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Fortitude Valley Travel Guide

Posted on 20 Dec, 2011

Fortitude Valley is home to Brisbane’s Chinatown and is famous for being a dining and entertainment mecca. Just one kilometre from the city, ‘The Valley’ is within walking distance of the business district if you’re staying at one of the serviced apartments in Brisbane CBD. Filled with alternative shopping, vibrant bars, clubs, and international restaurants, Fortitude Valley makes for a great night out.

The Valley: a Snapshot

A decade of development has breathed new life into The Valley. The suburb is now considered one of the most exciting and vibrant parts of Brisbane.

Quick Facts:

  • Permanent population. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there are just under 4,500 people living in the Valley.
  • Area. Fortitude Valley covers an area of 1.4 sq km.

Major Streets in Fortitude Valley:

  • Brunswick Street Mall. Packed with cafes, restaurants, and bars, Brunswick Street Mall is a key focal point of the suburb. Start out with a shopping expedition and make your way through the restaurants and shops.
  • James Street. Dotted with bars and cafes, James Street is also home to local produce markets and furniture and home stores.
  • Ann Street. Filled with the most innovative local brands, this is a great place for finding a special buy, souvenirs, or cutting edge pieces.
  • Chinatown. You’ll find Asian grocers and authentic Asian cuisine here.

Getting There and Around

Fortitude Valley is around 12 km from Brisbane Airport.

  • Train. Fortitude Valley railway station is directly linked to the major suburban lines, including the Airport’s Airtrain service. The station lies within Zone 1 of the Translink system.
  • Bus. The suburbs has frequent bus services that run to and from the CBD, making it convenient for those staying at one of the apartments in Brisbane.
  • Taxi. Taxis are readily available. Some taxi ranks operate on specified evenings only, such as those in Brunswick Street North, Brunswick Street South, and Ann Street.
  • Late Night Services. Under its NightLink services, TransLink runs 24 hour or late night buses and trains on weekends and some weekdays.

Dining Out

Over 60 restaurants in the Valley is listed in the Australian Good Food and Travel Guide, so gastronomes will have no difficulty finding a good restaurant to dine at. Chinatown is an obvious starting point, with Vietnamese, Thai, Cantonese, and other Chinese cuisines available.

A walk around the area reveals Italian, Spanish, Mongolian, Tibetan, Japanese, Indian, Korean, and many more restaurants.

Bar and Club Hopping

Atmospheric lounges, modern pubs, vibrant bars, and exciting clubs – Fortitude Valley has it all. Fortitude has undergone a dramatic transformation that is evident in the range of nightspots it offers. Well known for its live music scene, the selection of watering holes in the Valley is not short of staggering.

Visitors can find just the right place to spend a great night out. Try the renovated heritage-listed venues with great bistro food or chilled lounged with live music. There are casual bars that lend themselves well to a night of bar hopping, or new super clubs that promise a truly wild night out.

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