Moving to Brisbane (QLD)

Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and Australia's third largest city. It's humid subtropical climate, has warmer weather than both Sydney and Melbourne. It has a dynamic economy and attracts a large number of migrants. With its friendly locals and laidback lifestyle, it’s no surprise this city is fast becoming Australia’s top spot to live (watch out, Melbourne).

It has a population of approx two million. It has a relaxed lifestyle in a beautiful, spacious city. The city sprawls over a large area with most people living in detached houses with gardens. The beautiful Brisbane River flows through city with a lot of homes having water-views.

The Sunshine State’s capital is a favourite with outdoorsy types and young families and there is much there for retirees.

According to the Bureau of Statistics, Brisbane’s biggest migrant group are from the UK (6% of the population). The next biggest group is New Zealanders (4%). Asian countries around 6%.

Brisbane is not situated on the cost, so no beaches. However, only an hour away you will find the stunning beaches of The Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

Population: 2 million people
Climate: subtropical climate with warm or hot weather for most of the year.
First Home Buyer Award: $15,000
Top draw cards: blue skies, friendly people, great restaurants, markets, culture, lovely parks, close by theme parks.
Public Transport: great public transport (buses, trains and ferries).

The Economy

Brisbane's rapidly expanding economy is one of the highest-performing in the country. Exports are on the rise with an unemployment rate of 6%. The top five employment industries are health care and social assistance, retail trade, professional services, construction, education and training.

Brisbane Pros:

  • Great weather with blue skies all year with 283 days of sunshine per year
  • Close to the country's best beaches
  • Airport 20-min drive from CBD
  • Australia’s fastest-growing capital city for employment
  • Cheaper housing with properties generally cost less for more space

Brisbane Cons:

  • Summer humidity with an average of 26°
  • No daylight savings
  • Parking in CBD costs more than anywhere else in the country

Districts/ Regions of Brisbane

Different urban villages in Brisbane are popular for different things; in fact, it would not be an exaggeration to say that each urbane village has a unique character; for instance, the Fortitude Valley is known for its live music scene where as South Bank is known for its world-class art exhibitions. Given below is a detailed insight into what each district or region has to offer, that will surely help you with your move to Brisbane.

Brisbane CBD

The Brisbane CBD, popularly known as "The City" is Brisbane's major business hub, with a multitude of entertainment and recreational facilities such as cinema halls, shopping malls, parks, restaurants and an array of the city's historical sightseeing sites. Queen Street Mall is undoubtedly the most popular attraction of the CBD, as it is an amazing shopping destination and is considered as a must see by many national and international vacationers.

South Bank

Popular as the location of Queensland's Cultural Precinct that comprises of Brisbane's Performing Arts Center, State Library, Museum, Art Gallery as well as the Gallery of Modern Arts. South Bank is also well known for its indigenous restaurants, waterside boardwalks, edgy cafes and inner city beach. South Bank could be your best bet for moving to Brisbane and settling in here if you are more into arts and culture.

Fortitude Valley

It syndicates Brisbane's Chinatown with mind-blowing shopping venues and electric nightlife. If you are a music lover, with a passion for live music, then you certainly need not look beyond the Fortitude Valley in Brisbane.

West End 

West End contributes considerably to the offbeat charm of Brisbane, especially because of its characteristic bohemian and artsy shopping outlets and cafes. If cult videos, unorthodox books, organic food products and eccentric locals appeal to you, then West End is the place to be in!

New Farm

Just beside the Fortitude Valley, is located New Farm that is especially popular for expensive shopping and classy dining venues. Mostly frequented by the top brass of Brisbane now, it would not be wrong to say that it has lost some of the Bohemian charm that it earlier possessed.

Portside Wharf

As the name suggests, this is the place in Hamilton where the ships dock on Brisbane River. Earlier known as Brett's Wharf, this amazing tourist destination presents visitors with out of the world dining, shopping and cinema venues, thus making it an outstanding place to stroll and dine.

Rosalie/Milton/Paddington

If the idea of shopping for authentic designs and fashion gems appeal to you, then Paddington is the place to be, especially as it has an array of unique boutiques with a local flavor of its own. While Paddington is famous for its local boutiques, Rosalie is celebrated for its antiquated restaurants, bars and markets. Milton is popular among travelers as it is the home to Brisbane's two renowned icons the SunCorp Stadium and the XXXX Ale House.

Mount Coot-tha

This is undoubtedly one of the most appealing tourist spots of Brisbane, as it bestows the visitors with a splendid all round view of Brisbane. Not only has Mount Coot-tha a suburban hill, presenting the travelers with an amazing and picturesque drive through, it also boasts of the beautiful Botanic Gardens, an outstanding Planetarium and an array of walking and cycling tracks.

Sunnybank

This is one tourist destination in Brisbane that is known for its Asian inspired food joints and people, and hence if Chinese or Indian food is something that appeals to your palate, then you should head straight to the Market Square in Sunnybank.

Bulimba

Located in the eastern side of CBD, Bulimba enjoys amazing connectivity with the CBD through the cities beautiful ferries. Moreover, it boasts of some amazing restaurants, thus alluring visitors to spend some time there.

Woolloongabba

Brisbane's famous Cricket Ground, "The Gabba" is located here; moreover, it is also famous as a beautiful residential area with some amazing restaurants and cafes around.

Climate of Brisbane

Brisbane is bestowed with a splendid climate, all through the year. With moderate temperatures of 20 C to 35 C throughout the year, it presents you with an ideal climate for outdoor activities, of course except in peak summer when the temperature sometimes touches 40 C.

Unless you are used to hot climates, you should try and wear lose clothing, keep yourself hydrated and protect your skin by applying a high SPF sunscreen. Also do not forget to wear sunglasses to protect yourself from high heat during the day times. At nights, an air conditioner should be able to help you get a comfortable good night's sleep.

More Information on Brisbane

Whether it is climate, location, recreational activities or quality of life, Brisbane presents you with the best!

If you are looking for more on information on Brisbane then visit http://wikitravel.org/en/Brisbane, which includes information on getting into Brisbane, getting around, what to see, do, buy, eat, cafes, drink, sleep, contact and staying safe in Brisbane.

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