8.4 out of 10

Fortitude Valley

Ranked 129th best suburb in Brisbane
-27.4561740951645 153.035970720508
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4/5 rating details
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Apr 15, 2018

"Conveniently close to CBD & Airport"

If you're wanting to be as close as possible to both the airport & CBD for work; then it's hard to beat the Fortitude Valley due to it's quick access to toll-paid-tunnels, great choice of bars, restaurants, cafe's and heaps of gyms as well as a great public pool for athletes or the athletic minded.

Rent is fairly reasonable considering how close you are to the city centre & the fact that pretty much the whole suburb has access to TPG's FTTB fibre optic internet combined with great cellular coverage means high speed internet either via fibre optic cables or 4G is always available.

Many apartments have great views as well which is a plus.

The downside to living in "The Valley" is that it's the heart of the night club & strip club district as well as a Centrelink office which means day and night the streets are full of a large crowd consisting of drug addicts, homeless people & fairly drunk (often violent) patrons (particularly after dark) - due to being the centre for night clubs & strip clubs in Brisbane you have drunken idiots running through the streets 7 days a week once the sun goes down. (If you have children under 18 - the valley is definitely not for you)

Cigarette & Marijuana use is also very high in the valley so you often receive the complimentary pleasure of inhaling these noxious fumes from your neighbour above or below your balcony or bedroom window.

In conclusion; although the regular dregs of the nightlife can be down right annoying running in front of your vehicle @ 60km/h and the reality that you really don't want to walk down some streets after 7pm, the valley is very central and close to everything thanks to tunnels, rail services & a never-ending stream of Uber drivers waiting with baited-breath to whisk you away to your favourite bar or restaurant.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"The Entertainment Precint"

The Valley aka The Entertainment Precint is famous for its nightlife offering great food, live music, bars, clubs and so much more... And on the weekends during the day there are Arts & Crafts Markets along Brunswick Street offering hand made products , fashion clothing, live band and so much more. Lifestyle at its best.
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FurnzaM
FurnzaM It's such a great place for lot of cultural events, markets and great place for bars and restaurant hopping.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Year of The Rabbit - Chinese New Year"

Yesterday was the 1st day of the Chinese New Year 2011 - Year of the Rabbit.. Many people from East to West enjoy and celebrate this important occasion and last night China Town - Fortitude Valley was full of people eating delicious dishes and having a great time and also had the dancing dragons going around giving everyone good fortune & luck for the year ahead ..
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"The valley!"

The Valley has an extensive amount of entertainment from restaurants to nightclubs and bars. Make sure if you visit to check it out and go to China town where some of the best food can be had at great prices!
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+
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4/5
2yrs+

"Good Food in ChinaTown > Fortitude Valley"

There is no better place to get some good asian food but in Chinatown Fortitude Valley so many restaurants to choose from yum cha, a la carte & buffet its your choice!

The restaurants around here come from different backgrounds of cuisine so some may have the same menu but have a different style of cooking and taste each are tasty and unique.

If you have a favourite restaurant in chinatown we would love to hear you recommendations :)
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Will you take me to... Funky Town....?"

Fortitude Valley is a razor edge kind of place. Insanely, almost migraine-inducingly cool, it has a seedy heart to it at times. By day, hip designers sell overpriced products to EMO's and grown ups who should know better. Excellent restaurants vie for attention amongst organic beauty outlets and dingy cafes. By night, a rock scene comes alive and the streets swell with the youth and the youthful of the brissy music scene. Staples of the Valley include Fatboys/Riks cafe and the Empire Hotel. Just make sure that if you're picking a fight with a trannie named Marcia, because she cut in front of you at the taxi line, that she's shorter than you. Or you can run faster than shim. (The names of the innocent have been changed, or completely fabricated to give you an idea of what the Valley can be like at night.)
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jamesr11
jamesr11 Are you kidding, brothels and strip clubs are the heart of the Valley. Walk around late at night on your own at your own peril! Undesirable place after dark. Dingy and ugly by day.
May 13, 2017
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4/5
2yrs+

"Fortitude Valley could be called 'little China' as this is the strong cultural area of the Chinese community in Brisbane."

All Australian cities seem to have a Chinatown and in Brisbane, Fortitude Valley is the place. The Valley is really only 5 mins drive from Brisbane centre, so it is easy to get to and the younger, more alternative generation often see this as a place to go.

The main street of Fortitude Valley has been made into a Mall and has a very Chinese decor.

Although it is the Chinese centre of Brisbane, it also has many other nationalities selling food and other products. It really has become more Asian, rather than Chinese now.

It is not an area that would be recommended for wandering around on your own at night, and regardless care should be taken when travelling in the area.

There are many night time activities that are carried on which leaves one feeling a little unsafe.
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Valleylocal
Valleylocal Clickwriter wrote: 'It is not an area that would be recommended for wandering around on your own at night, and regardless care should be taken when travelling in the area.

There are many night time activities that are carried on which leaves one feeling a little unsafe'

I am a middle aged woman who has owned an apartment and lived in the Valley with my teenage daughter since 2007 and we both regularly walk home at night etc and never once have we felt uncomfortable or unsafe. Does Clickwriter actually live in the area? If so, I think shes being a little paranoid.
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Best Streets in Fortitude Valley

"Trendsetter's delight!"
-27.460142058 153.0372048829
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Ann Street

4.5/5
"Inner City Bliss"
-27.4599166617 153.0339400525
"Young and old have fun!"
-27.4602052372 153.0372048829

Unranked Streets in Fortitude Valley

"The Famous James St. Precinct,"
-27.4553643407 153.0380791471
"Mini Martin Street"
-27.4600361901 153.0368770338
"Entertainment Precint"
-27.4610760864 153.0355519771

Malt Street

4.5/5
"Convenient Lifestyle @ Malt Street "
-27.4617761807 153.0371092603

Agnes Street

2.5/5
"Quiet & Border Side of the valley"
-27.457543171 153.0310303919
"Berwick - No Through Road"
-27.459455624 153.0363442791
-27.4623772374 153.0380518264