Australia is crawling with suburbs! If you think you’ve got it tough deciding which city to live in, wait until you have to drill down and choose a suburb in that city. Australian cities, between them, have well over 1,000 suburbs.
That’s why I encourage people to comment about their particular suburb or area on all of my pages about Australia’s cities and states. Be sure to read those comments as they are certainly helpful for people trying to choose somewhere to live in Australia.
I have broken all of the suburbs down for you for each of the big cities here on this website. From any page, simply hover over the “Australia’s Cities” link in the top navigation bar towards the left and the 10 major cities will drop down. Hover over your city of choice and to the right it will be broken down further into, usually, Inner, North, South, East and West.
Click on any one of those links, and at the foot of each page you will see a full list of every suburb for that particular part of that city. If you want to know more about that particular place, why not post a question in the comment box at the bottom. Someone who lives there might pop by and answer your question.
Hopefully that will help you choose a suburb. If you live in Australia, why not add a comment about what it’s like to live in your area?
Useful links for suburb research:
There are some other very useful websites with some great information about Australian suburbs. First up is a website that will give you the demographics for each suburb, like how far it is from the city centre (CBD), the population, size by square kilometres, average age, median house prices and more.
This website has been around for some time, but I’m not sure if it is constantly being maintained. I took a look recently, the search function didn’t work and neither did comparing crime stats. What does work quite well though is if you click on the map towards the top of the page on the left to select your state, and then choose your destination within that state from the alphabetical list to find out more about its demographics.
This next website is great for researching information about Australian suburbs. It’s also a portal for Australian real estate sales, so you can go househunting at the same time. But in this section of their website, select your state first and then the suburb from an alphabetical list. Then click the “Suburb Profile” link underneath the search box on the right hand side and it will take you to a page full of useful information, mostly demographics, house prices and trends.
Here’s the link to the site…
Or, if you want to skip the trends bit and just get reviews from people who live in these areas, take a look at…
Another useful tool to search for information about suburbs around Australia, but do be aware that sometimes some strange results will occur. I noticed this when checking out Brisbane, a couple of our not so hot suburbs were being touted as best places to live here; some people, it seems, do think it’s amusing to write completely false reviews.
So when using Homely, be aware that this might happen as it might happen on other review sites too. I would suggest doing initial research on this site, then coming back to ask for a second opinion, as a comment, in a relevant city page (links above) or on this page. Always get a second opinion and remember, if house prices seem extraordinary low in a certain suburb, there’s probably a reason. It’s usually a very good clue that the area isn’t that great.
Having got that out of the way, this is a well-organised site. You can pick your suburb from one of the lists or the search box works really well. Some suburbs don’t yet have any reviews, but others have plenty and you can join in on the conversation and ask questions if you want to.
Well worth a look, here is a link to the site.
This is another interesting site that pulls lots of different information about suburbs from various sources. Here’s a tip, put in a full address rather than just the suburb name and you will get more information. If you don’t have an exact address just grab one online, they are not hard to find.
Try and pick one close to where you think you want to live and you will notice that as you type it in, it should auto complete. You will get lots of information, but do doublecheck it by looking at a map.
When I punched in my address, it gave me lots of information about all the shops and facilities within 5 kilometres, what it failed to realise was that most of them were the other side of the river and there is no bridge. Lots of cities have rivers, so that something to watch for.
If you are just after a general search though, just put the name of the suburb into the main search box and click on the full suburb location as it auto completes below. You will still get plenty of information about that suburb without a full address.
Country of birth
So, when other people who come from your country moved to Australia, where do they go? Which city do they go to? Which suburb in that city do they go to? Here’s how to find out…
Happy house hunting.