By / Troy Said
The Ultimate Guide to Living in Brisbane
Queensland’s capital is an increasingly attractive place to live. With a growing arts and entertainment scene, beautiful weather all year round and a good transport system, Brisbane is a great option for families looking to move interstate.
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Getting around the city
The Air Train service runs from the airport seven days a week, from 5 am – 11 pm. From the airport to Brisbane city centre it takes approximately 40-45 minutes. Tickets are cheaper if bought online so book before you ride!
Brisbane uses two taxi companies: Yellow Cabs and Black and White Cabs, both taxis are situated at the taxi ranks at both the international and domestic terminal. Do not use any other taxi company as these are only two that Brisbane Council recommends. Uber is big is Brisbane and you can find different ridesharing options.
You can also choose between a council-run bus service and a shuttle run bus service to and from the airport. Brisbane recommends Con-x-Ion as its best shuttle bus service which will take you to a choice of destinations in and around the city, prices starting at $15.
Choosing a Neighborhood in Brisbane
The Greater Brisbane Area consists of several municipalities: the City of Brisbane, the City of Ipswich, Logan City, the Moreton Bay Region, and Redland City. All in all, these five local government areas feature about 450 different suburbs.
– When it comes to finding a new home in Brisbane, you should consider your personal situation first.
– Where is your office or place of work?
– Do you have a spouse or partner who has also found a job in the Brisbane area?
– Do you need a kindergarten or school for your kids to attend, and are there any special education requirements to consider/
RealEstate.com.au rates South Brisbane as the city’s best to live in, but there are other options further out that have plenty of appeal. Check out their comprehensive guide here. You could also try the Real Estate Institute of Queensland.
Housing in Brisbane: Utilities and Water Supplies
The biggest utility providers for the Brisbane metro area are Queensland Urban Utilities (water), Energex (electricity), Origin Energy (gas), and Telstra or Optus for cell phone services, Internet, and pay-TV.
Tips to being a local faster
– Eat, Drink + Be Kerry is super handy if you’re interested in eating out and discovering Brisbane best new hot spots to do so. Brisbane Devoured is another
great source for inspiration on where to eat in Brisbane.
– Miss Foodie provides recipes, reviews and amazing photos on her blog.
– Yelp Brisbane provides great food reviews by local residents and you can also search for local businesses in specific suburbs. Whether you’re looking for a dentist, doctor or a mechanic, the Yelp database will help you get started. You can also check out Google My Business for local ratings.
For other ways to get yourself and your family acquainted with your new city, check out https://www.queensland.com/en-au/explore-queensland/brisbane.
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