Opportunity: Valley Gateway

Valley Gateway is a fusion of creative industries, entertainment and innovation. It is one of eight global precincts identified for their scalable industry activity, world-class business environments and global reach.

Widely acknowledged as the entertainment and nightlife hub for the city, Valley Gateway is also a centre of entrepreneurial activity with business start-ups attracting young entrepreneurs. 

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

Central and accessible

  • Within three kilometres from Brisbane’s Central Business District (CBD)
  • Fortitude Valley and Bowen Hills Stations are major northside rail hubs, and the Exhibition Station operates for major events
  • Frequent bus services, including City Glider and major bus station at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
  • Story Bridge provides vehicular and pedestrian access to Kangaroo Point
  • Convenient access to major arterial roads to north and south
  • Easy access to Inner City Bypass, Airport Link, CLEM7 and Legacy Way tunnels
  • M3 Pacific Motorway is just minutes away
  • Ferry terminal in the adjacent Teneriffe

Local trends

  • Start-ups
  • Creative industries
  • Innovative buildings, spaces and laneways
  • Industrial heritage
  • Vibrant nightlife and restaurant scene
  • Music venues
  • Thriving retail and dining
  • Riverside access


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  1. Newstead Riverpark – urban renewal precinct with new commercial, residential and retail including Gasworks
  2. RNA precinct – including Brisbane Showgrounds and new retail high street, King Street
  3. NewsCorp – current commercial area near Bowen Hills Station proposed for renewal
  4. Valley Heart – including the Brunswick St Mall and Chinatown Mall
  5. James St – flagships, local boutiques and Brisbane designer items

Driving opportunity

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Population growth

Generating additional demand for goods and services


  • One of the fastest growing areas in Brisbane, with population expected to grow more than 3.5% each year
  • More than 59% 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


  • $600 million FV Flatiron and Valley project including 900 apartments, hotel and retail at Alfred Street, Fortitude Valley
  • The Calile luxury resort in James Street, Fortitude Valley
  • New office tower at 900 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley to become the new headquarters for Aurizon
  • Proposed commercial development at the old Austral Motors site at 801 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
  • Proposed Valley Metro redevelopment above Fortitude Valley Station
  • 22 hectare RNA Regeneration Project, including the world’s tallest engineered-timber office tower at 25 King Street, Bowen Hills
  • Newstead Series, located in the Newstead riverside precinct, comprising 300 apartments and townhouses
  • Waterfront Newstead master planned mixed use development located adjacent to Gasworks Plaza
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Infrastructure projects

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


  • Brisbane’s first vertical high school proposed to be built on the site of the former Fortitude Valley State School by 2020
  • New ‘Festival Hall’ music venue proposed at 312 Brunswick Street will hold 3500 people
  • $5.4 billion Cross River Rail proposed to upgrade the existing Exhibition Station for full time operation (not just for major events)
  • Inner City Bypass upgrade to widen from three to four lanes in each direction between Legacy Way and the RNA tunnel as part of Council's commitment to invest more than $2 billion to tackle traffic congestion
  • $944 million Brisbane Metro to provide high frequency network with Metro station at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in adjacent Herston
  • Victoria Park will provide more greenspace with new places to relax and enjoy Brisbane’s beautiful climate 
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Talented people

Access to a skilled workforce


  • 41% of people employed in the area have a bachelor degree level of education

Strong employment

Increasing consumer spending and stimulating economic growth


  • Recent employment growth at almost 2% per year
  • 2116 employing businesses

Who has taken the opportunity?

  • Blended Health Bar, a vibrant eatery beneath the Mosaic building at the corner of Ann and East Streets (2018)
  • Riffs and Licks Music chose Commercial Road, Newstead for a new musical instrument store (2018)
  • Tesla chose Fortitude Valley for its first Queensland electric vehicle showroom (2017)
  • Queensland Government established its innovation and start-up hub, The Precinct, in the TCB Building between the Brunswick Street and Chinatown Malls (2017)
  • Montrachet a much loved French restaurant relocated to King Street, Bowen Hills (2017)
  • Mas and Miek Ceramic House chose a warehouse at Byres Street, Newstead for a boutique ceramic studio, shop and coffee bar (2017)
  • Sydney institution, Salt Meats Cheese, opened its first Brisbane store in the Haven apartment development in Newstead (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.

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