Getting orientated around Fortitude Valley is best achieved by understanding where the main landmarks are situated. These can be used as a reference point for finding the place that you are after.
The Valley is roughly 2km from end to end and spans a fairly large area covering 1.4 km2. You can reduce your chances of getting lost by knowing the four main streets and which directions they run.
Main Fortitude Valley Streets to Know
- Ann Street runs from the Brisbane CBD south west to north west. This street is one direction and carries traffic into the city.
- Wickham Street runs parralel to Ann Street and carries traffic out of the city.
- Brunswick Street aguably the main street in the Valley runs from the Inner City Bypass near the Showgrounds in the north west, through Fortitude Valley down to New Farm Park in New Farm.
- James Street starts at Ann St also running down to New Farm.
Landmarks Around the Valley
Listed below are some of the main landmarks around Fortitude Valley.
Fortitude Valley Train Station
The Fortitude Valley Train Station is one of the best ways of accessing Fortitude Valley if you are going to have a night out on the town. The mall you access the train station through is called Valley Metro and has a number of takeaway food outlets, a Woolworths supermarket and general-purpose stores.
See the Translink website to plan your journey to and from Fortitude Valley.
See the Valley Metro website for more information on the stores located around the train station.
Fortitude Valley Police Station
Fortitude Valley Police Station is located on the corner of Wickham and Brookes Street. Heritage-listed police station built in the year 1936.
See more details on the Queensland Police website.
Fortitude Valley Post Office
Located on Wickham Street opposite the McWhirters building and adjacent to the Wickham Hotel.
See more details on the Australia Post website.
Brunswick Street Mall
James Street Shopping Precinct
James Street is generally a more swanky part of the Valley with boutique stores, trendy restaurants and style. A contrast to Brunswick Street which is a little rawer.
Howard Smith Wharves
Howard Smith Wharves is located on the Brisbane River under Story Bridge. While technically addressed at Brisbane city most of the land area is actually in Fortitude Valley.
An excellent place to sip a beer at Felons and watch the activity on the Brisbane River. The green space and playground are perfect for family outings.
See more details on the Howard Smith Wharves website.
Centenary Place Park
Centenary Place is one of Fortitude Valley’s few recreational parks. Located in between Wickham and Ann Streets on the Brisbane city end of Fortitude Valley, neighbouring Spring Hill.
For more information about the recreational parks in and around Fortitude Valley see the Recreational Parks in Fortitude Valley page.
Other Places Around The Valley
The Valley Lanes