Let me introduce you to my new home in the inner-city suburb of Toowong:
Lovely morning walks along the river with sweet city views.
An abundance of cafes such as the well hidden but incredibly busy Corner Store Cafe. Smashed avo and bacon makes a pretty delightful brekkie especially after a good long walk.
Beastly hills to keep your calves and butt in good shape. The photo doesn’t do this hill on Miskin Street justice, but believe me, it’s a pretty painful hill to climb.
Mt Coot-Tha with its famous views of Brisbane is within walking distance and the climb is a great way to spend a Sunday morning after spending all Saturday night drinking.
More sweet city views. Not quite from my house but close enough.
City Cycle – you can hire a bike and cycle your way around the city. Fun fact: if you dock the bike at a station every 30 minutes, you won’t have to pay anything, essentially giving you free usage of a bike for the day!
You’ll find a mixture of housing but what stands out the most to me are these beautiful Queenslander style houses (that are probably a pain in the butt to maintain but they’re soooooo pretty).
After living out in the suburbs, 24km away from the CBD for the last 3 years, it is refreshing to be back to inner-city living. As much as I love being outdoors in nature, I think I’m still a city girl at heart.
I love the hustle and bustle, the convenience, the abundance of cafes, bars and pubs to explore not only in Toowong but in neighbouring suburbs such as Auchenflower, Indooroopilly, Taringa and Milton (Brisbane has the coolest suburb names).
It takes about 10 minutes to walk to the train station and from there it takes just under 10 minutes to get into the city. There’s also the ferry with the nearest terminal being about a 15-20 minute walk away. I’m also only a 15 minute drive to work (and going against the peak rush hour traffic).
Every morning I go out walking which has allowed me to explore a lot of the area and get fit in the process. My favourite walk would have to be along the Brisbane River with the Bicentennial Bikeway/Walkway taking you all the way into the heart of the city centre. And if I’m up for a challenge, Mt Coot-Tha, Brisbane’s highest peak at 287m above sea-level is pretty much on my door step.
At the moment I live in a 3 bedroom apartment with two other guys – one is a consultant working in the city, the other is a postgrad student. Believe me, I was worried about the potential challenges of living with only males but to be honest, I’m actually having a lot of fun. Last weekend for example, we spent Saturday night playing PS4 and drinking beer – I found out I have a secret talent for UFC. 🙂
After all the initial challenges I had with moving over to Brisbane, I can finally say that I feel well and truly settled in.