Brisbane

Living in Brisbane

Brisbane South BankBrisbane is the capital of Queensland and Australia’s third largest city. It has a population of around 2.24 million and is located right in the middle on the east coast. Except it isn’t quite on the coast. It was built on the Brisbane River about 15 kms in from the Pacific Ocean.Brisbane Location

A quick glance at any map of Australia will convince you that all the major cities, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane are all on the beach. They all are, except Brisbane, which is on a mangrove. Perhaps that’s why Brisbane only came 20th in the Economist’s Intelligence Unit’s 2014 Liveability Survey. But London only made 51st, so…..

Any shoreline about 15 kms either side of the mouth of the Brisbane River is a mangrove. Mangroves are intertidal trees and shrubs growing on tropical and subtropical shores. Basically, trees growing on mud. They are highly productive ecosystems, but you can’t build a sand castle on them.

But you’ll still need to bring your bucket and spade, because Brisbane is ideally located for both the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. This accessibility to beaches is one reason why Brisbane pulls in so many tourists. It also has the benefit of a cooler inland climate.

Surfers Paradise (Gold Coast, south of Brisbane), one of Australia’s best know beaches, is about an hour and 10 minutes drive and Caloundra (Sunshine Coast, north) about an hour and a half. The closest sandy beaches to Brisbane are at Redcliffe (north) and Southport (south).

The city itself is very modern, clean and compact. It is easy to navigate and has its own man made “beach” at South Bank Parklands.

What’s the weather like?

Brisbane Annual Weather ChartBrisbane boasts, on average, around seven hours of sunshine each day. It doesn’t really have a “proper” winter, so if shorts and T-shirt are your thing, you can wear them all year round.

The only time it gets anything like resembling “cold”, is usually around July and August at night time when you may, on occasions, need to find some jog bottoms or a jumper to see you through those winter evenings.

Possible severe weather around the Brisbane area could include cyclones and some flooding. So be especially careful where you choose to settle. Brisbane Council has produced a flood areas map which you can download by specific area from  Brisbane Council’s website.

You may also want to check out my post called Brisbane and Queensland Floods: Should We Avoid Living There? Here’s a clue though, Brisbane is where I live and I love it.

You may think this all looks pretty straight forward, but I didn’t describe them as “sprawling suburbs” for nothing. These areas break down into around 80 or more postcodes and each postcode can have 2, 3 or more places to live. All in all, there are about 250 different places around Brisbane that you can choose from to live.

What’s Brisbane Like?

  • Please note: Brisbane is no longer Australia’s fastest-growing city as stated in the commentary, it was a few years ago, but it’s not now.

Brisbane Suburbs Map:

Brisbane Map
The sprawling suburbs can be divided up into 5 areas as follows.

  • Inner Brisbane – Including City, Inner North, Inner South, Inner East and Inner West
  • Northern Suburbs – Including Moreton Bay Islands, Northern Suburbs, North Eastern Suburbs, North Western Suburbs, Outer North Eastern Suburbs and Outer Northern Suburbs
  • Southern Suburbs – Including South Eastern Suburbs, South Western Suburbs and Southern Suburbs
  • Eastern Suburbs – Including Bayside Suburbs and Eastern Suburbs
  • Western Suburbs – Including Outer Western Suburbs and Western Suburbs

Rent or Buy…

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If you are looking to rent or buy a property in Brisbane, LJ Hooker can help. Please click the links below to search for properties in this area…

Properties for rent in Brisbane

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Or, if you have a question about this area, please ask it in the comments below…

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  • Mohammad Mukarram April 18, 2016, 6:24 am | Link

    Hi Bob

    Nice to read your answers to the queries, thanks for your great help.
    I am currently working in Auckland, NEW ZEALAND as IT Sr. Technical Support Engineer and planning to move to Australia by next year. I am in 40’s and got 4 children, 3 of them are teenagers. My friends advised me to move to Brisbane as it has got cheap and best houses to buy and live. What suburbs do you recommend SAFE and Best? Need to live close to city considering Job and children’s study.

    Do you know where i can look for cheap and good properties? I mean websites.

    Appreciate your answers.

    Thanks

    Mohammad
    mdmukarram2012@gmail.com

    • BobinOz April 18, 2016, 9:04 pm | Link

      I can’t think of any suburb in Brisbane that I would describe as unsafe, but we do have a few suburbs that are socially or economically challenged. If house prices seem extraordinarily cheap in a suburb, that’s probably the reason.

      If you want to look for somewhere to live, there is a link at the foot of the above article to properties in Brisbane and you’ll get more information and links on my pages Cost of Buying or Renting a House in Australia and Which Suburb?.

      Of course, the closer you get to the city the more expensive housing will get, so you may want to consider living further out in order to secure a cheaper property. Good luck, Bob

      • Mohammad Mukarram April 19, 2016, 6:49 am | Link

        Thanks Bob for your great suggestion. One more question please: Can New Zealand Citizen buy a property in Australia? Can NZ Resident buy the same? Are there any restrictions in buying properties? We are planning to move by end of next year and our Citizenship is due by May 2017.

  • Charles Nankin April 10, 2016, 3:55 am | Link

    Renting 1 month in August for work recon experience with two small daughters 4 and 2 and no car. Husband working in Woolloongabba near Dutton Park station. I would very much appreciate ideas of a suitable neighbourhood – ie. house with a garden, access to public transport and kids activities. 1st time in Australia. Not used to public transport! Kind thanks,

    • BobinOz April 10, 2016, 8:18 pm | Link

      Are you saying you want to rent for one month? If that’s the case, you may be quite restricted, so I’d just get anywhere you can that is close to the transport you need. There aren’t any bad areas around there, so don’t worry about that.

      • Charles Nankin April 11, 2016, 7:13 am | Link

        ja they will rent thru AirBnb which today has many properties to choose from. Thanks for your site,

  • thomas April 7, 2016, 2:02 pm | Link

    Hi Bob
    I am living in Melbourne since 2007 and found that cold weather here is becoming a problem for my kids. Is that true that Brisbane is the best place to live, if you don’t like cold weather? i lived in asia for the last 30 years so I am not worried about humidity. which suburb are better and especially free from floods ,if I want to buy a home there.
    thanks
    Thomas

  • Amy April 6, 2016, 12:50 pm | Link

    Hi Bob, thanks for creating this awesome blog its so useful for people looking to move to Brisbane. We are looking at buying a cheap 3 or 4 bedroom rental property in Brisbane. What do you think of the areas around strathpine, bray park, bald hill… any areas you recommend? Thanks

    • BobinOz April 6, 2016, 7:24 pm | Link

      Thanks Amy, I’m glad you like it.

      I don’t really know the suburbs you’ve mentioned well enough to comment, although I have been to them. They seemed okay to me, but driving through them isn’t the same as living in them.

      So hopefully someone with more experience can help you out here, anybody know about these suburbs?

      If property prices up there are good for you, then there’s really not much wrong with the location with good access to shopping centres, Brighton and Redcliffe for the coast, countryside to the west and there’s even a Costco at North Lakes for cheap petrol and shopping. It’s not too far from the city either. So it’s probably as good an area as any.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Amber March 28, 2016, 7:23 pm | Link

    Hi Bob. I have been visiting your website for months now and have found it extremely helpful. I moved Australia almost 6 months back with my 10 year old and my husband, and landed in Melbourne . We found it too cold and moved to Sydney after a few months. Now we ‘re finding Sydney too expensive to buy a house , as we want to be near the beaches but have good public schools around too. So we ‘re looking into Brisbane now. Kindly suggest good suburbs near beaches and schools, so we can make the most of our exploring Brisbane trip that we ‘re planning.cheers.

    • BobinOz March 29, 2016, 6:35 pm | Link

      We don’t really have great beaches in Brisbane, our coastline is mostly mangrove. You’ll find a tiny bit of sand at Manly, Brighton and Redcliffe, but not much else where. Golden sandy beaches are in the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast, both about an hour or so drive from Brisbane.

      So you will probably want to place yourself within easy access to drive to one or other of those areas, I have pages about each of them under my Australian Cities heading in the menu. To research schools, check out my page Which school?

      Good luck with your search, Bob

  • Deb Fels March 6, 2016, 7:42 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    Your blog is terrific and insightful. I will be coming to QUT in Brisbane from Toronto, Canada for my sabbatical between Aug. 2016 and June 2017. I will have 3 adult children with me doing working holidays. I need to find a place to live and would very much appreciate a recommendation. I would like to be within a 40 min commute if possible and have a reasonable rent (<$500 PW). Any suggestions?

    Thanks so much.
    – Deb

    • BobinOz March 6, 2016, 11:56 pm | Link

      Hi Deb, glad you like 🙂

      I suggest your adult children run free and travel as much of Australia as possible, that’s what the WHV is all about. They really need to be hitting the east coast and enjoying our beaches south of Brisbane down to the Gold Coast and the NWS coastline.

      That’s what I’d be suggesting to them anyway.

      As for where to live for you, depends what you want out of a suburb. Coast, countryside, nightlife, shopping, cafe culture? You’ll find a lots of helpful links on my page called Which Suburb? You will also find a good deal of help in the comments on this page.

      • Claudia March 12, 2016, 2:48 pm | Link

        Hi Bob,
        Your link to Which Suburbs doesn’t work. Have you removed it?

        Thx
        Claudia

        • BobinOz March 14, 2016, 4:46 pm | Link

          No, it’s working, it was possibly a temporary Internet connection problem your end. Try again, it should be fine.

  • Alicia March 3, 2016, 8:09 pm | Link

    Hey Bob
    I am from Chch and me my husband and 4 month son are moving to Brisbane to get away from the quakes and for a better life.
    I work in retail so need to know what areas around Brisbane cbd are kid friendly with good source of transport as my mum is moving with us and doesn’t drive which limits our search. Any help would be a dream. – thanks!

    • BobinOz March 3, 2016, 9:34 pm | Link

      Check out Chermside and Indooroopilly, both have main bus terminals and massive retail shopping centres.

      • alicia March 4, 2016, 8:09 pm | Link

        Have you heard anything about springfield lakes?

        • BobinOz March 6, 2016, 9:04 pm | Link

          Yes, it’s very much a new town, lots of new buildings going up and lots of land being released for building over the next 10 years. I spoke to a friend of mine about this over the weekend, he sells property in Springfield Lakes, he tells me it has a population of around 35,000 at the moment but will end up with around 150,000 people.

          Plot sizes are very small compared with what you might get elsewhere, but then houses are cheaper as well. That’s all I know, but I hope it helps a bit.

  • Ben February 29, 2016, 6:08 pm | Link

    Hi Bob – hope all is well!

    I wrote to you a couple of years ago with regards to moving to Brisbane from Melbourne. We decided to stay in Melbourne at the time but have now decided to finally make the move.

    I’m going to be up this weekend checking out some suburbs. Planning on visiting Petrie, The Gap, bayside areas such as Cleveland, Springfield Lakes and the West – the area I’m drawn to most.

    No doubt I’ll be working in the CBD. Can you advise on what the commute would be like from west suburbs such as Bellbowrie and Moggil? I appreciate there’s no train line, so I’d either be driving or perhaps the bus?

    Thanks in advance!

    • BobinOz March 1, 2016, 12:12 am | Link

      Hi Ben

      People often complain about the commute from Bellbowrie and Moggill into the city, but it has improved vastly over the last few years. The road has been
      upgraded, a new tunnel has been built (toll fees apply) and traffic does move a bit better these days.

      Last time I got a bus into the city during rush hour there was a fast version of the 444, which could get you into the heart of the city in less than an hour using that toll tunnel. I think that service is still running, might be a good idea to check, but it does only run during rush hour each way.

      Driving will probably take you about an hour as well at rush hour although you can do it in 35 minutes during the day, parking in the city would be a problem though if you don’t have a designated space. I don’t know anything about Petrie, but the other areas you mention are quite nice. Springfield Lakes is very new though and expanding rapidly, it’s almost like they’re building a whole new city down there. You’d get a better commute into the city from there as well because it’s all highway. Hope that helps, Bob

      • Ben March 1, 2016, 7:43 am | Link

        That’s a great help – many thanks!

      • Liam Dennett March 27, 2016, 9:47 pm | Link

        Hi Bob,
        I’m currently awaiting my visa and my wife and I are looking to move to Brisbane, where would you recommend living?? as we both like to live near to the city centre but like to be in a residential area.

        Thank you

        Liam

        • BobinOz March 29, 2016, 5:54 pm | Link

          Bulimba, New Farm (more for the young and trendy) and Paddington are all very nice residential areas close to the city. That’s where I would start my search if I were you. Good luck, Bob

  • Mark February 22, 2016, 3:02 am | Link

    Hi Bob!

    I’ll be starting work in Caboolture in April and I’m looking for a place to rent which is in between Caboolture and the CBD. My wife will definitely be commuting daily to the CBD either by train or by car (when our finances allows us to).

    We do not have any kids at the moment. So we don’t specifically need to get a place near a school. I have looked at Petrie and Geebung. But I cant find much information online apart from what I see on google maps.

    Any suggestions? Our main priority is the ease to commute around. If its located near a train line, that’ll be fantastic!

    • BobinOz February 22, 2016, 6:54 pm | Link

      I don’t really know that side of the city well enough to advise, but you will get some very useful information about suburbs by using the links recommended on my page called Which Suburb?

      Hopefully though somebody else who knows that area better my add to these comments.

      • Stephen McBride February 29, 2016, 10:40 am | Link

        Hello Bob,

        Just came across your blog. It’s a great resource for all things Australia and it’s excellent the way you have recorded your findings and experiences.

        Myself and my girlfriend are currently living in Auckland. We moved here from Ireland 1 year ago and are considering moving to Brisbane in late August. I work in finance and she is involved in building compliance. I have a few questions regarding Brisbane and would love to hear your thoughts.

        What is the current jobs market like? Is the best way to go through the agencies or do firms hire directly? We would be looking for contract work as we would be on a working holiday visa. What are some good area to rent? I am thinking 500 p.w would get you a decent 1 bed, much the same as Auckland.

        How long did it take you to get setup when you moved over? Would be looking to hot the ground running which is mainly just the jobs and property.

        Thank you for your time.

        Regards

        • BobinOz February 29, 2016, 11:46 pm | Link

          The job market in Australia isn’t particularly good at the moment, although I can’t give you any personal insights because being self-employed I haven’t looked for a job since moving here.

          You might want to have a look at this post…

          http://www.bobinoz.com/blog/17033/whats-it-really-like-trying-to-find-a-job-in-australia-2015/

          As for renting, you should be able to get a one bed apartment for less than $500 per week, I suggest looking around New Farm area, it’s close to the city and it’s where mostly the young people hang out and obviously you’re young as you’re coming over on a WHV.

          If you want to hit the ground running though, getting a job is going to be your biggest problem so anything you can do before you get here to secure some work would be a massive help. Good luck, Bob

          • Stephen McBride March 1, 2016, 10:45 am | Link

            Thanks for the reply.

            Yes, with the Chinese slowdown all the resource economies will take a hit. Same story when we moved to Auckland, very quiet but you find work. Yes we are both 23, my job is classed as skilled employment so we have the option to stay here but feel life would be more enjoyable in Brisbane.

            That’s good news on the rent, we would be looking to live somewhere within 30 min commute from the center which was quiet and was nice.

            I will contact the recruitment agencies and some of the bigger firms to see what opening they have. Much like anywhere there is only a certain stage you can get to without being there.

            I will have a read of your articles on the suburbs and jobs as these are the main two items to sort first, a good butchery a close third.

            Regards

            • BobinOz March 1, 2016, 4:42 pm | Link

              Good butchers = Meixner’s Quality Meats in The Gap

  • Natalie February 11, 2016, 9:58 am | Link

    Hello!
    Interesting article thanks for the info – I am making the move from Sydney to Brisbane in around April. I will be working at the Airport and want to live within a reasonable commute to work (40 minutes or so is fine if need be at a max). I have been looking at suburbs like Cleveland and Ormiston as I am not a huge city goer and would really like the relaxed/close to water life. I originally wanted to be on the Gold Coast but work has presented itself at the airport and I cannot pass it up.
    I am a 26 year old female who enjoys local nice bars, pubs and restaurants to eat at. I want to make sure I move to an area that is suitable for someone my age (I am not a party animal but I enjoy social life). I also have two large staffies and I walk them everyday for around an hour. They are fish out of water and love being active so I want to be in a nice walking area and access to water not too far. If anyone can give me their advice on these suburbs, or even suggest suburbs that sound like they suit around my wants and age group I would be super appreciative.

    Thanks, Natalie 🙂

  • Nikkie February 9, 2016, 3:21 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    Thanks for the really helpful site! We are relcoating to Brisbane from Darwin in about 7 weeks time and I am feeling overwhelmed trying to find somewhere to rent! It will be me, my partner, 5 year old son and 2 small dogs. My partner is working at the airport and I will more than likely be in the CBD. I am from the UK and would prefer somewhere leafy green and family friendly with a good primary school, our budget is $650 per week. We have been spoilt by short commute times in Darwin and I am worried we will pick an area that takes forever to get to work! Can you please recommend some areas (or areas to avoid) that are within 30-40 minutes commute to the airport? We have been looking around Bracken Ridge, Bridgeman Downs, Eaton’s Hill- but I think the commute will just be too far from here? Thank you so much for your help 🙂 Nikkie

    • BobinOz February 9, 2016, 9:27 pm | Link

      Well, leafy green is Samford Village way, it’s the right side of the city but I’m not sure what the commute would be like to the airport or the city. Close to Bracken Ridge is Sandgate, I think it’s on the train line to the city and I think it’s another suburb worth a look, although it’s not really leafy green.

      That’s probably the areas I’d be looking at, but I don’t know enough about the suburbs you’ve mentioned to comment, maybe somebody else will stop by and help out.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Libby February 9, 2016, 1:52 pm | Link

    Hi we are relocating to Brisbane from a Sydney in June and I don’t know where to start when it comes to looking at areas to rent. We have a new baby and would like a family friendly area. My partner will be working on the south bank. We would also like a house or townhouse, something with a yard. Or if we look at the Gold Coast what’s a good area to commute to Brisbane and how long would it take. Thanks for your help.

    • Natalie February 9, 2016, 2:23 pm | Link

      Hi Libby, I wouldn’t recommend Gold Coast to Brisbane as the Commute will be at least over 1hr or longer depending on traffic. How much are you looking at paying in rent and what are you after(3-4bdr, near the water or not). Forestlake comes to mind, Beautiful area about a 20min commute to Southbank. Look it up to get a little bit of a idea of the area

      • Libby February 9, 2016, 2:59 pm | Link

        We were happy to pay 400-550/week. We wouldn’t mind been near water but also would like to look at places close to the city

        • Natalie February 9, 2016, 3:40 pm | Link

          You would get a awesome place at forestlake for that amount.

          https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g255068-i461-k971110-What_are_the_top_10_suburbs_to_live_in_in_order-Brisbane_Brisbane_Region_Queensland.htm look at this link for some more great areas close to the city.

          • BobinOz February 9, 2016, 9:10 pm | Link

            Natalie is right Libby, I would not advise commuting from the Gold Coast to Brisbane, even if you think an hour doesn’t sound too bad. It is, it will drive you mad.

            Western suburbs is also worth a look, anywhere from Kenmore out to Moggill, the further out the bigger your back garden will be and your house. Good area to bring up kids. It would have to be the bus or car to work though, there is no train line in those suburbs and it may be a bit further from the city than you’d like.

            Good luck, Bob

  • Natalie January 31, 2016, 12:09 pm | Link

    Hi Bob I live on the south west of brisbane and want a sea change, I was thinking Sunshine coast but thats probably more expensive and not so many jobs, so my next option was the Bayside Thornlands, Capalaba etc. I have 4 children 13yrs-2yrs and one of which needs a special school (9yrs) I need a goodarea to raise children (hence moving from the south west).

    Whats your opinions

    • BobinOz January 31, 2016, 9:24 pm | Link

      I’ve driven around those areas Natalie, they seem nice enough to me, but I really don’t know what it would be like to live there or what the schools are like. I wouldn’t have thought it would be any cheaper than Sunshine Coast either, have you checked out the prices thoroughly?

      If you want a sea change, the Sunshine Coast would be a better choice than moving to another part of Brisbane. At least they have golden sandy beaches 🙂

      • Natalie February 1, 2016, 6:51 am | Link

        Yes I’ve checked out the prices and it is cheaper, And I know what schools are available am happy with those.
        The only issue with the Sunshine Coast is the work available, most commute to Brisbane – Correct me if am wrong.
        If anyone has got anymore input regarding the Bayside It would be greatly appreciated TIA

        • Catherine February 1, 2016, 10:24 am | Link

          Hi Natalie,
          I live in the bayside at Lota. I have a daughter at the local primary school which I LOVE. There is a special school here too (Darling Point Special School) which is great. We have lots of parks, definitely a strong community feel and we live by the bay. You should know though – not a beach! The bay when the tide goes out is mudflats. Still heaps of fun for kids to play and explore but def not sandy! Wellington Point has a sandy beach if that’s what you’re looking for and they have some great schools in Birkdale/Wellington point area too. Why don’t you go for a drive, spend the day out this way and see what you think?

          • Natalie February 1, 2016, 10:40 pm | Link

            Thankyou Catherine I’ve been able to gather a bit more information and have a short list of Suburbs I would like to drive by,
            Wellington point
            Birkdale
            Thornside
            Thornlands
            Cleveland
            Wakerly
            Victoria point
            Cleveland

            Am not after sandy beaches the bay as it is will be just perfect, I’d love to live in Lota or Manly but I think its a bit out of my price range.
            Thankyou so much Catherine 🙂

    • Rachael Guest February 1, 2016, 9:47 pm | Link

      Hi Natalie,
      Have you considered working from home? I’ve just found out how to earn flexibly from home to top up my current income, it might be just the thing for you if you’re interested in health, beauty, wellness, fitness. Drop me an email I’ll be happy to tell you about it. Regards, Rachael.

  • Rohan January 26, 2016, 3:03 am | Link

    Hi Bob ,
    We are looking to finally moving to Brisbane in September this year
    We have gotten our little boy in year 1 an admission at st.anglican church grammar school “churchie” in east Brisbane . Unfortunately my job looks to be in burpengary . Is this commute ok to do ? People tell me I will be travelling in the opposite direction to traffic , is this true ?
    What would be a good suburb to choose to Make it easier for school and work . Someone suggested cannon hill , which looks fine for school
    But not sure for my work as looks to be a 45 km commute . I will have a car but don’t fancy spending a lot of time in traffic .
    Any help in this direction would be most appreciated

    • Catherine January 26, 2016, 9:51 am | Link

      Hi. South side to Burpengary is a pretty big commute. If your work place is fixed, I would consider looking at schools and houses on the North side of town. You would be going against traffic where you are but it can still get tight over the gateway bridge. If you can eliminate that, it will be a cruisier commute. Check out northern suburbs and see what you think.

      • BobinOz January 27, 2016, 3:38 pm | Link

        I agree with Catherine, it’s a very long commute. You could cut it in half if you live somewhere near Sandgate, north-east of Brisbane.

        • Rohan Rao January 28, 2016, 2:35 am | Link

          Hi Catherine, thanks for the info. That has saved me from making a rash decision?
          Are there any comparable schools to ‘Churchie’ in the north? The only other one i came across was brisbane boys grammar but that only enrols from year 5. We were super keen on schools as being a factor in our desicion making and i could try looking for jobs elsewhere. it would take a bit more time though!.
          Thanks Bob as always. However i think the commute from sandgate to churchie would be far too? Should i look for other schools, difficult to make a comparison online?

          • Catherine January 28, 2016, 8:33 am | Link

            Hi Rohan,
            If your work is fixed, then the school might have to be the thing that moves. Are you set on private schools? Our public education system is pretty good. If private school is your thing, here is a guide – check out anything in Brisbane North. My daughter also in yr one this year. We just started school yesterday.
            http://Www.privateschoolsguide.com/BrisbanePrivate-Schools

            • BobinOz January 28, 2016, 8:28 pm | Link

              Yes Rohan, sorry, I should have made it clearer but when I suggested Sandgate, I was thinking that you should also select a school nearer to that suburb. Otherwise you’ll be driving all over the place.

              As Catherine says, our public education is pretty good as well, I think going private doesn’t really come into play until senior school, if at all. Many public schools have equal or better performance records than private schools.

              You might want to check out my page called Which school?

            • Rohan Rao January 28, 2016, 9:32 pm | Link

              Work is not fixed (luckily in a position that i can choose from a few places where i can work. Has to be in DWS areas around the city though so not so close to the CBD.) you are right i need to research into schools a bit more. Was in the lazy framework of just selecting from one of the elite schools and then atleast not getting it wrong. will look into it a bit more now

      • Rohan Rao January 28, 2016, 2:33 am | Link

        Hi Catherine, thanks for the info. That has saved me from making a rash decision?
        Are there any comparable schools to ‘Churchie’ in the north? The only other one i came across was brisbane boys grammar but that only enrols from year 5. We were super keen on schools as being a factor in our desicion making and i could try looking for jobs elsewhere. it would take a bit more time though!

  • Marina January 24, 2016, 7:39 am | Link

    Hi Bob! Thank you for this great website. Sunset in Brisbane is about 19h at January, do you miss day length from London on summer?

  • Stephanie January 16, 2016, 9:40 pm | Link

    Hi Bob!
    What a cool site! My boyfriend and I are thinking about relocating to Australia from Israel and your site has givin me a ton of information- thank you so much!
    I started going through places to live but would stilk like to ask you- we would like to live close to a beautiful beach is there a certain city you recommend?
    Thanks 🙂

    • BobinOz January 18, 2016, 3:08 am | Link

      Oh my word, we have beaches everywhere! What sort of beach do you want? Busy? Quiet? If I were you, check out my page A Quick Guide to Choosing a City in Australia and see what takes your fancy.

      If you are only considering major cities, your choice is between Perth, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne. Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are additional considerations if you don’t want a major city.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Alice January 15, 2016, 1:36 am | Link

    Hi Bob! Was hoping for some advice on which are the most family friendly suburbs in Brisbane. We are looking at moving out from the UK and want somewhere with great facilaties and education. We’re very open minded but do not want to be somewhere really rural or a long drive away from good shops. Hope you can help. Thanks Alice

    • Trent Dickinson January 15, 2016, 1:49 am | Link

      HI Alice, same situation as you let me know how you get on and what stage you are at

      • BobinOz January 15, 2016, 9:19 pm | Link

        Almost every suburb is family friendly in Brisbane, you just have to realise that the closer you get to the city the smaller the house plots become and as a result of that, there is less room for the kids to play in.

        That said, Brisbane is overflowing with parks, the mayor set a target a couple years ago of, I think, having a park within 500 m walk of everywhere. Where I live is very family friendly, but I think it will be too rural for you. I really don’t know enough about all the other suburbs to specifically recommend what you’re looking for, so if I were you I would research schools on my page called Which school?

        Once you’ve picked a decent school or choice of schools for the ages of your children, then you can start looking at facilities in those suburbs and take your pick from there.

        Good luck, Bob

        • Alice January 19, 2016, 1:29 am | Link

          Thanks so much for your reply Bob. We have looked into a few suburbs, can you tell me what you think of any of these – Toowong, New Farm and Forest Lakes? Also another question I just cant seem to find the answer to is how do you get a mortgage in Oz? I guess when you first arrive you rent but at what point do you buy a house? How long do you have to be in the country for? Is it a similar system to the UK? Do they use our credit check system? Hope you can help!!

          Much like everyone else leaving comments, we have found your page so so helpful and whole heartedly appreciate you taking the time to advise us on new adventure!

          Thanks again Alice

      • Alice January 19, 2016, 1:21 am | Link

        Will do Trent! All the best with your search!!

        • BobinOz January 19, 2016, 4:39 pm | Link

          New Farm is very trendy, Toowong is a good suburb but lots of students due to the university. I know little of Forest Lakes but think it’s a newish and unusual development, I’ve only driven past. Mortgages are complicated, your best bet is to speak to a broker or mortgage provider, they will guide you.

        • Victoria Hunter February 24, 2016, 2:51 am | Link

          Hi alice.
          We to are in same position. Only at skills assess stage but need decide on state and no clue where to start.

  • Madina Mussagy January 14, 2016, 7:58 am | Link

    Hi Bob,

    I hope you are doing fine.
    I am thinking to move to Australia for a 3 months or a year gap for a different life experience. I am 33 yrs old, born in Mozambique (next to South Africa – Africa), I speak Portuguese fluently and English reasonably and have a degree in civil engineer.

    What are my chances to get a professional job or get a job that can pay my bills while living in Brisbane (seems to be the best city in the world to live in!)? As a professional, I have accumulated 6 yrs of work experience.

    Cheers
    Madina Mussagy

  • Gary January 14, 2016, 6:05 am | Link

    Hi Bob.

    First of all, great website! Been an invaluable source of information so thank you for all the hard work you’ve put in.

    Myself and my wife are looking to move out to Brisbane soon and wanted a bit of advice. We are both early 30’s with no kids as yet and are looking for somewhere that’s near a trainline and within 20 minutes commute to the CBD. We’ve been looking at Nundah as it looks like there is a bit going on there and has a village feel but wondered if there was any other areas (north or south) that you would recommend? We prefer Sunshine Coast to Gold Coast so have been mainly looking for places north of the river but open to suggestions.

    Cheers

    Gary

    • BobinOz January 14, 2016, 7:32 pm | Link

      Thanks Gary, glad you like my website.

      I’m afraid I know nothing about Nundah, but it is in a very good location for the city and for getting onto the motorway for the Sunshine Coast. It’s difficult for me to recommend suburbs I don’t know too much about, but if you have a look through these comments you will see there’s a lot of chatter about suburbs close to the city that have a bit going on.

      From visits, I quite like Sandgate and the surrounding suburbs, but I’m not sure what the commute time is from there. Good luck with your search, Bob

    • Rachael Guest February 1, 2016, 9:57 pm | Link

      Hi Gary,
      I wonder if you and your wife would like to know about a business that you can start in your spare time in the UK and then transfer to Oz to bridge the income gap and get you on your feet once there? I’ve just found out how to earn flexibly from home to top up my current income, it might be just the thing for you if you’re interested in health, beauty, wellness, fitness. Drop me an email I’ll be happy to tell you about it. Regards, Rachael. rachaelforever8@flp.com

  • Ally January 8, 2016, 4:10 am | Link

    Hi,

    I am a 25 year old coming over to work in Brisbane. I will be coming over with my long-term girlfriend who is a Primary School Teacher.

    I do not need to be in Brisbane city centre to work; however I’d like to be able to cycle to/from the CBD.

    We both like good food, cool bars (with good beer/ale) and possibly live music, nearby food markets would be good, we like anything hipster and quite like a bit of a buzz in the air.

    Any advice would be good.

    Cheers,
    Ally

    • Thuy Le January 11, 2016, 12:24 am | Link

      Hi Ally,

      West End will definitely tick your criteria for markets, live music and that buzz you’re after. Will definitely be able to cycle to the CBD. Heaps of markets in the area and within 10 minute drive.

      Annerley is also good, a little less busy than West End but is a 5 minute drive to West End and CBD.

      Good luck

      • BobinOz January 11, 2016, 5:16 pm | Link

        All good suggestions Thuy Le, I’d just probably like to add New Farm, a trendy suburb by the river and I’m pretty sure that river has a very long cycle path all along it.

  • Bruce December 26, 2015, 5:11 pm | Link

    Hi Bob, your comments are very informative.

    merry xmas…:

    I am single dad looking to move to Brisie and perhaps look at a new beginning.

    I mainly do commercial type work (so white collar) Its a daunting exercise at the moment. Anyway, i am need to be part of a family ,environment not too far to a beach and brisbane CBD. so i made a list of a few suburbs:
    Daisy Hill;
    North Lakes
    Griffin
    Mango Hill
    Sandford (which you have mentioned)
    Moggil (which you have mentioned)
    Sunshine coast (perhaps)

    Need to be close to good schools, good shopping centre, health etc and not to far to travel to a train station to hop into the CBD. I know i want it all, i guess i have had it well in Perth.

    What do you think of my list, can you add to it and perhaps comment…
    Thanks Bruce.

    • BobinOz December 30, 2015, 9:01 pm | Link

      Well, I don’t know all of the areas you mention well enough to comment, but I would like to add Sandgate to your list. I believe it is on the train line which will give you good access direct into the CBD.

      There are no decent beaches in Brisbane, but you will find a bit of sand locally at Margate and Redcliffe, not very far from Sandgate. For golden sandy beaches, you’ll need to drive a little further north to at least Caloundra or maybe Mooloolaba.

      Sandgate itself looks like a nice suburb, a couple of pubs, a few cafes and some other things going on there. Hope that helps, Bob

      • Bruce December 31, 2015, 12:24 am | Link

        Hi Bob – many thanks for your helpful comments. ?

    • Rachael Guest February 1, 2016, 10:00 pm | Link

      Hi Bruce,
      Sounds like you need a change all round. Would you like to know about a business that you can start in your spare time in the UK and then transfer to Oz to bridge the income gap and get you on your feet once there? I’ve just found out how to earn flexibly from home to top up my current income, it might be just the thing for you if you’re interested in health, beauty, wellness, fitness. It could also become a new career. Drop me an email I’ll be happy to tell you about it. Regards, Rachael. Email address removed by admin

      • BobinOz February 1, 2016, 11:21 pm | Link

        I’m pretty sure Bruce isn’t that desperate. I bet you’re great fun at parties Rachael.

      • Bruce February 1, 2016, 11:44 pm | Link

        Hahhaa … Thanks – but I don’t think I have been any good at selling beauty products, particularly the waxing type!….thanks for the offer..:-)

  • Scott December 22, 2015, 10:26 pm | Link

    Hi Bob

    Considering the amount of tourism Qld brings, would you be interested in putting Cairns on this website? I know other places like Geelong, Wollongong etc. have more population, but I would be interested in knowing more about advice moving to Cairns.

    • BobinOz December 24, 2015, 2:31 am | Link

      Hi Scott

      Well, in a way I have. The way I’ve set this up is I have each of the state and territory capitals having their own page, then I have a state and territory page which includes information about all towns with more than a 10,000 population.

      So if you want information about living in Cairns, you need to go to my page about Queensland. If you have a look at the comments, I’m pretty sure there’s quite a bit of chat about what it’s like there. If you want to know anything specific about Cairns, just ask on that page, hopefully somebody will help you.

  • Lydiah December 20, 2015, 6:13 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    Just discovered your page today & must say its so informative. Well done & keep up the good work.
    Have lived in Adelaide for the past decade – thank you for the reviews very spot on.My husband just got a job in Bne and we are looking at moving there in the new year. There’s only the 2 of us for now but having been used to the very affordable, spacious , close to everything housing in SA, we are looking for something sort of similar.Any suburbs that you would recommend ? Am leaning more towards western suburbs based on your description of these .
    Any tips much appreciated .
    Thanks
    Lydiah .

    • BobinOz December 22, 2015, 9:44 pm | Link

      If you want more space around you, then yes, western suburbs would be a good pick, it’s certainly very family friendly. Houses are a bit more spaced out, or as they are technically called, low density dwellings.

      Kenmore, Brookfield and Pullenvale are quite expensive, Moggill and Bellbowrie are not. The truth is though that I’m biased towards these suburbs because I live here, and I like it. If I didn’t live here, I’d probably look at Sandgate near the coast on the north-east, or Sandford which is quite rural and spacey to the north-west.

      Good luck with your search and your husband’s new job. Cheers, Bob

      • Lydiah December 22, 2015, 10:45 pm | Link

        Much appreciated .
        Thank you!

  • Nayan December 16, 2015, 8:39 pm | Link

    I’ll be coming as a researcher in USQ. I’d like to rent a small house close to the uni. Can you please provide info about the suburbs I should look into, and approximate costs I should be looking at (I know this one isn’t easy).

    • BobinOz December 17, 2015, 8:05 pm | Link

      I don’t even know which USQ campus you will be at, but whichever one, just stay close to it, that way you will be among the students. As for rental prices, there is a link on every city page, including this one, where you can search rental prices direct yourself.

      • Nayan December 18, 2015, 1:48 pm | Link

        Thank you very much for your reply. I hope you’ve recovered from your surgery and living a happy life again.
        I should be at Springfield, QLD 4300 campus.
        The rental link you provided comes with a single search result (4 bedroom house) for the surrounding suburbs. It is hard to believe to be true scenario on the ground. So it is not that useful.
        Are there budget temporary accommodation options for families newly arriving there? May be you can stay for a couple of weeks while you look for a more permanent option?

        • BobinOz December 18, 2015, 9:37 pm | Link

          Springfield is quite a fast-growing suburb, quite new.

          I reckon you need to be looking for a house share or something, which you should be able to get for something like $150 per week I would think. I’m guessing a bit. Google ‘Gumtree’ and ‘Trading Post’, I think they both have sections on renting a room.

          Good luck, Bob

  • Antonio December 4, 2015, 11:36 pm | Link

    Hey Bob,
    Im moving to Brisbane in this month and I would like to know the best area for football

    • BobinOz December 7, 2015, 7:21 pm | Link

      Do you mean round ball? Quite a few suburbs around Brisbane have soccer teams, so I really don’t think it’s necessary to choose a specific area. If you Google ‘football/soccer clubs in Queensland’ you’ll find a list of clubs that you can search by location. Plenty to choose from.

  • Simon Njagi Gachoki December 3, 2015, 7:46 pm | Link

    am deaf man in kenyan and want support me to move to live and college or job in Australia Brisbane, If God willing, thanks l be wait to hear from you forward to me. thanks God bless.

  • Helen November 29, 2015, 9:50 pm | Link

    Hey Bob,
    Wondering if you have any feedback on Bulimba / Hawthorne area? We are a family with 2 small kids 2yr and 6month old.
    Need easy access to Cbd, most concerned about family safe environment and higher ground area to live to avoid flooding too. Have looked at flood maps

    • BobinOz December 1, 2015, 8:59 pm | Link

      Both of these suburbs are very nice, but close to the river, so do look at those flood maps carefully. They are both safe areas, but being close to the CBD they have busy roads and are high density dwelling areas.

      Not perfect for kids, but if you need to be close to the city, then it’s no good me recommending you live in any of the outer suburbs which offer more open spaces, plenty of parks and less traffic.

  • Gab November 8, 2015, 5:24 pm | Link

    Hi,
    Am looking to move to BNE for a job in a private hospital in Chermside, what is good suburb that is within 1/2 hr travel time ? Am single with no kids, like somewhere safe with nice cafes etc
    Cheers

    • BobinOz November 23, 2015, 7:52 pm | Link

      I don’t really know that area overly well, but if you want to live further out from the city, I really like Sandgate and the surrounding suburbs, they seem to have a great community spirit and one or two trendy bars/cafes. Closer to the city, New Farm, Bulimba, Paddington, Newmarket, Ascot, Windsor, they are all quite lively, with cafe culture, but for sure more expensive to live.

      Hopefully someone who knows that area better than I do my pop in and help you further.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Deirdre November 6, 2015, 6:17 am | Link

    Hi Bob,

    My friend and I are considering moving to Brisbane from Ireland. We both have a degree in Early Childhood Studies.
    We would greatly appreciate your advice, would this city be the best option for us?

    Thanks

    • BobinOz November 6, 2015, 6:57 pm | Link

      It’s impossible for me to know, everybody likes different cities for different reasons. If you’re asking me if it’s a good option for work, then all I can suggest is you use my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship to search for suitable opportunities and try and work out which city offers you the most chances.

      From a personal preference point of view, check out my page called A Quick Guide to Choosing a City in Australia as it might help you decide where to go.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Matt October 27, 2015, 11:35 pm | Link

    Hi Bob

    Moving to Brisbane from the UK next year. Want to live near the beach in a quite area but not Brisbane itself. Within 1 hour’s drive so can commute for work. Where would you recommend please?

    Many thanks,

    Matt

    • BobinOz October 28, 2015, 11:32 pm | Link

      Well, if you want proper golden sandy beaches then your only choice is the Gold Coast or the Sunshine Coast and both would be a horrible commute into Brisbane, certainly more than one hour.

      Margate and Redcliffe have a little bit of sand to the north-east of Brisbane, but you won’t be doing any surfing in the waves from there, it’s in a bay. I think if you choose a place that gives you a one hour commute to work, you’ll still be half hour from a decent beach so you will end up living somewhere that doesn’t satisfy either need.

      Too far from work and too far from the beach.

      • Matt October 29, 2015, 12:37 am | Link

        Thanks for coming back to me Bob. I’ll have a look at Margate and Redcliffe then

        • BobinOz October 29, 2015, 11:15 pm | Link

          Sandgate and Shorncliffe just along the road a bit are worth checking out as well, no sand, but by the coast and nice suburbs.

          • Matt October 29, 2015, 11:35 pm | Link

            Sandgate has no sand? What a scandal! Hence the name I suppose 🙂 Cheers

            • BobinOz November 1, 2015, 8:33 pm | Link

              Sorry Matt, that’s my mistake. Sandgate does indeed have the requisite volume of sand necessary to include the word ‘sand’ within its name under the Australian suburbs regulations act.

              It’s just not the sort of sand you would want to reserve with a beach towel on a hot summer’s day. If you check out this post…

              http://www.bobinoz.com/blog/12939/a-visit-to-sandgate-and-the-einbunpin-festival/

              You will see pictorial evidence of the sand in the third photo from the bottom. 🙂

              • Matt November 2, 2015, 8:33 pm | Link

                Haha very good :-). Sorry to bombard you with questions Bob but what’s your thoughts on Bribie Island? Nice place to live? Was reading it’s 20 min drive to Caboolture then 1 hour into CBD on the train. Do you think that ’20 min drive’ is accurate or does traffic get bad coming over the bridge?

                Thanks again,
                Matt

                • BobinOz November 3, 2015, 12:14 am | Link

                  My understanding of Bribie, and my knowledge is extremely limited, is that ‘I think’ that somebody mentioned to me somewhere that it’s a little bit quiet, a little bit retiree, a little bit campsite holiday-ish.

                  I’m not sure how busy that bridge gets during rush hour or how long it would really take to get to Caboolture, but 20 minutes seems ambitious, especially to do it every day. But you really need to hear from a local who really does know.

                  Can anybody out there help Matt out with this one?

                  • Mike November 20, 2015, 9:35 pm | Link

                    Hi Matt
                    I live on Bribie, yes it is quieter compared to a central city but it has a great surf beach on the east side Woorim, an easy 5 to 10 minute run from any suburb on the island, has a large population of retirees sure but equally their plenty of younger families/people too. Western side has the safe boating & fishing recreational waters of Pumicestone passage. Plenty of clubs shops cafes etc. Easy access north to sunshine coast beaches too. Train at caboolture is 20 25 mins drive to park and ride, great bus service in too rail station and train express service is 55mins. I really love this area and think it is the best kept secret often overlooked by many. Housing too is reasonable too compared to other suburbs.

                    • Matt November 20, 2015, 9:49 pm | Link

                      Excellent Mike. The more I hear the more convinced I am. Quiet is absolutely fine by me. Would prefer it that way. My main concern was the commute to Brisbane. It sounds doable. Commuting almost an hour as it is now in the UK so I’m used to it. Thanks for the post much appreciated.

  • aron October 24, 2015, 7:21 pm | Link

    Hello
    I would like to know as much as possible about Chermside? I brought a 1 bedroom unit off the plan from a very nice speaking gentleman. Now I’m wondering if I did the right thing? Could you tell me How Chermside rates for “Raising a family, Employment, Crime and Schools. Also how is the Real Estate in this area
    Thank you

    • BobinOz October 26, 2015, 11:25 pm | Link

      I don’t know what it’s like to live in Chermside, but I think it will be just fine for all the things you you’re looking at. It’s certainly not a ‘bad area’ and it does have a very large shopping centre, if shopping is your thing.

      You can find out more about suburb demographics on my page called Which Suburb?

      Thanks, Bob

  • Susan October 15, 2015, 12:56 pm | Link

    Hardly impartial Bob are you if you are promoting LJ Hooker. I will not be back.

    • BobinOz October 15, 2015, 8:58 pm | Link

      Being sponsored by a major company like LJ Hooker does not make me biased, I mean, whadyathink? I am the secret agent down under now am I? Everything I’ve written on here is to sell houses for LJ Hooker?

      That’s funny.

      No, being sponsored it’s simply a way of helping to keep this large website running without asking people to pay a subscription. It is quite common for websites to do this.

      For example, I’ve just been to the BBC’s website, when I arrived there was a great big advert right at the top of the page trying to sell me Beats headphones for $495. Yes, dollars, they know I’m in Australia from my IP address. When I went to another page, they tried to sell me a Kia Cerato for $19,999. On the next page, they wanted me to open a bank account with Bankwest.

      I hope you will add the BBC website to your banned list, they are also clearly biased under your criteria. And, while you’re at it, you can probably add almost every other popular website as well as every commercial TV and radio station in the world. Also, be careful which roads and motorways you drive down, most of them have advertising hoardings on the side of the road, so they are obviously biased too. Oh, and don’t download any free apps on your smart phone. They are biased.

      Good luck with your philosophy, although I think you may just have made yourself a housebound Luddite.

  • Dirk October 12, 2015, 9:16 pm | Link

    Hi Bob

    I am thinking of moving from Perth to Brisbane with my family, boy 9 and girl 7 years of age. Where are good areas for families with houses that are spaced out a bit. Was reading that Morayfield is good for families, what is your opinion?
    Want a suburb that is safe with good schools.
    Thanks

    • BobinOz October 13, 2015, 9:16 pm | Link

      I don’t know anything at all about Morayfield other than driving past it on the Bruce Highway. So I couldn’t tell you what it’s like up there, but I do think it is a fair distance away from Brisbane, so far away that it surprises me that it even is a suburb of Brisbane.

      Have a look at places like Sandford, that’s got lots of space around it and looks like a really nice area, but I’m not sure what house prices are like. Or alternatively check out Moggill in the western suburbs, again, plenty of open spaces and a good area to bring up kids.

      My page called Which Suburb? can help you with your research.

      Good luck, Bob

      • BobinOz October 19, 2015, 5:42 pm | Link

        Dirk, I’ve just had a comment come through from somebody called CC, I think it will be of great interest to you, you can read it here.

      • Dirk October 19, 2015, 7:28 pm | Link

        Thanks Bob, your website is of great help, cheers

  • Matt October 11, 2015, 6:08 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    We may be moving to Brisbane in the new year.
    My work would be in Banyo.
    What are some “nice” suburbs that are not too far from there and also the beaches. We would also like to be not too far from Brisbane city.
    Thanks,

    Matt

    • BobinOz October 12, 2015, 6:47 pm | Link

      Sandgate is nice, well worth a look, good location for your work and access to the city. There aren’t any great beaches in Brisbane, although there are beaches of sorts at Brighton and Redcliffe nearby.

      For decent beaches though, head further north about an hour to Caloundra, Mooloolaba or Noosa. Good luck, Bob

  • Riccardo October 6, 2015, 7:41 pm | Link

    HI Bob,
    I’m planning to move from Italy to Brisbane in the next months with my family: we have just obtained a permanent residency visa. I’ll work in Woolloongabba and I’ve been suggested to settle in areas nearby such as Indooroopilly, Graceville, Chelmer or Sherwood. Which is the best in your opinion? Are the rent of house expensive in these areas? Are there other areas that you would suggest?
    We have a 15 year child and I’ve been suggested to enrol him at Milpera School for
    an intense English course. After that, he may be enrolled in another High School that may provide intermediate courses (EALD). Enrolment in a High School is strictly
    limited to children living in the catchment area. Considering that Indooroopilly High School seems highly qualified, we would prefer this area to settle.
    Your advice regarding these thoughts and considerations is very welcome. Congratulations for your website: I found it very useful.
    Thanks.

    Riccardo

    • BobinOz October 7, 2015, 5:45 pm | Link

      All the areas you mention are pretty good, there’s not much between them. Just don’t get a house to close to the river, check the Brisbane flood maps (link above).

      Indooroopilly High School is very good, but so also is Kenmore State High and the suburbs surrounding that are all very nice as well. For prices, there is a link (also above) you can click on to get rental prices in the area.

      Good luck with your search, Bob

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