Spring Hill, Kelvin Grove and Milton combine the benefits of a buzzing student community with the very best of suburban living.
Kelvin Grove Urban Village is a thriving community hub that combines residential living with a one-stop-shop for dining, shopping, lifestyle, arts and entertainment. You’ll find shops, cafes, takeaway eateries, restaurants and student-friendly bars lining Musk Avenue and Carraway Street, as well as a theatre, gyms, parks and weekly markets.
For dining out, you can’t go past The Menagerie in Kelvin Grove Village Centre, a cosy plant-filled bar that sells house-made coffee and healthy breakfasts by day and craft beers and themed cocktails by night. The Grove Bar is a student favourite located in the QUT Kelvin Grove campus. Along with an extensive menu of cheap drinks, it runs daily specials and promotions, and has pool tables and multiple TVs for games and entertainment.
For cheap eats, Mrs Luu’s Vietnamese Canteen in Milton serves fresh, authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Or, check out Arrivederci Pizza’s metrelong pizzas, with vegan options available. At Burger Urge in Kelvin Grove, fill up on gourmet burgers stacked high with fresh produce, or start the day off right at Holy Moly Espresso in Spring Hill, with artisan coffee and casual cafe vibes.
Roma Street Parkland in Spring Hill is an Instagram-worthy park perfect for relaxing between study breaks. It blooms with brightly coloured designer gardens and grassy lawns with plenty of deck chairs, picnic tables, barbeque facilities and free wi-fi.
Milton’s XXXX Brewery is a Brisbane landmark that’s home to Queensland’s favourite brand of beer. You can take a 90-minute tour of the brewery to learn about the building’s fascinating past and the process of making XXXX beer, and sample some of their most popular drinks like a pro.
Suncorp Stadium, also known as Lang Park, is one of Brisbane’s mega-sized multi-purpose stadiums located in Milton and seats up to 52,500 fans. It hosts some of Queensland’s biggest sporting events, such as the National Rugby League’s (NRL) State of Origin, rugby union and soccer/football. It’s home to the Brisbane Broncos, Brisbane Roar and Queensland Reds. Suncorp Stadium is also used as a music venue for popular international bands and solo artists.
The Exchange is a vibrant community centre located in the heart of Kelvin Grove Urban Village. It offers a range of activities and services in a friendly and inclusive environment, such as yoga, art classes, computer workshops and English Speaking groups.
The Spring Hill Baths is an historic swimming pool built in 1886. In fact, it was Brisbane’s first-ever inground swimming pool. The venue maintains much of its old-world charm, with vintage changing rooms and grandstand seating. The heated pool is open seven days a week and you can sign up for aqua aerobics or swimming lessons. Nearby Centenary Pool offers swimming lessons, diving facilities and an on-site gym.
The Village Church in Kelvin Grove is located inside the QUT campus and is a fun way to socialise with the community through music and prayer. Close-by, New Hope Church welcomes people of all religions and has over 30 nationalities attending its services.
In Spring Hill, the Turbot Street Medical Centre offers several services, while the QUT Medical Centre offers QUT students physical, mental and sexual health services with after-hours appointments available.
La Boite Roundhouse Theatre is the creative heart of Kelvin Grove. The French term ‘la boite’ translates to ‘the box’, which reflects the heritage-listed building’s small, box-like shape. Inside, La Boite is built as a theatre-in-theround, meaning the seats surround the stage so visitors and performers are in close range and the sound is amplified. The Roundhouse Theatre only seats 400 people, so you’re always close to the action. You can catch a wide range of theatre performances here, as well as special events such as live music and dance shows.
The Kelvin Grove Village Markets are open every Saturday between 6am and 1pm. With free entry, you can join locals and visitors alike at this popular farmer’s market overflowing with regional produce such as breads, cheeses, meats, fruits and vegetables at low prices. There are also stalls selling art, fashion, flowers, gifts and much more. With some of the best local bands in Brisbane taking to the stage each Saturday, it’s the perfect way to unwind in the sunshine after a week of studying.