When you’ve got as much river line surrounding you as Highgate Hill, you better believe the locals take advantage of the views. Dedicated walking tracks litter the perimeter of the suburb, and a short walk will get you to west end which boasts endless food, drink and entertainment options.
Things to do
- Boundary Street West End is the place to be for all things entertainment, with bars and plenty of live venues nearby.
- Highgate Hill is close to Southbank, so go for a swim on the beach. Yep! That’s right, Southbank has an artificial swimming beach right in the middle of the city. You won’t find any surf, but there’s no sharks or riptides either, so probably the safest beach to practice on if you’re not local.
- Local Markets catering for all kinds of dietary requirements. Free range, organic, ethical trade and vegan + vegetarian options are in abundance.
- The Bicentennial Bikeway runs right through West End, so if you’re feeling particularly fit, try the 20km Loop of dedicated Cycling and Running track, car-free since 2008 (OK fine, there was never any cars on it).
Location & Transport
A short walk will get you to West End, which will also get you onto the city cat network. It’s a bit of a hike to the train station, but the nearest one is Southbank, which will connect you to the rest of the city and the gold coast with ease.
- A short walk or cycle across the green bridge will get you to UQ St Lucia.
- Bus number 192 will get you back and forth from UQ Lakes and the City, only a few minutes to Gardens Point.
- Bus number 196 will get you over to New Farm for some casual barbequing or for a comedy show at the Powerhouse.