Brisbane, such a vibrant and eclectic city with so many wonderful suburbs to explore. One of my favourites must be Bulimba. In the 80’s we used to frequent the local Balmoral cinema and enjoyed Friday night drinks with a good friend at her apartment before heading into the nightclubs in town. As the years went on, this sleepy little pocket is now a bustling, fun and lively suburb full of enchanting bars, cafes, microbreweries and boutiques yet still managing to retain it’s charming personality and very popular with people of all ages.
Start your day for breakfast at Fiddle Leaf, located only a few short blocks walk from Oxford Street. I had the House Baked Croissant with mushroom, spinach, gruyere cheese, baby herbs, taro hollandaise and hash browns – yum!
Walk off your breakfast and stroll Oxford Streets many stores. I always love to check out Lunamay, House on Oxford, Thousand Island Dressing has an amazing array of earrings and homewares and Etre interesting scarves whilst Anne’s Second Hand Shop always has some fascinating and unique finds.
A bit parched? Stop in at the local pub Oxford 152 for a glass of something and take a load off. I like the high bar seats and overlook Oxford Street so I can watch the world go by and catch the breeze. Oxford Tap House does a nice lunch and has a cute outdoor dining area or if you fancy a craft brew or two head to Revel Brewing Co and enjoy the atmosphere, wood fired pizza and locally crafted beers.
The Balmoral Cinema is one of the oldest movie theatres in Brisbane and was built in 1912. Originally called the Avro it was a single storey open air cinema. Renamed the Balmoral in the late 60’s it now boasts 5 modern cinemas in the complex.
On the way to the Ferry station, which itself is very cute I noticed Il Molo Italian Kitchen & Bar. I am coming back to try this place out on my next visit. Perched right on the Brisbane River, I could see myself enjoying the views whilst the sun was setting and indulging in some fine Italian cuisine. The Bulimba Ferry Wharf is a heritage listed site and serves both River City Ferries City Cat service and Cross River service to Teneriffe. Built in 1922 and lovingly restored the terminal has an octagonal clock tower and arched timber framed window bays.
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