The city of Brisbane is glorious.
Glorious weather, glorious people and glorious hours of entertainment for the whole family.
We have lived in Brisbane for a little over two weeks, having moved from Adelaide.
For us, Brisbane is the perfect fit.
It feels balanced to us. It has the perks of a big city, minus the chaos and high cost of living. People socialise face-to-face, life is relaxed and there are plenty of facilities for every one. And it is family friendly.
There are plenty of places to take the kids for free, almost any time of the day.
We regularly enjoy the playground, pool and markets of Brisbane’s “cultural, educational and recreational” Southbank precinct. We have not explored the museum and art galleries yet.
We recently enjoyed a ferry ride to Minjerribah (Stradbroke) Island over the weekend where kangaroos and vast views of the coast are abundant.
The northern beaches of the Sunshine Coast and the southern beaches of the Gold Coast are also relaxing places for parents to let the kids have some fun, particularly the shallow and sheltered bays where families flock on the weekend.
We have enjoyed walks, playgrounds and story time at the library (Story time operates during the school holidays too – they don’t just cater for school aged kids during this time like they do in Adelaide – Happy Days).
But it is the genuinely friendly people that we find the most glorious.
We made new friends in the first week we were here, offering support and recommendations on places to visit and things to do.
And did I mention that fresh fruit and veg and seafood is readily available at very reasonable prices. We just bought a punnet of strawberries for $1.50, blueberries $2 and fresh sea mullet $2.50kg.
I could go on, but I won’t.
Brisbane is glorious.
Thanks for your warm embrace.