Woolloongabba is highly regarded Brisbane suburb for its Heritage-listed buildings, chic dining scene and historic sporting ground. It’s also surrounded by various parks and provides an excellent base for reaching Brisbane’s city centre and top entertainment districts.
Things to do in Woolloongabba
If you’re staying in Woolloongabba, visit the nearby Brisbane Cricket Ground, known by locals as the “Gabba”, to witness international and domestic cricket, along with Australian rules football, international rugby, soccer and rugby league. Grab a post-game drink at the neighbouring Brisbane German Club, which serves traditional German beer and cuisine.
Across the road from the Gabba is a collection of fine-dining restaurants and boutique eateries. Dine on modern Italian cuisine, such as handmade pasta and organic wine, at 1889 Enoteca, before enjoying gourmet dessert or cocktails at the vintage-style Canvas. Detour sits across the street, serving up artistic seafood meals and creative cocktails.
There are a number of parks around Woolloongabba that are perfect for a picnic, run or casual sport. Woolloongabba Rotary Park boasts ample grassy space for running around, while Raymond Park features an outdoor gym, dog park, playground and soccer field. If you’ve worked up a thirst, pop into one of the historic Queenslander pubs, such as The Norman Hotel or Morrison Hotel, which has a whiskey bar.
Take a stroll down Stanley Street to see many of Woolloongabba’s Heritage-listed buildings, such as Shop Row, Pollock’s Shop House, Hillyards Shop House and the Phoenix Buildings. You’re about a 20-minute walk from South Bank, where the iconic Wheel of Brisbane, Streets Beach and Queensland Performing Arts Centre overlook the Brisbane River.
Getting around Woolloongabba
You can a walk around most of Woolloongabba without breaking a sweat. If you prefer to use public transport, catch the train from Park Road or Buranda railway stations. Alternatively, you can catch express city buses from the Woolloongabba Busway Station.