12 Amazing Experiences to Help You Make the Most of Living in Brisbane in 2020

Living in Brisbane

Living in Brisbane is great, even if we do say so ourselves! We’ve got an awesome city, we’re close to the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, we have the islands of beautiful Moreton Bay and the Glasshouse Mountains on our doorstep and plenty to do in magnificent sunshine year-round. At North Harbour we’re fortunate to get the chance to experience the best of North Brisbane working with our community partners in this great area. So, to help you make this year (and new decade!) your best yet, we’ve gathered up our 12 must-dos (one per month) to help you get the most out of living in Brisbane in 2020.

Living in Brisbane

January

Bite Markets at North Harbour

Living in Brisbane

Bite is the perfect spot to spend easy al fresco, tasty time with family and friends in 2020. With over 40 food trucks to choose from, live entertainment, activities for kids, market stalls and plenty of seating Bite is definitely a great place to start 2020.

Living in Brisbane

Living in Brisbane

  • Cost: $3 entry – under 12s are free – food cost ranges from $5 to around $20. Free parking
  • Dates: Every Friday and Saturday night
  • Where: Nolan Drive, exit 150 on the Bruce Highway

February

Moreton Lions AFL

Our local AFL ground hosts national warm-up games every pre-season. It’s a great chance to watch the big leagues up close and personal in one of the best facilities in Australia. This year you can catch Brisbane Lions vs Port Adelaide.

  • Cost: TBC but usually around $20 for an adult ticket, kids go free with a paying adult
  • When: Sunday February 23rd, kick off 3:10pm
  • Where: Moreton Bay Lions, Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex – AFL Precinct, Aquatic Centre Dr, Burpengary QLD 4505

March

North Harbour Heritage Park

Living in Brisbane

Yes, we might be a bit biased, but our new $3M Heritage Park really is worth a visit in 2020. Not only is it located in beautiful riverside parkland, it also offers 6km of mountain bike track, heritage trails, artefacts and Compass Centre, BBQs, picnic shelters and amenities.

  • Cost: Free
  • Opening times: 6am to sunset every day
  • Address: Access is through Moreton Bay Boulevard at North Harbour in Burpengary East, directions and more information are here

April

Redcliffe Festival of Sails

Every Good Friday, thousands of visitors flock to Suttons Beach to watch the start of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race. It’s a great day with plenty of entertainment, good food, markets and much more. A perfect start to the Easter long weekend.

  • Cost: Free entry
  • When: Good Friday, times tbc
  • Where: Suttons Beach, Redcliffe

May

Dayboro Day Festival

Dayboro Day is a celebration of the country town of Dayboro, “the Town of Yesteryear”. The day includes entertainment, demonstrations and market stalls in Williams St (the main street of Dayboro) and the amazing pineapple pie eating contest and dry land raft race! An antiques and collectables Fair also runs at the Dayboro Showgrounds.

  • Cost: Free entry, food and market stalls inexpensive, free parking and shuttle bus
  • Opening times: Sunday May 31st, 8:30am-3pm
  • Where: Williams Street, Dayboro

June

Whale Watching

June to September is the best time to see the whales migrate north in Queensland. Living in Brisbane you have the choice of many whale watching cruises and can sometimes even see them from shore on one of our beautiful Moreton Bay beaches.

July

Abbey Medieval Festival

Living in Brisbane

Take a step back in time and enjoy the spectacular Abbey Medieval Festival. Held in the grounds of the Abbey Museum this is a unique opportunity to experience life in medieval times. You can watch jousting, catapults, battle re-enactments, drink mead, play games and so much more.

  • Cost: TBC, tickets go on sale on Feb 1st
  • When: July 11th and 12th
  • Where: 1-63 The Abbey Place, Caboolture, Queensland 4510

Living in Brisbane

August

Bribie Island Butterfly House

This beautiful space is home to over 1000 butterflies and is a very rare gem in the already extremely beautiful Bribie Island.

  • Cost: Adults $12, Concession $10 & pensioners, Child (4-15) $7, Family (2+2) $34
  • Opening times: Wednesdays & Sundays only 10am-4pm
  • Where: Bribie Island Butterfly House, 208 First Ave, Bongaree QLD 4507

September

Strawberry picking

There are heaps of places to pick strawberries in the school holidays with the kids and it’s a great day out with a satisfyingly tasty and healthy result!

  • Cost: Various
  • When: Most farms are open daily
  • Where: Various

October

Halloween at Caboolture Historical Village

Well worth a visit at any time of year, Caboolture Historical Village goes all out for Halloween! Heaps of lollies, scary snacks, devilish décor and scares a plenty.

  • Cost: TBC but 2019 cost $5 per entry
  • When: 31st October
  • Where: 280 Beerburrum Rd, Caboolture

November

CREEC

Caboolture Environmental Education Centre (CREEC) is set on 18 stunning acres hectares next to Burpengary Creek. The site has several habitats and is home to a wide range of wildlife. CREEC has one of the best playgrounds in north Brisbane and is a great place to explore nature and buy native plants from the community nursery.

  • Cost: Free
  • When: Open 7 days a week
  • Where: 150 Rowley Rd, Burpengary, Queensland, 4505

December

Burpengary Christmas Spectacular

Santa, Christmas markets, carols, entertainment and all things Christmas happen at the annual Burpengary Christmas Spectacular!

  • Cost: Free entry, cost for food, rides, beverages and market
  • When: TBC, usually first Saturday in December
  • Where: 111 Station Road, Burpengary

 

Find North Harbour

North Harbour’s Sales and Information Centre & Display Village is open seven days a week, 10am-5pm. Located on the corner of Buckley Road and Fraser Drive in Burpengary East, our 31 home Display Village is a great one-stop-shop for house hunters looking to find out what it’s like when living near Brisbane, showcasing brand new designs from 16 of Australia’s best builders including Bold Living, Burbank Homes Coral Homes, GJ Gardner Homes, Hallmark Homes, Homes by CMA, Integrale Homes, McLachlan Homes, Metricon Homes, OJ Pippin Homes, Oracle Platinum Homes, Orbit Homes, Pantha Homes, Stroud Homes, Stylemaster and Sunvista Homes. To learn more about our Display Village please click here.

To find out more about things to expect if you’re going to live in Brisbane please contact us and to keep up to date with the latest news and info, including our regular events, please sign up for our email updates and find us on Facebook and Instagram (@northharbourliving).

Buying a Home, is it Cheaper to Rent or Buy?

Buying v Renting

Buying a home

There are many advantages to buying your own home rather than renting. These include:

  • Paying off your own home rather than someone else’s.  “Rent money is dead money”
  • Buying gives you more control and freedom
  • Design your own home
  • Make additions and renovations
  • Have a dog or cat
  • Put up pictures
  • Be able to do landscaping and gardening
  • No landlord inspections
  • Avoid the property being sold
  • No bond or bond refund arguments

Buying a Home

Is it Cheaper to Buy or Rent a Home?

We asked Brendan Styles from C-Finance Brokers the question, is it cheaper to rent or to buy a home in the long-term? Brendan has worked with many people looking into buying a home, both at North Harbour and elsewhere, and is an expert mortgage and financial advisor.

Is it cheaper to rent or buy a home?

Brendan: “Firstly, the rent or buy a home question mostly affects first home buyers or those that have just sold up and need flexibility for life and investment choices.

If you are currently renting in the northern suburbs of Brisbane for an average of $380-450 per week, it is cheaper to rent rather than buy a home. However this simple cost comparison only compares one variable out of several and if you are looking to move into ownership, there are three key things to consider:

1) Now vs the Future – “Pain vs Gain” – How willing are you to make sacrifices in the short term, for a long term benefit?

The day to day of renting may be ok for now, however if you continue to rent then you cannot benefit from capital growth as you would with buying your own home, or an investment property. You will experience rent increases each six months…and every $15 per week increase in rent is the same as a .25% increase on a $350K mortgage. Now that’s an interesting statistic…we cry poor when the bank increases interest rates, but we can’t do anything about a rent increase.

2) Security & Control. Most of our first home clients value this, almost as equally as the cost equation. We do get sick of being told what we can and cannot do, having to open for inspection, changing tenants and losing money every time from crazy landlords holding back bond. – we have all been there. If you want to have security and control over your living situation, it is better to buy v rent.

3) Good time to buy: In the new home market, we are financing clients into their first home with as little as $1-2K deposit. We then do the cost equation for our clients, and most of the time the mortgage in the short term is a little more expensive, but better than waiting and finding lending has tightened again and ownership has moved out of reach.

My advice is simple, read books like barefoot investor to learn more about making the short-term sacrifice for a home loan. And, do your research in that getting into a new home can be easier and potentially cheaper than what you think at this stage in the market, providing you want to live in the area for the mid to long term. Check the numbers, but also consider all the factors when making this decision.

To talk to Brendan and the team at C-Finance Brokers about buying a home, click here.

Find North Harbour

North Harbour’s Sales and Information Centre & Display Village with café and two playgrounds is open seven days a week, 10am-5pm. Located on the corner of Buckley Road and Fraser Drive, Burpengary East, the Display Village showcases 33 brand new Display Homes from 17 of Australia’s best new home builders. To find out more about buying a home at North Harbour sign up for our email updates and find us on Facebook and Instagram (@northharbourliving).

Weekends at North Harbour

BITE Markets at North Harbour is a brand-new destination within the growing North Harbour community which has transformed weekends on the Northside of Brisbane. It’s the perfect place to eat, drink, catch up with friends and family, a place everyone is welcome, full of colour, adventures, wonderful food, entertainment and all sorts of flavours celebrating produce from the Moreton Bay region! Located at Exit 150 off the Bruce Highway on Nolan Drive, open from 4pm-10pm every Friday and Saturday night. Click here to see Bite TV!

North Harbour parkrun: 7am, every Saturday. Free 5km cross country run / walk around the future Heritage Park, everyone is welcome!

Sunrise Yoga in the Park: 8am every Sunday, free yoga class to suit all levels in Reflections Park. Beginners welcome, for more information please click the link.

North Harbour Café is also open every weekend including Friday Burger Nights and now delivers in the North Harbour and local areas every Friday night!