New Farm: Feel the Rural and City Vibe

Map showing New Farm, QLD

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One of Brisbane’s oldest suburbs, New Farm is located 2 km east of the CBD on a big bend of the Brisbane River.

From being a home of poor immigrants and workers, New Farm is now regarded as an elite suburb that offers a trendy and relaxed lifestyle for people who likes their food, entertainment and farmer’s markets within easy reach.

Demographics

Total Population: 12,542 (2016 Census)

  • Median Household Income ($/weekly): 1620
  • Median Age of Persons: 36
  • Average Household Size: 1.9M

Property Statistics

  • Dwelling Type – Flat, unit or apartment: 61.7%
  • Homes fully owned – 21.1%
  • Being purchased through home loan mortgage – 20.5%
  • Rented – 58.1%
  • House median sale price – $1,750,000 (as of Dec 2020)
  • Unit median sale price – $627,000 (as of Dec 2020)
  • House median rent per week – $800 (as of Dec 2020)
  • Unit median rent per week – $420 (as of Dec 2020)

Housing and Landmarks

The south of the suburb’s main street, Brunswick, features big lavish Queenslander-style homes, lots of tree-lined streets, and high apartment buildings, mostly along the river. The north of Brunswick is where there are more modest Queenslanders, fewer large trees and apartments.

New Farm’s history is evident as you take a stroll down Brunswick Street. One end of the street is the majestic river-side New Farm Park and Brisbane Powerhouse. At the other end is another great suburb, Fortitude Valley.

You won’t need a car to live here. A leisurely walk will take you anywhere you want to go within the suburb.

Heritage Sites

New Farm Park QLD

There are several heritage-listed sites in New Farm, including:

  • Residence at 41 Abbott St.
  • Village Twin Cinemas
  • Langshaw Marble Lime Works
  • CSR Refinery
  • New Farm Park
  • New Farm State School

Entertainment, Shops and Restaurants

New Farm is a trendy, visually stunning inner suburb where you can have lots of fun. There are many activities available, restaurants, cafes, bars and shopping are usually within walking distance or a short drive to the nearest suburb, and even a playground.

You won’t need to go outside the suburb to find restaurants, bars, bookstores, arthouse cinemas and farmer’s market.

New Farm Park

The beautiful New Farm Park, one of Brisbane’s oldest, majestic and largest parks, is popular among families and friends who likes to relax, picnic, kick a ball or simply chat during weekends.

One end of the park meets the Brisbane River. A riverfront boardwalk links the park the CBD by foot, or from the CityCat ferry terminal.

New Farm Park is a five-minute drive from the CBD, 10 minutes on the number 196 bus, 15 minutes by CityCat, or about 20 minutes by bike via the RiverWalk from the CBD.

Brisbane Powerhouse

Right next to New Farm Park is the historic Brisbane Powerhouse, an old power station that is now an events place hosting live performances, weekend farmer’s markets and moonlight cinema.

New Farm Cinemas

It is part of Five Star Cinemas, a family picture theatre chain that is known for offering a mix of retro style and start of the art sound and vision.

Its major commercial area is Merthyr Village, which is near New Farm Park.

Art enthusiasts will be glad to know that New Farm has art galleries that are on constant rotation.

Public Transport

New Farm is one of those suburbs where you don’t need a car as there are pathways and bikeways you can use to move around. Shops, restaurants and cafes as within walking distance or a short drive to neighbouring suburbs.

With that said, New Farm is also accessible by public transportation, particularly by ferry and buses.

  • Ferry – A small cross-river ferry, located at the river end of Brunswick Street and run by Brisbane Transport, connects the suburb with Norman Park. New Farm is also accessibly by two CityCat stops – at Sydney Street and at New Farm Park.
  • Buses – There are several bus routes that take commuters to and from the city centre.

Schools

There are two primary schools in the suburb:

  • New Farm State School, a public primary school for boys and girls, located at the corner of James and Heal Streets; and
  • Holy Spirit School, a Catholic primary school for boys and girls, located at Villiers Street.

New Farm has no secondary school, but there are plenty in nearby suburbs, such as Kelvin Grove High School, a 14-minute drive via Brunswick St, and Fortitude Valley State Secondary College, an 8-minute drive via Chester St.

Living in New Farm

New Farm has transformed from a humble immigrant community to a highly attractive address for inner-city hip residents, young and old, who prefer to have all the things they need right at their door step without moving too far from the city.

Though it is an expensive suburb, living in New Farm is definitely worth it.

Young professionals will enjoy living in New Farm given its proximity to the city and its cool vibe. However, a growing number of retirees, or empty-nesters, are moving here to enjoy a relaxed and low-maintenance lifestyle.

There are bikeways and walkways, which are especially helpful for people who’d rather ride a bike or walk than commute or drive a car.