkelling or go marine watching and spot turtles, dolphins, dugongs and even whales.
  • Explore Greater Brisbane Country. Take a day trip to the surrounding regions around an hour from Brisbane and discover wineries, national parks, lakes and country living. The Scenic Rim including Ipswich, Beaudesert and Boonah is a vast region of mountains, rainforest and valleys embracing the World Heritage wilderness of the McPherson Range. The Lockyer Valley provides a perfect blend of town and country living, with experiences ranging from guided tours and bush camping to hot air ballooning and sky-diving.
  • The Scenic Rim. This describes the large arc of mountains, to a height of 1,375 m (4,511 ft), from the Mistake Ranges (south of Gatton) across the Main (Great Dividing) Range to the MacPherson Range that terminates at Currumbin on the Gold Coast. Apart from some well known locations on the Rim, such as Binna Burra and O'Reilleys guesthouses, Springbrook and Cunningham’s Gap, the largest proportion of these ranges are unspoilt and much of it near-wilderness. Many forest areas were previously logged, but the forest recovery has been excellent, and virtually all the logging tracks have disappeared except for those still used for foot access. At the previously mentioned sites, graded paths offer a taste, but for the more adventurous there are many hiking possibilities from day trips to sustained multi-day exercises. More information can be found on the web. Parties should be properly prepared and conversant with navigation in difficult country and the rules of National Parks.
  • Riverlife Adventure Centre. Brisbane's riverside adventures. Kayaking, Abseiling the Kangaroo Cliffs, a rollerblade session and bike rentals. They also organise evening activities such as Kayak paddle and prawns.
  • Bosky Bike Hire. Explore the cities landscape on a bicycle. With each bike you also obtain a community card which entitles you to discounts at various cafes, attractions and retail stores throughout Brisbane.

Events

Thanks to Brisbane's year-round wonderful climate, it's the perfect city to host outdoor events. The city often plays host to cultural and historic celebrations, music festivals and family entertainment, particularly in the Summer holiday months of December, January and February.

Cultural and historic

By far the largest and most popular event in Brisbane is the annual Brisbane Festival. This festival, which originally started as a celebration of the Brisbane River, now incorporates a number of smaller events at various places around South Bank Parklands, the Cultural Centre and the CBD as a celebration to Brisbane itself. Notably the 'Riverfire' event which is held in South Bank every September and draws the largest crowd. It offers free family entertainment all day and the city's biggest Fireworks display at night.

The annual Royal Queensland Show or The Ekka as it's almost exclusively called by the locals is a staple event in Brisbane's history and culture, held every August and dating back to 1876. It is hosted at the RNA Showgrounds in the inner-suburb of Bowen Hills and runs for a week, where the Wednesday is a public holiday (so expect large crowds on this day). Primarily marketed toward families, attractions at the Ekka include fairground rides, a Side Show Alley, animal parades, wood chopping competitions, agricultural displays, equestrian events and Showbags, usually containing food items (such as confectionery) and novelty items. If you are in Brissy at the time, it really is not to be missed!

In Musgrave Park, the Greek Paniyiri Festival is another popular family entertainment event. Brisbane has a large Greek population who come out in force to celebrate Greek culture. Offers authentic Greek foods and entertainment.

The St. George Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) [24] was held in July/August, but from 2010, early November, is in a variety of venues around Brisbane, including the Regent Cinema in Queen Street Mall and Palace Cinemas in Fortitude Valley. BIFF features new films and retrospectives by domestic and international filmmakers along with seminars and awards.

Music

Brisbane has been named one of the world's top 5 hotspots for music by the influential US entertainment Billboard magazine. A night out in Brisbane is not complete without experiencing some of the live music on offer. The Valley has the highest concentration of bars, pubs and clubs anywhere in Australia and in 2005, was given Australia's first and only "Special Entertainment Precinct" zoning, which protects and promotes the live music scene.

If you are looking for what's happening in Brisbane, most music and entertainment stores as well as some hipster restaurants and cafés offer free entertainment magazines like Rave [25], Time-Off [26], Tsunami [27], Scene [28] and City News [29] that list what's coming up within the next month or so.

Though you might find most musicians playing in the numerous bars and clubs around the CBD, West End and The Valley, there are some venues which are geared specifically toward hosting bands or artists that are on official tours. Some events allows under 18s in, but not all, so it's best to check beforehand.

  • The Hi-Fi, 125 Boundary St. Funky, purpose-built live show venue located in the heart of West End.
  • The Tivoli, 52 Costin St. Has a very relaxed, noir-styled interior with sizable floor space and a mezzanine. Highly rated venue among locals and only a 10 minute walk from The Valley.
  • The Zoo, 711 Ann St. – Located in The Valley, this live music venue is almost more Brisbane than the river. Indie rock, hipsters and that alternative vibe.

The Valley Fiesta is an annual three-day event. It was launched by Brisbane Marketing in 2002 to promote Fortitude Valley as a hub for arts and youth culture. It features free live music, market stalls, food and drink from many local restaurants and cafés, and other entertainment.

Brisbane and the Gold Coast also play host to a number of nationwide electronic and rock music festivals, mostly geared toward the younger crowd.

  • Big Day Out [30] Hosted on the Gold Coast.
  • Future Music Festival [31]
  • Good Vibrations [32] Hosted on the Gold Coast.
  • Parklife [33] Hosted between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
  • Soundwave [34]
  • Sunset Sounds [35]

Sports

Whether watching or participating, Brisbane has a great range of sporting events. Voted as one of the best stadiums in Australia, Suncorp Stadium is host to the Brisbane Broncos NRL and Queensland Reds Rugby Union teams in the winter, and Brisbane Roar Football (Soccer) Club in the summer. Other events such as the NRL State of Origin are also a very big draw-card. Most matches cost between $25–40 for an adult.

On the south side of city at Woolloongabba is the Brisbane Cricket Ground, or commonly known as the 'Gabba. Here, the Brisbane Lions AFL team plays in the winter, and all forms of cricket can be viewed in the summer.

Food

Brisbane City and Spring Hill

Budget

  • Beach House +61 7 3003-0017. Located on the corner of Albert and Elizabeth St, Myer Centre, 2F. Licensed bar, large meals and live entertainment at value for money.
  • Bar Merlo. Various outlets throughout the city, their first being opened in the QUT Gardens Point campus. Regarded as one of the leaders in the Brisbane café society boom since the 90s, their coffee is served at countless cafes and restaurants throughout Brisbane.
  • Hanaichi Wintergarden, Macarthur Central. Cheap Japanese takeaway. Try the Katsu Curry. About $7
  • MOS Burger Albert Street, just off the Queen St Mall in the direction of King George Square. One of Australia's two MOS locations (The other being in Sunnybank). Quite popular so there may be a line at lunch time.
  • German Sausage Hut Burnett Lane. Excellent and authentic German food. Take away available. They offer currywurst, wurst in a roll, wurst on a plate with potato salad and sauerkraut.
  • Pancake Manor Charlotte Street, just down from George Street. A Brisbane institution, open 24 hours. Tends to fill up with nightclub revellers on their way home after about 3AM on a Saturday or Sunday morning.

Mid-range

  • Little Tokyo, 85 Bowen St,  +61 7 3831-7751. Spring Hill. Oldest Japanese restaurant in Brisbane, under same ownership for over 40 years. Authentic food and decor but at upper-range prices.
  • Pane e Vino +61 7 3220-0044. Albert St. Italian restaurant with pastas and mains $18–34. Not a lot of authentic Italian ambiance as found in more typical restaurants further south in Melbourne.
  • Sono +61 7 3220-1888. Queen Street Mall. Authentic Japanese food. Has a second outlet in the new Portside precinct in Hamilton.
  • Le Bon Choix, 379 Queen St,  +61 7 3229-9260. Near the golden triangle, p. Great French bakery. Sells a good variety of sandwiches, cakes, tortes, macarons, fresh bread, croquettes, quiches and coffee. Trading Hrs: Mon-Fri 7AM - 6PM, Sat-Sun 7AM - 5PM

Splurge

  • ARIA Brisbane, 1 Eagle St,  +61 7 3233-2555. The sister restaurant to the famed ARIA Sydney, ARIA Brisbane is no less impressive, with a commanding view of the River and the Story Bridge. Located in the Eagle St Pier precinct, it specialises in the freshest Australian produce.
  • Alchemy +61 7 3229-3175. Located in a little hideaway on Eagle St, this restaurant has one of the most impressive views in Brisbane, looking across the river to the Story Bridge. Well known for its "liquid nitrogen nibbles", Alchemy lives up to its name.
  • Cha Cha Char +61 7 3211-9944. Pier Ave. Famous award-winning steakhouse located at the Eagle St Pier precinct. Their steaks are considered one of Australia's best. Recently opened is Organic Char, the sister restaurant to Cha Cha Char which serves organic produce.
  • E'cco Bistro, 100 Boundary St,  +61 7 3831-8344. Founded and run by the internationally renowned and acclaimed chef Philip Johnson, it is one of the best restaurants in Brisbane and Australia-wide.
  • Esquire, 145 Eagle St,  +61 7 3220-2123. Recently opened by executive chef Ryan Squires, who trained at Noma in Copenhagen, this restaurant is famed for its degustation menu. An immediate hit in Brisbane. Don't go dressed in shorts and a t-shirt. Many an unsuspecting Brisbanite has attempted to get in, yet even in the height of summer the still have a strict dress rule.
  • Il Centro, 1 Pier Ave,  +61 7 3221-6090. Located in the Eagle St Pier precinct, along with other notable neighbours. Famed for its signature sand crab lasagne, it is one of the most popular Italian restaurants in Brisbane and also among the priciest.
  • Moda, 12 Edward St,  +61 7 3221-7655. Huge selection of wines and a varied menu including seafood, duck, rabbit and pork cheeks. By no means cheap but amazing food.
  • Restaurant Two +61 7 3210-0600. Corner of Edward and George St, (across the street from the Botanic Gardens), [36]. Headed by executive chef David Pugh, it is widely regarded as one of Brisbane's best restaurants.
  • Sake. Eagle St Pier. Recently the recipient of an Australian Gourmet Traveller star, and selected as one of Australia's 100 Top Restaurants, Sake is one of the hot newcomers to the Brisbane restaurant scene. Serves Japanese Cuisine.
  • Tank +61 7 3003-1993. Tank St. Another member of the top 100 Restaurants in Australia, Tank also served Japanese-Australian cuisine in a tucked away spot in a little laneway off Tank St, in the North Quarter of the Brisbane CBD.
  • Urbane +61 7 3229-2271. Mary St, (Short walk from Stamford Plaza). One of the best fine dining restaurants in Brisbane, serving unconventional but innovative food.
  • Vintaged, Hilton Brisbane, Elizabeth St. Serving carefully aged meat within luxe surroundings, this is one of better hotel restaurants in Brisbane.

Fortitude Valley and New Farm

  • Bank Vault Lounge +61 7 3252-3424. Brunswick St Mall. Wood Fired Pizzas, alfresco dining.
  • Continental Cafe, 21 Barker St,  +61 7 3254-0377. Good food, nice atmosphere across several rooms, surprisingly good children's menu. Open for dinner 364 days a year. Watch out for the offal specials on Tuesdays. Reliable high quality.
  • Enjoy Inn, 167 Wickham St (corner of Duncan St in Chinatown),  +61 7 3252-3838. One of the longest established restaurants in Brisbane, good Chinese food.
  • Fatboys Cafe, 323 Brunswick St,  +61 7 3252-3789. The cafe portion of Ric's Bar, on Brunswick St Mall. Serves some of the best value for money breakfasts in Brisbane from $4.
  • Freestyle Tout, 1000 Ann St,  +61 7 3252-0214. Popular dessert restaurant located in the Emporium, with a sister restaurant that is first established in the Rosalie shops in Paddington.
  • Green Tea Restaurant, 31 Duncan St (Duncan St in Chinatown mall),  +61 7 3252-4855. Good authentic Vietnamese food at a reasonable price.
  • Garuva Hidden Tranquillity Restaurant, 324 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley,  +61 732 160 124. 7 days, 6PM til midnight. Specialises in Asian food, but come for the atmosphere. Low-lighting, floor seating and ambient music make this the most intimate restaurant in Brisbane, and every table is enclosed by a sheer curtain. Bar as well, cheap cocktails Fri and Sat before 7PM. $20.
  • Harvey's (James St precinct),  +61 7 3852-3700. Very popular cafe restaurant and deli. It is located a short walk from James St market.
  • Hunan Chinese Restaurant, (Chinatown Mall). Unpretentious eatery serving exotic regional Chinese fare from the Hunan province, as well as Chinese takeaway staples at cheap and reasonable prices.
  • James Street Market. Not a restaurant, but a yuppie grocery where you will find all the food and drink you need to bring with you in the bush. Includes a small sushi bar at at furthest end from James St.
  • King of Kings +61 7 3852-1122. Wickham St, (Chinatown precinct). A Brisbane institution for yum cha, decent food and prices.
  • Mecca Bah, 1000 Ann St (Emporium precinct),  +61 7 3252-5299. Popular restaurant that serves modern Middle Eastern food, part of an Australian interstate franchise that originated in Melbourne.
  • Mint Indian Gourmet +61 7 3252-0300. Brunswick St, (near the Central Brunswick precinct). Indian restaurant that serves traditional curries as well as gourmet dishes at upper range prices.
  • Re Del Gelato +61 7 3358-2177. Beautifully made Italian gelato, a perfect cap after a nice meal at one of the close by restaurants on Brunswick Street.
  • Taj Mahal, 722 Brunswick St (opposite Village Twin Cinemas),  +61 7 3254-2388. Amazing Indian cuisine. Caterers to the Indian Cricket Team when in Brisbane.
  • Thai Wi-Rat, 20 Duncan St (on Chinatown Mall),  +61 7 3257-0884. Cheap and cheerful authentic regional Thai-Laotian cuisine.
  • Vespa Pizza, 148 Merthyr Rd (corner of James St),  +61 7 3358-4100. Woodfired pizza restaurant on the. Serves the tastiest pizzas in Brisbane and is BYO. Cosy atmosphere in the fairylight-lit courtyard outside and room to move in the booths inside. Delivers to local area on Vespa scooters.
  • Wagamama (in the Emporium precinct). Part of the global noodle bar chain. Have franchises in Chermside and Wintergarden in the Queen Street Mall, Brisbane CBD.

South Bank and Woolloongabba

  • Ahmet's Turkish Restaurant +61 7 3846-6699. Little Stanley St. Turkish restaurant, features belly dancers on weekends. One of the most popular and busiest restaurants in the South Bank precinct, though the painstaking quality of the kitchen means a longer than usual wait for food. Do not expect to be in and out in less than an hour.
  • Brisbane German Club, 416 Vulture St (opposite The Gabba stadium),  +61 7 3391-2434. Located directly, this restaurant/bar offers a wonderful range of authentic German cuisine and beer for very reasonable prices.
  • Green Papaya, 898 Stanley St,  +61 7 3217-3599. Formerly a French-influenced Northern Vietnamese fine dining restaurant founded by renowned chef Lien Yeomans, it is now run by the Mons Ban Sabai management and serves Thai and Indonesian food.
  • Norman Hotel, 102 Ipswich Rd,  +61 7 3391-5022. Woolloongabba. Along with the Breakfast Creek Hotel, possibly the best steaks in town, it's slogan is "Brisbane's worst vegetarian restaurant".

Milton and Park Road

  • China Sea, 60 Park Rd (on the Coronation Drive end of Park Road),  +61 7 3367-0198. Excellent Chinese food at upper-range prices.
  • La Dolce Vita, 20 Park Rd (next to Rue de Paris),  +61 7 3368-3805. Great Italian cafe
  • Rue de Paris, 30 Park Rd,  +61 7 3368-2600. Brisbane's Eiffel Tower, another great cafe
  • Royal Thai Orchid, 45 Little Cribb St (off Park Rd),  +61 7 3229-2588. Thai restaurant. Its sister restaurant in the outer suburb of Springwood was the first Thai restaurant in Brisbane.
  • The Lure, 28 McDougall St (at the Coro Hotel on Milton Rd),  +61 7 3369-9955. Good for well prepared seafood. Possibly one of Brisbanes best seafood restaurants.

Paddington

  • Gambaro's, 33 Caxton St,  +61 7 3369-9500. Has both a seafood restaurant and a long-established seafood takeaway. A Brisbane institution.
  • Harem +61 7 3368-3141. 282 Given Tce. Turkish restaurant complete with belly-dancing
  • Kookaburra Cafe +61 7 3369-2400. 280 Given Tce. Good pizza in a relaxed atmosphere
  • Montrachet. 224 Given Terrace. French bistro specializing in Lyonnaise specialties, regarded as one of Brisbane's best restaurants.
  • Sultans Kitchen +61 7 3368-2194. 163 Given Ter. Among the best Indian food in the city. Fresh and tasty and good service. Usually fills quickly and does a roaring take-away trade, so get in early.
  • Tomato Brothers, 19 Nash St (Rosalie shops in Paddington),  +61 7 3368-1601. Renowned for their wood fired pizzas, with several franchises in several Brisbane suburbs such as Wilston and Clayfield.
  • Urban Grind, 530 Brunswick St,  +61 408 101 140. LaTrobe Ter. Small café with a BYO food policy, great coffee and free Wi-Fi. For those who wish to indulge in a guilt free cup of coffee Urban Grind is committed to being climate neutral and use Barambah organic milk in their fantastic coffees.
  • Sol, 20 Latrobe Ter. Vegetarian and all organic café warm in winter and cool in summer and the coffee is great.

University of Queensland

The university and its surrounds provide many quality eateries if you happen to be in the area or on a CityCat ferry and caters to a cheaper market.

  • Main Refectory in the main eatery on Campus, found in building 21. This is also known as The Refec, not be confused with the Physiology Refectory. Food is usually reasonably priced, to cater to students. Apart from the main section of the refectory (Main Course), there is a sushi bar, noodle bar, Souvlaki Hut, Subway, Boost Juice, bakery and a Mr. Beans Coffee.
  • Physiology Refectory is an eatery known as The Physiology Refec, located in building 63, it is designed to allow students to eat without having to travel to the opposite side of campus.
  • A Salt 'n Battery, Hawken Drive, Hawken Village. Quality fish and chip shop-cum-seafood restaurant with a wide variety of foods and decent prices. Approx 5-10 min walk from the University.
  • The Pizza Caffe +61 733 772 239. Fantastic pizzas with really different ingredients

South Brisbane and West End

  • Era Bistro, 102 Melbourne St,  +61 7 3255-2033. South Brisbane. Excellent bistro food, great cafe spot, extensive wine cellar. Same owners/chef as the former critically acclaimed Circa.
  • Huong's, 83a Vulture St. Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese food. BYO and Takeaway available.
  • Lefkas Taverna, 170 Hardgrave Rd,  +61 7 3844-1163. West End. Brisbane's most famous Greek takeaway and restaurant.
  • Makanan Indonesia, 59 Hardgrave Rd,  +61 7 3846-2111. Authentic Indonesian fare at unbeatable value.
  • Mondo Organics, 166 Hardgrave Rd,  +61 7 3844-1132. West End. Considered to be Brisbane's premier organic food restaurant. Also have a cooking school.
  • Gandhi Curry House, 10 Little Stanley St,  +61 7 3844-1997. S South Brisbane. Brisbane's signature Indian restaurant, celebrating 10 years of service in South Bank.
  • The Forest Cafe, Boundary St. Vegan food. The indoors area can get quite warm during the summer months, however.
  • Tukka +61 7 3846-6333. 145b Boundary St. Unique and innovative modern native Australian cuisine. Pricing is at the upper range, but worth a visit.
  • Trang, 2/59 Hardgrave Road West. End. Did someone say Pho? Head here for possibly the best Pho is Brisbane. Give the Chinese menu a miss.

Restaurants in other areas/precincts

  • Baguette, 150 Racecourse Rd (Ascot precinct),  +61 7 3268-6168. Modern-Australian restaurant that is owned and operated by the Domenech family for over 30 years.
  • Blue Lotus. Kelvin Grove Urban Village precinct. Gourmet and exotic ice-creams that change according to the seasons.
  • Breakfast Creek Hotel +61 7 3262-5988. 2 Kingsford Smith Drv, (in the Newstead area)., -. Famous for its steaks, a Brisbane institution.
  • 'The Courthouse Restaurant,' 1 Paxton St, Cleveland, ☎ +61 7 3286-1386 - [www.courthouserestaurant.com.au]. A Redlands institution, situated in an 1850's Courthouse, this restaurant offers quality food in a stunning heritage building with beautiful views of Moreton Bay.
  • Earth 'n' Sea, Oxford St, Bulimba ☎ +61 7 3899-5988 or 377 Cavendish Road, Coorparoo ☎ +61 7 3847-7780 [37]. BYO family restaurant serving up delicious pasta dishes and pizzas with unusual toppings, all with the freshest ingredients, great atmosphere and strange Aussie decor. Expensive, but you're guaranteed to leave satisfied.
  • Efes One Turkish Restaurant, 293 Sandgate Rd (off Sandgate Road at Albion),  +61 7 3862-4599. Brisbane's first Turkish restaurant. Without a doubt the most popular destination for traditional Turkish cuisine and a friendly atmosphere in Brisbane. Belly dancers on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Landmark, 101 Cnr mains Rd,  +61 7 3344-3288. Shop/ (Sunnybank Plaza business precinct). One of the most renowned and popular Chinese restaurants in Brisbane, notably for its well done authentic yum cha.
  • Sakura, Franchises located in Coorparoo and Highgate Hill. Excellent authentic Japanese food at reasonable prices.
  • Sitar (next to Bespoke in the Albion area). Indian restaurant that has franchises in suburbs like West End and New Farm.
  • Tosakan Thai Restaurant, 23 Playfield St,  +61 7 3350-5371. 11AM10:30PM. Tosakan Thai Restaurant serves authentic Thai food for dining in or takeaway. $7-35.

Drinks

Brisbane's drinking and nightlife scene is separated into some distinct areas. Anyone planning a night on the town should be aware that after 3AM no more patrons are allowed into pubs and clubs. This is a safety measure, coupled with increased security presence at taxi ranks. Additionally, smokers should beware of strict anti-smoking regulations. Smoking is now banned in 'all areas where food & drink is served', both indoors and outdoors. This means that smoking is banned in all hotels, clubs, and cafés except in designated smoking areas.

The drinking age is 18 and only an Australian license or 18+ card, or a foreign passport is accepted as proof of age. Other forms of ID such as a student card are not accepted. These regulations are strictly enforced - for nightclubs in particular your ID will always be checked at the door, and while venues serving food may let you in, most are very prudent in checking ID if you wish to purchase alcohol.

Suburban

Toowong:

  • Regatta (adjacent to the Regatta CityCat terminal). Expect a wait to get in on Thur, Fri and Sat nights, but a must-go for the best sessions on Wed and Sun nights when the venue is completely taken by students
  • Royal Exchange (RE) Hotel, 10 High St,  +61 7 3371-2555. Generally a good, down-to-earth pub, more so than the Regatta, which tends to cater to a slightly trendier crowd

Both Regatta and the RE have reputations (which they more than live up) as student haunts, being located reasonably close to the St Lucia campus of the University of Queensland.

Bulimba:

Catch a citycat to Bulimba for some trendy shopping on popular Oxford Street, great cafes, hip bars or for a picnic in the park.

  • Oxford 152, 152 Oxford St,  +61 7 3899-2026. One of Brisbane's most popular suburban restaurant/bar.

Woolloongabba

  • Chalk Hotel, 735 Stanley St,  +61 7 3896-6565. A prominent Brisbane hotel since converted into extremely popular, multi-million dollar, modern southside bar/restaurant. Very popular on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as during/after matches at the nearby Gabba Stadium or special events at South Bank.

Brisbane City

  • Belgian Beer Cafe, 169 Mary St. – Caters for a slightly more upmarket clientele, with a "gourmet" or "boutique" style to its all-Belgian-sourced beers, also serves meals, with a particular favourite being traditional Belgian mussels.
  • Brew Lower Burnett Lane - This alleyway joint is a relaxed, bohemian cafe by day and a trendy boutique bar by night. Brew serves some of the best coffee in Brisbane, as well as a wide range of micro-brewed beers, in a welcoming, creative environment. Down an alleyway off the Albert St Mall heading to King George Square, next to the Rocking Horse.
  • Caesars, 15 Adelaide St. A new nightclub featuring R'n'B style music.
  • Conrad Treasury Casino, 130 William St. Brisbane's casino has a number of bars, from quiet lounges to dance floors. Known for its well-priced daiquiris. Open 24 hours a day (no lockout), though the individual bars vary.
  • Criterion Tavern, 239 George St. A newly renovated bar, recommended for those who are looking for a quick beer and some country music.
  • Down Under Bar, 308 Edward St. A well known haunt for travellers, with a number of pool tables, dance floor and unashamedly little class. Messages left by visitors from all over the world adorn the walls. If you are studying in Brisbane or just backpacking, this is perfect bar for meeting people of other nationalities.
  • Exchange Hotel, 131 Edward St. – Somewhat popular with a wide, although decidedly young, demographic, including students, young professionals and tourists, who all stream in later in the night after cheap drinks finish at the other hotels nearby. Newly renovated with stylish interior and 2nd floor open roof bar.
  • Fridays, 123 Eagle St. A very popular nightclub which also features dining (not recommended after 10PM). Especially popular with the Friday after-work crowd. Smart dress code (business style shoes and shirts for the guys), always enforced.
  • Gilhooleys, 124 Albert St. Possibly the liveliest of Brisbane's Irish pubs, you can still get a quiet pint over a hearty lunch.
  • Irish Murphy's, 175 George St. Good food, a lively atmosphere and a great pint at this Irish pub on George St.
  • Mick O'Malley's Irish Pub, 171-209 Queen St. One of the many Irish pubs in Brisbane. Has a reasonable selection of food to enjoy with your pint of Guinness.
  • The Port Office Hotel, 38 Edward St. Trendy bar downstairs dance floor upstairs popular spot in Brisbane. Crowed with students on Thursday.
  • Sportsman Hotel, 130 Leichhardt St. Commonly called "Sporty's", this gay and lesbian pub has two bars upstairs and one private members bar downstairs. Lunch and dinner are served. Drag shows and karaoke on certain nights.

Fortitude Valley

The Fortitude Valley is a unique area of Brisbane catering to the live music scene. A large number of Brisbane's hippest clubs are located here. Through the 1960s and 70s it was seen as Brisbane's bohemian hub and has maintained a certain degree of that reputation. More recently it is sometimes thought of as being one of the more dangerous areas of the city but this attitude is changing as the area becomes more popular and hence, safer. This however has had an adverse affect on the area's creative vibe as locals turn their back on the area, forcing the creative epicentre of Brisbane to other areas of the city such as West End and Paddington. As with anywhere, simple common sense, caution and courtesy will keep you out of harm's way.

  • Alhambra Lounge, 12 McLachlan St. Very stylish interior with a modern Arabic/Spanish theme, young professional and student crowd, good atmosphere and excellent cocktails. Various styles of house music. Located right next door to The Family.
  • Anise, 697 Brunswick St. Promotional price range from $5 to $10. Near the corner of Barker and Brunswick St in New Farm - this great restaurant has an extensive range of French, Spanish and Swiss absinthe available
  • Bank - Vault Lounge. Ann St - Party Bar, OK atmosphere, recently renovated, the Vault Lounge is perfect for functions. Outdoor seating available, woodfire pizza and pasta.
  • Barsoma, 22 Constance St. Trendy little bar tucked away on Constance Street (off Ann St) offers great cuisine & an array of delicious (& creative) cocktails. On some nights it plays alternative dance music parties.
  • The Beat, 677 Ann St. Downstairs has three dance areas dedicated to hardcore/rave, electro and popular music, upstairs is gay (generally a younger crowd than the Wickham) & has two dance floors & a beer garden
  • Birdee Num Num, 608 Ann St. OK atmosphere, mainly student (popular with this crowd because of the lack of cover charge) and backpacker clientele. Commercial dance music.
  • Bowery Bar, 676 Ann St. A small & chic New York inspired bar. Formal/Smart dress code. Amazing cocktails.
  • Cloudland, 641 Ann St. Recently opened cocktail lounge on Ann Street with a retractable roof, 10 metre waterfall, 5,000 plants and a glass bar made from 17,000 glass balls threaded by hand. Caters to a very upmarket, sophisticated crowd. Smart dress code which is strictly enforced on busy nights.
  • Club 299, 299 Brunswick St. Fantastic if you enjoy metal, emo or any kind of alternative music.
  • The Empire, 339 Brunswick St. Alternative dance club, nice long balcony overlooking busy Brunswick Street, a few levels, less pretentious but darker than other dance clubs in Brisbane although no less expensive.
  • Elixir Rooftop Bar, 646-648 Ann St. A sophisticated style roof top bar situated above the hustle and bustle of Ann St. This is an atmospheric cocktail bar open to the public seven days a week and provides live entertainment Thursday through to Sunday. Great atmosphere, great drinks and great food.
  • The Family, 8 McLachlan St. – A bit pricey to get in, but it's one of the biggest club in Brisbane and has great music and atmosphere. Decor is now outdated to other clubs, but still attracts large crowds; Sunday nights (fluffy) are gay. Also
  • Glass Bar, 420 Brunswick St. Vibrant atmosphere, small restaurant & bar/lounge, really expensive drinks.
  • GPO, 740 Ann St. Bar and nightclub situated in a former Post Office on Ann Street; trendy spot with great tunes.
  • Limes Hotel, 142 Constance Street. Rooftop bar and cinema situated above a boutique hotel. Gets busy on weekends with young-professional crowd. Try the mojitos!
  • Mana Bar, 420 Brunswick St. Small cocktail bar, with video games to play with other patrons while working through the themed drinks menu. Very unique concept, which pulls a surprisingly diverse and sociable crowd.
  • The Met, 256 Wickham St. – The biggest club in Brisbane. Host to many international DJs. Amazing decor with great attention to detail. Many different rooms to explore. Although a bit expensive, a huge variety of different types of people inside.
  • Monastery, 621 Ann St. Top dance club in Brisbane plays house and Electro/Electronic. Small but action packed. Freshly renovated interior.
  • The Press Club, 339 Brunswick St. Small club with large lounges to stretch out on. Host to funky Jazz blended with dance music.
  • Rics, 321 Brunswick St. Live music most nights. The Valley's hipster institution. Venue also includes "Fatboys Cafe", which is a popular restaurant serving breakfast, steaks, pizza and pasta.
  • Royal George (RG) Hotel, 327 Brunswick St. Large Beer garden in the Brunswick St Mall, great atmosphere, great food deals most nights.
  • Spanish Tapas Bar, 455 Brunswick St. The only authentic Spanish Restaurant in Brisbane that embraces the Spanish food and Culture. The Sangria is excellent.
  • The Wickham, 308 Wickham St. A gay & lesbian dance club with outdoor seating, drag shows most nights
  • x&y Bar, 648 Ann St. One of the least pretentious venues in The Valley. There is no strict clothing policy and you're likely to get in so long as you're wearing shoes, long pants and a shirt. Has a variety of music from live bands, DJs and special events.
  • Zuri, 367 Brunswick St. Upmarket ambience, strict door entry conditions regarding clothing and shoes. Male to Female ratio strictly enforced. Quite expensive drinks.

West End

Less crowded than 'the valley' or the city, this bohemian district popular with locals offers a few hip clubs, intimate restaurants and a very laid back atmosphere.

Check out:

  • Lychee Lounge, 94 Boundary St. Intimate setting, sensual cocktails, beautiful crowd
  • Uber, 100 Boundary St. Opulent, sophisticated & funky restaurant/bar/lounge/dancefloor. nice spot, popular with working professionals. Especially popular on Wednesday nights.
  • Archive Beer Boutique, 100 Boundary St. Located at street level beneath Uber, Archive stocks over 200 different craft beers, primarily Australian. The food is generally excellent, although the menu is in no way as extensive as the beverage list. Prices are reasonable, particularly on Sunday "Beer O'Clock" where the price on the majority of bottled beers are reduced to $5.
  • The Boundary Hotel, 137 Boundary St. West Ends oldest pub has recently (2011) completed extensive renovations. This is perhaps the largest drinking establishment in West End, with two bars downstairs and a beer garden & deck on the upper floor. The food is fairly plain but well priced, and the drinks menu is about the same. Excellent live blues acts Sunday afternoon and evenings from Wednesday to Saturday are the main reason to visit.
  • Sling Lounge, 153 Boundary St. Extremely knowledgeable cocktail staff, with a huge range of drinks on the menu. Bigger than it appears from the outside, you'll find a garden hidden out the back with high ceilings and a great atmosphere complemented by the jazz and lounge music usually playing. It can get busy on Friday and Saturday nights, with a resulting increase in wait times for your beverage. Well worth visiting, especially during quieter times - the staff are more than happy to walk you through the process of making your drinks, including the reasoning behind each individual ingredient being included. Tapas is also available, but prices are a little high considering serving size.
  • Rumpus Room, 56 Russell Street. Great cocktails, and a good selection of spirits and bottled drinks. The music here is primarily funk and hip-hop, with live DJs on the weekend and during the latter half of the week. The beer garden out the front is a great spot to relax in the shade on a hot day and meet some locals. The crowd tends to be a lot thicker and drunker on Saturday nights, however.
  • Lock n Load, 142 Boundary St. Friendly staff, live music most evenings and a decent array of cocktails. The beer garden at the back is a nice spot to relax, but is often crowded. Excellent spot for a light meal.
  • The End, 73 Vulture St. Calls itself a "boutique bar for everyone". Quite small inside, so if you're not there early you will probably miss out on a seat to 'hipper than thou' types. Decent selection of beers at the average price, ever-changing seasonal cocktail menu.
  • The Joynt, 48 Montague Rd. A nice dingy little pub in a big beautiful old Queenslander-style building. Most nights there will be a band playing jazz or funk. Usual selection of drinks, the pizzas are nice but pricey, and the profits from the alcoholic slushies go the band. Also note the free arcade machines and the stack of board games you can play.

Shopping

  • Queen Street Mall. Main shopping mall in Brisbane, large variety of shops, contains several shopping centres.
  • Adelaide Street. Downtown's dress circle
  • Elizabeth Street Arcade. Arcade that spans between Elizabeth and Charlotte streets. Lots of independent boutiques to suit various prices, and lots of cheap Asian food.
  • Albert Street. Has many adventure and sports-type retailers, lots of bookstores.
  • Eagle Street. The centre of law and finance in Queensland, holds the Eagle Street and Riverside markets.
  • Edward Street. Mostly covered by Queens Plaza, Macarthur Centre and Wintergarden street fashion stores. There are also a couple of jewellery, take-away restaurants, bars and night clubs. Edward St. has recently been transformed into a luxury brands precinct, with stores such as MaxMara, Tiffany & Co., Bally, Mont Blanc, Chanel, Gucci Hugo Boss, Oroton, Ralph Lauren, and L'Occitane. Hermes opened a store on Edward St in late 2010. Apple is reportedly set to open a flagship store on Edward St, which will be the largest in Australia, and one of the largest in the world.
  • South Bank markets. Held at the South Bank Parklands every Sunday.
  • Brunswick Street Mall. Located in the heart of China Town, there are many Chinese retailers, fast food restaurants, cafes and bars. Markets are run on Sundays.
  • Indooroopilly Shopping Centre. Large shopping centre sprawled over three massive levels. Large variety of retailers.
  • Westfield Garden City. Large shopping centre with two levels. Contains a large variety of fashion retailers and book stores.
  • Logan Hyperdome. Loganholme
  • Westfield Chermside. Brisbane's largest shopping centre. Popular among youth culture for its Megaplex Movie Cinema.
  • Westfield Carindale. The largest shopping centre in the Eastern Suburbs.
  • Northside Flower Market, Unit 3, 27 Windorah St, Stafford. M-Sa.
  • Davies Park Market, Montague Rd, West End. Sa 6AM-2PM. An expansive farmers-style market with an alternative vibe that sells fruit and vegetables, as well as meats, cheese, and handicrafts. Also has food vendors, including a crêperie.
  • James Street, Fortitude Valley. Small strip with high end fashion, furniture and electronics retail, plus a couple of nice bars and cafes.
  • Valley Markets - A shopping must for locals and tourists. Operating every weekend, find jewellery, fabulous handmade accessories and artwork. Home to emerging fashion designers. (Sa Su 8AM-4PM)
  • Ann St Along Ann Street in the Valley there are many independent fashion boutiques for mid-range shopping. Some of them are spread out around the corner of Brunswick Street too.

This article is based on Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike 3.0 Licensed text from the article Brisbane on Wikivoyage.

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