The only way to really embrace the spirit of this city is to explore its many suburbs.
By Anna Lavdaras
Brisbane has quite a reputation for being a city in rapid flux. Not to long ago, it more resembled a laid-back country town. Today, this Queensland capital is heaving with big live-music institutions, innovative art spaces, and award-winning food venues- but they aren't to be found in the city centre. You'll need to head for the suburbs if you want to really experience the life of this city.
One of the most exclusive of Brisbane's inner-city suburbs (a five-minute drive from the centre of the city) is an enclave of tree-lined streets, elaborate raised Queenslander houses (recognisable for their breezy wrap around verandas and ornate timber detailing) and gourmet cafes and delis.Show more
By day, Fortitude Valley - two kilometres (1.2 miles) north-east of Brisbane's city centre - offers bustling streets of boutiques, markets and cafes. By night it puts on a party. The Valley, as it's referred to by locals, is known throughout Australia for its funky bars, eateries and one of the best live music scenes in the country.Show more
The vibrant, buzzing precinct along Brisbane's southern riverbank - an easy 10-minute walk across the Victoria Bridge - is a must-see for international visitors wanting a taste of this sun-loving city.Show more
A leafy, coveted neighbourhood that sits on a hill just north of town (a 10-minute drive), with a prime view overlooking the city, Paddington is one of Brisbane's oldest suburbs. The area boasts beautiful tree-lined streets and bountiful heritage buildings, with cafes and boutiques a plenty.Show more