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Brisbane is a large city with 189 suburbs that spread in all directions from a compact CBD. Running through the city is the Brisbane river which divides the city into a north and south area.


Acacia Ridge
Acacia Ridge named after the acacia trees is home to Iceworld Olympic Ice Rink and Karawatha Forest with 9 kilometres of walking tracks.

Albion landmarks include Breakfast Creek and multi cultural restaurants.

Archerfield is 11km from the CBD with Archerfield Airport once Brisbane's main airport during World War II it was a military base for the RAAF and US and Dutch airforces. Brisbane International Speedway is in Archerfield.

Ascot is an upmarket suburb with some of the bigger older houses in Brisbane. Racecourse Road is a popular dining area along with boutique shopping. Eagle Farm and Doomben Racecourses are in Ascot.

Balmoral is to the east of the CBD on the river with the heritage listed fire station in Pashen Street built in the 1920s. Close by is restaurant laden Oxford Street in Bulimba.

Bowen Hills
Bowen Hills is home of the Ekka. The original Queensland Museum building built in 1891 and is now the home of the Queensland Youth Orchestra.

A riverside suburb about 5 miles from the CBD on the south side but connected by ferry to Teneriffe.


Brisbane's most northern coastal suburb is Brighton (19km from the CBD) with Pine River lined with mangroves. Brighton Beach is good for kite surfing.

Fortitude Valley
Brisbane's nightlife area with music, bars and clubs. And the the home of Brisbane's Chinatown with many Asian restaurants and supermarkets.

Hamilton & Ascot
To the east of the CBD with Hamilton running along the Brisbane river and where the cruise ships dock.

Kangaroo Point
Kangaroo Point is across the river from Brisbane’s CBD with walkways and picnic spots under Kangaroo Point cliffs. The iconic Story Bridge Hotel first opened in 1886 and was originally as the Kangaroo Point Hotel.

Milton close to the CBD and home to the XXXX Brewery and the Suncorp Stadium home to the Brisbane Broncos, Queensland Roar and the State of Origin and also used for major concets. Milton Park is a large open park with a sectiomn for dogs and for children a train and station. Lots of restaurants and small shops on Park Road.



Close to the CBD and University of Queensland with large shopping complex and the art deco Eldorado Cinema Complex and Megaplex.

A suburb with big shopping centres to the 4km to the west of the CBD.

Kelvin Grove
Kelvin Grove is home to the Roundhouse Theatre, home of La Boite Theatre Company and the Kelvin Grove Urban Village.


A bay side suburb read more by clicking on the title.


New Farm
Originally an industrial area but now full of restaurants, cafes and residential areas and home to the Powerhouse Theatre. New Farm Park is famous for the long line of Jacaranda trees and the many roses.

A residential suburb 5km from the CBD with for visitors the closest caravan park to the city. The historic local pub the Newmarket Hotel is busy most nights.


A fast changing suburb with Newstead House.

Norman Park
Norman Park in 4km east of the CBD has its own railway station and is close to the city and river. In McIllwraith Avenue is the heritage listed single story house "Eulalia" built in 1889. The C.P. Bottomley Park in Halifax Street is a popular recreation area, as are the parks along Norman Creek towards East Brisbane.

The coastal suburb of Nudgee 13km north of the CBD has is home of the Nudgee Golf Course. The Boondall wetlands reserve is a wild area with boardwalks through the mangroves. Nudgee Beach is a large mud flat popular for walkers and fishing.


Oxley is 11km south of the CBD, named after Lieutenant John Joseph William Molesworth Oxley who in 1823 'discovered' and named the Brisbane River. Oxley Golf Club is in Boundary Road and the main fruit and vegetable market is at at Rocklea. There are two public markets at Rocklea on weekends - the Saturday Fresh Market for fresh food and vegetables and the Sunday Discovery Market for secondhand bargains.

Paddington is about 2km from the CBD with wooden Queenslanders, cafes, small boutiques, restaurants and night clubs. The main street in Paddington has several names. Caxton Street closest to the city is the nightclub and restaurant end, Given Terrace in the middle boasts cafes and small, quirky boutiques and Latrobe Terrace, furthest from the city has antique shops, cafes and flower shops.


Seventeen Mile Rocks

Seventeen Mile Rocks is 14km from the CBD and known for Rocks Riverside Park in Counihan Road with riverside that includes an ampitheatre, playgrounds, artwork, bushland and both walking and cycling tracks. Seventeen Mile Rocks is close to the Direct Factory Outlet store at Jindalee and the shopping centre at Mt Ommaney.

South Bank
The area to the immediate south of the city of Brisbane and well known for the parklands and entertainment.

South Bank

Spring Hill

Spring Hill is one kilometre from the CBD and and has the famous landmark the convict built Old Windmill. Wickham Terrace is where many of the Brisbane medical specialists operate out of and the St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital a heritage listed building.

St Lucia
Named after St Lucia in the West Indies 4km along the river from the CBD. St Lucia is in many ways the University of Queensland that is spread over over 114 hectares along the Brisbane River. Hawken Drive which has a number of restaurants and a shopping centre.

Sunnybank is 14km south of Brisbane and has some of the best Asian and Chinese restaurants. Close to the Nathan campus of Griffith University and the Queensland Athletics Centre.

Upper Mt Gravatt
Upper Mt Gravatt is 10km from the CBD with the Garden City Shopping Centre and
The Hibiscus Sports Complex with swimming pools, gyms, courts and a skate park. Toohey Forest and Mt Gravatt Lookout are close by.

The Gap
The Gap 9km west of the CBD has the Ashgrove Golf Course and Brisbane Forest Park
with over 30 kilometres of walking tracks.

A new suburb by name between Newstead and New Farm.

West End
A trendy suburb to the south of the CBD.

Westlake is 14km from the CBD and is a modern residential suburb with some parks adjoining the river.

Windsor is 4km from the CBD and a historic suburb with steep hills and city views Downey Park has open playing areas and bushland remnant. The Windsor Historic Society is housed in the former Council Chambers building, built in 1897 from stone carved from the closed Windsor quarry. Northey Street City Farm is a large community garden with weekly organic markets.

Woolloongabba is 4 four kilometres soutrh of the CBD and home of The Gabba, or Brisbane Cricket Ground, which hosts national and international cricket matches and AFL games. The Broadway Growers Markets and the Gabba Cork n Fork are on every Saturday morning.

Zillmere is 14km north of the CBD and close to Chermside one of the major shopping centres and the Brisbane Entertainment Centre at Boondall.


Greater Brisbane Areas

Moreton Island
A sand island close to Brisbane read more by clicking on the heading.

Lockyer Valley
An area that produces some of the best vegetables and fruit in Australia and with the country towns of Gatton and Laidley. Attractions include Pioneer Village, Glen Rock Regional Park, Cunningham Crest lookout and the Lake Apex scenic walk.

Follow the Warrego Highway and the Cobb and Co past the University of Queensland Gatton Campus. Visit the Gatton's Davson Art Gallery and the local shops located in Gatton’s CBD see the Gatton and District Historical Village. Spring Bluff Railway Station Trust is a restored railway with award winning gardens. Visit the recently opened Helidon Heritage Walk, starting next to the old Post Office. Wine can be tasted at Preston Peak Wines at 31 Preston Peak Lane, Preston Peak.

Logan is an urban city to the south of Brisbane with Logan Art Gallery, Beenleigh Historical Village and parklands. Other attractions are Daisy Hill Koala Centre, Kingston Park Raceway.

Scenic Rim
An area of natural beauty with vineyards and roadside stalls along with Lamington National Park and Mt Barney and the towns of Beaudesert and Boonah. The main other attractions are Tamborine Mountain National Parks; Lost World Valley; O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat; Cunningham's Gap, Lake Moogerah and Lake Maroon.

Somerset Region
An inland area of lakes and forest read more by clicking on the heading.

North Stradbroke Island
Directly opposite Cleveland's North Stradbroke Island one of the largest sand islands in the world.

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