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kiwi_sparkles

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We are looking at relocating to either Auckland (I'm a kiwi, although lived in London since 1999) or Brisbane.

 
I've not been back to Brisbane since I was 16.  My husband (British) has never been. 
 
We are planning on heading over for a weeks reccie and to see if we can envisage living there.  Will be looking at having a relocation agent take us tour while we are there. 
 
Can anyone recommend a suburb to stay in for our trip?  We are in our 40s, and want somewhere close-ish to the CBD, with cafes and restaurants.  Not fussed about nightlife as such, but we do love a good brunch!  
 
My husband is a Londoner through and through, so it needs to be fairly lively so that he doesn't get withdrawal symptoms the minute we touch down.
 
Based on my own research, I'm thinking West End, Paddington or Bulimba.  
 
Is there anywhere else worth checking out?
 
Thank you! 
 

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24 minutes ago, kiwi_sparkles said:

Based on my own research, I'm thinking West End, Paddington or Bulimba.  

These are all great. Also check out New Farm.

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2 hours ago, BobHatton said:

New Farm, Fortitude Valley and West End would be my pick...

Thank you!  Sounds like we are in the right track.

Now the fun bit - to research some nice hotels 🙂

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Do you mean motels? There's a string of them along Kingsford Smith Drive and these are only a 5-10 minute drive to New Farm/Fortitude Valley...

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2 hours ago, BobHatton said:

Do you mean motels? There's a string of them along Kingsford Smith Drive and these are only a 5-10 minute drive to New Farm/Fortitude Valley...

Wouldn’t recommend Kingsford Smith Drive with the long term roadworks and there are no restaurants or cafes within walking distance.


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No motels. I've nothing against them (we use them a lot when we do US road trips, and in NZ) , but for this trip, given importance of the visit, I want to stay somewhere extra nice.

 

So it'll either be a hotel, or an apartment.  If we end up in New Farm or West End then hopefully somewhere with a river view!

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1 hour ago, kiwi_sparkles said:

given importance of the visit, I want to stay somewhere extra nice.

Why?   I'd be going for an AirBnB apartment myself.  If the idea is to check out what it would be like to live there, staying in luxury isn't going to give you a realistic idea.


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Yeah that's why I also mentioned an apartment.

 
However it's more about checking out the different suburbs, seeing what areas we think we'd like best.  Because even staying in an apartment won't really be like living there.... as it's all just fun when you're on holiday.

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