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Guide: southbank markets

The capital city of Queensland, Brisbane is nestled in a curve of the Brisbane River. It has the third largest population of any Australian city, and a thriving economy based largely on the service sector and tourism. There are plenty of jobs to be had in any of the usual urban professions, and especially in IT. Queensland also has a very large education sector and skill shortages in hospitality and nursing. Migrants to Brisbane who are highly skilled in those areas will be well placed to find work.

Demand for property within 5 kms of the CBD is very strong and urban renewal has created some trendy, exciting- and expensive places for Brisbanites to call home. Move to Newfarm for one of the most dramatic transformations- from rather run-down riverside suburb to top lifestyle location loaded with bars and eateries. Highlights of the area include the New Farm Park-once a convict farm- and lots of boardwalks with fabulous city views. Real estate in New Farm offers something for all tastes- from colonial workers cottages to super-modern apartments and everything in between. Other inner suburbs worth a look if you are thinking of a move to Brisbane are youthful Fortitude Valley, Kangaroo Point-youthful and with plenty of walks and recreation areas making it popular with families, Highgate hill, 2kms West, is popular with singles and Families, has lots of childcare options and is handy to the Southbank markets. Then there's absolute CBD – where penthouse living is extremely popular with young professionals and empty nesters alike.

Major retail centers in the CBD include Brisbane Arcade, Macarthur Central, Broadway on the Mall, Tattersall's Arcade, the Myer Center, Queens Plaza and the Queen Adelaide Building. These complexes offer 100s of stores where you can buy everything from your basics at Target and Coles, to sports gear, antiques, Australian institutions like David Jones and RM Williams and high end international labels including Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton.

Move to Brisbane CBD and become a true Brisbanite if your idea lifestyle includes a fabulous warm 'alfresco' climate, cosmopolitan retail, dining and nightlife along with a vibrant performing arts culture and career opportunities to match any city in the world.

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