I've been wanting to visit Bulimba for a while now. Since I moved to Brisbane at the beginning of last year, I've been exploring different suburbs of the city walking around, checking out coffee shops and visiting local galleries. Each suburb has its own charm, with different architecture styles and a bustling local community enjoying coffee in the sun.
Bulimba has its own vibe, made of houses by the water and a range of restaurants and coffee shops to envy. Walking around I couldn't stop looking at details in facades, wondering about names of Australian greeneries and of course had to have a take a way cuppa at the local coffee shop.
Catch the CityCat
If you can, an exciting and easy way to reach Bulimba is using the CityCat. You can catch it from the north shore and get off at Bulimba Ferry. A great way to best enjoy the ride is sitting or standing in the front of the CityCat, looking at Brisbane from the river is such a different experience.
Get off the CityCat at Bulimba Ferry wharf, a beautiful blue nuanced heritage-listed ferry wharf at Oxford Street. The picturesque wharf was designed by GHM Addison and Son and built in 1922 by E Taylor.
Few steps from Bulimba Ferry is Il Molo, an Italian restaurant opened in 2017 by Katie and Jason Coats. Il Molo is Italian for “the jetty", in fact the restaurant is an Italian take on the former The Jetty Oxford.
The venue offers a range of classic antipasto dishes, pizzas, pastas and larger dishes in a welcoming, unfussy space: a handsome black-and-white colour scheme, with marble bench tops and oak tables.
Continuing the walk, it seems surreal to find a blue Volkswagen van parked outside a matching coloured house and few metres ahead being at a junction with Love Street. And there are so many natural spots worth a photo.
The Common Thread
This lovely store is a curated collection of ethical and sustainable wares for Women, Mums and their new borns. The Common Thread is also a space for the community to gather for events and activities, including mothers group and workshops for Mamas and babies. The shop was opened by creative and sustainable advocate, Safa Itote, after having worked in the fashion industry for over 10 years and seeing a gap in the market in Brisbane.
Fiddle Leaf Café
The Fiddle Leaf is a bright and leafy café next to Bulimba Memorial Park, taking a right turn from Oxford Street down Godwin Street. They serve a unique and wholesome breakfast and brunch dishes accompanied by delicious coffee served in colourful cups.
It was great to see locals come to pick up they're take away lunch and workers working next door asking for the daily specials. That's what I like of local cafés, the loyal community around it that in this difficult times keep supporting the coffee shop in their neighbourhood.
Walking back towards Oxford Street, I'm not surprised to see another vintage vehicle and more of the traditional houses painted white with more colourful details.
Apollo Road Ferry
After finishing exploring Oxford Street, it's time to go home and if you're going back to the north side of Brisbane, as we were, a good way is to head to Apollo Road Ferry and catch the CityCat from there. The small blue and yellow wharf is a little gem on the water and a one-stop ride to Bretts Wharf Ferry.