Soaked in sunshine and full of energy, central Brisbane is bursting with trendy cafés, eclectic art spaces and tranquil parks
In Brisbane’s vibrant city centre, man-made beaches and festive boardwalks grace the meandering river bank, while winding alleyways double as impromptu galleries. Choose this invigorating area as your new home, and you’ll find that cultural hotspots await around every corner. Wander the River Public Art Trail, stopping to admire a bevy of multi-genre sculptures along the way. Fall in love with arthouse cinema at the Australian Cinematheque, or watch your new favourite band rock Brisbane Powerhouse’s intimate stage.
In between its galleries, theatres and music venues, central Brisbane is also brimming with quirky boutiques and trendy eateries. Spend a morning people-watching and sipping artisan coffee from your seat at Felix Espresso’s stained glass window, then add a touch of retro class to your wardrobe with a shopping spree at Box Vintage. Celebrate a special occasion with cocktails at Eagles Nest rooftop bar, then head to Story Bridge Hotel for what might be the best steaks in town.
In a city blessed with more than 50 public parks, enjoying the great outdoors is a key part of your central Brisbane experience. Escape the summer heat with a swim at Streets Beach, or pack a picnic basket and spend a lazy afternoon relaxing in the Botanic Gardens. The Brisbane City Council’s Active Parks program hosts countless community activities in these urban oases, most of which are completely free. Learn tai chi, join a Zumba class or try your hand at recreational tree climbing.