The evolution of Brisbane’s West End

History of West End's Montague Markets shopping west end..

Before earning its reputation as Brisbane’s cultural hub, West End was predominately farming land. Over the years it underwent a significant transformation fueled by the establishment of a riverside port and advancements in industrial infrastructure.  

Today, West End boasts a vibrant live music scene, a plethora of restaurants and bars, expansive parks and cycle trails, frequent pop-up events and markets, charming vintage clothing boutiques, and even ballet. With its diverse array of offerings, West End stands out as one of Brisbane’s most eclectic neighbourhoods, catering to every imaginable lifestyle. 

With so much on offer, it’s clear to see why West End remains a highly sought-after residential destination. 

Having developed numerous residential communities within the suburb, along with creating a vibrant retail and dining destination at Montague Markets, Pradella is a name synonymous with West End.  

Let’s explore all the ways West End has become one of Brisbane’s most liveable suburbs. 


Brisbane and West End on the world stage 

Long-time Brisbane locals will recall when the city hosted ‘Expo 88’, a world exhibition in 1988 that ran for six months from April to October.  

Expo 88 led to the creation of many public destinations locals and visitors still love to this day, including South Bank Parklands, a 42-hectare recreational hub with an artificial beach, restaurants, parks and playground on the Brisbane River.  

Attracting more than 18 million visitors, Expo 88 was considered a turning point in Brisbane’s history, leading to an influx of development, infrastructure and investment in the surrounding suburbs, including West End.  


Quality communities to call home 

West End is beloved by many for its convenient and desirable proximity to Brisbane’s CBD – for business, school or leisure – less than 3km away. Elevated homes, such as apartment living, in West End can also offer city skyline and river views, thanks to the suburb’s premium location along the Brisbane River.  

Pradella identified the potential of West End to become one of Brisbane’s most popular destinations to live, work and play. 

More than 10 years ago, Pradella developed plans for the $1.3 billion Riverside West End Precinct, a masterplan that reflects the vibrant history of West End while creating much-needed homes and amenities for the growing population. 

Pradella’s vision for Riverside West End was to create a walkable community surrounding a vibrant retail, entertainment and dining hub. Since Pradella’s first development in the suburb in 1988 with Hillcrest, this vision has come to life.  

With The Lanes signaling the final chapter of Pradella’s Riverside West End Precinct, once complete the masterplan will include more than 1,500 apartments across dozens of communities, each offering a suite of resident-only amenities. 

Today, thousands of families happily call Pradella communities home in West End. 


Local attractions for every lifestyle 

You don’t have to travel far to find things to see, do, eat and learn in West End.  

For some of the best fresh product, hand-made knick knacks, coffee and more, West End Markets has you covered every Saturday from 6am. West End is also home to many vegetarian and vegan-friendly cafes and restaurants, catering to all the foodies.  

Night life is pretty great in West End, too, with some great local venues mixed in amongst breweries, pubs and cocktail bars.  

As you stroll the streets of West End you’ll also find yourself coming face-to-face with some amazing local art, clothing stories – both new and vintage – bookstores and even fitness studios.  

With all of this right on the doorstep for Pradella residents, it’s clear to see why the suburb is a top choice. 


Pradella’s $1.3 billion Riverside West End masterplan is coming to a close.  The final project within this vibrant lifestyle precinct, The Lanes, is now selling. Enquire here