Inner Brisbane

Living in Inner Brisbane

The five districts in Inner Brisbane are City, Inner East, Inner North, Inner South and Inner West. A full list of all the suburbs within these districts are at the end of this page.

These are the suburbs of Inner Brisbane:

City

  • Bowen Hills, Fortitude Valley, New Farm, Newstead, Brisbane CBD, Spring Hill

Inner East

  • Cannon Hill, Morningside, Murarrie, Norman Park, Seven Hills, Balmoral
  • Bulimba, Hawthorne, Ascot, Clayfield, Hamilton, Coorparoo
  • East Brisbane, Kangaroo Point, Woolongabba

Inner North

  • Herston, Kelvin Grove, Ashgrove, Red Hill, Alderly, Grange
  • Newmarket, Wilston, Windsor, Albion, Lutwyche, Wooloowin

Inner South

  • Highgate Hill, Southbank, South Brisbane, West End, Camp Hill, Carina, Carina Heights

Inner West

  • Bardon, Paddington, Auchenflower, Milton

Do you live in this area? Tell us about your town or suburb in the comments below…

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  • Sweta March 21, 2017, 9:28 pm | Link

    Hi my husband and my sonmwill dependent on m, my son is year 8 how much is the school fees
    ,thank you

    • BobinOz March 22, 2017, 8:47 pm | Link

      That depends on the school and also the type of visa you will be here on.

  • Marika January 3, 2017, 8:14 pm | Link

    Hey Bob,

    I am an international student coming to Brisbane for a semester in February. I’ll be studying at the Kelvin Grove campus of QUT. I am a pretty social person and would prefer to stay somewhere close to bars, restaurants and shopping. I have heard that the areas around Kelvin Grove are a little quiet and things tend to shut early. Is this true? Would I have a better time staying somewhere around Spring Hill? Any advice would be appreciated!

    Thank you!

    • BobinOz January 3, 2017, 10:34 pm | Link

      Yes, I think you would, Spring Hill would be a good base to get to the livelier Fortitude Valley through to New Farm and the CBD. Paddington and West End are other lively night time entertainment areas along with Chinatown. To be honest with you, I’m not sure how lively Spring Hill itself is, but it certainly well located to get to the fun and the main street there, Wickham Terrace, is quite busy itself. Good luck with your studies, Bob

  • Yannick December 29, 2016, 11:27 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    Thank you for al the information on your blog. It’s really helping me in my orientation prior to moving to Brisbane. As I read in the comments you have quite a lot knowledge about the suburbs, so I hope you can help me with my question.

    I’m going to study at Griffith (Nathan Campus) and I am looking for a place to stay together with my wife for 18 months. We tend to live a healthy life and appreciate thought for organic food, different kitchens and facillities for fitness, such as gyms, yoga schools etc. Besides that, we love culture and music. I found that West End is a suburb that meets most of our wishes on those areas, but it is also quite expensive suburb for a student couple to live in.

    Do you know if there are any suburbs like West End that could meet our demands? I don’t mind travelling about 1 hour between home and campus, but I prefer some place near the CBD.

    Thank you for your help!

    Kind regards,
    Yannick

    • BobinOz January 2, 2017, 5:07 pm | Link

      That’s a tough one. I can’t think of anywhere that would come close to matching West End for organic food and healthy living, but the good news is we have lots of gyms sprinkled around Brisbane and yoga classes are not hard to find. We also have many independent organic supermarkets and restaurants sprinkled around, so I don’t think you’ll have too many problems continuing your healthy lifestyle.

      So I would just choose somewhere to live that is convenient for you to get to the campus easily, and by the way, there is a massive shopping centre nearby in Mount Gravatt. Google ‘Westfield Garden City’, I think it is now Brisbane’s biggest shopping mall and has a massive foodcourt and restaurants nearby. Good luck, Bob

  • Drey July 11, 2016, 9:28 am | Link

    Hi Bob. Hoping I can get some help here. I am relocating up to Brissie from Syd for a new job. My work is in Bald Hills but Im not keen to live that far out. Ive been looking around Nundah, Chermside, Banyo, etc etc. I need to be close to the awful public transport because I don’t have a car so have resigned to having at least a 30 min trip each way unfortunately. I was wondering if you have any experience in these areas, I really want to know what its like living there not what property costs are etc. I would like to know whats in the area, the vibe, etc etc Thanks in advance to you and any others that can comment.
    Ta.

    • BobinOz July 11, 2016, 9:14 pm | Link

      Well, I can’t tell you what it is like to live in those places, maybe somebody reading this who does know will swing by to help you out.

      Here’s what I can tell you though from what I do know. Chermside is best known for its massive shopping centre, so it’s quite a lively area. I don’t know much about Nundah, but neighbouring Toombul also has a major shopping centre and a rather large transport hub which I think includes both trains and buses. These are lively areas and I’m pretty sure they would have a bit of a vibe going on. Banyo is a bit further out and would be much quieter.

      Also, consider looking at Sandgate and the surrounding suburbs, I really like it over that way. It could also mean a much quicker commute for you, but you would need to look into the public services available from that area to where you will be working. Good luck, Bob

      • Drey July 12, 2016, 9:19 am | Link

        Hi Bob. Yea unfortunately everyone who suggested Sandgate had never had to experience Brissies awful ‘public transport’. 14 min by car, 1.1hrs by train. No joke.
        Do you know where I could possibly look too find out what it’s really like living in these areas? Checked one site out but most the comments were from over 2+ years ago.
        Thanks again.

        • BobinOz July 12, 2016, 6:03 pm | Link

          According to Translink, the train from Sandgate to the CBD takes 39 minutes, so I suspect you’re talking about the travel time from Sandgate to Bald Hills?

          You can find how to research suburbs and what they like to live in on my page called Which Suburb?

          Good luck with your search, Bob

    • Lydiah July 12, 2016, 11:51 pm | Link

      Hi Drey,
      We relocated to Brisbane earlier this year and settled in Nudgee which is next to Banyo. Given this,I haven’t got much knowledge of where Bald hills is located or how far it is to get to from Banyo. Of the area (Banyo Nudgee Virginia),we are pretty happy with the choice.Close enough to train.The bus is pretty hopeless and is mostly late so I personally gave up.Train is pretty good-I work in the city so i use this daily.
      Rentals are generally rare and are higher than most suburbs -for what you are getting. There’s a new shopping center in Banyo and plenty of development happening .There’s a Facebook group that has daily updates on this and more.Bob,can i post the link here ?Am mindful that it may come out as advertising/marketing and being respectful of your page am playing it safe.
      All the best with the move Drey.

      Lydiah.

      • Drey July 13, 2016, 7:42 am | Link

        Hi Lydiah. Ty for the response. Ive looked at that area (closer to the water, Good reviews, not so bad on the train). Ive heard it is being developed as well. Would love to check to FB page out if Bob is ok with you putting it here. Can you tell me a bit about the vibe in Banyo and Virginia? Cafes, pubs, parks, etc? Thanks so much!

        • BobinOz July 13, 2016, 8:59 pm | Link

          Hi Lydia and Drey

          Quite happy for you to post the Facebook link here Lydia, as long as the group itself is happy for you to do so because they could end up getting spammed. If you could post it somehow so that it’s easy for people to find the group without it being an actual link, that would probably be better. Thanks, Bob

          • Lydiah July 18, 2016, 1:37 am | Link

            Hey Drey,
            Apologies for delayed response. Was caught up with a few things here & there.
            Thanks Bob for the response.
            Group name is 4014- Past,present & future
            It covers quite a few suburbs buy the Banyo/Nudgee info is quite helpful as it’s generally realtime from present residents .
            I find it really helpful .
            Cafes and the like, not as vibrant but It’s liveable.When we need a bit more variety ,we generally head down to Nundah or Chermside .Both are about 5-10 min drive .
            Nundah you can get by train .Chermside am not sure but think you need to go to Toombul interchange (15 min drive or also accessible by train) ,then get the chermside bus.

            Hope that provides some clarity & helps with your move.
            All the best.
            Lydiah.

            • drey July 18, 2016, 7:41 am | Link

              Hi Lydiah
              Thats awesome will def check it out. Thanks so much!

  • Samantha Page June 26, 2016, 1:21 am | Link

    Hi
    My husband and I are thinking of relocating from the UK to Brisbane. I am an Aussie and have spent significant time in Sydney, and on the Cemtral Coast NSW. (I only left Aus 6 months ago). I have visited Buderim, Maloollaba, Maroochydore to see relatives, but not in seven years.
    We are bringing our special needs, disabled daughter who will be 7 when we arrive.
    Can you give any advice regarding a Children’s Hospital or medical facility, or any specific special needs facilities like schools etc.
    We are very open minded about where exactly we live. Our main aim is to be located where she can get all her needs met. We’re looking for a reasonably priced family area with parks etc. Ideally we’d like to live on a complex with a pool.
    Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks
    Sammie

    • BobinOz June 26, 2016, 11:03 pm | Link

      I’m afraid I just don’t know enough about children’s hospitals to be able to give a meaningful answer to this. Brisbane does have the new (2014) Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, but they did have lots of teething problems when opened.

      Whether that’s all been sorted out now or not, I don’t fully know, but it may be worth you looking into that hospital. My suspicion is you would probably want to stay close to Brisbane, I think it is home to most of the more prominent hospitals in Queensland.

      I believe there is also a very good and new hospital on Gold Coast, and the Sunshine Coast does have a large hospital in Nambour. My knowledge of all of them though is limited, so I think you may need to research elsewhere to find the kind of hospital that can best serve your daughter’s needs.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Bishal bishowkarma June 8, 2016, 10:03 am | Link

    Hi i am recently migarte to australia .my wife is a regestred nurse in nepal and recently she is enrolled in acu for bachelor of nursing . Is there is any chance to get the job in nursing in australia with the nursing certificate of nepal or what should i do to reconize my certificate in austrlai

    • BobinOz June 8, 2016, 6:27 pm | Link

      Yes, your wife would need to have her nursing skills recognised here in Australia before she could get work as a nurse in this country.

      It’s a complicated process, you will find some useful information about it on my page called Nurses, doctors and dentists in Australia..

  • Grant April 25, 2016, 10:23 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    I have just gained my Australian Citizenship as well as my Australian passport and plan on making the move to Brisbane in the next month.

    Is there some sort of ‘checklist’ than an Australian Citizen has to go through? Or is it as simple as jumping on a plane at Heathrow like you did…

    Would be great to give an idea of the amount of money you would need as a ‘started fund’ to get you through the first 6/12 months?

    Many thanks for you help!

    All the best 🙂

    Grant

    • BobinOz April 26, 2016, 5:21 pm | Link

      I don’t really think so, certainly not if you have an Australian passport that’s all up to date. I’m sure that will get you past customs just fine, but no doubt you will need a checklist for lots of other things about the move.

      As for money, so many variables, you’d need to work out your budget according to your needs and those of your family if that applies, see The Cost of Living in Australia of Everything. If you don’t have a job to come to, then I suggest you do need at least six months worth of money to cover you, 12 would be better.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Amy March 27, 2016, 8:51 am | Link

    Hi Bob,

    My husband and I moved to Adelaide from London, UK in July 2015. We have been here 8 months and both have jobs but are starting to feel that South Australia is not the place for us. We are thinking about Brisbane as our next destination but would like some advice on where to live.

    My husband Chris is a Carpenter and I am a Personal Assistant. I guess Chris could work anywhere in Brisbane and I will probably work in the city.

    Look forward to hearing from you soon!

    Amy

    • John March 28, 2016, 8:43 am | Link

      Hi Amy, There are plenty of people that make the journey to Queensland and stay. I made that trip from London 1973. I was a lot younger then. I worked in construction. Chris make sure you use sun screen 50+ the UV here is High. There is a bit of Reno work and around Everton Park there are Town houses/units being built. There is always work for Chippies but you may need to travel and have early starts.
      Where to live depends on a few things. Your age (not asking)? What you like to do after work? Brisbane is still growing. In fact the region is still growing and I don’t see that stopping. Check out Morton Island and Stradbrooke Islands North and South. We do have a paradise on our door step. Chris your need a 4×4 most tradie guys have a tray back. Brisbane has a night life that has gotten better much more recently. Transport if you are intending to work in the city is paramount, as parking will kill you for cost. As you will perhaps know by now Oz is a big place and the Cities are spread. I’m not sure you need to be in the city and you well may find work outside of the city. North of the river and close south were the first so older. South is younger and now spreads down to the Gold Coast. But that said once you past say Bald Hills to the North it’s also new. I understand there is to be a new “city” built in land from Caloundra on the north coast??? I personally prefer the north coast. although the south coast hinterland is wonderful (Springbrook). Rentals will depend on quality of home/unit suburb and suburb location. Expect to pay around $350.00 a week on rent.
      The weather here is mostly really good but you also get the Heavy rains and storms so do take heed of warnings. Don’t cross flooded roads there may not be a road under the water. Like any where use common sense. You can make a great life in Queensland. Don’t waste money but enjoy yourselves and Queensland is the place to do that! All the best know wot I mean yeah?

      • Amy March 28, 2016, 9:16 pm | Link

        Hi John,

        Thank you, for your response.

        My husband and I are in our early to mid 30’s, no children just a puppy! We don’t drink so do not care so much for bars etc but do like nice restaurants and venturing out at the weekend but apart from that we like the quiet life living in a nice suburb!

        We pay roughly the same for rent in Adelaide so that is good to know. We were looking at Sydney but that is too expensive!

        Thank you for your advice we look forward to our next adventure!

        Amy

    • John March 28, 2016, 8:47 am | Link

      Amy, I forgot! Get some good sunnies. You do like the beach? You will need plugga’s for the hot sands.

      Regards John,

      • BobinOz March 29, 2016, 5:37 pm | Link

        You’ve given some good advice John, thanks for that. The only thing I would suggest to you Amy is that depending on the area you choose to live in, and certainly if you choose to go within 30 to 45 minutes drive of the city, I’d expect to pay more like $450 per week for rent for a 3 or 4 bed detached.

        If I were you, I’d try and get a half decent rental on a six month lease for when you get here and then have a good travel around looking at some suburbs before choosing where you want to live more permanently. It’s almost impossible to pick the right place without actually having had a very good look around. Good luck, Bob

  • Lydiah February 3, 2016, 7:41 pm | Link

    Hi Bob and all,
    Just moved to Brisbane 2 weeks ago from Adelaide.So far,i will risk it and say the humidity isn’t actually as bad compared to the dry 45 degrees heat down in Adl.Though a lot of people (mostly real estate agents)have assured me its really bad-I happily suggested a trip to Adl).Lack of daylight savings sucks though it gets me to bed earlier than before which is supposedly good.
    Seeking some pointers/reviews/feedback re where to rent.My husband is working at the airport so we have by now figured northern sides will be it.having said that,its too expansive and quite daunting for us.I will possibly be working in the city -job hunting for now.
    Any pointers on the below re liveability (price,safety,public transport to city,accessibility to airport & amenities) would be invaluably appreciated. We’ve driven round to most of this but they sort of all look the same and our sense of direction is laughable at the moment.
    Nundah
    Northgate
    Zillmere -Have been told safety isn’t that great by a few people.
    Taigum
    Enoggera
    Stafford
    Gaythorne
    Everton Park & Hills
    Chermside (i keep getting the following comment,”but its bus transport”.Implication?)
    What too is the ‘normal’rental price for a relatively modern place 2bdr (pool & or gym would be great but no biggie)
    Any other suburbs suggestions would be much much appreciated too.These are the only ones we’ve gotten round to so far.
    I will just squeeze this in here too,where’s a great place to get furniture?-we have none so everything..washers to bedroom & living room.I do know of Harvey Norman but if i dont need to pay that premium to get quality,am happy to hear your experience/s
    Someone suggested the dump (prices were pretty inflated in my opinion and not far removed from the things i was looking for).
    Thanks in advance and sorry for multiple questions.Hopefully it serves another too in a similar dilemma:)

    Lydiah.

    • BobinOz February 3, 2016, 10:39 pm | Link

      Yes, I would take our humidity over the dry heat all day long and by the way, this is about (almost) as bad as it gets here at the moment. For 90% of the year, we don’t really have a humidity problem as far as I’m concerned. Some might see it differently, everybody has a different perception of humidity.

      Chermside does have a large bus terminal there, and also a large shopping mall, not sure what it would be like to live there though. If you go just a bit further out from Taigum though, it is worth looking around Shorncliffe, Deagon, Sandgate and Brighton. I’m not sure about the other places on your list, I just don’t know them well enough to know what they’re like to live in. As for rents, that really depends on the suburb, you’ll find links to rental prices on all of my city pages.

      For furniture, I’d try IKEA down at Logan. Oh, and welcome to Brisbane 🙂

    • john March 28, 2016, 9:04 am | Link

      Hi Lydiah,
      I live in Everton Park there is a tunnel link to the airport. My neighbour works at the airport.
      There is train to Enoggera and Mitchelton very near E.P. Shops all around short car ride.
      Bus interchange at Enoggera and buses at all the shopping centres. So buses are available to most area’s travel time is a factor getting anywhere. Bob’s a fan of Ikea I’m not, there are plenty that are however. Gumtree for second hand (you select quality that suits). There are plenty of furniture shops around. An area to look at within your list Virginia. Amart Furniture, Harvey Norman as just a couple of companies. Good luck regards John

      • BobinOz March 29, 2016, 5:57 pm | Link

        Amart better than IKEA? I don’t think so 🙂

        • John Brigden March 29, 2016, 6:30 pm | Link

          Buy timber not chip board it’s toxic. It also swells if you get carpet cleaned. Ikea is one third the cost in Europe and half in the U.S. Were suckers. Just saying 😉

  • ale December 2, 2015, 4:50 am | Link

    Hi! I am evaluating living in australia, I would like to know the experience of someone who went there with their pets.
    I have 2 dogs (20 and 25kg each), to reach australia i would have to take several planes and many landings in diferent countries. Can anyone tell me their experience? any advice?
    I am traveling from argentina,
    thanks!

    • John December 2, 2015, 7:10 am | Link

      Hi Ale,

      Australia has quite strong border protection. Bring in live animals is a long process the dogs will need to be quarantined (6 months) to make sure they are not bringing into Australia things like rabbis.
      Where in Argentina are you coming from? Which is the nearest international airport? Also where is Australia were you thinking of going? Have you looked at Qantas or Air New Zealand? They may fly close to your location.
      If you do come don’t bring any fresh food, seed, plants etc. It’s not allowed in again to protect against plant deceases we currently don’t have.

      I don’t know what kind of money you have to come here. ( The more money you have the easier things get) That will be something you need to think of, because depending on where you go in Australia you may find it hard to get a rented/leased house with two dogs.
      Also the cost of renting may surprise you. So you will need to check with Australian Quarantine. Then http://www.realestate.com.au or http://www.domain.com.au also google questions.

      Personally… I think bringing in your dogs. Will they understand English from those that take care of them. Will they feel like they are being punished.
      It will add to your difficulty in settling here. Or your ability to move around to find the right place to put your feet down. We all are looking for different things. Good luck Ale!

      • BobinOz December 2, 2015, 9:36 pm | Link

        John has given you some good tips there, thank you John, but you might also like to check out my page called Bringing Your Pet to Australia.

        On that page you will also find links to other pages about bringing pets and all of those pages have lots of comments from people who either have or are considering bringing their pets over to Australia. Have a good read, I’m sure you will find out a lot about it. Hope that helps, Bob

        • ale December 3, 2015, 12:21 am | Link

          Thanks Jhon and Bob.
          I wont leave without my dogs!
          I probably go there for some time and then return for my dogs.

          I am going to teach them english! One of them is smart, the other not so much. so she wont notice jeje.
          I love this page!
          Thanks again!
          Regards!

        • John Brigden December 3, 2015, 6:57 am | Link

          Hey Bob,
          I just liked your page on FB and Google. It must be nice to have a job where you help people. Keep up the good work!
          I swear I saw you on the Gold Coast in the surf, out there in the water Bobin around. Hey! What do you want I’m old too!
          Have a good Christmas mate! To all your patrons Seasons Greetings.
          Stay safe in the water swim between the flags. Cheers.

          • BobinOz December 3, 2015, 9:12 pm | Link

            Thanks ale and good luck with those dogs.

            John, unless there was an 11-year-old girl close by splashing me, it wasn’t me. I only go in when she makes me 🙂 I do Bobin lots of places around here though, so keep your eyes peeled, you never know.

            Seasons greetings to you as well and yes, always swim between the flags.

  • John.brigden November 14, 2015, 11:45 am | Link

    Hi Bob and all,

    I’m ex pat U.K and live in Everton Park Brisbane. Rail and bus to the city if that’s where you work or for day and night life.
    There are many shopping centers in and near Everton Park. I lived here since 1979 -2015. There are hospitals and all needed facilities (You will need medical insurance.) We are 7 Klms from the GPO. You can hope on a train at Mitchelton or Enoggera and head for the Sunshine Coast to the north or Gold Coast to the South (With train line Change) The thing is making time. We also have Morton Island right at our door across Morton Bay a huge sand Island. You get there by the Morton Island Flyer (Large boat about 1/2 hour trip) or if you are cashed up fly.
    I think Brisbane is Great but be aware we get heavy sub-tropic’s summer rain and flooding so buy or rent high. Brisbane City Council does have flood maps!!! Be smart before not after. That said, great place! But you still have to work even with nice beaches near by….Ho! Another thing. Australia is BIG!! It’ll take the whole of Europe most of the seas and still have room. So don’t think your going to drive to Cairns for the weekend, it’s 2500Klms away. Australia has every climate in the world from Desert Sands to the Tropical Forest. The Sunny Beaches to the Snowy Mountains.
    I hope you enjoy … John.

    • BobinOz November 27, 2015, 6:35 pm | Link

      Great write-up John, thank you very much. Yes, it is sad to say, but unfortunately true, Australia is not yet a work free country. As you point out, most people do still have to go to work each day 🙂

      Still, in my view, Australia, despite that, is still as close to Paradise as you can get.

      • John Brigden November 28, 2015, 9:53 am | Link

        Thank you Bob! This is a Great place to live. I’m just mindful of, “you get nothing for nothing” You need money to enjoy. You know Bob, the Ying and the Yang.
        I do think this site is a really great idea.. Just keep it real it’s peoples lives and expectations. 🙂 🙂 🙂 That’s a good rating Bob!

        • BobinOz December 1, 2015, 8:36 pm | Link

          Thanks John, the rating is appreciated 🙂

  • Katlyn July 15, 2015, 8:44 pm | Link

    Hello, I am considering a move to Austrlia and think Brisbane might just be the place! I am a nurse, and would be working in a hospital (not sure what hospitals are near brisbane). My question is, would it be necessary for me to have a car there? How is the Public Transportation System? I am willing to use train, bus, bike, walking, as long as it is all user friendly and safe. What is your opinion on this?

    • BobinOz July 16, 2015, 12:26 am | Link

      Well, a car isn’t necessary, but personally I wouldn’t want to be without one. We have a good transport network, buses mainly but with a few train lines. It’s not cheap though, transport is much cheaper in places like Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

      Brisbane is a quite big and sprawling city, I don’t use public transport, but I’m pretty sure that everything goes into the city and back again. So if you lived in one suburb and you wanted to get to another one over the other side, you’d probably need to go into the city, change buses and then go out again. Probably in a ridiculous triangle if you know what I mean.

      The solution would be to choose where you live wisely, try to live somewhere that is on a train line, and live close to the city. We have good bike lanes and bikeways, everything is friendly and safe, so you will get by.

      Better with the car though 🙂

    • John Brigden November 28, 2015, 9:24 am | Link

      Hey Katlyn,
      I’m a 63 year old DAD been in Brisbane since 1973. There are plenty of hospitals around Brisbane. Two main types Public (government) and Private. You can Google that. Here are some names for you to check on the web. Royal Brisbane Hospital, Royal Women’s Hospital, Royal Children’s Hospital. Princes Alexandra, Prince Charles Hospital, They are Government,
      Holy Spirit Chermside, Mater Hospital South Brisbane, St Andrews Spring Hill. Wesley Hospital.
      You need to check out prices of cars here. So again Google.
      But http://www.carsales.com.au is just one online. Gumtree is great for lots of things you will need. http://www.gumtree.com.au Second hand.
      My advise is to live near work……. You will be charged for parking which is costly.
      You will need a car if you want to get around without wasting time. Transport in Sydney and Melbourne maybe cheaper but living there is not.
      Do your research online. Try to arrange a job before you come as like most places in the world times are tougher than they were.
      Katlyn without money, No matter how pretty or Fabulous Darling a place is, you can end up having to stay in less pretty places. Bob has commented to me that Australia is as close to paradise as it gets. Well the older you get either the more cynical you get or the more wise. Keep you feet grounded. That said, Australia has much to offer you have not likely seen. Beautiful places. http://www.australia.com Best Wishes Katlyn.

  • Chaz July 5, 2013, 12:20 am | Link

    Hello All,

    Great site Bob! I’m looking for suggestions on where to live. I have a 4 year old and a 6 month old, and the wife wants easy access (preferably walking) to shops and cafes. I’ll be working I think in the CBD…off George St on the northside of the river. Any good suggestions with places to rent that fit that criteria for 800-1200/week AUD. Thanks in advance.

    -Chaz

    • BobinOz July 6, 2013, 12:01 am | Link

      I’m thinking Paddington, Ascot, and a bit further out, Ashgrove. New Farm is also worth a look as is Toowong; you can get the boat into the city from there, very cool. Happy house hunting!

    • John Brigden November 28, 2015, 9:46 am | Link

      Hey Chaz,
      That a healthy amount you should be able to get a nice place. George Street is right near the river. I’m thinking you should be looking at “South Brisbane” a suburb just across the river, or higher parts of “West End” “Highgate Hill” It will put you near South Bank park and Coffee shops, dinning, The CBD has the Queen street Mall. Loads of shops. but I’d put a limit on the credit card Chaz… ;-).
      Brisbane City Council put on shows etc, at South Bank. You would also have the Cultural Centre, the museum, lots there. South Brisbane Railway, plenty of buses and taxis. Welcome to Brisbane. Ho! Chaz check out Morton Island! 2nd largest sand Island in the world. The first is Frazier Island about 3 hours north.

  • Shervin July 2, 2013, 8:32 pm | Link

    Dear Sir,
    I’m a dentist and I’m gonna immigrate to Brisbane in a few month’s time.I have a 14 year old daughter.Which school do you think is appropriate for a fresh start ? and which suburb is safer in terms of flooding and also has a reasonable price?
    Thanks a million

    • BobinOz July 3, 2013, 2:46 am | Link

      Check out my page about Brisbane and look for the link to the flood maps, as for which school, there is a page all about that under my Migration Advice link in the main navigation menu. Hope that helps.

      Bob

  • mumtaz June 4, 2013, 12:35 am | Link

    thank u …:)

  • mumtaz June 3, 2013, 3:33 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    Your website is truly a great help for people planning to migrate australia.Actually my husband has received IPRS scholarship for PhD at UQ .My question is could u plz advice some good suburbs to stay near herston campus of UQ with in 200-350$/week. We will be moving from india along with our two kids.
    thanx
    mumtaz

    • BobinOz June 4, 2013, 12:25 am | Link

      Hi mumtaz

      I don’t really know that area overly well, but it is close to the city and I would suggest anything that you manage to get hold of in your price range that is suitable for you, you should take. Rentals that close to the city are expensive, but maybe there are some places near the campus that are specifically rented out to students.

      I would suggest contacting UQ and asking them for advice on this, they would no more than me on this one. Cheers, Bob

  • Adrien May 8, 2013, 8:01 am | Link

    Morning,how is it going?

    Well,Im from France.
    I just turned up in Brisbane in Highgate Hill 1month ago and I dont have any regrets the weather is pretty good getting colder now but still fine the city is vaste so city building and suburb house with nature love it.
    Highgate Hill is on the south at 20mins by walking to south bank and 35 mins to the city with a pretty nice view on the city
    You feel so confident and secure when you walk whatever at what time
    Only “dont worry ”

    By the way, I dont know if I can post that but I wanna know if one of you live in Brisbane look for or know someone you hire why not a willing and hard working french boy 🙂
    I have plenty experiences as waiter,barista and bartender

    Cheers and enjoy Oz
    PH 04 01 492 686

    Sorry for posting that but we never know

  • Chris May 3, 2013, 6:46 pm | Link

    You really have covered everything haven’t you! Seriously fantastic site this.

    It’s funny you highlighted graphic designers because my partner is a graphic design teacher. We have looked for both Graphic Design jobs and Graphic Design teaching jobs and they don’t appear to exist. Any tips on what we should be looking for? He main area of expertise is print rather than web.

    It’s also a little disappointing that teachers don’t appear to be paid that great in Oz. We should still secure a salary of at least £120k combined but our hope was to be £150k+.

    • BobinOz May 3, 2013, 10:02 pm | Link

      Yes, when I did an update post I found that Graphic Design had disappeared from the Australian listings, but I did find “Web Design and Usability”, maybe you should look at that?

      Most salaries here are higher than the UK, by around 30% from what I’ve seen, are you sure you are comparing “like for like” on the teachers jobs? Just a thought, good luck!

  • Chris May 2, 2013, 10:03 pm | Link

    Cheers Bob…….how much do teachers (Secondary School) earn out there? Difficult to find out.

    • BobinOz May 3, 2013, 5:47 pm | Link

      You are looking in the wrong places Chris, check out my page about Australian and UK salaries compared, and click on the link in that article to My Career, and search for what it is that you do and you’ll find out how much you are likely to earn.

      Cheers!

  • Chris May 2, 2013, 7:38 pm | Link

    I know this is a very difficult question to answer because what people find as comfortable can be very different but I w ould appreciate any feedback I can get.

    My partner is a teacher and despite owning my own business in the UK the reality is I will be seeking an office job when I arrive in Australia.

    We are looking at a combined income of $120k-$150k I imagine. We have 2 kids and will be running a car and a motorbike. We will be looking for a rental property with 3 bedrooms and the ones we are looking are in the region of $600-$800 per week. They look amazing to us! Is this going to be realistic or should we be looking for something cheaper? We don’t know how much we need for fuel, food, bills etc.

    I must add, we don’t want to scrimping over there but we as long as we have enough for occasional meals/trips out etc we will be happy.

    • BobinOz May 2, 2013, 9:56 pm | Link

      Yes, it is quite difficult to answer. I would suggest if you were earning $150k and paying $600 per week rent you would be living a pretty comfortable lifestyle, much in the way that I think you would want to live.

      On the other hand, if you were earning $120k and paying $800 per week in rent, I think you’ll struggle big time.

      Everything in between is a straight line graph, I hope that helps.

      Cheers

      Bob

  • Mike April 30, 2013, 3:02 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    Thanks for your reply, actually I found a room via Pads, it is for students but I should be fine. One big mistake that most of the New Zealanders make before moving here is converting wages and salaries here to NZ$, if you do so, it will be much more compare NZ but when once you’rehere, you realise that you earn AU$ and have to spend AU$ not NZ$, something that I did and lost a lot of benefits and advantages that I had there for my kids. Hopefully it will work out for me in long run.

    • BobinOz April 30, 2013, 8:14 pm | Link

      Glad to hear you found somewhere to live Mike, hope it works out. And yes, the New Zealand dollar is different from the AUD, and if you are living and working here, the only currency to even consider thinking in is the Aussie dollar. Nothing else is relevant.

      Cheers!

  • Mike April 28, 2013, 9:26 am | Link

    Hi Bob, I finally arrived in Brisbane last week, my office is in Milton and I have to say, what a beautiful suburb, full of life, I really want to rent a place in this area when my family get here too.

    I am currently living in a room in Greenslopes with two other people and have to move out ASAP due to some issues risen, I am looking for a room around $150, already tired a few, but mostly want to rent to students under 25, it is hard for me to pay rent here and mortgage in NZ for couple of months.
    I am looking in gumtree and realestate.com.au, no luck yet, if you know any other places that i can look for a room, I really appreciate it, the more closer to Milton is better so I don’t have to pay for bus fair.
    regards,

    • BobinOz April 29, 2013, 9:05 pm | Link

      Hi Mike

      Yes, nice in Milton, plenty to do and close to the city. Expensive to rent there though. There are quite a few websites dedicated to room rental, just search Google for “rooms to rent brisbane” and you will see quite a few pop-up. Hope you find somewhere soon, cheers, Bob.

  • Michael January 25, 2013, 7:04 pm | Link

    Realistically, I think $120K+ is a fantastic salary for 2 people living in inner brisbane.
    Check out http://www.realestate.com.au for a unit in brisbane…

    You can still afford to own a car which you should try to get a car park for where you live. Kangaroo point, south brisbane, spring hill, are all close places to the CBD and decent areas which are quite safe.

    Did you get the job?

  • Damian January 21, 2013, 4:46 am | Link

    Hi Bob (and Bob’s readers),

    I’m living in the States at the moment but I have a Skype interview for a job in Brisbane (St. Lucia, to be exact) on Wednesday morning.

    If I’m offered the job, the salary would be in the neighbourhood of AUS$65k. It would be just my wife and I moving – no kids – and she’s in the same industry I am (public relations). As far as I can tell, a work visa for her shouldn’t be too much of a problem because I’m a Kiwi, though I’m still navigating the immigration website to clear that up.

    Ideally, she would like to rent a furnished apartment in, or as close as possible to, the CBD. We live in suburbia where we are now, and she fancies the idea of living in a high rise in a city. To her, that would mean we wouldn’t need cars and could just take public transport or walk wherever we go.

    However, neither of us have been to Brisbane before, so we know nothing about the inner city. I have family on the Gold Coast, but they’ve never been to Brisbane so they know nothing about the inner city either.

    With that said, I have a few questions for you and your fellow Brisbane experts:

    Would a household salary of AUS$120-140k be enough to live comfortably in the inner city (again, no kids and we’d be perfectly fine with a small 1-2 bedroom place).

    Is the “no car” approach a feasible one? To be honest if I lived in Australia I’d love to spend my holiday time exploring the place, so I’m not thrilled with the idea, but I can see where she’s coming from. Is it easy to get around using solely public transport? I’ve seen people in these forums rave about Brisbane’s public transport, but how about public transport outside the inner city? If we wanted to explore the area on weekends, how easy is it to get to the mountains or the coast by bus or rail?

    Any advice you can give us would be greatly appreciated!

    • BobinOz January 25, 2013, 2:05 pm | Link

      Hi Damian

      Generally speaking, a household income along the lines that you mention would be enough to live a reasonably comfortable life in Brisbane, providing your rental expenses are not too high. I don’t know what a furnished apartment in the city would cost, but if you go for a one-bedroom apartment, I think you should be able to get something quite reasonably, especially if you avoid the heart of the CBD, which I would.

      It may be best to live close to work, then bus into the CBD and other places from there?

      I think you would be okay with your no car idea as well, but only for getting around Brisbane and the suburbs. If you want to enjoy Australia further afield, then maybe you should look at renting a car which you can do for about $30-$50 a day, which would still be cheaper than buying a car.

      That’s what I reckon.

      Cheers

      Bob

  • Damon September 6, 2012, 3:47 am | Link

    Hi Bob, great site mate. I have signed a contract to come and work in Brisbane as soon as my visa is granted, so expecting a couple of months. I will be working in Fourtitude Valley and need to research places to rent/live. Could you please give me some idea of the distance away from the Valley that would be an easy commute, say under 30 minutes? I like to idea of living in a nice rural country area or maybe by the coast but have no idea about the time it would take to commute through traffic by car or by train/bus… Thanks

    • BobinOz September 6, 2012, 3:20 pm | Link

      Hi Damon and gongrats!

      Not really sure that side of town, Samford village is rural, but I’m not sure how long the commute would be from there. Redcliffe has a bit of a beach, may be worth a look around that way or even Brighton is closer.

      Trouble is, you’re right in the heart of the city at Fortitude Valley, difficult to get what you want within 30 min commute.

      Bob

  • fr0dzy August 25, 2012, 9:36 pm | Link

    mo godbeer, I’d suggest anywhere near Stones Corner, its very cafe-ish and such.

  • Michael August 3, 2012, 6:54 pm | Link

    I used to live in Rosalie… right next to Paddington.
    We used to think it was “alternative” although it’s not really… but I think there are plenty of cafes and small shops…
    Milton, Auchenflower are right next door to Rosalie and there are lots of students which occupy the area. Are you looking to rent or buy?
    To me, all these areas are quite busy, but I think they all are this close to the CBD..
    When you say “close to the CBD” how close are you thinking?

    • BobinOz August 3, 2012, 7:11 pm | Link

      Oops, I slightly miss read the original question, I didn’t think mo godbeer wanted to be close to the city, but they do. Not too sure that ‘not too built up but near to the city’ would be easy to find, but New Farm would work, it does have a big park and its on the river.

      Thanks for answering the question correctly Michael 🙂

  • mo godbeer August 2, 2012, 12:13 pm | Link

    Hi
    We currently live in Sydney but are looking to make a drastic lifestyle change and maybe move to Brisbane. We are looking for an area that is not too built up but near to the city. My hubby works in IT(hoping to work part time) but would also like to start a Hypnotherapy practice. I am an artist and art tutor so an arty suburb with cafes and shops would be great. I love the older style of queenslander type houses.
    Are there areas that fit into my needs. Looking for somewhere pretty and leafy and a bit altenative perhaps?
    any help would be most appreciated.

    • BobinOz August 3, 2012, 2:45 pm | Link

      New Farm is probably Brisbane’s most “alternative” kind of area, but it’s very close to the city and quite expensive.

      North-west, around Samford, and south-west of the city, Brookfield, Pullenvale and Anstead, are all certainly very leafy green and probably about 40 min drive from the city. There are likely many other suitable areas, but those are the ones that spring to mind to me.

      Anybody else have any suggestions?

    • Brisbane Born and Bred September 14, 2012, 8:11 pm | Link

      New Farm isn’t a bad place but as a local I still consider it very close to the city. (Also, Brisbane’s concept of ‘close to the city’ could vary greatly from Sydney’s. Where in Sydney are you? People from Neutral Bay say they’re from Sydney meaning Sydney City which is true, but I’ve also met people from Hurstville or Penrith say they’re Sydneysiders. This can be lost in translation, but I digress)

      New Farm is only a 15 minute walk to the Valley (Fortitude Valley) and when I’ve driven through there on weekends there’s always lots of activity and people (One bonus – a great, though slightly expensive, local markets 2 weekends a month. Top food!). The benefits to living in New Farm are there are a lot of cafes, restaurants, boutiques and the odd designer gallery and alternative therapy place, but it’s juxtaposed by the yuppie aspect of the area. Queenslander style houses? Yes, but also post war and a lot of modern developments which are usually medium-high density.

      Another area worth looking into is West End/Highgate Hill but these areas are again very close to the city itself, just across the river in the other direction to New Farm. West End has gone through a gentrification process over the last 10-15 years, however it still holds a lot of the alternative feel that drew artistic and non-mainstream people to it back in the 1990s (and possibly before though I couldn’t say for certain). Through gentrification and new developments (over the last 5-10 years or so – before the GFC) there is a good mix of well to do suits as well as more artsy folk. Alliance Francais have their Brisbane headquarters there, I’ve gone to Yoga classes there, again lots of boutiques and small cafes (greek, indian and several others) and markets down by the river some weekends. If this is what you’re interested in then try here! Queensladers? Yes and a mix of run down ones as well as renovated ones. A lot of post-war houses too.

      Samford is out of the city and offers some of that laid back culture, but I’m not sure how far out of the crowd you want to be. I know the place well and it could suit what you’re after with larger homes and yards. It’s a fairly well to do area however as a ‘suburb’ it is very large in size. To leave Samford Village for shopping (Target and Coles/Woolworths, let alone Myer etc) your drive would be 10 – 20 minutes. A good friend of mine lived there and if we wanted Indian take-away our closest was Albany creek, a minimum 20-25 minute round trip on 80kph roads. Queenslanders? Some and they’re modern inside. There’s more contemporary style houses – Large estates out this way were opened up and developed a lot in the 1990s and early 2000s. There could be some new housing estates now as a lot of Samford valley was privately owned farm land for many years. The community here is tight knit, however a lot of my time spent out there was 7-10 years ago now.

      My recommendation is to jump online to either Virgin Australia or Jetstar, book a cheap ticket, book a cheap hotel room through Wotif and spend a weekend in Brissie and have a look first hand. If you’re in Sydney it’s fast, easy and these days cheap enough to do.

      Try before you buy 😉

      PS – BobinOz’s ideas about Pullenvale and Anstead aren’t bad, they’re definitely tight knit communities, however by Brisbane standards they’re out of town and are good if you’re after a large home and land package. If you’re after a small suburban block or an apartment/townhouse then I would recommend somewhere closer to the city. Indooroopilly/St Lucia (University of QLD) and Toowong are beautiful places to live, St Lucia is very leafy, and with UQ nearby there’s a blend of uni student inquisitiveness as well as professionals. We loved living there. There’s also a lot of groups nearby who you can join as well. Plus you can catch the ferry, bus or train to the city if you don’t want to fight the traffic along Coronation Drive everyday. St Lucia – Leafy but not really alternative though. Queenslanders? Yes, but some are pretty run down as they have been rented to students. Others are renovated and quite expensive by Brisbane housing standards.

      Good luck, I hope this helps.

      • BobinOz September 17, 2012, 2:05 pm | Link

        Great roundup Brisbane Born and Bred, thanks for taking the time to post it. Some good tips there and I couldn’t agree more with your suggestion of jumping on a plane and nipping up here to take a look. You just can’t beat checking out these places for yourself.

    • Jen October 12, 2014, 10:49 pm | Link

      Try the bay bay islands..Karragarra..Lamb..Macleay or Russell.There is also Coochiemudlo from Victoria point if you want a life style change.There is a few artsy people on Macleay and we have a pottery and art centre.Google it to look up more.Hope you find your niche.

      • BobinOz October 13, 2014, 5:36 pm | Link

        If anyone wants to know more about Macleay, click on Jens name above her comment, it’ll take you to a website all about it.

        Thanks Jen, Bob

  • Michael July 28, 2012, 8:36 pm | Link

    I live in Brisbane… just on the south of the CBD in a suburb called Greenslopes.
    Greenslopes is approx 6km from the city centre… it is very convenient and close to the freeway to head south to the Gold Coast (45minutes) or north to the Sunshine Coast… (1hour or so)….
    Mainly consisting of older “Queenslander” style homes and “post war” home construction, Greenslopes is very picturesque. I work in Woolloongabba, or you may have seen it on TV if you follow the cricket as it is called the ‘Gabba. It takes about 10minutes total driving time to get to work… Good shopping nearby… medical care, public transport.
    It’s easy to get to places like Southbank to go to the man-made beach, eat at fine restaurants etc. Also, there is a strong Greek community at West End (10 minutes) and there are some fabulous eating spots.

    After my first trip to the UK (I am writing this from here), the weather has been nearly perfect! Clear skies and warm air are deceptive… everyone tells me I brought the weather with me… aparrently, cold and wet are the norm.
    Weather at Home is usually warm.. in Winter it peaks in the low 20’s or high teens.. nights are still usually double digits. Summer is VERY warm and VERY humid. If you don’t like it, you won’t last. But 9 months of the year, the weather is fantastic. People are generally happy and upbeat… no doldrums here.
    I thoroughly recommend a trip to Aus….

    • BobinOz July 30, 2012, 3:56 pm | Link

      Yes, Greenslopes is a good location, handy for city access and the motorway. Thanks for giving us your roundup of the area, always helpful for others looking for somewhere to live.

      I’d only disagree with you on the humidity thing, I only find Brisbane uncomfortable for about one month a year maximum, but I suppose everyone is different on that.

      Cheers!

  • Erik March 25, 2012, 5:27 pm | Link

    Diana, Not sure if you will still read this comment, but your description of your daugther makes me think she might in fact be a (highly) gifted child. It would not be the first time that children are diagnosed with ADHD which in fact turn out to be very gifted children. Gifted children need special attention, extra creative or intelectual stimulation for them to succeed at school. Filure to get this can lead to kids flunking school even though they are highy gifted! Australia and especially QLD has good policies for dealing with gifted chilren, but it does of course vary from school to school.

    I would strongly suggest you egt your daugther tested or at least talk to someone from a organisation dealing with gifted kids in the US.

    Good luck!

  • Diana January 7, 2012, 6:22 pm | Link

    Hi,

    My husband may accept a postion in Amberely. We have a 9 year old daughter. Does Australia have help for children with ADHD? Do the schools provide accommodations? I read somewhere that Australia ranked 23 out of the 25 to industrial nations in terms of schools. Is this your experience? What is a good community to live in between Brisbane and Amberely. P.S. We are for the LA in the US and though I’d like a to relax a bit more I do enjoy being social and having people nearby. Thanks

    • BobinOz January 9, 2012, 1:35 pm | Link

      Australia ranked 23 out of the 25 for schools? I don’t think so! Take a look at this page….

      http://www.bobinoz.com/4077/australian-education-standards-compared-to-the-uk-and-usa/

      I live in Brisbane’s Western Suburbs, they are between Amberley and Brisbane and I love it here. That would be my recommendation, but you may need to go to wherever they have the best support for ADHD, although I don’t know anything about that.

      Maybe somebody else reading this may be able to help.

      • Diana January 11, 2012, 5:29 am | Link

        Thank you so much Bob,

        This information makes me feel a little better about Australia’s educational system but not much. To be quite honest the American educational system leaves a lot to be desired. It’s very cookie cutter, teaches and rewards rote learning and not creative thinking and problem solving. In fact, it bops the creative right out of you. Studies show 98% of kids test at genius levels for creative thinking as they enter kindergarten. They sing, make things, dance and express themselves creatively. By the end of first grade we have bopped nearly 25% of the creative genius free thinkingness out of them. That’s why I’m so concerned about my daughter. She has ADHD but is extremely creative and bright. She reads and performs math well above her grade level. Her issues are organization, time management and staying on task. In the US, we have the Americans with Disabilities Act which requires her to receive appropriate and reasonable accommodations to support her challenges in school. So I would appreciate it if anyone reading this knows of simliar laws or progams in Australia, specifically Queensland to support her with that. Thank you so much again for your fast response and helpful information. It does alleviate my concerns quite a bit. I must say as a CA protective mother, I love the law about sunscreen and hats! I send her to school everyday with sunscreen! Kudos to OZ for that!

        • BobinOz January 12, 2012, 3:31 pm | Link

          I hope someone who knows about ADHD support here in Australia helps you out. It might be an idea for you to add your question as a comment on my post about education above. It is more likely to be seen and read by someone who may be able to help you then it would be here.

          Good luck!

        • Susan February 6, 2012, 1:00 pm | Link

          Susan February 3, 2012 at 3:21 pm
          This government site will tell you what you need to know.
          http://education.qld.gov.au/studentservices/learning/disability/parentguide/adjustments/legal.html

          Also, Try the Attention Deficit Disorder Association of Queensland (addaq.org.au).

          Good luck!

  • Amit Bhanotra June 24, 2011, 7:56 pm | Link

    Hi

    Myself Amit Bhanotra , i am a professional Executive in Ludhiana (PB.).
    I want to know if i want to settle in Australia on PR Basis what i have to do or what is the procedure to apply for it.

    Regards
    Amit Bhanotra

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