If you are ‘doing it for the kids’ and considering making a move north, take a close look at Brisbane. It’s got sun, it’s got fun and it’s the perfect family city. Here are ten reasons why moving to Brisbane is well worth considering if a sea change is on the cards.
1. Brisbane’s weather is beautiful
There’s nothing better than being able to enjoy the great outdoors all year round. Brisbane’s temperate climate is just perfect for kids who enjoy playing sport, hanging with their friends at the park after school or relaxing with their family at the beach on the weekend. And on the odd occasion when rain does fall, there are plenty of indoor activities including rock climbing and golf, to keep them entertained.
2. Convenience everywhere you turn
Despite being a large city, Brisbane offers its residents the convenience of being able to travel so easily. There are trains, buses and bike paths as well as the City Cat water taxi system. If you prefer to travel by bike, the City Cycle initiative allows you to rent a bike with ease. Regardless of whether you are looking to get around the main city or commuting to work and school, there’s a family-friendly option available.
3. More parks and gardens in every suburb
What’s family life without a visit to a park? Brisbane isn’t just home to a few parks, there are so many amazing parks; kid parks, dog parks and even nature parks on offer; you’ll be spoilt for choice. Don’t forget the skate parks, exercise parks and parks for picnics. Is Brisbane family friendly? You bet!
4. Great schools for kids of all ages
Considering a move to Brisbane means there are also the serious aspects to consider, particularly education. There are a wide variety of schools spread out amongst the suburb, all with fantastic transportation access. Whether you’re looking for a private school, one with a religious focus or you prefer a great local public school, you won’t have trouble finding one. And for the littlies, there are lots of preschool opportunities too. Brisbane really is an ideal location for families keen to settle down.
5. Plenty of employment opportunities
The central business district in Brisbane is home to many big businesses which means families seeking employment can typically find something that suits their skillset and interests. In addition to the white-collar industries, there are other jobs that can be sought in industrial areas and in the large suburban hubs. Brisbane is a geographically large city, so “mini-city” style suburbs have been developed in the suburbs – making it simple to fine work-life balance employment opportunities.
6. Looking for culture?
Life is not always fun and games though, injecting some variety by way of arts and culture will make living in Brisbane all the more colourful. Residents in Brisbane certainly know a thing or two about entertaining and have a growing love for live music, ballet and theatrical events. There are also plenty of family-friendly festivals and let’s not forget the excitement of the 2018 Commonwealth Games soon to take pride of place only a short 50 minute drive south on the Gold Coast.
7. Life’s a beach
Each city tends to have at least one stand out attraction or feature and Brisbane’s would have to be the South Bank area. Not only is its location smack bang in the middle of the city’s entertainment precinct along the Brisbane River, but it has an expansive grassed area, plenty of cafes, and an ever-so-popular artificial beach. Yes, a beach in the centre of town! So whilst the kids have a splash and a play in the sand you can prepare lunch on a BBQ or sip a coffee and read a book.
8. Holiday day trips with ease
Sometimes you’ll just want to get out of town and have a change of scenery and Brisbane is such a fantastic central point for day trips or short breaks. If you’ve got a few days to spare you could head up to Bundaberg and enjoy a rather different cultural experience or head to Noosa to enjoy Hastings St and the wonderful surrounds. Brisbane is skirted by magnificent mountain ranges and national parks – not to mention the bay, its whale watching opportunities and its pretty islands.
A short drive south towards the Gold Coast offers plenty of fun too, including world-famous theme parks.
9. Easy-going lifestyle
Living in Brisbane offers more than just fantastic parks, beaches, schools and entertainment. The whole area offers a really easy-going lifestyle with everything you’ll ever need so close to hand. Whether your family is young or growing up way too fast, consider moving to Brisbane and join in the fun. I doubt you’ll ever run out of something to do.
10. Family homes at family friendly prices
If you think searching for a home in Brisbane will be tough, think again. It’s the perfect time to take a close look at the property market and be open to a wide range of opportunities. You are sure to find a house and land package on offer in a suburb that is just right for you. If you prefer to buy off the plan or build your own home on a block of land you acquire, you can do that too. In fact, Dixon Homes make moving to Brisbane so easy you’ll wonder why you didn’t make the decision years ago.