Opportunity: City West

City West is a nexus for transport, recreation, entertainment and education on the north-west edge of Brisbane’s CBD. It is one of eight global precincts identified for their scalable industry activity, world-class business environments and global reach.

With catalytic development and improved infrastructure on the horizon, City West is well placed to achieve global recognition and ongoing engagement with the international community.

Council is encouraging sustainable partnerships with stakeholders and investors to facilitate future growth to realise the vision for City West as one of Brisbane’s global precincts.

Central and accessible

  • Connected to South Brisbane by Go Between Bridge, William Jolly Bridge and Kurilpa Bridge, for pedestrian and cycle access
  • Direct access to M3 Pacific Motorway
  • Roma Street is a principal rail hub for Queensland, with Milton Station also nearby
  • Frequent bus services, with major hubs at Roma Street Bus Station as well as the 412 and 444 BUZ services along Coronation Drive
  • Ferry terminal in adjacent Milton

Local trends

  • Sporting and entertainment events
  • Renowned bars, pubs and eateries
  • Bustling commercial streets
  • Courts of law
  • Premier parkland
  • Riverside views and walkways
  • Unique venues


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  1. Suncorp Stadium – seating almost 55,000 and home to the Brisbane Broncos, Queensland Reds and the Brisbane Roar
  2. Caxton Street – renowned nightlife and dining
  3. The Barracks and Victoria Barracks – landmark dining, shopping and entertainment hub, also featuring a heritage museum
  4. E.E. McCormick Place – pocket park and designated food truck site
  5. Milton Green – premier inner-city office park and home of Milton Markets
  6. Kurilpa Bridge – pedestrian and bicycle connection to Cultural Precinct
  7. Roma Street Parkland – premier parkland ten minutes walk from the Central Business District
  8. Roma Street Station and Transit Centre – major transport interchange
  9. Proposed Brisbane Metro – to provide high frequency transport network
  10. Proposed Cross River Rail – new Roma Street station proposed to connect Cross River Rail with existing bus, train and proposed Brisbane Metro services
  11. Former Brisbane Dental Hospital – key catalyst site for development, containing heritage elements
  12. Spring Hill Reservoir – unique heritage venue

Driving opportunity

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Population growth

Generating additional demand for goods and services


  • Recent population growth of more than 3% per year
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Development activity

Bringing more people to live and work in the area


  • Completed development at 111 Quay Street, Brisbane provided 78 apartments
  • New A-grade office at 59 Castlemaine Street, Milton located opposite Suncorp Stadium
  • Bridges Brisbane City providing 135 apartments at 19 Eagle Terrace, Brisbane
  • Approved mixed use residential tower, Fifty Seven Coro, proposed to provide 216 apartments
  • Proposed hotel, residential and retail redevelopment of the former Brisbane Dental Hospital heritage building at 168-200 Turbot Street
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Infrastructure projects

New roads, transit, schools, hospitals and other major infrastructure projects create opportunities for business


  • $944 million Brisbane Metro will reduce CBD bus congestion and improve services to the suburbs, including connection to Cross River Rail interchange at Roma Street Station
  • $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project to provide new Roma Street station and allow more frequent train services  
  • Proposed 'Brisbane Live' $2 billion stadium and entertainment precinct at Roma Street
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Talented people

Access to a skilled workforce


  • 52% of people employed in the area have a bachelor degree level of education

Who has taken the opportunity?

  • Cribb Street Social bar and eatery opened on the corner of Cribb and Little Cribb streets (2017)
  • Newstead Brewing Co. opened its second, larger venue at Castlemaine Street, Milton (2017)
  • Excite Media relocated from Chapel Hill to the old La Boite Theatre at Hale Street, Milton (2016)

Planning frameworks

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Other global precinct investment areas

View other great investment areas in global precincts including Australia TradeCoastBoggo Road-PA Hospital-University of QueenslandCity ReachCity WestKelvin Grove-HerstonSouth Brisbane-KulrilpaUpper Mt Gravatt-Eight Mile Plains and Valley Gateway.

Last updated: 6 October 2020

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