Lifestyle in Brisbane
Brisbane is renowned for the easy-going, relaxed atmosphere that inspired its playful nickname – ‘City of Sundays’. Though, despite the lethargy and the often apparent lackadaisical attitude, the capital city of Queensland is filled with the cosmopolitan hustle and bustle of any major urban hub.
The expat community benefits from several interesting districts, a carefully cultivated café vibe, the attraction of a stunning riverside park, as well as a chock-a-block full cultural calendar and a vibrant nightlife.
Shopping in Brisbane
Shopaholics won’t falter amid Brisbane’s designer boutiques and department stores. Numerous bustling markets dot the city squares, and the Queen Street Mall packs it in to placate those who prefer to stay in one place. Brisbane’s independent shopping scene is concentrated around inner-city Brisbane. Fortitude Valley and Paddington are the top spots for fashion and vintage. Here one can spend the day trawling second-hand bookshops, record stores and specialty stores.
The main antique precincts are centred in south side’s Woolloongabba and there are quaint little boutiques to be found offering an array of eclectic gifts and homewares. Brisbane also has a growing market culture, with everything from farmer's markets selling ethnic and organic produce, to those showcasing vintage fashion to be found on weekends all over town.
Arts and culture in Brisbane
Brisbane is a city with some serious cultural credentials. The South Bank calls out to arts and culture gurus, complete with the Queensland Museum, the Queensland Art Gallery, and the Performing Arts Centre. These venues host an array of events and world-class exhibitions. Other cultural hot spots in Brisbane include the eclectic New Farm and Fortitude Valley. Walking around the city centre itself also reveals a range of public art and heritage buildings.
Music lovers shouldn't miss the opportunity to see the orchestra play between the grand Corinthian columns of Customs House.
Sport in Brisbane
Sport, in true Aussie fashion, is also well catered for at the Brisbane Cricket Ground (known locally as the Gabba) and Ballymore, where the Wallabies defend their rugby pride. Those who don’t have a ticket for the game should head to the nearest pub or sports bar and watch the game live amongst the locals.
For people who want to do something more hands-on, Brisbane has many recreational sports teams where expats can join locals to play football, cricket and rugby. For something a little more serene, the Tangalooma Wrecks offer a great dive site for new and experienced divers. Here divers can get a glimpse of the fish and other marine life that inhabit the area.
Restaurants in Brisbane
Brisbane has plenty of gastronomic experiences guaranteed to tantalise the taste buds, even though the city is often overlooked in favour of Sydney or Melbourne. Brisbane is still widely considered one of the best places to splurge on a posh meal in Australia.