Located on the southern side of the Brisbane River, opposite Teneriffe, lies the trendy, upmarket, inner-city suburb of Bulimba. It is home to some of the most exclusive addresses in Brisbane, with large freestanding houses and modern apartments lining the river’s shores and amazing city views as you move away from the river.
Housing in the suburb is very in demand, due to the suburb’s close proximity to the Brisbane CBD, which is only 2.1km away, links to Wynnum Road and the Gateway Motorway, its tree lined streets and top class amenities. It is popular with professionals who commute to the city for work, catching the ferry into the CBD, as well as families with kids at Bulimba State School.
The suburb has a good mix of properties available, including restored Queenslanders, duplexes, modern apartments and plenty of freestanding houses.
Bulimba is also home to the very trendy Oxford Street, that is one of Brisbane’s to-be-seen-in streets, lined with boutique clothing stores, bustling bars and a whole host of fine dining restaurants. The street meets the Brisbane River at the Bulimba ferry terminal, where the very hip Jetty Restaurant resides, that is packed for lunch and dinner most days.
Oxford Street also has a Woolworths Supermarket, several hole in the wall coffee shops and a large playing field, making the street very family friendly.
Until recently the suburb was also home to the Bulimba Barracks, however the Australian Government Department of Defence is now moving out and the site has been earmarked for major redevelopment. A master-plan for the site has now been released by Brisbane City Council, which details development that will include a mix of housing types, including freestanding houses and apartments ranging from three to five storeys.
The plan also calls for retention of the historic fabrication workshop building, which is to be repurposed for retail, commercial and community uses and extensive portions of the riverfront being designated as public parkland with pedestrian and cycling tracks included. When development gets underway this will be the largest redevelopment of land in the suburb.
Bulimba also has its own golf course and sports club, fostering a lot of community sports teams who take advantage of the open space and playing fields dotted around the suburb.
Each year the suburb also plays host to the Bulimba Festival, which is an ever growing event that closes off Oxford Street and its surrounding side streets, replacing cars with food and market stalls where local businesses can showcase their wares and tastes. The festival also includes a stage featuring a line-up of some of Brisbane’s best local musicians, a sideshow alley full of rides for the kids and a pop-up bar for the parents to relax in.
In the weeks leading up to the festival the suburb plays hosts to several community events and arts showcases, with the event growing larger each year.
The suburb is well serviced by public transport and has two ferry terminals, the main Bulimba Ferry Terminal on Oxford Street and the smaller Apollo Road terminal on the opposite side of the suburb.