What do residents of one of Brisbane’s favourite suburbs have to say about the place they’ve chosen to live in?

‘My husband and I plan on living in Bulimba for many years to come.’

‘It’s close to the CBD, beautiful green parks and Oxford St has endless restaurant options.’

‘Our kids went to local schools (all are fantastic) and loved growing up here.’

‘It’s a bustling, friendly suburb that continues to offer lots to do without being too urban.’

Local icon Riverbend Books is the place all the locals head for not only the latest on the bestseller’s lists, but it’s a regular meeting place to catch up with friends and much-loved spot to chill with the newspapers and a coffee.

Attractions to Bulimba include the village vibe along Oxford St, and if you keep wandering down to the river and you’ll find a great spot for lunch at Il Molo right next door to the ferry stop.

Housing styles range from the dazzling mansions that overlook the river, to the gorgeous cottages that line many of Bulimba’s streets, to easy-care apartments and townhomes that have popped up in convenient locations all through this fabulous neighbourhood.


+ Down at the Bulimba Golf Club, not only can you play a round of golf (with the requisite stop at the 19th hole), you can also play out the fantasy of running away with the circus via the Twisted Tricks Trapeze School.

+ Pack a picnic from the Hawthorne Garage and head down to Fifth or Main Avenue for some of the best spots to watch Riverfire

+ Catch a movie at one of Brisbane’s oldest cinemas – Balmoral Cinema on Oxford St and enjoy the 1999 ticket and candy bar prices!

+ Bulimba knows good coffee. Some of our faves in the locale are – Bellissimo, Park Bench Espresso, Street Side Café, Ollies Coffee and Catchups and Mugged Espresso bar, just to name a few.

+ For a Friday night easy dinner, head down to Sugo Mi for one of their famous Gamberoni pizzas and a glass of their Tasmanian Pinot Noir. PS: their gelato bar is down the alley next door.

+ Saturday morning (after pizza the night before), you might wander down to Coops Fitness on Godwin St for a personal or group training session, yeah move that butt!

+ On the way home, you stop by at the Source Bulkfoods. Owners Abby and Pat will sort all your pantry needs out with everything from rolled oats to activated moreish munch to protein powders. Oh, and another benefit is shopping at an incredibly environmentally-friendly retailer.

+ Take in the Bulimba Heritage Trail and enjoy a drink along the way at the Bulimba Hotel, designed by one of Queensland’s most celebrated architects, Richard Gailey in 1888.

+ The Bulimba library has a variety of events for the community to get together, like the BYOB (brng your own baby) book club and gardening workshops.

+ Bulimba was named Tugulawah by its original inhabitants, an Aboriginal word meaning ‘heart shaped’. We think today’s residents of Bulimba would agree it’s a place with a lot of heart!