Working in Brisbane CBD

Brisbane CBD Series, Our Brisbane Life

Originally published in November 2014, this post was revised in March 2020. The tone of the post still reflects the author’s mood at the initial posting.

Working in Brisbane CBD

Our story begins here, as it must, with Ed working in Brisbane CBD. After all, it is the job that brought us here to Brisbane.

Ed works in the city center, known here as CBD – Central business district – or “the City”, for short. (I am still catching myself saying “downtown” but I am getting better. This is not a term used in Australia.)

Brisbane CBD is really a delightful place to explore. Alongside business and government, there are a plethora of dining opportunities and coffee shops. You can shop, or go to museums, churches, parks and squares, and enjoy the numerous art installations scattered throughout the city core. Best of all, the CBD is compact, fun, and easy to explore.

Ed has a demanding but interesting job.  His official title is “Team Lead of Field Development Planning”.  What that means is that he leads a group of reservoir engineers and a geomodeler in developing a new coal seam gas play in NSW. The reserve auditors tell him that it is one of the most complex reservoirs that they have worked on.  Ed is a great mentor and team lead and often comments on what a great team of people he has to work with. 

Traveling to Brisbane CBD by City Cat Ferry

Ed is working in Brisbane CBD, and it is a great place to meet for a meal and to take in a little shopping. Actually, it is a great to ride the City Cat ferry, using our automatically topped up “Go Cards.” Go cards are extremely convenient as they accommodate various modes of travel such as ferries, trains, and buses. Simply tap the card on and then off again and the cost of the trip is taken off of the card.

The ferry is a wonderful way to travel and Ed makes the 30 minute trip from our Bulimba station to Eagle Street every day. It is the finest way to travel to work, and fun all the rest of the time too. In the morning, I will usually accompany Ed to the Bulimba Ferry Station as it is a pleasant and short walk along the water. We usually don’t check the time before we leave since the ferry runs every ¼ hour. It is only a short wait for the next one, and Ed can always find something to occupy his time.

The Old Bulimba Ferry Station

The City Cat catamaran leaves the old Bulimba ferry station. In a few years we will have a new ferry station built here. It will disrupt our schedule for a while but eventually we will enjoy the benefits of the new shelter.

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Arriving at CBD Riverside Stop (Eagle Street)

The City Cat approaches the city and the first city ferry stop at Riverside. This is the stop that Ed will disembark at because this is where Ed is working in Brisbane CBD (on Eagle Street). The view is always impressive with these talls buildings towering over the pretty Riverside/Eagle Street area. See “Eagle Street Pier” for some more awesome views of this area.

The Riverside station at Eagle Street Pier is a beautiful architectural location on the east side of the city peninsula. It is full of restaurants and is usually the stop that many tourists disembark at. The office where Ed is working in Brisbane CBD is close by (within minutes) on Creek Street. Although the work is hard, the load is lightened slightly by small joys of traveling to work on a catamaran. Not to mention enjoying the occasional dinner out in the warm air by the river.

Back on the water, I am leaving Riverside and heading around to the other side of the city. Check out “Moving on up to the West Side of the CBD” for the update on where Ed is working in Brisbane CBD – and to get an idea of how the city is situated on a peninsula and surrounded on 3 sides by water.

The two pictures above give you some perspective on the east side of the peninsula where Ed is currently working in Brisbane CBD.

You can see the City Botanical Gardens, which we will feature in another post.

So pretty – even on a cloudy day. See you again soon.