It’s not just the weather that puts Brisbane in the spotlight, for property investors, families and, these days, a wide demographic including entrepreneurs, artists, celebrities, health gurus and retirees. With several major developments underway, such as Queens Wharf and Northshore Hamilton, the city is set for substantial growth, which means a wealth of opportunity for you and the kids.
Sunset over the River City.
A big city with a small town vibe
With warm temps all year round, an abundance of green space and a deep sense of community, Brisbane manages to retain a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, despite the bright lights and skyscrapers. This gives families the best of both worlds, with opportunities galore for enrichment, while living in an environment that caters to leisure, sports and lazy days relaxing by the river.
Brisbane’s family-friendly suburbs boast affordable property prices, parks filled with playground equipment and barbeques and great public transport options to and from the city. From leafy streets with period homes set high in the hills to action-packed, inner city hubs, everything you need as a family is easily accessible, including shops, hospitals and schools.
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Brisbane is home to the University of Queensland, which is placed among the top 100 universities in the world. There’s also innovative Griffith University and The Queensland University of Technology. Before the kids start tertiary study however, the huge network of public and private schools makes commuting easy and many of them are surrounded by nature and wildlife.
Brisbane has struggled to compete with Sydney and Melbourne, in terms of cultural attractions, in the past. Those days are long gone, so now families get the fantastic weather and plenty to do when it rains on the odd occasion. The Queensland Art Gallery is home to international collections, the Sciencentre offers interactive displays to thrill the kids and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre hosts world-class productions. Trendy spots, like New Farm, Fortitude Valley and West End, bring cutting edge art, fashion, food and live music.
Family-friendly fun at Southbank Parklands.
In terms of location, Brisbane couldn’t be better placed for adventures of every kind.
In terms of location, Brisbane couldn’t be better placed for adventures of every kind. Right in the heart of the city, there’s Southbank Parklands with a beach, a lagoon, markets and entertainment events all year round. For weekends, the city is just one hour’s drive from both the Sunshine and Gold Coast beaches. That means a family holiday is always just down the road, complete with theme parks, rainforests, surfing, boating and mountains to climb.
Plus, for sports lovers, you get to be a local at The Gabba.
Nicole Leigh West
Nicole Leigh West is the author of fiction novel, 'The Gypsy Trail' and an internationally recognised travel and lifestyle writer.