Opportunity: South Brisbane

Be immersed in arts and culture, entertainment and riverside recreation and dining in South Brisbane, right on Brisbane’s doorstep.

  • Direct connection to Brisbane’s Central Business District by Victoria Bridge and Kurilpa Bridge
  • Goodwill Bridge provides pedestrian access across the river to the QUT Gardens Point Campus
  • Frequent bus services, including City Glider
  • Train stations at South Brisbane and South Bank
  • South East Busway stations at Cultural Centre, South Bank and Mater Hill
  • Ferry terminals at South Bank
  • Go Between Bridge connects to the airport
  • M3 Pacific Motorway just minutes away

Local trends

  • Tourist destination and cultural hub
  • Eclectic urban community
  • Young singles and students
  • Nightlife and entertainment
  • Family-friendly
  • Education
  • Inner city riverside living


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  1. Cultural – Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern ArtQueensland Museum and SciencentreState Library of Queensland including The Edge and Queensland Performing Arts Centre
  2. South Bank Parklands – 17 hectares of riverfront parklands attracting more than 10 million visitors each year
  3. Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre – world-class convention centre and event venue
  4. Musgrave Park – regional park home to many festivals and cultural celebrations
  5. Medical – Mater Medical Precinct and Queensland Children’s Hospital

Driving opportunity

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Population growth

Generating additional demand for goods and services


  • One of the fastest growing suburbs in Brisbane, with population expected to grow 5.7% each year
  • More than 62% of the 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
  • Southpoint precinct at the southern end of Grey Street including apartments, commercial tower and new 21 storey Emporium Hotel
  • Brisbane 1 triple tower mixed use development with residential and commercial space in Cordelia Street
  • Novotel Brisbane Southbank under construction opposite the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
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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 have a dedicated route through South Brisbane including a state-of-the-art underground station at the Cultural Centre, as well as metro stations at South Bank and Mater Hill
  • Proposal for Victoria Bridge to be converted to a ‘green bridge’ for Metro and bus services
  • Proposed Neville Bonner Bridge will provide a pedestrian connection from the $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf casino resort (in Brisbane CBD) across the river to South Bank
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Talented people

Access to a skilled workforce


  • 43% with bachelor degree level of education (compared to 32% for Brisbane Local Government Area)

Who has taken the opportunity?

  • Cups on Melbourne, Melbourne Street (2019)
  • Asian eatery, Tai Tai, opened at South Bank (2018)
  • Munich Brauhaus opened in the heritage listed Allgas building in Southbank Parklands (2018)
  • Gelato Messina chose Melbourne Street for its first Brisbane store (2017)
  • Taro’s Ramen expanded operations with a new restaurant at Melbourne Street (2017)
  • Jo-Jos Restaurant and Bar relocated to Melbourne Street (2017)
  • Flight Centre Travel Group chose Southbank for its new global headquarters (2016)

Planning frameworks

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