A quaint riverside suburb located just four kilometres north-east of Brisbane’s CBD, Bulimba is the perfect mix of suburbia and urban fun. Lush parks, riverside cafes and restaurants, boutique cinemas and a selection of cool bars are just a few of the perks this suburb has to offer.
Considered one of the trendiest suburbs in Brisbane (or a “yuppy” suburb, depending on who you ask), this pet and family friendly suburb is mostly made up of young families and high-earning professionals.
With a distinct village feel, this Brisbane suburb is sought after in terms of both lifestyle and property. Alongside a number of heritage buildings, expect to find renovated Queenslanders, modern boutique apartments, updated cottages and multi-million dollar waterfront properties. Many properties have large balconies, bay windows or wrap around verandas to take advantage of the cooling river breezes.
Bulimba is host to some of Brisbane’s most expensive waterfront properties as well as great views of the city.
- Postcode– 4171
- Vacancy rate– 5.1 per cent (April 2017)
- Median house value– $1,081,505
- Median unit value– $516,368
- Price growth – House prices in Bulimba have increased by 20.93 per cent in the past three years while unit prices have decreased by 0.17 per cent in the same period
- Rental returns– The average house has a weekly median rent of $985 and average rental returns of 3.96 per cent, while units have a median weekly rent of $490 and average returns of 5.06 per cent
- Average listing duration– 63 days for houses; 91 days for units
- Average weekly income– $1,200
- Occupation – The majority of residents are professionals
- Ownership– The majority of properties are rented (42 per cent) while 21 per cent are fully owned.
- Birthplace – 70 per cent of residents are Australian
- Age – The majority of residents are in the 0-19 years age group (25 per cent), followed equally by those in the 30-39 and 40-49 age groups, suggesting this suburb is popular with families.
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Places to eat in Bulimba
If you’re looking for a bite to eat, head straight to popular Oxford Street for your choice of the suburb’s top options.
Bulimba has a range of cuisines and eateries including Indian, modern Australian, Thai, sushi, burgers or fish and chips, among many other options.
Alongside well-known names such as Grill’d and Max Brenner there’s a fine selection of independently owned eateries which are well worth a visit.
For guilt-free treats, Coco Bliss and Raw Juicery are popular with locals as is Homeslice Kitchen, dubbed Brisbane’s healthiest takeaway.
For something a bit more lavish, you could try the hot wings at the American style Southern Altitude on Oxford Street.
For dessert, head to Nom Nom Natural Gelato. All gelato in this family run store is made exclusively from Melany dairy and is, as its name suggests, all natural.
Transport in Bulimba
As well as regular bus services, there are two ferry terminals with connections into the CBD. Bulimba Ferry Terminal offers trips to Teneriffe and Hawthorne while Apollo Road Ferry Terminal has trips to Brett’s Wharf and Northshore Hamilton.
Hospitals and healthcare in Bulimba
In addition to services for physio, dental, optical, chiropractic, podiatry and naturopathy, there are several pharmacies and medical services including Oxford Street Medical Centre and Bulimba Doctors.
Education and childcare in Bulimba
Bulimba has its own state school and several options for childcare including Bulimba Family Daycare and Little Jellybeanz Children’s Activity and Learning Centre.
Shopping in Bulimba
Bulimba has a selection of shops, from well-known chains to one-off boutiques. You’ll find bakeries, retailers, bookstores, beauty services (The Moustachery and Brow-Zing are top picks) and a Woolworths for your groceries.
Local favourites include Riverbend Books with its cosy café, and clothing boutiques Frankie and the Fox, Side Street and Thousand Island Dressing.
Sports and recreation in Bulimba
In addition to several lush and family friendly parks (Vic Lucas Park, Bulimba Memorial Park and Bulimba Riverside Park), residents can take advantage of Bulimba Golf Club, Bulimba Library, Brisbane Sailing Squadron and the Bulimba Heritage Trail walk. There are several dance studios in Bulimba as well as services for yoga, boxing and fitness. And a walk along the riverfront should not be overlooked.
Entertainment in Bulimba
Cineplex Balmoral – Bulimba’s own art house cinema which was originally a single, open air cinema in the early 1990s – is well worth a visit. It’s one of the oldest cinemas in Brisbane and has touches of old world glam with red plush seats and hanging chandeliers.
Alternatively, opt for a night out at one of Bulimba’s trendy local bars including Oxford Tap House, Oxford 152 (a more relaxed local favourite), The Jetty and speakeasy bar Blind Tiger.
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