Best Things To Do In Salisbury

Salisbury, the old Brisbane industrial suburb of wartime factories and tiny timber workers cottages adjoining Toohey Forest is becoming Brisbane’s newest secret hub of cool, especially in the Ammunition Factory precinct.

In this historic industrial zone, where the weapons and artillery of Australia’s World War II effort were manufactured under cover, the quaint back streets with names like Chrome and Machinery Drive, are quietly coming to life again. Here, old wartime factories and sheds are being converted into funky cafes, a microbrewery and vintage shopping haunts.

Add to this some very affordable post-war worker's cottages and ex-military housing estates and a stunning forest reserve with walking tracks and city views and the proximity to the CBD and Griffith University and it's easy to see why Salisbury is being discovered.

Here are 10 of the best things to do in this unique southside suburb:

Macondo Café is a leafy little slice of Colombia, hidden in the backstreets of industrial Salisbury, serving authentic Colombian cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Ballistic Beer Co is a cool suburban brewery, set in an old World War II-era shed in the historic, industrial suburb of Salisbury
Reload Espresso adds another notch to Salisbury's cool cafe scene, serving excellent espresso and good grub in a gorgeous, historic setting.
The Old Boathouse Warehouse is an Aladdin’s cave of antique and vintage pieces housed in a Salisbury World War II era shed
Sleepy Salisbury has a cute, new cafe to wake up to - Hedge Espresso - serving top-notch coffee roasted locally
Readers of all ages will get a kick out of this not-for-profit bookstore in an industrial southside estate. Housed in an old Salisbury grenade factory, this cute store houses a huge collection of books, including a colourful kids' zone
Cups and Wells is a spiffy specialty coffee café found in Salisbury serving locally roasted coffee by Wolff Coffee Roasters
Buried in a tiny 1960s shopping strip in Salisbury is this rustic country style gem of a foodie's cafe
Here’s a rare chance to buy confectionary fresh from the factory – Kellys Candy makes scrumptious peanut brittle, Rocky Road, fudge, honeycomb, coconut ice and Turkish Delight

Salisbury is the gateway to the Mayne Estate part of Toohey Forest Reserve where, in a corner of the Ammunition Factory area at Pentex Rd a bush track leads to an lookout with stunning vistas

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