Vendor City Guide: Brisbane, Australia

Street secrets revealed by the people who know them best. This week's we're off to the Australian city of Brisbane with Big Issue Australia vendor Jeromy

Our guide this week: My name is Jeromy. I’m 43 years old and I’m from Tamworth, New South Wales, originally. I moved to Brisbane 20 years ago. I sell The Big Issue Australia on Adelaide Street in the city. It has given me confidence and helped me build a friendship group that I didn’t have previously.

What’s to like

It’s so happy

I like living in Brisbane because it is a happy place. The people are more laid-back, kind and friendly. I like the weather too, it makes everything better. South Bank and Kangaroo Point are my favourite spots. At South Bank you can swim in the pools or lie on the grass and watch the world go by. Five minutes away are the cliffs at Kangaroo Point, where you can look out over the city.

On the walk from South Bank you pass the Maritime Museum and a number of historical sights. It’s like a free nature trail, with information about the flora and fauna of the area. You’ll find a good mix of animal and plant life along the way.

Must do

Brisbane River ferry ride

Every visitor to Brisbane should go on a Brisbane River ferry ride. It gives you a different view of our city, and a lot of the captains give a great history of Brisbane, including some of the past flood levels. It is amazing to realise how far underwater we were in both 1974 and 2011.

On a budget

Queensland Cultural Centre

Pop down to South Bank to visit the Queensland Cultural Centre. It’s free and has wonderful history and information. Around the Central Business District and Spring Hill you can jump on and off the free loop buses, past Government House, the Botanic Gardens and other landmarks. For a free city map, make sure to visit a Brisbane Greeters booth in Queen Street Mall or other points around Brisbane. They do walking tours and they’ll tell you about the history of the sights and the city.

Escape the city

Redcliffe Peninsula

To escape city life I go out to Redcliffe Peninsula. There is a lovely bay beach area and a beautiful lagoon swimming pool. I love to float around there for hours and let the city stay in the city! Or you can walk along the waterfront and eat in a number of semi-trendy cafes.

Secret spot

Cathedral of St Stephen

The Cathedral of St Stephen on Elizabeth Street is a beautiful, peaceful spot with lovely architecture. It is a very heart-warming and comforting place.

Best time to visit


My favourite time of year in Brisbane is the summer because there is always something happening, and BrisVegas lives up to its name! At Roma Street Parkland you can go to an open-air movie free of charge. Just walk in, put a blanket down and watch a film. There’s always something happening at the amphitheatre down there.