When you think of Woolloongabba, the first thing that comes to mind is 'The Gabba' but this inner suburb isn’t only famous for its sporting precinct. Hold onto your hats because you’re about to be blown away by Woolloongabba’s secret spots.
Where is Woolloongabba
Nestled between South Brisbane and Kangaroo Point and just a lazy two kilometres south east from central Brisbane, Woolloongabba is basically in reaching distance of your local spots. Just a ten minute bus or ferry ride from the city centre, or (if you’re a bit too cool school and don’t do public transport) an Uber will have you there in just under five minutes. In other words, there’s no excuse for you to not visit so get there ASAP people!
Woolloongabba's Best Eateries
Woolloongabba’s cafe scene has put in the effort to ensure that anyone who visits doesn’t need to venture outside the suburb to get what they’re looking for. The best part is all the best places are in walking distance of each other so why stop at just the one cup of delicious brew when you could cafe crawl your way down Logan Road to some of Woolloongabba’s most elite.
Our suggestions? The Baker’s Arms or Pearl Cafe always satisfy our caffeinated needs! When the sun goes down, the suburb comes to life with bistros, bars and restaurants. From pastas to pineapple fried rice, Woolloongabba’s dinner game is strong with places like Sorellina Pizzeria and 1889 enoteca on their roster. Helping to cement the suburb’s thriving culinary hub, stay tuned for Sweety’s Cellar that opens in just a minute! Sweety’s will provide you with a powdered pink, sexually chic experience filled with classy wines and instagrammable charcuterie spreads and you won’t want to miss.
Picnics in Woolloongabba
Woolloongabba also caters for those of you that are family orientated. With bustling shopping centres, manicured parks and prestigious schools, you’ll be wanting to plant your roots right here. Buranda State School and Narbethong Special School have your needs covered no matter what your circumstance. Students with differing abilities, diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds and from those with learning disabilities to the highly gifted students are all welcome to these inclusive institutions. Parks with picnic shelters, barbecues and playgrounds are at your disposal so your weekends can be filled with picnics with charcuterie boards and wine while the kiddies run a muck outdoors.
The Gabba in Woolloongabba
If you’re up for more of an experience, then the Gabba might just have you covered. A range of sporting events are held in the stadium from AFL to cricket where you and your mates can go head to head when your rival teams come to play. Even take your littles to their first ever real footy match so that they can brag to all their friends at school the next day. You might even be lucky enough to be in town when world renowned artists like Taylor Swift and Adele take to the stage at the Gabba for their stadium tours.
Things to do at night in Woolloongabba
Looking for more grown up fun? Then pop a cork with the best paint and sip Brisbane has to offer, Paint Juicy! They’ll be setting up shop with Sweety’s Cellar to bring the vibes that they’re oh so famous for to Woolloongabba. So gather the troops and get your creative juices flowing together for a night filled with a bit of paint and a lot of sipping. From here, you can catch a gig at the Princess Theatre which opened to the public in October 2021 after lying in the dark for several years. The heritage listed building that was built in 1888 is dubbed Queensland’s oldest standing theatre and is now the crown jewel of Woolloongabba’s up and coming entertainment and lifestyle precinct. Artists range from unknown indie rock bands to local Indigenous talents so you’ll see the new up and comings even before Triple J does.
Gabba Central Shopping Centre
If you’re just looking for a quick and easy bite to eat, then Brisbane’s best kept secret has you covered. Gabba Central Shopping Centre will accomodate you for all your wants, needs and cravings. The shopping precinct is located just across from the Gabba and conveniences you with three hours of free parking when you come for nibbles. Free parking in Brisbane? Crazy, we know. Head in for a quick cuppa at your choice of cafe, a range of asian delights or some self care at the barbers or beauty parlours all on hand. Even get your workout in at Jetts Fitness before grabbing your groceries from Coles all in the one spot before heading to pick the kids up from school.
If we haven’t got you convinced that Woolloongabba is the place to be, then I don’t know what will! It’s got everything you need.