West End is a boho, eclectic and happening inner city suburb located only two kilometres south-east of the CBD. Famous for its alternative lifestyle, multi-cultural history, community-mindedness and vibrant café, dining, music, art and cultural scene, West End residents are spoilt for choice when it comes to having top notch conveniences on their doorstep.

Home to professionals, singles, share-house renters, families with kids, LGBT community members, hipsters, students, and artists, a West End lifestyle is highly sought after due to its convenient location, its range of local amenities, proximity to the Brisbane River and prized address in the high-performing Brisbane State High catchment.

Nearby neighbourhoods include: Highgate Hill, South Brisbane, South Bank and East Brisbane.

Quality Schools

West End is a major drawcard for families due to it being in the Brisbane State High catchment. Brisbane State High is an academically selective, co-educational, state secondary school. It is a member of the Great Public Schools Association of Queensland (GPS) public high school and is a highly sought after school to attend. Entry to the school through academic selection is limited and heavily oversubscribed each year so living in the catchment is a sure-fire way of gaining entry into the school. The school performs highly academically as well as in sport and culture.

Quality schools in and near West End include:-

  • West End State School
  • Brisbane State High School
  • Somerville House
  • St Laurence’s College

Homes of West End

An eclectic mix of property buyers and tenants are drawn to West End because of its uniqueness and diverse offerings. Whether it be a character home, brick home, workers’ cottage or apartment, West End is as diverse as it comes. The suburb is well-known for its workers’ cottages that line the narrow side streets of West End. These small timber houses were built in the early 1900s and are typically on small blocks of around 300-400sqm.

The area has experienced an explosion of mid to high rise, riverside apartments in recent years. Many of these multi-million dollar apartments feature resort style outdoor areas with infinity pools and entertaining areas. With this development comes drawbacks and West End now has all the issues you would expect with high density living including crowding, traffic, parking and noise issues.

Why We Love West End

West End is a suburb like no other in Brisbane. It is a hive of activity with so much to offer those lucky enough to call 4101 their home. Here is some of the reasons why West End is so loved:-

  1. In West End everything is within walking distance:
  • The CBD (2km)
  • The Brisbane River and the West End River Walk
  • An eclectic mix of cool cafes, boutique bars, pubs, live music venues and restaurants on Boundary Street, Hardgrave Road and West Village
  • First-class shopping including a Harris Farm Markets at West Village
  • Brisbane’s most vibrant community markets – West End Markets
  • South Bank and all it has to offer (3mins walk)
  • Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct – art galleries, theatres and museums
  1. One of the best benefits of West End is it is located on the Brisbane River. The riverfront areas provide walking and bike paths as well as dog parks, BBQ facilities, rowing clubs, parks and playgrounds, boat ramps and pontoons.
  2. West End would have to be one of the liveliest dining and entertainment areas in Brisbane. Boundary Street, Hardgrave Road and West Village are where it is at for brunch, lunch and after hours socialising. West Village makes a fantastic dining addition to West End with Yamas Greek, Italian Street Kitchen, Beirut Bazaar and Zaza Dining and Bar.
  3. Although very much an urban suburb, West End has a surprising number of parks and green spaces including Davies Park – home of the iconic West End markets, a sports oval, skate park, league club and community gardens. Another fantastic West End park is Orleigh Park – a riverfront park with an interesting playground for local children and visitors to the area.
  4. West End is home to the famous West End Markets. This vibrant community market draws in shoppers from all over Brisbane. Organic farm-fresh produce, meat, seafood, homemade gourmet products, fresh pasta, bakery items and food stalls aplenty. With 150 stalls and free live music this market is a treasured local weekly must do. West End is also home to a number of vintage shops, making it a popular place for vintage shoppers to visit.
  5. West End is a melting pot of culture – it is home to Brisbane’s largest Greek community and home to a large Vietnamese community too. Hellenic culture is alive and well in West End with the annual Paniyiri Greek Festival held in Musgrave Park every May, drawing in crowds of 50,000 people. It is also home to Brisbane’s Greek Club and many Greek restaurants and small businesses. West End has no shortage of Vietnamese restaurants, cafes and bars due to the large Vietnamese community that calls West End home.
  6. West End is well-connected to other parts of Brisbane by train, bus and ferry. The nearest train stations are South Bank and South Brisbane. Several bus services run through the suburb including the CityGlider which connects locals to the CBD, Fortitude Valley and Teneriffe. West End ferry terminal is located on the corner of Orleigh and Hoogley Streets where locals can catch the CityCat to riverside stops all over Brisbane.
  7. Fun fact: did you know West End is home to the Queensland Ballet Company?

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