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Fortitude Valley Queensland

A thriving urban hub in Brisbane popular for those who enjoy nightlife. From rooftop bars, great live music venues to fancy restaurants and niche boutique shopping stores, Fortitude Valley has it all.


At a Glance

Fortitude Valley, called “The Valley” by the locals, is located near the Brisbane CBD. The proximity to the CBD and its reputation as one the largest non-CBD shopping precinct makes it an attractive place to stay and visit. It is the entertainment and late-night district in Brisbane, numerous clubs call Fortitude Valley home. Many events are held all year round in The Valley, one of them is the “Valley Fiesta”, where you can enjoy strolling around market stalls, live music venues and local restaurants.

One notable place in Fortitude Valley is the Chinatown Mall, a hub of Chinese and other Asian cultures in Brisbane. You will discover a dazzling lane filled with stores and restaurants, radiating irresistible oriental fragrances.


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Where is Fortitude Valley?

 

Fortitude Valley is just a kilometres north of Brisbane.

Fortitude Valley is a suburb of central Brisbane. It was Australia's first dedicated entertainment district and continues to be a hive of activity, alive with the sounds of people and music. One of the best ways to get to Fortitude Valley is to hire a car from Brisbane Airport or Uber, If you're looking for a cheap option, you can get a bus or airport train.


 

Things to see in Fortitude Valley

 

Chinatown

There is an abundance of restaurants offering all sorts of Asian cuisine in Chinatown to the point that it can be quite overwhelming to make selections. Over the years, many restaurants have come and gone. With new places always popping up, it is worth coming back again and again to experience what Chinatown has to offer. Chinatown is also home to weekend markets where shoppers can pick up a range of curiosities and Pan-Asian foods. During the week you can also grab great bargains at various shops and supermarkets. It is a colourful and vibrant part of Brisbane - one not to miss.

Chinatown

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The Tivoli

The Tivoli is an elegant, fully licensed theatre with state-of-the-art technical features, top-of-the-range facilities and in-house catering. With a charm and ambience of its own, The Tivoli is an extremely versatile venue ideal for comedy, dance, intimate theatre, high-profile corporate launches, weddings and Christmas parties. As The Tivoli possesses high-quality sound equipment and other facilities, it has become a popular destination for many performing artists.

 

Shopping Laneways

Brisbane’s strong list of hip laneways is ever-growing. Knock over coffee or sink back a nightcap, stretch out and find zen, or pick up something from a local label – let Brisbane’s laneways surprise you. You might know the glam Eagle Street Pier dining precinct – home to some of Brisbane’s best restaurants and riverside bars. Tucked off Queen Street Mall, Albert Lane is a modern laneway space that is filled with tasty eats. A sneaky laneway tucked off a side street, Winn Lane is the spot for independent boutique shopping and burgers. The lane is a hive of activity on weekends, attracting Brisbane’s local creative community to the space behind the historic Shannons Building (home to The Zoo live music venue).

Shopping Laneways

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Fortitude Valley Markets

The Fortitude Valley Markets go through to Brunswick Street Mall, flowing into Liquorice Lane and across to Chinatown Mall. It is open every Saturday and Sunday (9am - 4pm). The Fortitude Valley Markets are an innovative shopping experience with new pop up shops popping up all the time, where you can find artworks by local designers, sculptures, fashion, homewares, collectibles, food stalls, fresh produce and live music.

Fortitude Valley Markets

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What's the weather like?

 

Due to its proximity to Brisbane, Fortitude Valley has a very similar climate to Brisbane. Brisbane has a humid subtropical climate which is warm throughout the year. Heavy rain and thunderstorms are common during the summer. Although cyclones rarely hit Brisbane, it lies in the Tropical Cyclone risk area. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 30°C with an average minimum of 21°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 21°C with an average minimum of 11°C.

 

Get to know Fortitude Valley's history

 

Fortitude Valley was settled by Scottish immigrants in the mid 1800s that arrived in a ship named SS Fortitude. Being denied land in Brisbane, these immigrants camped around Victoria Park and eventually settled in the area. Fortitude Valley grew rather quickly as a post office was established in 1887 and the train line connected in 1891. Fortitude Valley became a commerce hub in the 19th century as shop owners moved away from Brisbane after a devastating flood.

In the 1970s, the rise of suburban shopping complexes and the termination of the tram network centred in Fortitude Valley led to a gradual decline of the suburb with many major stores closed. Subsequent attempts to revive Fortitude Valley was successful as it developed into a thriving scene for live music and nightclubs. In 2013, the International Jazz Festival was held in Fortitude Valley.