The Brisbane central business district (CBD), colloquially referred to as “the city”, lies on the original European settlement and lies on the curve of the Brisbane River. It is bordered to the north-east by Fortitude Valley and to west by Petrie Terrace.
The CBD is dotted with plenty of skyscrapers and other buildings, combined with numerous parks. The SGIO building (now called Suncorp Plaza) and AMP Place are some of the first skyscrapers constructed in the area.
There has been a significant increase in the number of apartment buildings constructed in the CBD over the past few decades. It is home to many of the tallest buildings in the country, including Soleil, Aurora Tower and Riparian Plaza.
The city has many precincts. The various court buildings around the intersections of George Street, Adelaide Street and Anne Street are mainly the legal precinct. A retail precinct exists in the areas around the Queen Street Mall and Adelaide Street. The government precinct is focused on the Executive Building that consists of several Queensland Government offices.
Leisure and Shopping
There are many parks that are scattered throughout the city. Roma Street Parklands covers 16 hectares and features various themed gardens and recreational areas, along with pathways and boardwalks. Located on Alice Street, the heritage-listed City Botanic Gardens (previously named Brisbane Botanic Gardens) is located on Gardens Point. Covering 20 hectares, it offers a variety of rare of strange plant species, as well as a collection of palms, cycads, figs and bamboos. Wickham Park, located in Spring Hill, is home to a number of heritage-listed sites, including The Old Windmill, Spring Hill Reservoir and Wickham Park Air Raid Shelters.
Here are some of the shopping centres located within the CBD:
- Post Office Square
- MacArthur Central Shopping Centre
- Sussan Corporation (Aust) Pty Ltd
- Rowes Arcade
- The Pavilion
- Queen Adelaide Building
The CBD also boasts of many attractions, including Queensland’s Parliament House, the Gardens Point Campus of the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane City Hall, The Queens Garden, Post Office Square, King George Square, and more.
It also features many heritage-listed sites, including Mooney Memorial Fountain, Eagle Street Fig Trees, Wenley House, First Brisbane Burial Ground, William Jolly Bridge, and more.
- Population: 1,977,315 (2011 Census)
- Median age: 35 years old
- Average household size: 2.3
Top 5 Resident Lifestyles in the CBD
- Independent youth
- Maturing and established independence
- Older independence
- Older couples and families
- Elderly families
Top 5 Occupations of Residents
- Clerical and administrative workers
- Technicians and trades workers
- Sales workers
- Homes fully owned – 27.1%
- Being purchased through home loan mortgage – 36.6%
- Rented – 33.4%
- House median sale price – $572,500
- Median rent per week – $325
The city is served by schools located in nearby suburbs such as:
- All Hallows School (Fortitude Valley)
- Petrie Terrace School (Paddington)
- The Albert Park Flexi School (Petrie Terrace)
The CBD is the heart of all public transport services in Brisbane. Bus services are centred on the Queen Street bus station and King George Square busway station. Suburban train services pass through Central railway station, and Roma Street railway station. Roma Street also serves as the terminus for long distance and country services.
By ferry, CityCat high speed ferry service operates along the Brisbane River between the University of Queensland and Northshore Hamilton, stopping at several CBD wharves.
The Brisbane Riverwalk, a pedestrian and cyclist pathway, connects the CBD along the river bank.