Fortitude Valley is named after a ship that sailed from England to Moreton Bay, Australia in 1849. Having left England in September 1848; after an arduous journey, it finally arrived in January 1849. There were 256 immigrants on board, many of whom chose to settle, naming the future suburb of Brisbane after the ship.
Known fondly now as “The Valley”, it lies to the northeast of Brisbane's central business area and is dedicated to entertainment, having a certain notority as being the hotspot for Brisbane's nightlife. Everything can be found here from bars, nightclubs, pubs, live music venues and entertainments of the adult nature. However The Valley also has a distinct air of sophistication and is an eclectic mix of history and the offbeat. The most certain aspect is however, that on any given night the place is buzzing with people from all different walks of life. The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts puts on some incredible concerts and DJs from around the world vie for work at the great clubs and chic bars.
Being only a few minutes from Brisbane Central, it is a very popular place to live. There is plenty of work in The Valley itself, but is an easy commute into the city. It attracts trendy singles and entrepreneurial types from all over Australia; with a great all-year-round climate and apartments starting from around $175,000 for a one bed unit, it is no wonder that the place is popular.
The Valley Fiesta is not to be missed; held over three days, normally in November, you will be able to enjoy market stalls, live music and excellent food and drink from local cafes and restaurants. With so much else going on throughout the year – it is a difficult place to leave.