Today I thought about my time in Australia’s third largest city, Brisbane. Here we have a unique, adequate, accomplished and strategic looking city that means zero to most Australians.
When we think about Brisbane we complain about how there are no beaches (the only capital city without one, except the nation’s capital, Canberra). The place is filled with wanna be Sydney or Melbourne siders, just not cultural enough. The final thought is their river – it looks brown and Melbourne has a big river anyway.
Let me take you on my new informed journey of the place.
It is our future. Sydney and Melbourne are constantly at battles while other capitals are forgotten. Sunny Brisbane is just that – sunny! I have been here over winter and I never shivered or saw the temperature below 20C.
It is evolving. Brisbane years ago was nothing but a place you stopped by on the journey north. We are talking about the third largest city with the country’s largest non-capital city below it on the Gold Coast.
Tower building along with general building is booming. Cultural enclaves are being constructed where old stores are leaving us. They have their suburbs and filled with a magical “we can do it” kind of feeling. Meanwhile, the housing market is booming to house the lives of old Melbournians and Sydneysiders – turns out those cities are over priced.
Brisbane is not a die hard harbour city but it’s getting there. Surrounding suburbs are turning into new things and the city itself is just that – city. Try comparing the inner streets of Sydney with Brisbane. They look identical only less sun shines through in Sydney because the towers are a little bigger and the people are a little more grumpy with how busy life is. In Australia I think we have the best (second according to the UN after Norway) standard of living in the world. I would rather be Australian in a cheaper, bustling and fast growing city like Brisbane than living in Gaza. Sorry to any friends from Gaza that are offended by using it – think better than Los Angeles!
All in all we have a forgotten city by all who don’t live in it. Southbank is a bustling cultural centre in Brisbane, while the outskirts crave you for more. Transport is shocking and will hopefully improve as the Commonwealth Games come to the Gold Coast in 2018. The Gold Coast is only an hour south. Hopefully I’ll be here and hopefully you will be too.