This is easily the best and most liveable city in all of Australia, but for some inexplicable reason it only came sixth in a recent poll covering 11 Australian cities. Okay, maybe I’m biased, but I do love it here.
What do I love?
What I really like about Brisbane:
- The climate is good
- Good outdoor recreational environments
- It’s a safe place
For the record, I’m also pretty impressed with the road network and minimal traffic congestion and that the city is clean, well maintained and attractive. I’m very happy with the entertainment scene which is both vibrant and cultural and I like the look and design of the city.
I also think the bus service where I live is excellent, so on that basis I have to give the transport around here the thumbs up. That’s not a thumbs up for the Go Card though, but unfortunately we are stuck with that one.
This city does have dedicated bus lanes that speed things up and we also have the CityCats; ferries on the Brisbane River that operate closer to the city.
On the downside though, I wouldn’t say our public transport was cheap, I’m almost certain it was cheaper in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide although I’ve never done an actual comparison.
What I think is average about Brisbane:
I’m sort of indifferent when it comes to the employment and economic opportunities, I would think they are just average here for this country. I find the health care services pretty good around here, but again, I would think they are just average compared to the rest of the nation. And whilst I think Brisbane is quite an affordable city compared with, say, Sydney, Darwin and Perth, it’s probably not as cheap as, say, Adelaide or Hobart.
So I think the city’s affordability is also average.
As for schools, I’m very happy so far with Elizabeth’s education, but I’m also aware that from where we live there aren’t too many public school options for when she goes to the seniors. So again, I’d only say the schooling here was average compared with the rest of Australia.
I struggled to actually pinpoint three qualities that I thought were below par for Brisbane, but I forced myself to pick them out. In the end I went for…
What I am not keen on in Brisbane:
- A diverse range of people who get along well
- Good approaches to environmental sustainability
- The balance of different housing types
I’ll briefly explain why I went for those three.
People around here seem to get along just fine, but I only ever seem to rub shoulders with Australians and other Brits with the occasional South African thrown in. It’s very rare that I will be in a group of people with Asians, Indians, Chinese or even mainland Europeans.
There are plenty of these groups around; I just don’t see them mixing together socially, so on that basis I felt I could include this quality in the bottom three.
As for environmental sustainability, that this quality is even included in the list just smacks of political correctness. Brisbane City Council spent loads of cash on a bicycle scheme for the city, the result to me just seems to be that I see a bunch of parked Council pushbikes sprinkled all over the city and nobody is using them.
A great attempt at sustainability, but an even greater waste of money.
Finally, I included the “good balance of housing types” in the bottom three because, well, I don’t think there is. Most houses around here are either big or very big and the vast majority are detached. That’s great, that’s how I like my houses, but it does make it easy to place this quality in the bottom three.
Now, having said all that, I’m intrigued to see what the people of Brisbane who took part in the survey had to say just see if I’m about to make a fool of myself.
Okay, here goes…
What Brisbane residents like about Brisbane:
- It’s affordable allowing for a good standard of living;
- Having a good climate;
- Being clean, well-maintained and unpolluted.
Brisbane residents were not so keen on:
- The employment and economic opportunities;
- The entertainment scene;
- The look and design of the city.
Well, there you go, I agree with the people on just one thing; the weather is good here. Even the flooding of a couple of years ago can’t stop us from agreeing on that one.
As for the rest, at least I have nothing in my top three that made the people’s bottom three or vice versa.
And so to YouTube.
As with every week during this series, my YouTube search for a good video about the city is not rocket science. I simply go to YouTube and put in the name of the city. What happened when I put in “Brisbane”?
- Video One: Terrifying road rage Brisbane man almost dies
- Video Two: Gangs of Brisbane
What kind of city am I really living in?
Well, it’s not Logan City, and as it turns out that’s where both of the above two videos were shot. Logan is south of Brisbane, between us and the Gold Coast, but it’s not part of Brisbane City Council, it’s a city in its own right.
Fortunately, the videos began to get better proving that the most popular videos on YouTube are those that feature violence. So I think the videos that came towards the top say more about humanity than they do about Brisbane and the surrounding areas.
So, what do I have for you? First up, this from Flight Centre…
What about out of town? Well, there’s Logan as I’ve already mentioned, but these places are probably more appealing…
Let’s wrap it all up with a timelapse video…
Yes, Brisbane may have only come sixth, but it’s still my number one.