8.6 out of 10

West End

Ranked 104th best suburb in Brisbane
-27.4851509996403 153.002678110444
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Schools
Not great for
  • Parking
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+
Editors Choice

"The World's Greatest Urban Community"

West End represents an alternative take on urban living. There is nothing like it in Australia, and few places like it in the world. Imagine. A place where your neighbours are your friends, and your friends are artists, builders, students, doctors, musicians, lawyers, yoga instructors, academics, bloggers, local business owners, and circus performers. You walk, skate or ride to work or study - just 20 minutes to the city or to Queensland's major universities (unless you choose to laze it on the CityCat as it hums along the river). You walk 10 minutes to the best food, coffee and nightlife in Brisbane. On Saturday, you walk to the farmers market, where you catch up with your neighbours, listen to upcoming musicians, and purchase fresh fruit and veg. The residential streets are quiet and safe, and neighbours still say hello to each other. In the morning, you wake up to the sound of Kookaburras, chickens, and lorikeets. You meet your friends at the gym, the indoor climbing centre, yoga, Capoeira, and/or Latin Dance school.

West End is not for everyone. The narrow-minded, bigoted, bland, and the boring will be repulsed by the colour and diversity of West End. But if you are a secure, happy and interesting person, West End might be the suburb you are looking for.

Be sure to visit. But please catch public transport - buses leave every 5 minutes from the city, and be prepared to be wowed.
Pros
  • Everything is within walking distance
  • Safe and quiet residential streets, vibrant and alive village centre
  • Distance to CBD
  • Bike tracks
Cons
  • Its awesomeness attracts large crowds on weekends
  • Tends to leave boring, conservative and snotty people like they need a Bex and a good lie down
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
Paul Tooze
Paul Tooze I love this review. In fact, it is so accurate that my family is moving to West End
Aug 25, 2015
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4/5
Aug 25, 2015

"Paul Tooze- West End Parks."

I love the review from Giddy. Well done!

There are more parks and green spaces than most people realise.

Davies Park, home of the iconic West End markets. I get my fruit here, and a Saturday coffee.

Orliegh Park. This has seen vast improvements over that last 12 months. With a new Ferry Terminal at one end and new a kiddies play area. This is a very popular park with families of all ages.

Riverside Walk. The council has closed this road off and made it pedestrian only. It gets plenty of use with walkers and cyclists. It provides an easy walk right into the CBD.

Paradise Park, Paradise Rd. A locals secret! A very quiet park to get away.

Jane Street Community Garden. This a lovely patch of ground giving locals a place to grow their own vegies.
Pros
  • Distance to CBD
  • Bike tracks
  • Saturation of the alternative lifestyle
  • Better than East End
Cons
  • Construction noise
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Aug 25, 2015

"Paul Tooze in West End"

Working in West End and South Brisbane has been an exciting experience.
paultooze.raywhite.com.
As a real estate agent I get to see the whole area and all that is going on. I've been so impressed that we have decided to move to the area and our little one is moving school.
I don't mind answering any questions
Pros
  • Council improving parks and green areas
  • Good schools
  • Plenty of eating choice
  • Distance to CBD
  • Bike tracks
  • Saturation of the alternative lifestyle
  • Better than East End
Cons
  • Parking can be an issue
  • Lots of traffic at school time
  • Lots of construction taking place
  • Construction noise
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
jenk1
jenk1 Hi Paul. How would you differentiate west end over paddington. Thinking of a move!
Apr 02, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"Great place to live but noisy"

Love living in West End. Plenty of excellent cafes, restaurants and fabulous pubs predominantly situated on Boundary Street. Great stretch of asian restaurants all serving fab food with byo on Hardgrave Road. I also love the colourful, alternative vibe here that makes other Brisbane suburbs appear bland (trust me, I've lived in other suburbs!!). Great Saturday farmers markets and Friday night markets where you can eat yummy stall food. The ONLY downside however is the level of development work going on especially down by the river where we live. There are 3 huge apartment blocks being built next to us, 6.30 am starts, bulldozers, forklift trucks etc etc. Walking from Boundary Street to our unit, we counted 9 big apartment bocks being built. If you don't mind construction work live down by the river, otherwise avoid and look for something closer to Boundary Street hub or Highgate Hill border. If I wasn't moving to Sydney mid next year I'd be giving up my lease here and doing exactly that. Even though I love the unit we're leasing the noise is forcing us out
Pros
  • Distance to CBD
  • Bike tracks
Cons
  • Construction noise
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Favourite suburb in Australia."

We started renting in West End, fell in love, and within 3 months bought an apartment here. Contrary what a lot of people say, it's a wonderfully quiet place so close to the CBD. Houses in quiet leafy suburban streets (don't expect a big back yard) or sleek modern apartment complexes along the riverside. There's a real sense of community between an eclectic mix of the alternative artists and the young professionals with young families, all living in harmony.

We live in one of the riverside apartment complexes, have wonderful neighbours, and a long strip of riverside parkland with barbeques, playgrounds, exercise equipment and dedicated paths for running and cycling all the way to the City. The morning commute, for those who don't take the CityGlider bus, is a beautiful cycle (10 mins), jog (20 minutes) or 30 minute walk along the riverside on dedicated paths without encountering traffic. You walk through this beautiful peaceful area along riverside drive all the way to the city, listening to the buzz of the congested traffic on the other side of the river along Corontation Drive, feeling glad you are on the West End side. The CityGlider connects West End to the City and New Farm running every 5 minutes in peak time or 15 minutes at other times, 24x7.

And one of the sweet bonuses for those who like to live online a little - the whole 4101 postcode area has been rolled out to 100Mb Optical Fibre internet. I have run speed tests of 108Mbps at off peak times.
Pros
  • Quiet riverside living
  • Super fast 100Mb optical fibre internet!!
  • Excellent Schools
  • Distance to CBD
  • Bike tracks
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Iconic"

West End is Brisbane's Bohemian heart. It is easy to write Brisbane off as a collection of bland suburbs that stretch out forever from the city. But most locals will tell visitors that there are three exceptions: West End, New Farm and Paddington. Among those suburbs, West End is the diverse and artistic suburb. The coffee is brilliant, even if you might sit on a milk crate. The food is without par, and you won't pay too much for it. The streets range from typical inner city streets to quiet cul-de-sacs. This is the place where Brisbane's more broad-minded live (if they are lucky) and play. Some of the reviews on here criticise the town for not being Suburbsville. Fair enough. West End is not a very good Suburbsville. But if you embrace the slow and quiet demise of a quarter acre block, brick veneer home and an hour-long commute, then West End will not be you. This is Brisbane's Carlton or Newtown. Enjoy it for what it is.
Pros
  • Brilliant schools
  • No McDonalds, KFC or Hungary Jacks
  • Distance to CBD
  • Bike tracks
  • Saturation of the alternative lifestyle
Cons
  • Busy on weekends
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Close to everything"

Loved living here. Moved here and bought an apartment and didn't want to leave. Is so close to anything and everything you could possibly want. Great restaurants and short walk to Southbank and the city. Only moved due to starting a family.
Pros
  • Distance to CBD
  • So many great restaurants
  • Great vibe
  • Friendly people
Cons
  • Rowdy Neighbours and Backpackers
  • Limited street parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 1/5
2yrs+

"The cosmopolitan heart of Brisbane"

I lived in West End for 5 years - back then it was extremely bohemian: an amazing mix of friendly people and cheap (but excellent) food. It still holds onto its boho roots but has been slowly turned more upmarket. Parking was always terrible, the nightlife and food was always amazing and the proximity to uni and the city was the main draw card.
I visit west end often - its a great place to hang out with friends and there is always plenty to do!
Pros
  • Distance to CBD
Cons
  • Rowdy Neighbours and Backpackers
  • Construction noise
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
Giddy
Giddy Schools gets 1 star?! The best state high school in Queensland not good enough for at least 2 stars?
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Trendy Place for dining out"

It's an interesting place to visit but I wouldn't like to live there.
Pros
  • Distance to CBD
Cons
  • Too many weird people with drug habits live there.
  • Rowdy Neighbours and Backpackers
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Nice and quiet..."

It is nice and quiet, but for how long??

Once the Brisbane City Council finish with west End it will be like some thing you would see in Hong Kong - high rise capital of the world.

For the moment its OK. It is the food capital of Brisbane so its good to drive too when your hungry. A few parks here and there. Still has industry in it so it attracts trucks...
Has a market which I think is good, but others may debate that. Close to the CBD.

Check it out for yourself - I think its a little wierd they have factories and houses and the wealthy and the homeless all in one suburb. But hey, thats what some people like about it!
Recommended for
  • Singles
Passingthrough
Passingthrough High rises, food capital, markets, industry, wealthy, poor living together sounds like New York. Awesome.
2yrs+
Jademcclymans
Jademcclymans High rises are the big things u see in the city mate and as far as I'm aware I haven't seen any big things in west end!!
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A great terrible suburb of mixed appreciations"

Having lived here for 47 years I've seen a great many changes to this wonderful yet eerie locale. A suburb conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all Brisvegans are equal. The suburb is matched only by its equals and finely pruned shrubberies for this suburb can oft-times be very, very naughty.
Pros
  • What is the matrix?
  • Saturation of the alternative lifestyle
  • Better than East End
  • Bike tracks
  • Distance to CBD
Cons
  • Whales falling from the sky
  • Teleporting houses
  • It has to end.
  • Rowdy Neighbours and Backpackers
Recommended for
  • Hipsters
4/5
2yrs+

"Great place"

West end is a great place with lots of restaurants, cafes and much more. Close distance to the CBD and many attractions such as south bank.
1/5
2yrs+

"noisy and lots of traffic"

West end is very noisy and has lots of traffic. Yes it has some nice restaurants although there is no parking.
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Plenty of construction with very inconsiderate neighbours"

I moved to West End six months ago and while close to the CBD for work (the main reason I moved here), the level of construction and noise is driving me crazy.

Next to my unit alone there are three construction sites - each building a set of townhouses or units. They start at 6.30am in the morning till 6pm at night 6 days a week, even on a Sunday sometimes when they are not allowed. The Brisbane City Council are gutless and powerless to do anything about it, let alone enforce their own rules. I know of at least three other development applications within 100 metres made in the last 4 months, so noise and disruption is only going to get worse.

I find the neighbours very inconsiderate with loud conversations, tv's and parties at all times of the day and night. Most of the residents are transient and don't care what impact they are having on others around them.

The Council Nazis have installed paid meter parking in most of West End recently and any objections fall on deaf ears. I wrote to council against the installation of the meters but I never received a reply. As a result I do not shop locally and prefer a supermarket/mall where I can park for free.

While public transport is fairly good and comes often, the city buses still take close to half an hour by the time they drop you off. I counted 13 traffic lights in a 1km stretch which is just woeful. The BCC is obviously not serious about promoting public transport when I can drive with my partner to work in 10 mins and the cost works out cheaper too.

In the end you have to ask yourself whether your sanity is worth the convenience of being located so close to the city. For me space and privacy are much more important than arriving to work a few minutes quicker.
Pros
  • Distance to CBD
  • Bike tracks
Cons
  • Construction noise
  • Rowdy Neighbours and Backpackers
  • Council Regulations
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Good Food But..."

Good luck finding a parking spot and living on your neighbours door step
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A real local"

My wife and I have lived in West End for 13 years. Things have changed fairly dramatically even in that fairly short time. The students and hippies are still here, but there are more families moving in now that the suburb has been gentrified. The food and coffee is superb. The greatest thing, however, are the locals. People who move here seem to respect the culture of West End. It is good to see. I couldn't live anywhere else.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Visited the farmers markets"

This was my first visit to West End, but it won't be my last. One suggestion: some traffic lights or pedestrian crossings are needed on Montague Rd, at least where the markets are located.

On recommendation of a friend, I had lunch at Hardgrave. Very nice. Might be just me, but West End seems to be a bit of a secret jewel; I didn't know that a place like this existed in Brisbane. Great stuff.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"lovely suburb"

had a wonderful weekend visit
Recommended for
  • Singles
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"An exciting suburb that welcomes everyone"

One of my favourite places in Brisbane.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"What a great area"

Just did the walk along the river from the citycat stop to the GoBetween Bridge, and popped up to Hardgrave for lunch. I love the old Queenslanders. I will be back for the markets next Saturday morning.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"West End rocks"

Interesting people, local traffic only, walking distance to everything, Queensland's best state schools, and great food and coffee.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Some people think West End is terrible? Hehe"

West End is not for everyone.

It is nice and quiet, and is getting quieter. As a peninsula it is naturally a local traffic only zone. If you like noise you will be disappointed because even the couple of remaining industrial sites at the city end of the peninsula are being replaced with wide bike/pedestrian paths, and new residences full of people who can walk/ride less than a kilometre to work (or the best state high in Queensland), or catch the new City Glider bus service, or City Cat (including from another stop at the end of Victoria Street). If noise is your thing you might think West End is "terrible".

West End is also the food capital of Brisbane. Locals don't need to drive to the best food in Brisbane because they can just walk there at any time. And if they enjoy a few drinks, they can just walk back home or get a taxi there for a few bucks. So, if you don't like good food, then you might think West End is "terrible".

There are a growing number of riverside parks, and the town plan promises even more parkland in the area. West End will soon be the park capital of inner Brisbane, with the entire western side of the peninsula becoming one long riverside park and bikeway. So, if you don't like parks that link you to work and Queensland's premier cultural attractions, then you might think West End is "terrible".

West End has the best farmers' market in Brisbane. You will save at least half of your fruit/veg/meat budget by shopping here every Saturday morning, and get fresh food for the privilege. You can also stop to have a coffee by the river enjoying some of the best busking on offer. And if you are a local you can do all of this while catching up with the neighbours. So, if you don't like fresh cheap food and coffee with friends, then you might think West End is "terrible".

West End is close to the CBD. This means that it is easy for the locals to walk/ride/commute minutes to the city or any of Brisbane's major uni campuses. So, if you like to jump in the car and commute for large portions of your waking hours, burning money for the privilege, then you might think West End is "terrible".

West End is an urban community that has little room for the snobbery of those who measure success by the size of their car. Those who make plenty happily live alongside those make relatively little. In fact, the locals think this is exactly how things should be. So, if you like to be surrounded only by people who are like you, then you might think West End is "terrible."

If you think that saving money on food and transport, living among interesting people, and enjoying the arts is "terrible" there are plenty of places in Brisbane that you will rate as "Excellent". But for this fluffy dog, there is no better place to have my kennel.
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2yrs+

"What happened?"

What has happened to this suburb? I visited on the weekend and couldn't believe the changes. I went with my daughters and they just loved it. We didn't go much beyond Boundary Street, which used to be real shops, like a vacuum repairman - he's not there anymore. Now, there are cafes and restaurants. I would never have thought.
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2yrs+

"The way urban life is meant to be"

This is the only suburb in Brisbane where you can live and work without access to a car, without visiting a supermarket, and without buying junk from a fast food chain. You will not find a KFC, or Maccas or a Westfield mall on this enclave. You will find, however, great authentic ethnic and organic food, a farmer's market, and public transport that gets you anywhere, assuming that you need to travel beyond the central hub that is within walking distance of every residence on the enclave. You will be amazed at how much money you save when you step out of the consumer mainstream. This town is what modern urban designers are trying to create around the world. You can't go past it.
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2yrs+

"I Heart West End"

“Where else?” (has lived here)
Where else do you see people wearing t-shirts: "I love [insert suburb of Brisbane]"? You might see "I love NY" or "I love Paris", or even "I love Sydney". But, it will be a rare day that you see a t-shirt that says: "I love Kenmore". No offence to Kenmore - it is, in fact, a great place to live. But, you will see around West End, t-shirts, car stickers, posters and caps declaring "I love West End" [though "love" is usually a red heart, but you get what I mean]. What does this say about West End? It suggests to me that West End is a place that has managed to maintain a very distinct sense of community. It is a fairly small place, and it doesn't take long before you are waving or smiling at regular faces among the many visitors who pass through to enjoy West End's unique culture.

It also suggests that West End stands for something that people are proud to support. West End represents a place where people of all walks of life, income and ethnicity can get along and form a happy vibrant community. It represents a love for a simpler urban life that is valued for its culture, arts, music and ideas. Community gardens are protected, Friends of the Earth meet to discuss local issues, bikes are manufactured from recycled material, lawyers work for free at the Environmental Defenders Office, and local musicians and artists are encouraged and celebrated. Pop into Cafe Checocho on Hardgrave almost any night of the week and enjoy the local talent. Your coffee will also likely be served by one of Brisbane's up and coming musicians.
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2yrs+

"This is THE suburb in Brisbane"

This is without doubt Brisbane's premier place to live.

The location is ideal. A walk or bike ride to the city, all major university campuses, Southbank, Brisbane's cultural centres, and Queensland's flagship state high. Rarely is a car needed as the West End is serviced by City Cat stops on its south and north (with a proposed stop on its west), bike paths (which are in the process of being extended and widened), buses (including the new City Glider, which can take you into the city and the Valley every 5-10 minutes), and trains near Southbank.

But, while West End is the most ideally situated residential neighbourhood in Brisbane, it is the culture that it is famous for. Boundary Street and Hardgrave Street is home to Australia's best cafes and ethnic restaurants. West End also competes with the Valley for the greatest live music and nightclub venues in Brisbane - though West End tends to attract a more cultured/alternative crowd. Almost every night of the week, there will be live jazz, reggae, folk or alternative rock playing in one of the many cafes and bars along Boundary or Hardgrave. For a less serious night of fun, the keyboardist on Hardgrave is JUST so awesome. Dancing in the street is difficult to avoid.

I haven't even mentioned the West End markets. This is, without doubt, the best place to get your fresh fruit and veges for the week. People travel from around Brisbane to the market.

The risk to West End is that the students, hippies, and ethnic communities who are so important to the vibrant and diverse culture are at risk of being squeezed out as people rush into the neighbourhood. At the moment a Porsche or Mercedes marks the driver as a visitor who does not quite fit with West End's Bohemian alternative culture, and a meal at Hardgrave will still cost you under $7. The challenge will be for those who move into West End to avoid turning it into a New Farm or Paddington, and to work hard to protect the culture that has made West End so desirable. This will mean making sure that there remains sufficiently affordable housing for students, musicians and artists, that the ethnic culture of West End is revered and protected, and that growth respects the heritage embodied in West End's established urban housing.
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2yrs+

"Best area to live, very little transport costs"

One of the best bits over looked for West End is you save heaps on getting around. You either walk everywhere or have a short trip on public transport. Rent may be a little bit dearer than the burbs but you save it on transport. Plenty of restaurants and good variety of shops.
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2yrs+

"West End"

Is a great place to live and you will be close to everything that is on offer for the city is so close with a cheap taxi ride you will be home from a night onthe town. With Castletown shopping world only a short walk this is all good. Great place to live.
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2yrs+

"West End Wonder"

West End in the days that I lived there was a slightly terrifying place to be. There was half houses full of misfits and mentally ill that roamed the streets and being a slummy area of the city, break and enters were common. I lost several car stereos and dobbed in a drug ring I heard running in the apartments garage one night. But that was years ago now. West End now has the dressing up that makes it yuppy heaven. Full of funky retro clothing stores, organic cafes and politically conscientious suit wearers, if you can't get a good latte here, you're just too fussy. Close to the city and South Bank, very handy.
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"West End has become 'arty central' with endless cafés little drop in places."

West End is quite an unusual type of place in that there are many cafés, but there are the old and arty, then the very new and upmarket. Quite a mix.

This is an area that has become very popular with the art lovers and those that are a little alternative in their way of thinking and dress. There are all sorts of little drop in places and many little alternative shops for those with interests that are just that little different.

It has become quite an attraction to go to the restaurants and sit and relax in the area.

The weekend markets have proven to be very popular and they are very arty in their products which is good to see because so many markets have become quite commercial.
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