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Best Things to do in Brunswick

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by Geoff Edlund (subscribe)
Always on the hunt for creative, fun, and interesting places, events, and experiences.
Published May 6th 2013
Your questions about Brunswick are answered
Check out the people and places of Brunswick.

Brunswick is an inner-city Melbourne suburb bordered by parkland to the south, and has a broad range of pubs, cafes, restaurants, and activities to cater for all tastes.

1. Where is Brunswick?

Brunswick is 6 kilometres north of the CBD in the City of Moreland.

2. What is the history of Brunswick?

It is one of Melbourne's oldest suburbs. Many parts of Brunswick are of heritage significance, and have strict building and renovation codes. Brunswick Town Hall was built in 1876.
The Counihan Gallery is at 233 Sydney Road inside the Brunswick Town Hall, and exhibits contemporary art and sculpture.

Counihan Gallery, Brunswick, Sydney Road
Counihan Gallery in Brunswick.

The Brunswick City Baths is another notable building at 14 Dawson Street, and opened in 1914. It has an indoor pool for the colder months, and a gym.

3. Who lives there?

According to the ABS, many in Brunswick are in their late 20s and early 30s, and 60% were born in Australia. Only 1 in 3 residents are married.

4. Are there sporting facilities?

There are soccer, footy, cricket, and tennis clubs in Brunswick. A hockey pitch and athletic club are also available for sporty residents.

5. What are the restaurants like?

Albert Street at 382 Sydney Road Brunswick is an award-winning restaurant with great pasta and seafood.

For breakfast, that includes vegetarian options, try Maxxii Moo at the Corner of Beith Street and Albert Street in Brunswick.

6. Are there any good pubs?

There are dozens of pubs in Brunswick that specialise in live music, dining, or craft beers.

Bridie O'Reillys is at 29 Sydney Road and offers traditional Irish food and beverages.

The Cornish Arms at 163A Sydney Road Brunswick has live entertainment, and great value pub grub.

7. What are the houses like?

Brunswick has a surprising number of separate dwellings for a suburb so close to the city, and most people are lucky enough to have at least 2 bedrooms, according to the latest ABS statistics.

8. Is it expensive to live there?

Only about 1 in 4 people own their house outright in Brunswick. However, almost 1 in 6 people earn over $150,000 per year, so it is a mix of socioeconomic groups (2011 ABS data).

9. How do I get there?

There are train stations at Jewell, Brunswick, and Anstey. Trams 1, 8, 19, 55, and 96 all travel near the area. It is possible to cycle around Brunswick, although some of the major roads make it more difficult.

10. Any other important information about Brunswick?

The Sydney Road Street Party is held in late February, and that is followed by the Brunswick Music Festival in March.

Sydney Road Festival in Brunswick
Sydney Road Festival in Brunswick
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