Cafes and Restaurants

  • Gunshop cafe on Boundary St, West End –
  • Blackstar at West End has amazing coffee –
  • Amphora on Swan Rd at St Lucia –
  • Harveys on James St at Newfarm –
  • Fresh food/farmers markets at Rocklea every saturday morning
  • Newfarm Markets the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month –
  • Grill’d Bardon with Gelato after

Things to do

  • Gallery of Modern Art & Queensland Museum at South Bank great spots for a fun & free day out with kids
  • Lone Pine sanctuary in the west has family passes, lots of animals, great picnic spot
  • Gold & Sunshine Coast are good for day trips & weekends.
  • Binna Burra in Gold Coast hinterland has great bush walks including many kid-friendly ones and safari-tent style camping.
  • Bikers – Ride centre at the Royal Brisbane Hospital where you can shower & iron your clothes & leave your bike for $10 a week!!! –

Daycares and schools

  • C & K in Paddington is a fantastic Kindy
  • Wilson State school is a great school
  • Graceville State School is an excellent primary school

Nice places to live

  • Hawthorne / Balmoral / Bulimba are popular suburbs for families on the East side of town.
  • Suburb Wilston, close to a li’l village of shops with great restaurants & cafe’s.
  • Paddington and Grange/Kedron
  • In the south-west & the Graceville / Chelmer / Sherwood area is a lovely area to live for families with kids too.

Parks and walks

  • New Farm Park is amazing for kids
  • South Bank is also great for kids
  • Kedron brook walking path (when no floods) great for feeding ducks


  • Brisbane kids is a great place to get ideas for playgroups. It has a calendar of events and also activities! –

Recommendations for GP's

  • Shiro Ram is an excellent GP at Indooroopilly.
  • Dr Wendy Cook from the Newmarket Road Family Practice. She is amazing. But all the Dr’s at that practice have proven to be great!
  • Chris Davidson north side – junction road/ rose st Wooloowin
  • Drs Dianne Nicholson & Robyn Mitchell at Ironside (near st Lucia)
  • Paed: Anita Cohn Southside, Di Jensen north side.