Directly overlooking the CBD, it doesn’t get much closer to the centre of the action than South Brisbane. With a constantly evolving cultural scene, South Brisbane plays host to some of the biggest shows, festivals, seasonal community events and conferences that make their way through the Sunshine State. But South Brisbane is so much more than QPAC and the Cultural Forecourt. New infrastructure is on the way — as is a new era of central apartment living.
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KEY STATISTICS FOR SOUTH BRISBANE
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Train, bus and cycle paths are prevalent throughout South Brisbane, and there is also a CityCat stop at South Bank.
Things we love…
- South Brisbane is home to Queensland’s premier cultural precinct.
- Transport to the CBD and surrounding suburbs is very easy.
- South Bank offers stunning parklands and a thriving restaurant scene.
But remember that…
- Parking around the streets of South Brisbane is metered and very limited.
- South Bank is a popular tourist destination and the area is rarely quiet.
- None of the apartment buildings offer absolute river-frontage.
South Brisbane is in the catchment area for Brisbane State High School — one of the most well-recognised public high schools in Queensland. Local private schools include the all-girls school Somerville House and its partner boys school, St Laurence’s College. South Brisbane is also very close to the central universities. QUT is easily accessible by bus and UQ is just a beautiful 20-minute CityCat ride away. At South Bank itself, there is also a large Griffith University campus.
The suburb of South Brisbane is dominated by young, independent singles. As a result of the proximity to universities and the CBD, over 45 percent of the population is aged between 20 and 34. What was once an investor-centric suburb is slowly becoming more owner-occupier focused thanks to a new era in apartment offerings. While 67% of the suburb’s population is renting, the apartments completed over the last few years have seen a real mix between owner-occupiers and investors when it comes to buyers. A focus on parking, large floor plans and communal facilities is making South Brisbane a very attractive place to live, rather than just a staycation.
South Brisbane is home to the popular and privately-owned precinct of South Bank which offers beautifully manicured parklands, the Wheel of Brisbane and the man-made Streets Beach, perfect for a cool down on a hot summer’s day. Along The Arbour walkway, you’ll find markets every weekend, as well as street performers peppered through the parklands. The Cultural Forecourt at South Bank often plays host to local festivals and markets such as the Night Noodle Markets and the World Science Festival Brisbane just to name a few.
At the northern end of the suburb sits Brisbane’s cultural precinct which includes the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Queensland Museum, and Queensland Art Gallery. QPAC host world-class theatre performances and concerts, while the Convention Centre hosts large conferences, awards shows and exhibitions. You’ll also find Fish Lane, a brand-new laneway with featuring some of the top-rated restaurants in Queensland.
The CityCat, which cruises along the Brisbane River stops at both the north and south end of South Bank, providing easy access to the CBD, the University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology.
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Location & Transport
Bordered by West End and Highgate Hill to the west and the Brisbane River to the east, South Brisbane is a commuters dream. Access to the M3 is simple via Vulture Street, and the city can be accessed either via William Jolly Bridge, Victoria Bridge or the Go Between Bridge. South Brisbane is one of the most walkable suburbs in the city, with a walk score of 92 out of 100. From strolling along the river jumping between cafes and boutiques to walking across Victoria Bridge to shop along Queen Street, everything is accessible within a 1.5-kilometre radius.
Of course, residents also have access to one of the biggest public transport hubs in the area. The South Brisbane train station can get you anywhere as it is one of the ‘main’ stops along most lines. There is a major bus interchange in Southbank next to the Queensland Museum, and bus stops throughout the suburbs. The CityCat can also get you to the city or to a number of locations along the Brisbane River.
Being so close to the city means street parking is very limited and metred along almost every street throughout the suburb. There are large public carparks available for hourly or full-day parking, however, these can set you back anywhere between $15 and $35 a day.
Drilling will soon commence for construction on a new $70-million bridge connecting the brand-new Queen’s Wharf precinct directly to South Brisbane. As well as improving walkability to the CBD, this bridge will also provide South Brisbane residents with a plethora of new dining, shopping and entertainment options.
Recently completed developments in the area include Ivy+Eve, which offers an outstanding level of facilities including an outdoor cinema, Teppanyaki dining area, pizza oven and a glass-edged swimming pool. South Brisbane landmark, The Brisbane Skyneedle, got a new lease on life thanks to the Skyneedle Apartments completed in late 2018.
Another development in the area is Atlas South Brisbane, a new apartment project a block back from the Southbank strip. These one, two and three-bedroom apartments are split across two buildings, and they have been popular with owner-occupiers and investors alike.