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

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Natalie January 31, 2016 at 12:09 pm

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 at 9:24 pm

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 at 6:51 am

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 at 10:24 am

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 at 10:40 pm

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
Victoria point

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 at 9:47 pm

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 at 3:03 am

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 at 9:51 am

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 at 3:38 pm

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 at 2:35 am

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 at 8:33 am

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.


BobinOz January 28, 2016 at 8:28 pm

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 at 9:32 pm

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 at 2:33 am

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 at 7:39 am

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?


BobinOz January 26, 2016 at 12:20 am

No, not really, I’ve quite got used to it. I would prefer it to be lighter later, but it isn’t in Queensland. Stupid thing is it’s light at 5 o’clock in the morning, maybe even 4:30 AM. Way too early in my view, we’d be better off putting the clocks forward like they do in NSW in summer.

But it’s not the Queensland way.

You’ll find more information here…


Stephanie January 16, 2016 at 9:40 pm

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 at 3:08 am

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 at 1:36 am

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 at 1:49 am

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


BobinOz January 15, 2016 at 9:19 pm

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 at 1:29 am

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 at 1:21 am

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


BobinOz January 19, 2016 at 4:39 pm

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.


Madina Mussagy January 14, 2016 at 7:58 am

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.

Madina Mussagy


BobinOz January 14, 2016 at 7:38 pm

It would be impossible for me to estimate your chances of finding work, these are not the best of times. See…

Please also be aware that you would need a visa that specifically allows you to work here during your stay and they are not easy to get. I’d be looking into that first if I were you. See my page about Visas.


Gary January 14, 2016 at 6:05 am

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.




BobinOz January 14, 2016 at 7:32 pm

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 at 9:57 pm

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.


Ally January 8, 2016 at 4:10 am


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.



Thuy Le January 11, 2016 at 12:24 am

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 at 5:16 pm

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 at 5:11 pm

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
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 at 9:01 pm

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 at 12:24 am

Hi Bob – many thanks for your helpful comments. ?


Rachael Guest February 1, 2016 at 10:00 pm

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 at 11:21 pm

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


Bruce February 1, 2016 at 11:44 pm

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 at 10:26 pm

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 at 2:31 am

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 at 6:13 pm

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 .
Lydiah .


BobinOz December 22, 2015 at 9:44 pm

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 at 10:45 pm

Much appreciated .
Thank you!


Nayan December 16, 2015 at 8:39 pm

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 at 8:05 pm

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 at 1:48 pm

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 at 9:37 pm

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 at 11:36 pm

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


BobinOz December 7, 2015 at 7:21 pm

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 at 7:46 pm

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 at 9:50 pm

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 at 8:59 pm

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 at 5:24 pm

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


BobinOz November 23, 2015 at 7:52 pm

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 at 6:17 am

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?



BobinOz November 6, 2015 at 6:57 pm

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 at 11:35 pm

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,



BobinOz October 28, 2015 at 11:32 pm

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 at 12:37 am

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


BobinOz October 29, 2015 at 11:15 pm

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 at 11:35 pm

Sandgate has no sand? What a scandal! Hence the name I suppose :-) Cheers


BobinOz November 1, 2015 at 8:33 pm

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…

You will see pictorial evidence of the sand in the third photo from the bottom. :-)


Matt November 2, 2015 at 8:33 pm

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,


BobinOz November 3, 2015 at 12:14 am

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 at 9:35 pm

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 at 9:49 pm

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 at 7:21 pm

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 at 11:25 pm

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 at 12:56 pm

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


BobinOz October 15, 2015 at 8:58 pm

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 at 9:16 pm

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.


BobinOz October 13, 2015 at 9:16 pm

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 at 5:42 pm

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 at 7:28 pm

Thanks Bob, your website is of great help, cheers


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