West End Brisbane

Bohemian & Multicultural West EndWest End Twilight Markets. Read more … »

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History

West End has long been home to migrant and indigenous communities, but in recent years parts of West End have been redeveloped and gentrified and reknown as an interesting, multicultural and bomemian place to visit or live.West End was named by early English settlers who found the area reminiscent of the West End of London (not that I can see the resemblance now). The former Tristram’s Drink Factory, 79 Boundary St, West End, built in 1928 and one of Australia’s best examples of the Mission Revival Style architecture was converted into a market in the 1990s and remains a heritage landmark of West End.

West End - In 1968

Boundary Street, West End – 1968

West End was one of the first suburbs of BrisbaneGiggle & Hoot & Friends On Stage. Read more … » to be serviced by a tram line (historic picture below taken on the Vulture and Boundary Street intersection in 1968), being opened in 1885. Initially the tram was horse-drawn and terminated in Boundary Street, but in 1897 the line was electrified and extended to the southern end of Hardgrave Road, via Vulture Street. It was subsequently extended down Hoogley Street to the ferry terminus at the end of Hoogley Street. The tram line closed on 13 April 1969.

West End is culturally diverse with a proud migrant population, more than a third of locals were born overseas. Boundary street, Vulture street and Hardgrave Road shoppingSunshine Coast Region Markets. Read more … » is largely dominated by small, interesting businesses. A Vietnamese bakery (don’t they make the best pastries!) sits comfortably alongside a Greek fish and chippery. There are several markets in the West End area. The Davies Park Markets run every Sunday and The Little Market at Avid Bookstore runs once a month.

West EndWest End - Boundary Street

Shopping & Dining

You’ll find a diverse range of cuisines in restaurants, take-aways and coffee shops along Boundary Street and surrounding areas.West End has high-frequency bus services that run towards the city.  There is also a Citycat ferry service that goes to the university at Saint Lucia and downriver to Hamilton.  South Brisbane Railway Station and the Cultural Centre Busway Station provide quick access to the southern suburbs. From Brisbane CBD, West End is across Victoria Bridge and past South Brisbane – well within walking distance. The West End / Dutton Park area is also just across the Brisbane River from Toowong and St Lucia, making it a popular spot for university students and staff to live.

Bent Books – is a treasure trove of quality second-hand books for the discerning reader and booklover.

West End Markets are held every Saturday from 6.00am to 2.00pm at Davies Park, on Montague Rd.

West End Twilight Markets

Brisbane Vintage Fashion Fairs are also held in Davies Park,  For details of the next fair, visit the website.

Avid Reader – Boundary Street West End – Bookstore

With most of the suburb within easy reach of the CBD there’s a growing white-collar population. As old industrial land uses become unviable new apartments spring up at a rapid rate. Many front the river. All offer a type of dwelling largely unseen in the suburb until this decade. And while these apartment dwellers may sometimes dress differently to the students and artists, they often choose West End as their address for the very same reasons: The diversity, the cultural mix and the open minds.

West End - Bent Books

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