How to live like a local in Brisbane

Brisbane sure sees its fair share of tourists all year round. However, most simply book accommodation in the inner-city and only visit tourist attractions. While there is nothing wrong in doing so, such a holiday experience is not unique.

To experience the very best that Brisbane has to offer, you should consider living like a Brisbane local. But how can you do so, especially when you’re unfamiliar with our city? Don’t worry – I’m here to help you out.

As the owner of Bridgewater Terraces Apartments in Kangaroo Point, I’ve helped many of our guests experience Brisbane just like a local would. Today, I’ll do the same for you. So, continue reading this post to discover just how you can also live like a local in Brisbane.

1. Where to stay

Bridgewater Terraces

Bridgewater Terraces, just 1km from the CBD

You can’t live like a local if you’re staying in the inner-city regions, which is populated by tourists. By staying in a suburb such as Kangaroo Point, you’ll be living amidst locals – yet you’re still just a stone’s throw away from the city and all the excitement that Brisbane has to offer.

Moreover, you cannot live like a local by staying in a hotel, which is why a holiday apartment is ideal. If you choose to stay in a Kangaroo Point apartment, then consider us at Bridgewater Terraces. We offer both holiday accommodation as well as short-term accommodation for extended stays. Our apartments are fully-furnished and include fully-equipped kitchens and laundry facilities. By living in one of our apartments, you can cook your own meals and experience life just like a local would.

2. Where to eat

Brisbane locals

Brisbane’s top restaurants, cafes and bars sure attract a lot of tourists. However, these places hardly ever draw in locals. So, instead of visiting the big names, drop by the restaurants, bars and cafes in Brisbane’s suburbs. Trust me – the food is just as great and you’ll also get a good chance to socialise with locals.

Furthermore, Brisbane hosts some fantastic fresh produce markets which the locals often frequent. You can enjoy fresh, tasty morsels, witness live music and mingle with the locals at these markets. Some popular local markets include Davies Park Markets, Kelvin Grove Village Market and Jan Power’s Farmers Markets. And if you stay in a Kangaroo Point apartment, these markets won’t be too far away.

3. Where to shop

Brisbane tourism

Our city boasts of having sprawling shopping centres and designer boutique stores, most of which are concentrated around the CBD. However, I’m sure you’re well aware that you’ll find these located in any big city around the world.

Rather than heading to these locations, you can choose to shop in suburban areas like the locals. I recommend you to check out the Valley Markets and Chinatown Mall in Fortitude Valley. There, you’ll find everything ranging from jewellery, arts and crafts, fashion and accessories, live music, bars, cafes and restaurants.

4. Where to relax

Brisbane River from Kangaroo Point - Tourism Australia

Brisbane locals sure know how to relax and you should take a page out of their book on your holiday. To start off, get rid of your formal attire – locals usually wear shorts, skimpy dresses, beachwear and shorts.

To relax like a local, you can have a picnic at New Farm Park or go camping at Stradbroke Island. You should also explore the city on foot or on a bicycle. Brisbane has plenty of walkways and bicycle paths that the locals make use of.

Other places you can relax include taking a cruise on the Brisbane River, or watching the sunset from Kangaroo Point Cliffs. And by choosing to stay in a Kangaroo Point apartment, all these destinations will be a stone’s throw away.


To truly experience everything that Brisbane has to offer, you should consider living like a local on your holiday. First off, choose to stay in a Kangaroo Point apartment and not in an inner-city hotel. Also, instead of visiting tourist attractions, shop, eat and relax in the suburbs – just like locals do.

And, for the best Kangaroo Point apartment accommodation, look nowhere else but Bridgewater Terraces. We offer affordable 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments, which will have you feeling like a local.

Check out our availability and our rates for your dates of travel and make a booking with us today!

About Denis Goodman

Denis is the manager of Bridgewater Terraces and has a long history with accommodation and property management rights. He brings his knowledge and experiences into his writer to help holiday makers have a wonderful holiday.

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