New Farm is located just outside the city and sits on a large bend of the Brisbane River. It’s one of Brisbane’s oldest suburbs and though it once had a disreputable reputation in the last 10 years it has experienced much gentrification.
The suburb still retains its sense of diversity and remains to be Brisbane’s ‘Little Italy’ due to the long established Italian community.
New Farm Park sits on 37 acres at the south eastern end of the peninsular. It has a renowned rose garden which is home to over forty thousand individual plants and is a spectacular place to take a walk when the roses are in bloom. There’s also tennis courts, basketball courts and soccer grounds so you can play and the rest on the gorgeous grassy area complete with frontage to the Brisbane River.
Powerhouse Arts Centre
Towards the eastern end of the park is The Powerhouse Arts Centre. The Powerhouse once was the power station that powered the Brisbane tram network which was the largest in the Southern Hemisphere in the 1920s. By the 1970s the building had been decommissioned and through to the 1990s the building stood derelict.
The Brisbane City Council realised that this space could be a fantastic new centre of the arts and was reopened as The Powerhouse in 2000. It doesn’t produce power anymore but contemporary performing arts, theatre productions, live music, comedy film, visual arts and hosts a festival of ideas. Visit the website to see what’s on. If you're visiting Brisbane for an event at the Powerhouse, book accommodation in New Farm and stay close to the action.
119 Lamington St, New Farm
Phone: 3358 8600
The Powerhouse also hosts the Jan Power’s Farmer Markets which happen every 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. There’s around 120 stalls showcasing unique fresh seasonal produce. Queensland is home to lots of fantastic produce and you’ll find a great range of baked and bottled organic foods as well as fresh seafood, local fish, flowers, coffees, wild honey, fresh herbs and interesting game meat. The markets start at 6am so you can start off your day with breakfast, shop and stay for lunch and pick up something for dinner.
Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the Month
Location: Powerhouse Plaza
Merthyr Bowls Club
The Merthyr Bowls Club sits on the Brisbane River and is one of Brisbane’s favourite places for barefoot bowls. Enjoy a relaxing Sunday afternoon and kick off your shoes for a round of barefoot bowls. Enjoy a barbeque lunch and cheap drinks at the club. It’s the perfect place for a Sunday session by the river.
60 Oxlade Drive, New Farm
Phone: 3358 1291