Brisbane is more than just a thriving city centre. The surrounding suburbs and neighbourhoods are packed with personality and a plethora of incredible things to see and do.

With your East Coast Car Rental Brisbane Airport car hire at the ready, get set to enjoy everything that these surrounding ‘burbs have to offer!

1. West End

15-minute drive from the CBD

This inner city suburb is bursting with diversity, culture and charisma – three traits that make West End a must-visit neighbourhood. The area is renowned for its contagious hippy vibe and community spirit, which is shown through the vibrant weekend markets, extensive vintage shopping scene and the many organic and ethnic eateries around town.

What was once home for 80 per cent of the Brisbane Greek community, you can bet there’s no shortage of excellent Greek restaurants in West End. From the stuffed-to-perfection pitas at The Yiros Shop in nearby South Bank, to the light and crispy calamari at Ouzeri, you don’t have to go far to find a taste of the Mediterranean.


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14-minute drive from CBD

When the smell of roasted coffee and grilled bacon greets you, you know you’ve wandered into Paddington. This hilltop suburb boasts a brunch scene like no other, with Anouk Cafe a favourite among locals and visitors alike. Grab the sticky and sweet apple-stuffed French toast and a coffee before exploring this Brisbane ‘burb.

Paddington is full of independent boutiques selling everything from jewellery to clothes, homewares to vintage goods, so be sure to have your shopping shoes on when visiting! After shopping ’til you drop, grab a refreshing beverage at Kettle & Tin, before taking to the hilly streets of Paddington to admire the area’s jaw-dropping architecture.


40-minute drive from CBD

For a taste of country life just 40 minutes out of central Brisbane, and with so much to cram into the day, the stunning suburb of Samford is hard to beat. This historical area is bursting with charm, and plays host to a number of quaint cafes, knick-knack shops and secret waterfalls. It’s the perfect place to spend a chilled Sunday, soaking in the fresh air, before making the scenic drive back to the busy city centre.


With so much to see and do in Brisbane, it pays to have a car. Contact the team at East Coast Car Rentals today to secure your perfect hire car for your Brisbane adventures.