In 1993, Moray Street in New Farm was voted Brisbane's most liveable street. This leafy, tranquil pocket in New Farm is just 2 km from the CBD. I wondered what it was about this winding part of inner city New Farm that made it special then and does it still hold the same appeal some 14 years after it was awarded this title? I visited Moray Street to find out more and here's what I found.
1. Cosy Café Scene
Moray Street is home to a number of cafes, most notably The Little Larder (at 76 Moray Street) and The Moray Café (at 158 Moray Street), the latter being shaded by a huge Moreton Bay fig tree. Both are local favourites offering breakfast and lunch and with indoor and outdoor seating facing the streetscape. Was that a rogue chicken that I spotted wandering at the entrance to The Little Larder on the day of my visit?
Moray Street has some fantastic walkways and cycle paths. The Riverwalk is parallel to the street and offers the opportunity to feel like you are walking on water. The 870m long Riverwalk is sectioned into dedicated roadways for cyclists and pedestrians with cyclists able to access a 3.5m path and a comfortable 2.5m one for pedestrians. A pedestrian and cycle connection also links the Story Bridge/Bowen Terrace, City Reach Boardwalk and New Farm Riverwalk which starts from the end of Moray Street. Getting to the city has never been easier and more scenic.
3. City and water views Moray Street offers one of the best vantage points to take in the city via Wilson's Outlook Reserve which is located at the end of Moray Street (heading towards Fortitude Valley). For me, this makes a visit to Moray Street very appealing. Wilson's Lookout also features in my Weekend Notes story on Brisbane's best wedding photo locations.
4. Diverse Architecture The housing landscape and architecture of Moray Street has a mix of styles ranging from large, classic family homes and townhouses, to Art Deco walk up flats and multi level unit dwellings. So, depending on your lifestyle and needs (i.e singles, professionals, families, retirees and hipsters), Moray Street has something for everyone and all of these can be viewed for free.
While all of these features are important in making a street liveable, the nicest thing that I found was that the people in Moray Street were friendly. One fur mama stopped while she was carrying her four legged friend to ask about my little companion. And I don't even live in the street. Very nice!