Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia.  So widely spread, the ’main neighbourhoods’ of Brisbane are consequently numerous and varied.  With decent roads and a modern public transport system of trains, buses and ferries, the majority of the main neighbourhoods in Brisbane are easy for locals and visitors to get to.  Each one is different and Brisbane-ites are somewhat famous for their ritual of a Sunday afternoon drive around the ’burbs to take it all in! 

A few of the inner city suburbs include:

Fortitude Valley is the main night time entertainment precinct in Brisbane, and has dozens or bars and clubs within around 1km.  It also hosts the Valley Markets every Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the top music hotspots, the Valley (as it's known by the locals) also houses some of Brisbane's best fashion stores, including Sass and Bide, Scanlon and Theodore, Gail Sorronda and Dogstar.  

New Farm is an inner-city neighbourhood adjacent to the nightclub and music precinct of Fortitude Valley.  The word "eclectic" is often associated with New Farm as it continues to hum with the activities of inner-city living, generated by young tourists staying at backpacker hostels; expensive and fabulous, river-side penthouses with views over the city; a lively mix of restaurants, bars and hotels; parks and bikeways along the river.  Like any inner city area, it can have a seedy side at night, but is very safe. New Farm Park is located along the riverbank and has expansive and well-maintained gardens and grounds with lots of shady trees.  From the city you can catch a ferry that takes you to the entrance of the park.  Adjacent to New Farm Park is the Powerhouse performing arts centre.  This old powerhouse beside the river has been transformed into an arts centre, with exhibitions and shows as eclectic as the residents of New Farm, and is a leading venue for innovative arts performances and exhibitions.

On the southside of Brisbane, South Bank has been transformed from the old site of Expo 88 to a cosmopolitan village with the famous inner-city beach, loads of fabulous shopping and dining and Brisbane cultural centre. The cultural centre is home to the Queensland Museum, State Library, Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Conservatorium, Art Gallery and the largest modern art gallery in Australia (GoMA). 

Stones Corner has become well-known to locals and visitors as district of factory outlets.  Along with the designer labels, you’ll find there is a bustling cafe, coffee shop and restaurant scene, the trendy Stones Corner pub, a supermarket, numerous bakeries and pie shops, gift-shops and many other interesting retail outlets. The atmosphere is very casual, relaxed and friendly - not the usual hustle and bustle one experiences in the city centre and in the major shopping centres.  Many public bus routes pass through Stones Corner and there’s a train station at Buranda which is only a short 5-10 minute walk to the heart of the shopping area.  By night and by day, alfresco dining is a popular activity at Stones Corner, seated outside in the fresh air and watching the parade pass by.    

West End is another trendy area of Brisbane.  Again, its full of little cafes and boutique bars at night, and has a varied shopping strip during the day which makes luxury and urban decay look like they belong together.  West End is one of the most bohemian and culturally diverse suburbs of Brisbane, reflected in its array of restaurants - Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, Turkish, Greek, Italian, Mexican and many more. 

Paddington and Rosalie is a leafy and hilly area of Brisbane renowned for its many converted Queenslanders homes into cafes and shopping boutiques. Key streets to wander down include Given Terrace and Latrobe Terrace which are dotted with laid back cafes and trendy fashion boutiques. A must-do of Paddington is to browse through the iconic Paddington Antique Centre.