If you live on the south side of Brisbane you’re familiar with Westfield Garden City. It’s one of the Henry Wong Team’s® favourite shopping centres, with a wide range of shops, food courts, amenities and services. It’s conveniently located, it’s easy to get to and it’s got everything you need. In this Westfield Garden City review, we talk about the things we love about this shopping centre and give you some handy information.
Located on Kessels Road in Upper Mount Gravatt, Garden City is beautifully positioned right by the Pacific Motorway. It’s easily accessible from Brisbane city centre, which is just 15-kilometres away.
It’s also easily accessed from the Gateway motorway, by taking the Mount Gravatt Capalaba Road exit and driving straight for about four-kilometres until you see the mall on your left.
Surrounding suburbs of Garden City include Wishart, Macgregor, Upper Mount Gravatt and Eight Mile Plains. Sunnybank, Robertson and Mansfield are also nearby.
Positioned right on the Brisbane South Eastern Busway, the Upper Mount Gravatt busway station is right next to the mall. This makes it easily reached from Brisbane city and from the suburbs further south on the busway. A trip from Queen Street Mall in the city centre to Garden city on the busway will take around 24 minutes.
The Garden City bus station is also integrated into the mall and the busway station. Here you can hop on buses taking you to more localised destinations within the neighbouring suburbs.
The nearest train station would be Sunnybank or its neighbouring Altandi train station, which are about four-kilometres away and have regular bus services to Garden City.
There are 4675 parking spaces at Westfield Garden City. Some are outdoors, but many are undercover in the multi-level parking facility.
Parking is free up to three hours, after which its charged at $4 per hour. The maximum daily rate is $36.
Generally you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting parking thanks to the large number of spaces on offer. But bear in mind at busy times, particularly during the Christmas shopping rush or at Boxing Day Sales, it can be tricky getting a parking spot.
The general opening hours during the week are from 9am in the morning to 5.30pm in the evening, although many stores operate outside those times, particularly the supermarkets.
On Thursday evening there’s late night shopping, with all stores being open until 9pm. On Saturday and Sunday the centre closes at 5pm, with a late opening time on Sunday of 5pm.
Stores at Westfield Garden City
There’s a massive mix of retailers at Garden City. Some of Australia’ biggest brands are here, including:
– David Jones
– Big W.
There’s also over 390 specialty stores, so you can imagine the range on offer. Anything you want, there’s a chance you can find it at Westfield Garden City.
Dining and Entertainment
According to Tripadvisor, there are 104 food outlets within 1.2 kilometres of Garden City. That’s a lot of choice, and with most of those being within the mall, we’re confident you’ll find something to satisfy your hunger. Mexican, Thai, Indian, Fusion, Modern, it’s all here… from fast food to pub food and everything in between.
If you’re looking for the ultimate cinema experience, then Event Cinemas at Garden City has you covered. All the latest box office blockbusters on huge screens with amazing sound and the option to go Gold Class… perfect.
There’s other entertainment options on offer too, like a karaoke bar and a bowling centre.
History of Westfield Garden City
Westfield Garden City has been around a long time, just in different incarnations which have grown over the years. Here’s some key developments in its history:
1970: Opening Day. The first version of Garden City had a three-level David Jones, a Mcdonnell and East store, a Woolworths and a BCC library.
1980: Eastern extension included large specialty stores.
1982: Food court added.
1986: Southern extension included a K-mart and more stores.
2000: Outdoor dining and entertainment precinct Town Square added.
2003: Large Western Extension added.
2014: A further massive expansion included a Myer, a Target, an Aldi and approximately 100 specialty stores. This brings us to the Garden City of today.
Why The Henry Wong Team® Loves Westfield Garden City
As you can see from this review, there’s a lot to like. We love the convenience of the centre how easy it is to get to. We love how many options there are for drinking coffee, having a bite to eat or simply having a browse. It’s a great place for business meetings, picking up a gift for a loved one or going on a date.
If you haven’t been to Garden City before, we’d suggest giving it a try. If you’re thinking of moving to Brisbane’s southside, the mall provides a stunning level of convenience to the surrounding suburbs.
Why not get in touch and we can talk about the local real estate? Henry Wong was born and raised in the area, and would be happy to answer all your questions.