A city to stay to live in

It is the third largest city in Australia, after Sydney and Melbourne. It is the capital of the state of Queensland, the point of connection with numerous beaches, natural parks and well-known tourist spots. Brisbane is a city that combines art and adventure, where culture and gastronomy go hand in hand to satisfy all kinds of tastes. You can cruise the Brisbane River, rappel at Kangaroo Point, or cycle through the botanical garden. Visit Moreton Island, Noosa, the Costa del Sol and the interior of the Gold Coast, you will always have cool plans to do.

Brisbane is nice, it houses various historical buildings, as well as super modern constructions that make it a futuristic city. The Brisbane River cuts through the city in the shape of an immense “S”, being navigable to the open sea, even by large tourist ships. It has an excellent artificial beach built next to the river, in the area known as Southbank, in front of the commercial center of the city. Both the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast are an hour’s drive away by car (or train), and can be visited on day trips.

The city has a warm subtropical climate most of the year. In the summer (from December to February), the maximum temperatures reach an average of 30 ° C. The city receives the highest amount of rainfall in summer. This is also the wettest time of the year in Brisbane. Winter is generally dry and mild. Most winter days are sunny with an average temperature of 17 ° C.

From January to March the highest amount of rainfall is recorded. Fall (March to May) signals the end of high summer temperatures and the beginning of colder days and nights. Although the days are still warm, the average daily temperature is between 15 ° C and 25 ° C. In winter (June to August), Brisbane has good weather during the day with mild to warm temperatures between 11 ° C and 21 ° C. Nights are normally cool and temperatures in the morning can be quite low. It is a pleasant time to walk and explore the city and its surroundings.

Brisbane is a compact city with many walks, trails, and bike paths, which are well connected via bridges that link the main areas. Spring (September to November) is one of the best seasons to visit Queensland thanks to its warm and sunny days, tinged with a refreshing sea breeze. The climate is similar to that of autumn, with average temperatures of 15 ° C and 25 ° C. The nights are nice but they can be cool. It is a good time of year to enjoy days at the beach or enjoy a sightseeing cruise on the Brisbane River. The Brisbane Festival, the city’s premier arts festival, runs from mid-September to early October.

Advantages of living in Brisbane

+ It is a relatively small city, but in constant growth.

+ You have enough job stability and many things to do throughout the year.

+ Almost everything is within walking distance and with good communication to the center.

+ The city’s climate is very good, with a short winter and quite similar to a European spring.

+ You have some of the best beaches in Queensland close by. In about an hour you can reach the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast. It is the ideal point to start road trips along the Australian East Coast!

+ Being the capital of the state of Queensland, it has a wide range of both national and international flights.

+ Disadvantages of living in Brisbane

Disadvantages of living in Brisbane

+ There are many hills! It is a city with a lot of unevenness, so wherever you go you will find a slope that you will make your way … let’s say interesting.

+ Summer storms can be a problem, especially if they catch you on the street and come with hail.

+ Dawn too early and in summer the sun wakes you up at 5 in the morning, because in Australia there are no blinds to block the sun. Although on second thought, this is not a problem. Enjoy every day to the fullest!

+ Due to the humidity, the summer heat is quite suffocating.

+ There is no beach, but with the variety of entertainment in Brisbane and the East Coast close at hand, this is not a problem, is it?

The best suburbs to live in Brisbane

One of the most common questions from Spaniards in Brisbane or even those who are seriously considering going to live there is: “What are the best areas to live in Brisbane?”

We will try to answer this question briefly with a compilation of the best suburbs to live in Brisbane:

+ Spring Hill: It is one of the oldest suburbs in Brisbane. The old houses are now office and apartment buildings. If you are looking for a single room, prices range between $ 180 and $ 210 AUD per week. Remember that you can also rent an entire apartment for a good price.

+ Fortutude Valley: It is a central suburb where most of Brisbane’s nightlife is concentrated, with plenty of bars and restaurants. Prices around $ 180- $ 200 AUD per week (single room).

+ New Farm and Teneriffe: It is next yo Fortitude Valley, but with a much quieter atmosphere. Prices for a single room are usually around $ 170- $ 190 AUD per week.

+ West End: It is one of the most COOL and alternative suburbs in Brisbane. There are many restaurants, bars and even a market on Saturday and Friday nights. Prices are around $ 180- $ 190 AUD per week (single room).

+ Highgate Hill: The suburb next to the West End. A little more secluded, but well connected with public transport. Prices for a non-shared room range from $ 160 to $ 190 AUD per week.

+ Newstead, Red Hill, Petrie Terrace, Toowong, Milton, Woolloongabba, Kangaroo Point, East Brisbane and Annerley are suburbs a little further out (20-30 min by bus) where you will find larger and higher quality shared housing for about $ 160 – $ 180 AUD per week.

+ Paddington – This residential suburb is located in the western part of Brisbane. It is characterised by being a quiet area with a wide commercial offer. It is a very good option if you want to feel in the Aussie lifestyle and have a good brunch in the cafes in this area. Also, the rental prices are not high and you can find a single room for $ 170-190 AUD.

+ South of Brisbane: the most prominent suburb in this area is the South Bank, a lively suburb located in front of the river, next to the famous Ferris wheel and the Queensland Museum. The price to rent a room is higher than in the other suburb but worth it if you work in the CBD.

What to visit in Brisbane?

We know that you love traveling and discovering new places, so we have made a list so you know what to visit in Brisbane. The most TOP sites!

+ Roma Street Parkland: It is a 14 hectare park in the center of the city with multiple recreational areas, barbecues and paths to explore.

+ CityCat ride: Taking a ferry excursion from West End to Tenerife at sunset is one of the experiences that will stay on your mind.

+ Mount Coot-tha: A place to enjoy the best views of the city from the highest point. You can choose to stay for lunch at the restaurant, have a beer or take a walk along one of the paths that surround the forest reserve.

+ South Bank Parklands and Lagoon: It is a recreation area with multiple options such as: barbecues, artificial beach, bars and restaurants, a small rainforest, a Nepalese pagoda, the Brisbane Ferris wheel …

+ Kangaroo Point Cliffs: Green area on the riverbank, with barbecues and stunning views of the city and the Story Bridge.

+ Springbrook National Park and Lamington National Park: These are two parks that offer you a great variety of walks to do and experiences to live, such as watching the sunset or seeing luminous larvae in the Natural Bridge cave, in Springbrook.

+ Stradbroke Island, Moreton Island and Bribie Island: They are the closest islands to Brisbane. In them you will find endless beaches and a great variety of wildlife. For the first two you will need to go by ferry.

+ Mount Glorious and the Glass House Mountains: They are two great options for making country getaways in the same day. You will find several paths to follow that end in incredible views.

+ Coolum and Currumbin: The first beach is to the north and the second to the south. They are less than two hours from Brisbane and have a quiet and familiar atmosphere.

+ Maleni: It is a town one hour inland. It has a very Australian atmosphere, with small houses and a lot of local commerce. Wellington Point is 30 minutes from downtown. Noosa and Byron Bay, also nearby, are a great place for a weekend getaway.


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