Brisbane Suburb Profile: South Brisbane
A Little Bit of History
Opposite the CBD on the South Bank, the area was known as Kurilpa to the local indigenous people. European settlement began in 1843, followed by the development of wharves along the river bank. More recently Expo 88 attracted more than 15,000,000 visitors and set the stage for the areas’ modern day transformation.
Something to Eat
South Brisbane boasts world-class eateries and cafes centred on the South Bank Parklands, catering for any time of day the area’s many establishments are always abuzz. The area’s arts and entertainment focus makes it a favourite place for all sorts of dining. Plus, you don’t have to catch a plane to experience worldly cuisines including Turkish, Indian, Malaysian, Japanese, Mediterranean, Modern Australian, Russian and Italian.
Back to Nature
There is no excuse to get out and get some rays with 17 hectares of lush parklands and incomparable views of Brisbane River. The Epicurious Garden should be at the top of the list of the places to visit for gardeners, foodies and anyone who wants to have a great day out in the sunshine. And not many places are around the world have in their CBD’s an area where you can go swimming at a beach. But in South Bank Parklands you can do just that at Streets Beach.
A Spot of Shopping
As South Bank is the epicentre of culture in Brisbane, there is lots of room for interesting boutique shopping. A stroll along Grey Street is a great way to spend the day. However, the main CBD shops and the Elizabeth Street precinct are not too far away where you will find world class brands from fashion powerhouses to trendy boutique stores.
Getting around South Bank is so easy with Brisbane’s excellent public transport network, all you need is a TransLink Card. Walking and cycling is also a great way to get around the area as it is only a 15-minute walk from the CBD. South Brisbane has a ferry service, endless bus connections and two train stations. If you’re getting about on foot, try a combination walk across the areas several bridge connections for an interesting perspective of this vibrant area.
You don’t have to walk far to find interesting places. South Bank is Brisbane’s cultural hub with the ABC, Queensland’s Performing Arts Centre, Science Museum, Orchestra, QAGOMA and the Queensland Theatre Company, just to name a few! Combined it’s a feast of culture, the arts and architecture and all with sweeping river and city views.
A Bit of Me Time
Unwind from a stressful day at Brisbane’s South Bank with the Chairs to Share. Located at various grassy spots around the parklands, they are a perfect location to catch up with your friends. But be quick to snatch a chair before they all go. Or go indoors with an endless choice of galleries, concerts and performance spaces.
Because South Bank is the heart of Culture in Brisbane, it’s a given that some of the best bars and casual spots to eat in Brisbane call South Bank home. With pubs and bars serving up great beer, wine and cocktails, there is a spot for every occasion. You can grab a drink before or after a performance at South Bank’s many venues.
Get some rays while you take a leisurely stroll around the South Bank Heritage Walk where you will discover sites that are rich in history. Or take a walk in a rainforest right in the CBD! Hire a CityCycle bike with 24-hour access to explore Brisbane City. And take a walk along Vulture Street to experience a slice of Brisbane’s history as the area transforms.
Home to Australia’s largest free live music program that is a regular on the calendar, happening each Saturday from 3pm at South Bank. Streets Beach is the size of five Olympic swimming pools and is the only beach found in the middle of the CBD in Australia. Catch a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane for a bird’s eye view of the city. The parklands are home to several animal species including the Eastern Water Dragon. South Bank also hosts more than 150 events each year.
Live Here: Opera on Cordelia, South Brisbane
Rising 16 levels over the cultural and artistic epicentre of Queensland, Opera on Cordelia offers a refined residential experience amid dramatic architectural design.
From the creative studio of award winning architect, Paul Fairweather, classic lines and timeless features in every apartment provide an oasis amongst South Brisbane’s non-stop action. Patricia Szonert from MMO Interiors brings her unique style to the apartment interiors giving Opera a timeless and classic feel. Tony Jemmot from Jemmot Associates brings a clean and contemporary look for the design of this building capturing natural light and allows you to take in all the action in South Brisbane.
Connect with neighbours in the resident’s dining room or share great sporting moments with friends in the residents’ lounge. Opera’s 16 levels include ground floor boutique and dining, a residents’ lobby and a choice of 2 or 3 bedroom apartments – designed to meet the wide range of lifestyle expectations and budgets in Brisbane.
If you’re an investor or a renter, the rental uptake in Opera has been excellent. Buyers and renters alike are drawn to these apartments because of the smart layouts, good storage, true South Brisbane location and superior amenity to many other buildings in the area.
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