The 8 best things about living in Brisbane’s CBD

Brisbane CBD and inner-city suburbs are no longer just a place to work, as more and more Brisbanites are favouring the amenity and convince of city living over a more traditional suburban lifestyle. Within the last 5 years, the number of people living in the CBD has risen by an impressive 20 percent, and with world-class projects like Queens Wharf currently under development, it’s only a matter of time before Brisbane launches into the stratosphere. Considering getting ahead of the pack and making the move to the CBD? Here are 8 reasons why you won’t regret it.

1. Lively nightlife will welcome you ever night of the week

Where 20 years ago, the city would grind to a halt as soon as the corporate professionals commuted home, Brisbane’s CBD is now a bustling and exciting place to explore — Monday through to Sunday. Where fine dining and entertainment options were once limited to Eagle Street Pier and the likes, now, you’ll find lively restaurants and underground bars peppered throughout the city.

2. The outstanding Howard Smith Wharves is your new local

It’s rare to find a soul in Brisbane who doesn’t enjoy a tipple or two. Where better to provide that tipple than the new Howard Smith Wharves. Since it’s opening in November 2018, Howard Smith Wharves has rapidly become a favourite for locals to enjoy a sun downer. Combining a Greek restaurant, large local brewery, over-water cocktail bar, decadent wine bar and popular burger joint, all with outstanding views of the iconic Story Bridge? You can’t go wrong.

Mr Percivals at Howard Smith Wharves
Mr Percivals at Howard Smith Wharves

3. No commute times eating up hours of your day

There’s no doubt that the traffic infrastructure in Brisbane is worsening every year. With the highways all bumper to bumper between 7am and 9am every weekday morning, then again between 4pm and 6pm in the afternoon, we can’t blame you for wanting to escape Brisbane’s peak hour traffic. There’s only so many podcasts you can listen to while you move a metre every 2 minutes down Moggill Road without wanting to rip your hair out. Living in the city means no more wasting hours of your day in traffic. Plus, even if you don’t work in the city, you’ll be travelling to and from work against the traffic, so you’ll still save a considerable amount of time.

4. Come 2022, Queen’s Wharf will be your playground

The $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf is one of the most significant infrastructure developments to hit Brisbane’s CBD in the last decade. With early ground works already underway, it won’t be long until Queen’s Wharf is THE destination for Brisbane. Upgrades will come to the waterfront itself, with new walkways and upgrades bike paths, as well as a waterline park. A new Bridge will connect Queen’s Wharf directly to South Bank, making connectivity for those who live in the CBD even better. The plaza will offer a myriad of riverview restaurants and dining, luxury retail, an event centre with a ballroom, moonlight theater and outdoor event space, a horizon deck with infinity pools, VIP sky gaming casino and an exclusive sky deck bar. In only 3 short years, all of that will be on your doorstep.

5. CityCat access makes getting everywhere a breeze

The CityCat stop at North Quay, right at the end of Queen Street, means getting anywhere from UQ or QUT, to New Farm Park, Bulimba, West End or Eat Street Markets at North Shore is a piece of cake. Besides avoiding all traffic, riding the CityCat is a thoroughly enjoyable form of public transport. From the city, you can get to one end of the line (UQ) within 20 minutes, and the other end (Northshore) within an hour.

6. Endless job opportunities on your doorstep

Brisbane City is a hub for the business men and women with their eyes on the prize. Beside the convenience of living close to Brisbane’s central business district, living in the city is like real life LinkedIn. With so many of Brisbane’s top businesses all in one compact area, you never know who may work just around the corner. (Hint: Buy them a coffee. No-one can say no to a free coffee).

7. Enjoy great road connectivity to the Gold Coast and bypass all the suburban traffic

Although living in the city may mean you’re nearly 80km away from the white sandy beaches of Surfers Paradise, feeling the sand between your toes on the weekend and lapping up the endless sunshine at the Gold Coast has never been easier. From Brisbane City, it takes less than an hour to get to the Gold Coast, thanks to the Clem 7 tunnel. From the city you can jump straight on the highway, without having to navigate through any suburban traffic.

8. Be the envy of all your friends with a front-row seat to Riverfire

Your days of lining up along the river’s edge at South Bank are over. Living in the city will mean that come September, you’ll have a front-row seat to the outstanding fireworks display of Riverfire. Whether you invite all your mates over for a celebration, or keep the view all to yourself, enjoying Riverfire from the comfort of your own home will never get old, no matter how many years you get to enjoy it.

Brisbane Riverfire
Brisbane Riverfire

Ready to make the move? We recommend checking out 443 Queen Street, Banyan Tree Residences and Brisbane Skytower to see if they’re right for you.

Written: 20 June 2019, Updated: 22 January 2020

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