There’s an ongoing trend of Sydneysiders and Melbournians moving to Brisbane, namely families looking to invest in more affordable housing. But, there are many more reasons why the River City is no longer the ‘poor relative’ of Australia’s most famous cities.
In Brisbane, relaxation and the city go hand in hand.
1. A 20 minute commute isn’t a dream
Compared with Sydney and Melbourne, getting to and from work, schools and entertainment is a breeze, in Brisbane. Drive, hop on a bus or train and expect an average commute time of under an hour.
2. Brisbane’s inner city suburbs offer top lifestyle perks
In terms of lifestyle perks, Brisbane’s top inner city suburbs, like Dutton Park, Spring Hill and Kangaroo Point, shine. They’re spacious, green and located within a 15 minute drive to the CBD, schools, parks, shops and entertainment venues.
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3. Winter doesn’t really exist
There’s no need to brace for cold weather in Brisbane, as the average winter temps hover between 11 and 22 degrees. Plus, the sun shines for most of the season, so staying indoors or dressing in endless layers isn’t a necessity.
4. The foodie scene is booming
There’s no longer any reason to choose Sydney or Melbourne over Brisbane, to find exciting dining options. With top restaurants like Urbane and Matt Moran’s Aria leading the way, the city’s booming food scene is here to stay.
5. Family activities rule
At every time of the year, Brisbane is alive with family-friendly fun, whether it’s at the cultural precinct of South Bank, in the Queen Street Mall, via interactive museum art, at child-friendly cafés, parks or wildlife reserves.
Paradise escapes, like Fraser Island, are very close
6. Paradise island escapes are within driving distance
Along with the beaches of the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, you can drive to Moreton Island and Fraser Island for quick getaways, from Brisbane. Pop the 4WD on the ferry and arrive to pristine white sand, turquoise seas and tropical scenes straight from a travel brochure, without the flight.
Brisbane is unique in that the city retains a relaxed, small town vibe, despite mass development and everything you’d expect from a thriving capital.
7. Relaxed locals keep stress levels down
Brisbane is unique in that the city retains a relaxed, small town vibe, despite mass development and everything you’d expect from a thriving capital. Locals are friendly, ‘rush-hour’ isn’t frantic, road rage is minimal and work-life balance is a top priority.
8. The Brisbane River makes life easy
Built around the Brisbane River, it makes sense that the city makes good use of the waterway. Terminals dot the riverbank, linking inner-city precincts and major attractions, via ferries. While a CityCat is a scenic way to get to work, it’s recreation that takes centre stage here.
From the ambling Riverwalk, to river-side dining, kayaking, abseiling and sunset cruises, the glamorous ribbon of water is the beating heart of a city sure to capture yours.
Nicole Leigh West
Nicole Leigh West is the author of fiction novel, 'The Gypsy Trail' and an internationally recognised travel and lifestyle writer.