I lived in Highgate Hill for 8 years. The closest major shopping center is Brisbane City, itself. For grocery shopping, you will find large supermarkets in Buranda, Fairfield and West End, each about 2 minutes drive away. There are also wonderful green grocers in Buranda and West End. For restaurants and night life, go to West End, South Bank, or the City (Buranda has quite a few restaurants, too). For major stores of all kinds, the City Centre is about 5 minutes drive away, or a short bus trip. Southbank also has a small supermarket, a chemist, and many restaurants, again about 2 minutes drive away. For large shopping complexes like Westfield, drive about 15 minutes away to Indooroopily, Carindale, and Garden City (at Mount Gravatt). Major hospitals and medical services are also very close to Highgate Hill.