New Farm & Newstead
Adjoining Fortitude Valley are other lively suburbs well worth a visit. New Farm is located on a peninsula created by the deep curves of the Brisbane River and can be accessed via Brunswick Street. Further along the river, Newstead and Teneriffe’s historic wool stores and warehouses have been converted into stylish apartments, cafes and shops.
New Farm Park
Originally an 1846 racecourse until it was bought by the Brisbane City Council in 1913, New Farm Park is a favourite spot for locals at any time, in any season. Stroll through the rose garden, picnic under the trees, listen to a band in the Rotunda, contemplate the river, and let the kids loose in the much-prized playground. First settled in the 1800s, the inner-city suburb of New Farm has a growing population and changing dynamic. The strongly Italian local community has now been joined by fashion-conscious young inner-urbans. There is still a village feel, however, with outdoor cafes, fashion shops, art galleries and bookshops.
Newstead and Teneriffe
Between New Farm and Breakfast Creek, these suburbs once encompassed one of Brisbane’s major industrial precincts. Its deep-water frontage made it the perfect dock for ships and in the late 19th century a railway was built, bringing export wool from the booming inland sheep properties. In 1987 development zoning was changed from industrial to high-density residential, and these days the rugged industrial architecture of the old wool stores, warehouses, wharves and laneways provides the framework for stylish restaurants, cafes and bars, and antiques and homewares shops.
This live arts precinct, housed in the restored 100-year-old New Farm Powerhouse, is the place to go for contemporary music, theatre, dance, art and comedy. Go to www.brisbanepowerhouse.org for details of upcoming shows. The landmark building itself is worth a visit and it’s a great spot for lunch, dinner or just a coffee by the river. Every second and fourth Saturday the forecourts are packed with locals foraging for the best in fresh food at the Farmers Markets. It’s also popular with dog owners and the markets run a doggie cafe (see Markets, p. 386). 119 Lamington St, New Farm; (07) 3358 8622; open 9am–5pm Mon–Fri, 12–4pm Sat.
Brisbane’s oldest residence, Newstead House was built in 1846 by Patrick Leslie, the first white settler on the Darling Downs. Beautifully restored, with its spacious verandahs, formal gardens and lawns running down to the river, it offers an image of the quintessential Australian homestead. Newstead Park, Breakfast Creek Rd, Newstead; (07) 3216 1846; open 10am–4pm Mon–Thurs, 2–5pm Sun.
Named by explorer John Oxley in 1826 when he stopped one morning to eat while charting the Brisbane River, Breakfast Creek sits on a wide, open stretch of water. Here you will find the historic Breakfast Creek Hotel – or the ‘Brekkie Creek’, as it is affectionately dubbed by the locals. Built in 1889, but given a stunning contemporary renewal in 2003, this Queensland institution is the ideal place for top-class steak and cold beer. Nearby is Breakfast Creek Wharf with restaurants, cafes and river boat tours.