When tourists and visitors come to any city, they mostly stay in the City Centre or close by – and Brisbane is no different.

The City and Southbank have most of the bigger attractions, but it is also worth seeing some of the suburbs where people live to gain a real appreciation of the city and what the suburbs offer.

Certainly, the Brisbane River is central to Brisbane and suburbs that line its banks can best be seen from the River by catching a ferry up or down the River, the longest trip up river being to Lone Pine Sanctuary – where the koalas live (see Zoos – this website). The Ferry trip travels past a number of suburbs including Queensland University in St Lucia and Indooroopilly, passing under the Indooroopilly Bridge.

Indooroopilly also has a large Shopping Centre Mall complex, with supermarkets, fashion, food courts, electronics and lots of parking – and it is about 30 minutes from the City centre. There are also many other Shopping Centre Malls spread throughout the suburbs.

For city shopping – head for Queen Street in the city centre, where you will find the Myer Department store and also David Jones. Myers also has department stores at Indooroopilly, Chermside and in the Brookside Shopping Centre at Everton Park, while David Jones has stores at Toowong and at Garden City, Mt Gravatt.

For bars, restaurants and night clubs head to Fortitude Valley – also called ‘The Valley’ – which is just east of the city centre.

For some small interesting shops and cafes – head to the suburbs of Paddington, Rosalie, Newstead, or West End.

To get a feel for the older suburbs – take a drive around ‘Hamilton’, Clayfield’, ‘Ascot’ and ‘St Lucia’, or newer suburbs look for ‘The Gap’ and ‘Kenmore’ or further out ‘Samsonvale’.

There are also garage sales usually on Saturdays around the suburbs – usually only advertised locally, and markets, mostly on weekends in a number of suburbs too, and of course many sporting activities also on weekends too.

The best way to get to know a city is simply to drive in a direction and get lost – and then try and find your way back home. Brisbane may well be a large city, but it is relatively easy to find your way around, without getting into too much trouble! And of course, if all else fails, use your GPS!

We hope you enjoy driving and discovering Brisbane’s suburbs.

Happy Travelling!

Geoff Stuart

Happy Traveller

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