Having shaken off its industrial past, South Brisbane has transformed into a lively urban pocket of Brisbane that locals and visitors are drawn to for its diverse mix of dining, cultural, recreational and entertainment offerings and for its city lifestyle. 

Situated on the southern bank of the Brisbane River across the river from the CBD and adjacent to West End and South Bank, South Brisbane is the cultural epicentre of Brisbane with the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, the Queensland Museum, Queensland Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) and the State Library of Queensland all located here.

The abundance of high-rise apartments makes South Brisbane a popular place to live for young professionals, students and creatives aged between 20-39 who value its proximity to the CBD and all the cultural, dining and entertainment offerings. Due to the high number of renters in the area it is becoming a sought-after area for investors looking for opportunities in Brisbane.

Quality Schools

Families in South Brisbane are attracted to the suburb as it is just a stone’s throw from some of Brisbane’s best schools and tertiary institutions including:

  • West End State School
  • Queensland Children’s Hospital School
  • Brisbane State High
  • Somerville House
  • St Laurence’s College
  • Griffith University (South Bank campus) including:
    • Queensland Conservatorium
    • Queensland College of Art
    • Griffith Film School
  • Southbank Institute of Technology
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Homes of South Brisbane

High-rise apartments dominate the South Brisbane property landscape, but you can also find other real estate options here including some historical Queenslander style homes. Being one of the older parts of Brisbane, South Brisbane has many stately, heritage-listed buildings.

South Brisbane is considered a high-density living area and with all the ongoing development in the area this trend is set to continue. Recently Brisbane City Council announced buildings in South Brisbane would be allowed to be built as high as 270m – the same as those in the CBD. Previous limits were between 15 and 30 storeys. The new higher building heights in South Brisbane are to limit city sprawl and provide housing for young people with 10,000 new dwellings proposed. The change comes as part of the council’s Brisbane Sustainable Growth Strategy.

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Why We Love South Brisbane

As evidenced in our South Brisbane suburb profile, South Brisbane is a dynamic suburb with so much to offer. Here is a list of the top reasons why we love it so much:

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  1. South Brisbane has a walkability score of 92 making it the 4th most walkable neighbourhood in Brisbane. City workers are just a hop skip and a jump away from their offices and market lovers can easily stroll down to the West End Markets and Harris Farm Markets in neighbouring West End. There is no shortage of entertainment, leisure and dining options within walking distance as well as gyms, shopping, hospitals and schools.

  2. There are about 422 restaurants, bars and cafes in South Brisbane and residents can walk to around 28 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in five minutes. Favourite spots are Fish Lane, Melbourne St, Little Stanley St, Grey St, Hope St, Edmonstone St, Merivale St and Boundary St in West End. Many of these restaurants offer outdoor dining which is ideal for Brisbane’s sub-tropical climate.

  3. The iconic South Bank Parklands is located within South Brisbane – a world-class lifestyle precinct which features a rainforest walk, a man-made beach, cinemas and numerous events and festivals. The Queensland Government has proposed a draft master plan for a major upgrade to South Bank to modernise the destination in time for the 2032 Olympics.

  4. Despite it being a heavily built-up suburb South Brisbane has plenty of green spaces including South Bank Parklands, Musgrave Park (home to the annual Paniyiri Greek Festival and the annual Pride Festival), Kurilpa Point Park, South Brisbane Memorial Park and Alexander Smith Place.

  5. South Brisbane is a popular destination for tourists and visitors to Brisbane with Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre located here as well as numerous hotels including two five-star offerings. A number of major corporations have established offices in South Brisbane stamping their approval on it as a dynamic place to be located.

  6. South Brisbane is well connected to the CBD and the rest of Brisbane by public transport including bus, train and ferry services along the Brisbane River. There are two train stations – one at South Brisbane and one at South Bank. There are major bus stations at the Cultural Centre, South Bank and Mater Hill. CityCat services link South Brisbane to other riverside suburbs and for motorists it also is conveniently located to the Pacific Motorway and the Riverside Expressway making it super-easy to get around the city or shoot down to the Gold Coast. A Metro is also proposed for the area.

  7. For pedestrians, cyclists and motorists South Brisbane is well connected to the CBD by numerous bridges including: the Go Between Bridge, William Jolly Bridge, Kurilpa Bridge, Victoria Bridge and the Goodwill Bridge.

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