Fringe Living: Brisbane’s Most Livable Suburbs


Teneriffe during the annual Teneriffe Festival

At some point or another most of us will consider ditching the suburbs for the bright lights of an address that’s closer to Brisbane city. The reasons could be anything from wanting to cut down your daily commute into work, or maybe you just want to be closer to where the action is (whatever kind of action you’re into).

So whether it’s matter of convenience or a matter of lifestyle the question is: where do I start? There are any number of areas on the fringes of Brisbane city that could fit the bill, but which ones will suit you best in terms of the facilities they offer?

To get you started on your journey to city fringe living  here’s a list of some of Brisbane’s most livable suburbs within spitting distance of the CBD… 


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In recent years, Brisbane at large has experienced a boom in its number of hip restaurants, cafés and bars. Newstead is just one of the suburbs to have been transformed, thanks mostly in part to the establishment of the popular Gasworks Plaza, a residential, commercial, and retail hub located on Skyring Terrace. Other places to eat and drink include Tippler’s Tap, Newstead Brewery and the Little Loco Cafe. Nearby James St is also renowned for its restaurants, boutiques and the Palace Centro cinema.


Another suburb that has evolved over time is Nundah, located on Brisbane’s northside. Not only has the number of apartment blocks in the area skyrocketed, but it has gone through a gentrification process, with the arrival of upscale restaurants and boutiques in the buzzing Nundah Village. Highlights include Primal Pantry, The White Bungalow and Coco Bliss.

West End

The perennial favourite of artistic types, West End has long been considered home to a number of cultural attractions. Along Boundary Street, you’ll find independent boutiques, cafes and restaurants ranging from traditional Greek through to vegan! There are also some seriously great bars. If you’re into cocktails Cobbler, B.O.S.C and The Milk Factory, or if you;re a craft beer lover you can spend many happy times at The Brisbane Brewing Co and Archive. Also on offer is the West End Markets which offers a smorgasbord of food options and unique finds in the way of clothes, furniture, artwork and knick knacks.

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A cheeky pint at Brisbane Brewing Co.


Situated right on the Brisbane River, approximately 20 minutes from the city centre, is Bulimba, a picturesque, leafy suburb that you are sure to fall in love with instantly. Oxford Street is the place to be, thanks to its vibrant collection of chic shops, health and beauty venues, bars, cafés and restaurants. You’ll also be able to catch the latest blockbuster when you visit the local cinema. For the best eats, check out French Twist, La Quinta and Barcadia.


Want to inject some fresh air and sunshine into your trendy lifestyle? If so, Teneriffe is the suburb for you. Enjoy the beautiful views afforded by the boardwalk, be entertained at the Brisbane Powerhouse over at New Farm, and stroll down Vernon Terrace to get your fill of eats, drinks and shopping! Just be sure to look the part – the locals are seriously stylish.

With so much choice, it’s going to be tough deciding which suburb will suit you and your needs best. For a little extra assistance, a buyers’ agent in Brisbane such as Templeton Property could be a source of valuable advice on the local market. You can find out more info on their website.

If you’d rather have all the fun of researching yourself, why not try before you buy? Head out to a different area every weekend and see what you think! 

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About Rachel

Thirty-something Brisbane lover, trying to find the balance between FOMO and YOLO. Semi-retired party girl who loves planning itineraries for big nights out. Often found dragging 3 boys around your local farmers markets or attempting to sneak out for dinner with my husband, The Chef.

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