Opportunity: Brisbane CBD

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A thriving, modern hub of Brisbane’s urban landscape with future growth expected to accommodate 56,000 new residents and 160,000 additional workers.

Central and accessible

  • Directly connected to South Brisbane by Victoria Bridge and Kurilpa Bridge
  • Direct access to M3 Pacific Motorway
  • Easy access to Go Between Bridge and Story Bridge
  • Stations at Central and Roma Street are principal rail hubs for Queensland
  • Frequent bus services, with major hubs at Queen Street, King George Square and Roma Street Bus Stations as well as free City Centre loops
  • Ferry terminals at Riverside, Eagle Street Pier, QUT Gardens Point and North Quay

Local trends

  • Bustling corporate centre of business and government
  • Flagship boutiques and activated laneways
  • Renowned bars, pubs, eateries and markets
  • Riverside views and walkways
  • Nightlife and entertainment options
  • Educational institutions


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  1. Roma Street – Roma Street Parklands bordering the major Roma Street railway station
  2. Legal – Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law in George Street
  3. Queen Street Mall – Queensland’s premier shopping destination including The Myer Centre, Wintergarden and Queens Plaza and home to The Capital, Council’s $5 million innovation hub and co-working space
  4. Government – Brisbane City Council premises at George Street, Queensland Parliament House and State Government offices at George and William Streets
  5. Queensland University of Technology – Gardens Point campus including Old Government House and Gardens Theatre
  6. City Botanic Gardens – including The Gardens Club and Riverstage
  7. Financial – 'Golden Triangle' of commercial towers bounded by Edward, Queen and Eagle Streets as well as dining and nightlife along the riverside at the Riverside Centre and Eagle Street Pier
  8. Caxton Street and The Barracks – renowned nightlife and dining precinct

Driving opportunity

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Population growth

Generating additional demand for goods and services


  • Expected to grow at more than 2.5% per year
  • More than 66% of working-age population under the age of 35
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Development activity

Bringing more people to live and work in the area


  • One dwelling approved in the 12 months ending December 2019
  • Queen’s Wharf $3 billion integrated resort development including five hotels, three residential towers, a new department store, 40 new restaurants, cafés and bars
  • The Westin 286 room hotel in Mary Street
  • 320 George Street 30 storey commercial tower and Grosvenor Hotel redevelopment
  • No. 1 Brisbane landmark building at the Queen Street Mall including 534 units and commercial tenancy
  • Brisbane Quarter 428-unit residential tower, retail shopping mall, 5-star hotel and 39 storey office building at 300 George St
  • Student One 97 Elizabeth Street student accommodation for 901 residents
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Infrastructure projects

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

  • Victoria Park will provide more greenspace with new places to relax and enjoy Brisbane's beautiful climate
  • $944 million Brisbane Metro will reduce CBD bus congestion and improve services to the suburbs, including a proposal for Victoria Bridge to be converted to a ‘green bridge’ for Metro and bus services
  • Proposed Neville Bonner Bridge to provide a pedestrian connection from the Queen’s Wharf casino resort across the river to South Bank
  • University of Queensland established a Brisbane CBD campus at 293 Queen Street
  • Botanic Gardens Riverwalk project improving cyclist and pedestrian accessibility to the CBD as part of Council's Better Bikeways for Brisbane program, creating dedicated bikeways and active travel options with a $100 million investment
  • Proposed ‘Brisbane Live’ $2 billion stadium and entertainment Precinct, Roma Street
  • Edward Street – staged design and upgrade of the street environment
  • New docking hub designs to improve river access at the City Botanic Gardens
  • Five new green bridges to be built across Brisbane. The new bridges will link Kangaroo Point to the Brisbane Central Business District (CBD), Toowong to West End, St Lucia to West End, as well as new crossings at Breakfast Creek and Bellbowrie
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Talented people

Access to a skilled workforce


  • 42% with bachelor degree level of education (compared to 32% for Brisbane Local Government Area)

Who has taken the opportunity?

  • Taking inspiration from the cocktail bars of London and Paris, Martin Lange has opened Death and Taxes Burnett Lane (2019)
  • Jamie Fleming opened a Spanish delicatessen-style tapas bar, Alba Bar & Deli in Burnett Lane (2019)
  • Euro label, COS, opened its flagship Queensland store in the Wintergarden complex in Queen Street Mall (2018)
  • Renowned Sydney restaurant, Three Blue Ducks, opened its first Queensland Venue at the W Hotel (2018)
  • Only Speciality Coffee opened at the corner of Queen and Creek streets (2018)
  • Registered Training Organisation, Times Education, opened a Brisbane campus in Adelaide Street (2018)
  • Elizabeth Picture Theatre five-screen boutique cinema in the heritage listed Tara House in Elizabeth Street (2017)
  • Edward Speciality Coffee opened in Edward Street (2017)
  • Riverland chose an unused river facing terrace in Eagle Street to open a unique beer garden and street food outlet (2017)
  • Goodstart Early Learning established a long day care and kindergarten in Adelaide street (2017)
  • The Cheese Pleaser, fromagerie and takeaway, opened in Adelaide Street (2017)

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Last updated: 6 October 2020

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