Home Sweet Brisbane: Our Neighborhood

I realize I have yet to show many pictures of where we live on the blog, probably because lately it seems like we spend more time out of town than at home. But today that changes! I am taking you on a tour of our ‘hood (that’s neighborhood for those of you unfamiliar with 90’s slang).

In Australia neighborhoods are called suburbs and each one has it’s own name and post code. We live in a smaller suburb called Teneriffe that is sandwiched in between a couple larger neighborhoods. It’s situated right along the river and is known for its brick wool store buildings (warehouses that used to store wool back in the day) and shady, tree lined streets. Only a 10 minute bus ride or 20 minute ferry ride into downtown (the CBD as it is called here), we couldn’t have found a better place to live.

So follow me as we take a stroll (or a jog like this gentleman) through Teneriffe…


Starting from the back door of our apartment building…


Our swimming pool overlooking the Brisbane River. Also where we can be found on any given Saturday and/or Sunday afternoon when we’re in town.


CityCat ferry terminal- an easy and peaceful way to get around the city.


Gloria, the wool store ewe. Click the picture to learn more about her!


Our building from behind. There are weddings almost every weekend here along the river.


Where we (mostly Travis) go on a morning run. This path also leads to the park where they hold the farmer’s market we go to.


Also along the river- our gym! It’s in the building next door to our apartment.


The view from the gym. It makes working out a little more bearable.



Heading back up to the main road…






Local brewery/restaurant and frequent date night spot.



Oh your neighbor doesn’t have one of these on their front patio?




When we first moved in I would spend hours wandering around here.


Green Beacon Brewery- another local micro brewery down the street from us. They have the best grilled blue cheese sandwich ever.


Gasworks Plaza down the street from us. Home to one of my favorite places- the grocery store! And also some restaurants, shops and froyo…


This has something to do with Gasworks but I am not quite sure- at night they light it up and it looks pretty. During the day people sit in there and kids ride bikes in the middle of it.


I hope you enjoyed your tour of our little neighborhood. Next week I plan on finally sharing pictures of our apartment (I have been putting it off in hopes it would magically decorate itself). Have a great rest of the week!


22 thoughts on “Home Sweet Brisbane: Our Neighborhood

  1. You have the most adorable neighborhood (or suburb!) Now I want to come visit Australia so badly!!! My brother lives in Perth so I’ve been wanting to get there forever. So happy to have found your blog 🙂

    • court.alkek@gmail.com says:

      Sure, as long as you don’t mind sleeping on the guest room floor. The pool was definetly a selling point for the apartment.

  2. I love to see neighborhoods of other expats! Your world over there in Brisbane looks so colorful and full of life. Please tell me you’re taking full advantage of that pool– it looks like a brilliant set-up 🙂

    • court.alkek@gmail.com says:

      Thanks, me too. It’s always interesting to see where other people go about their day to day life. That’s a perfect way to describe Brisbane, we love it here.

  3. such a cute neighborhood! I was expecting only houses and such, so luck you to have more than that at your feet!

    (stopping over via travel tuesday link up)

    • court.alkek@gmail.com says:

      Haha that’s great! I am pretty sure this same neighbor also has a fake monkey hanging from their back patio. It scared the crap out of me the other day!

    • court.alkek@gmail.com says:

      It’s actually a lot like Houston- very humid. Luckily we are used to that! It stays pretty temperate and even in the middle of winter it gets up to the low 70’s during the day.

    • court.alkek@gmail.com says:

      St. Lucia is a lovely area as well. My husband and I spent an afternoon walking around the University one Sunday. We are contemplating a move to the West End at some point.

  4. Bee says:

    Ahhhh……. I’ve just moved to Houston from New Farm ….. I’ve missed our little neighborhood. We used to live in the wool store up the street. Thanks for the photos and the memories !!!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s