Southern Suburbs Brisbane

Living in Southern Suburbs Brisbane

The three districts in Southern Suburbs Brisbane are South Eastern Suburbs, South Western Suburbs and Southern Suburbs. A full list of all the suburbs within these districts are at the end of this page.

These are the suburbs of Southern Suburbs Brisbane:

South Eastern Suburbs

  • Mt Cotton and Sheldon

South Western Suburbs

  • Darra, Wacol, Seventeen Mile Rocks, Sinnamon Park, Jindalee, Mt Ommaney
  • Riverhills, Westlake, Jamboree Heights, Middle Park, Sumner, Chelmer
  • Corinda, Graceville, Sherwood, Tennyson, Carole Park, Goodna
  • Gailes, Redbank

Southern Suburbs

  • Moorooka, Nathan, Salisbury, Macgregor, East Mt Gravatt, Mt Gravatt
  • Upper Mt Gravatt, Kuraby, Holland Park, Holland Park West, Ellen Grove
  • Acacia Ridge, Archerfield, Rocklea
  • Forest Lake, Heathwood, Eight Mile Plains, Runcorn, Dutton Park, Fairfield
  • Yeronga, Durack, Inala, Oxley, Richlands, Doolandella
  • Larapinta, Pallara, Willawong, Coopers Plains, Robertson, Stretton
  • Sunnybank, Carindale, Mansfield, Calamvale, Drewvale, Parkinson
  • Burbank, Capalaba West, Chandler, Ransome, Belmont, MacKenzie
  • Rochedale, Augustine Heights, Brookwater, Camira, Gateway CBD, Springfield
  • Annerley, Greenslopes, Tarragindi, Algester

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

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  • eleinna sutandar June 15, 2017, 11:31 pm | Link

    Hi ,

    I am planning to move to Brisbane and my workplace will be in sunnybank. which suburb do you recommend for me and my family to live in? we have 3 children ranging from prep to high school.

    • Steve Lynch June 16, 2017, 1:47 am | Link

      Hey Eleinna,

      There are some really nice family friendly suburbs just south of sunny bank if you don’t mine being a bit further from the CBD. Calamvale, Sunnybankhills, and Stratton all come to mind.

      Calamvale also has one of the few State Prep-12 schools in Brissy, I can tell from experience working there it is a fantastic school and community.

      If you want to live closer to the CBD try Mt Gravitt or Salisbury. Both nice family areas, but a bit more expensive as you are closer to the CBD

  • Mel March 27, 2017, 11:16 am | Link

    Hi Bob
    I’ve just landed a job in Eight Mile plans and am looking for suggestions for good Southside suburbs. I’ve been living in Ashgrove and working in the City and as I’m new to Brisbane some advice from locals would be appreciated.
    Many thanks

    • BobinOz March 27, 2017, 8:51 pm | Link

      Have a read of what Steve Lynch has said about Mt Gravatt in his answer to, coincidentally, Mel (a different one) just below this comment, as it seems to be the perfect answer for you as well.

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  • Mel November 5, 2016, 7:58 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    What do you think of Upper Mt Gravatt? Moving from Melbourne. Is that area usually flood affected?
    Mel 🙂

    • Steve Lynch November 5, 2016, 8:30 pm | Link

      Hey Mel,

      Upper Mt Gravatt is a beautiful suburb and my first recommendation to anyone moving to Brisbane’s south side!

      My wife and I lived there for two years while I did my masters and loved it. Due to being in the mountain (not really a monutain just hilly) it will not ever be flooded and you don’t need to worry about flood damage.

      Upper Mount Gravatt also has the largest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere (Westfield Garden City) which is a hub of restaurants, bars, and shops! It is also about a 10 minute drive from the city centre and only 45 minutes from the coast.

      It’s location and proximity to the motorway, as well as the amenities in the suburb make it ideal! We highly recommend it

      Also sorry if I’m stepping on Toes Bob

      • BobinOz November 7, 2016, 6:04 pm | Link

        Certainly not treading on my toes Steve, I love it when people who have actually lived in these places come here and help out by giving their opinion. I’ve been to Mount Gravatt, of course, mainly to go to that great big shopping centre you mentioned, but I have no idea what it’s like to live there.

        So, thanks for stepping in.

        Mel, I’ll go with what Steve says 🙂

  • Victoria October 27, 2016, 1:12 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    We are currently residing down Sydney way, on the coast. But may have to move to Brisbane soon. I have no idea of suburbs but know we want water and breezes. Dont mind paying a bit more for a great neighbourhood. Someone suggested Wynnum, which looks nice. Any suggestions?

  • Jerome O September 26, 2016, 6:07 am | Link

    I am a truck driver. And I equally have a Painting trade certificate. I an equally versatile, anything I find myself doing, I will do it well. I live in Nigeria. I want a job I Australia, I want to acquire more knowledge and contribute more to Australian ecomony. Can anyone help me find a way of immigration?

    • BobinOz October 2, 2016, 5:26 pm | Link

      You need to be speaking to a MARA registered migration agent about your situation, they are the only people who can truly help you. See my page about Migration agents..

  • Sharelle September 21, 2016, 12:15 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    My husband and I (and 3 kids) will be moving to Brisbane in the next few months. His job with be based in Richland. We are looking for somewhere to rent to start of with. I am an enrolled nurse currently working in aged care and will be returning to university next year, my daughters are both in high school and my son is in primary school. What suburbs would you recommend looking at (or avoiding!) for family? We aren’t that keen on being close to the city and don’t want to pay a fortune in rent. Thanks in advance 🙂

    • BobinOz September 21, 2016, 7:30 pm | Link

      Hi Sharelle

      If I were you, I’d start looking at places in and around Mt Ommaney, which is just a little bit north of where your husband will be working. I would definitely be looking north of the Ipswich Highway, and any suburb closer to the river is usually good.

      If the rent in any particular suburb you are looking at looks significantly cheaper than elsewhere, then there would be a reason for that and you would probably want to avoid that suburb.

      Bear in mind though that although I know what these areas look like, I’ve never lived in them, so you may be better off having a read of the comments made on this page by others, and even on my main page about Brisbane, about the various suburbs. People who actually live there obviously know far more about these areas than I do.

      Good luck, I hope your move goes well.

      • Sharelle November 12, 2016, 4:19 pm | Link

        Thanks Bob!!

    • Joey D November 27, 2016, 3:42 am | Link

      Hi Shanelle,

      Check out Forest Lake or for a more family friendly area I would go with Springfield Lakes.

  • marios September 2, 2016, 1:54 pm | Link

    Hi. Thinking about moving to Springfield.Any suggestions

    • Steve September 2, 2016, 7:18 pm | Link

      Springfield defiantly has some perks, firstly the cost of housing is lower than other sur rubs because it is considered Logan city council not Brisbane.. There are also lots of shops and supermarkets nearby, and perhaps most importantly you can be on the beach in Surfers within like 30 minutes.

      With that being said, you are further our from Brisbane CBD, and you are past the famous bottle next on the freeway, which can literally take hours to get through (just north of Springfield the M1 drops from 5 lanes to two for about 1.5km) this means it is easier to get to the coast from Springfield but harder to get to the city. So have a think about what you’re going to do more often..

      Springfield also has some rougher areas around it, as it is a lower SES area. This means schools are lower quality (as a teacher who has worked in Springfield I know) and people tend to be more blue collar and rough..

      If I were looking for a large property and was on a budget, Springfield is a viable option. However as it is currently (married without kids) I would either be closer to the city or the coast depending on what I do most.

      • Chris C December 14, 2016, 1:09 pm | Link

        My brother lives in Springfield Lakes, it’s apparently a pretty safe neighbourhood and good to get around to go anywhere! He’s a SINK (Single Income No Kids) and likes the area lol

  • Arfan May 26, 2016, 7:26 am | Link

    I am Arfan Latif Sohal from Gujranwala Punjab Pakistan. I Live in Gujranwala Punjab Pakistan. I am Chemical Engineer by Profession.I works in a factory here in Pakistan. I want to relocate to Australia. Is there possible for sponsorship of job in Australia.
    Arfan Latif Sohal

    • BobinOz May 26, 2016, 6:26 pm | Link

      Please see my page Getting a Job or a Sponsorship for help with that one.

      • Jerome O September 26, 2016, 6:17 am | Link

        Hello Mr BobinOZ,
        Jerome is my name from Nigeria. I am a truck Driver and A painter. I am seeking a job anywhere in Australia. Is there anything you can do to help?

    • kasim November 13, 2017, 4:15 pm | Link

      i will sponsor u

  • CJ June 27, 2015, 8:13 am | Link

    Hi Bob and readers…

    My husband and I are very seriously considering a move from Sydney to Brisbane, however we’re not sure where an ideal place to live would be – we want somewhere that is reasonably peaceful but still has shopping centres, entertainment, restaurants/cafes.

    The trick is that he’s got a job offer on the Gold Coast and I would most likely need to be close o the CBD for my work. Just purely looking on a map at and looking at transport – I was thinking somewhere around Runcorn as it gives easy access to both of us for work (train and Hwy) and also major amenities.

    I’ve had a look on and and the house prices seem good, although quite variable ($250k to $600k), with some established properties vs. new builds / under construction. Obviously without having seen or knowing the area/s it is difficult to know whats good or bad and to understand the dynamic of the area!

    Any advice on this area, or suggestions on other regions/suburbs to investigate? Thanks in advance (and great website btw!)

    • BobinOz June 28, 2015, 9:23 pm | Link

      Well, unfortunately I know absolutely nothing about Runcorn, I don’t think I’ve ever even been there. It is next to Sunnybank which is very much an Asian community which I think does spillover into Runcorn a bit.

      Nothing wrong with that, lots of good restaurants 🙂

      Hopefully somebody who knows the area well will help you out here, but please do also check out my page called Which Suburb? as there are several links there that can help you research this suburb.

      Good luck, Bob

      • Ciel June 29, 2015, 7:53 am | Link

        Thanks… hopefully someone has some good suggestions about a vibrand and convenient suburb between Brissie and GC for us!

      • Paul the Essex boy July 17, 2015, 1:01 pm | Link

        Hi Bob
        I am from Brentwood and have been living in the Brisbane are since 1982 and have been living in Parkinson which is about 15 minutes drive from Runcorn since 1993. Over the last few years Runcorn has been enriched by the arrival of the followers of the religion of peace and there is a lovely mosque in nearby Kuraby. Anyone from England would feel at home there. Lots of vibrancy there.
        Kind Regards

        • BobinOz July 17, 2015, 6:09 pm | Link

          Well, I was from Billericay, we were almost neighbours in the UK. 🙂

          • Paul the Essex boy July 17, 2015, 9:41 pm | Link

            H Bob
            I saw your site mentioned on the Daily Telegraph. I still have a sister living in Southend. I went to visit in April 2013 when England was suffering its longest winter since 1963, it was snowing in April ! I went to school near Billericay at Shenfield Tech. Now I have been here for over 30 years and retired I have started to get homesick for England which is not helped by watching “Escape to the Country”.

            • BobinOz July 19, 2015, 11:45 pm | Link

              Yes, I have written for the Daily Telegraph before, they were doing some kind of expat feature. I do happen to know the perfect cure for homesickness, just go to England for a holiday for a few weeks.

              You’ll come back to Australia, totally cured, I guarantee it 🙂

  • Jay May 22, 2015, 11:28 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    Great site!

    What do you think of Oxley? We hear it is a good area to invest in as the prices are going up. It has a train line – 20 mins to the city and is close to a highway for the city and to go south?

    • BobinOz May 24, 2015, 8:54 pm | Link

      Oxley is quite a good area, and as you say, good access to the city. But it suffered really badly in the floods and even just a few weeks ago when we had a bit of a shocking downpour, quite a few roads were flooded and could not be passed.

      So do your research thoroughly, check out the flood maps on my main page about Brisbane, you don’t want to buy a house where you end up knee deep in water.

  • Janice May 22, 2015, 3:46 pm | Link

    Hi Bob

    I recently moved to Brisbane with my family and is now looking for a house/townhouse which is not too far from the city. I’m exploring Mackenzie. Do you have any ideas about this suburb (safety, school etc) please?

    Kind regards, Janice

    • BobinOz May 22, 2015, 9:46 pm | Link

      I’m afraid I know absolutely nothing about Mackenzie, I’ve driven through it, but that doesn’t really qualify me to give an opinion. Hopefully someone else reading this who does know the suburb well will help you out, if not though, it might be worth asking the same question on my main page about Brisbane.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Rob Long May 4, 2015, 7:01 pm | Link

    Hi Bob

    Just read your book, awesome!

    I,d like to move my Family an I to Brisbane in the near future, need some help deciding where in Brisbane to live. I want to live in a safe family friendly neighbour type environment, but I will look to work in Finance or property Market, which I guess will probably be in the City? I don’t want to travel more than 20-30 minutes to Work, can you suggest and areas to take a look at please ??

    Best Regards


    • BobinOz May 5, 2015, 4:04 pm | Link

      Hi Rob

      That’s a really difficult question in many ways, because everybody is different about what they want from their own suburb. Brisbane, by and large, is a very safe city although we do obviously have some areas that aren’t as good as others. If houses in a particular suburb look very cheap, it’s probably because it’s simply not a great place to live.

      We have lots of suburbs that do fit your bill though, south west of Brisbane we have Kenmore and Chapel Hill and the surrounding suburbs, all very nice but no train line until you get to Indooroopilly. I think Ashgrove and The Gap to the west quite nice as well.

      Those are the only suburbs I really know enough about to recommend, but what I strongly suggest is that you get here first and try and rent somewhere on a six month lease so that gives you enough time to have a good look around for yourself and see which suburb really takes your eye.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Neeta March 12, 2015, 11:14 pm | Link

    Hii Bob,

    I have recently got a job opportunity in Brisbane, hence will be moving there soon. The office is based in South Brisbane. Which are good and reasonably priced suburbs in south Brisbane which can serve to the regular needs easily and will be safe for a single female like me. I am all by myself in the entire Australia. I will love to read from you soon.

    Thank you,

    • Steve March 13, 2015, 7:29 am | Link

      Hello Neeta,

      Hopefully I am not stepping on any toes here Bob, but I recenty was in the same situation and got here in south Brisbane about 2 months ago. So far I love it. We took a long time to find a place, because we were concerned aswell. The other concern for us was price, as I am a student. We decided to live in the suburb Coopers Plains. It’s just outside of Mt Gravatt which is a major southern suburb (Westfield garden city, the largest mall in the Southern Hemisphere is only a 5-8 minute drive) and close to sunnybank, (Asian cultural and commodity centre. The reason we chose coopers plains is because the crime is low and the rent is low. So between us on almost all sides are very nice expensive suburbs (mcgregor, Robertson, Upper Mount Gravatt, yourongpilly ect) the other really nice thing about this is that the train, which in Brissy is the best way to and from the city, has a stop in coopers plains. We have a lot of friends living in these nicer suburbs, but to get to the city or southbank they need to bus for 30 minutes where at we train for 12. Only problem is there are not a lot of stations to pick your suburb carefully.

      Hopefully this helps, if you have any more questions feel free to email me and I can give you a more comprenhesive breakdown on the different suburbs.

      Cheers eh,


      • BobinOz March 13, 2015, 9:37 pm | Link

        You have not trodden on anybodies toes Steve, not at all, you have given Neeta a great answer, much better than I could have done. Thank you.

        My only additional advice to you Neeta is don’t go too far south, for example Logan, it’s too far out and technically speaking I don’t think it’s even Brisbane, it doesn’t come under Brisbane City Council. That’s why it doesn’t appear in the above list of suburbs.

        Good luck with your search, Bob

        • Rachael April 1, 2016, 10:56 am | Link

          Logan is in the adjacent council district South of Brisbane CC but residents the would probably class them selves as living in the greater Brisbane area. Transport links from there are pretty good. A busway connects to the CBD. But it is socio economically disadvantaged in places. I live in Mount Cotton, which is in the Redlands, south east of Brisbane and on the coast. Its the access point for the moreton bay islands. Despite being not far from Logan is actually much further in terms of city access due to poor transport links. Mount Cotton is one of 6 districts in Redlands City Council. Its the biggest but most Southerly least populated and basically semi rural. The hub is Cleveland much closer to city, Redlands is mixed young families, retirees and people born and bred.

          I moved here 18 months ago from Sydney but im an ex pat Scot who moved to Aus 12 years ago.

          Ive got a way bigger house for less money than my 2 bed unit in Sydney. Less traffic and polution for sure.

          But its hot … a lot… more humid than Sydney so you need to love wearing shorts.

          Its a compromise … like all choices.

          I’d say with a car its 35-40 mins from here to Brisbane longer in rush hour. Lots commute though and do park and ride at 8 mile plains.

          Bonus is easy access to Gold Coast … jump on yhr motorway and its 45 mins.


          • BobinOz April 1, 2016, 7:27 pm | Link

            I bought a beer fridge from Mount Cotton several years ago, it is definitely very rural, looked like a very pleasant place to live. Interesting that you think Brisbane’s hot weather is a compromise, I love it and I also love wearing short 🙂

            Thanks for the great roundup of the area Rach, I’m sure many readers will find it useful.

            Cheers, Bob

  • Sian ferguson December 18, 2014, 11:30 pm | Link

    How’s about ya! Bob,

    One question only, what suberbs are adjacent to Brisbane High School.
    I’m looking at state schooling for 11 and 15 year old girls.. School comes first then house location
    Sian N.Ireland

    • BobinOz December 19, 2014, 7:19 pm | Link

      It’s a quite prestigious school and it can be tricky getting a place there, if you are asking what’s the catchment area for it, I don’t know. I’m sure Google will help out with that one.

      The school itself is in South Brisbane which borders West End an Highgate Hill, pretty much all suburbs close to the area of good, but expensive.

      • Steve March 13, 2015, 7:32 am | Link

        Hey Sian,

        I know this post is old and you may have Settled by now but look into the website as it allows you to compare schools to find the best one for you.

        Good luck,


  • Steve October 31, 2014, 12:41 am | Link

    Thanks Bob,

    That definatly is some good Information to have..


  • Steve Lynch October 30, 2014, 12:24 am | Link

    Hey Bob,

    Great site.. My Girl Friend and I are going to be moving from Canada to the MT Gravatt area in december as I will be doing my Masters at Griffith. We have been looking for an appartment for a while now and have had some trouble finding a place. Any other sites or services you recommend to find a place? Ive checked LJ Hooker and Gumtree as well as several others.

    Also Ill be honest we are both pretty afraid of umm Creepy crawlies (Spiders in particular) any recommendations on a type of place to be looking for so we don’t go through what you did with all the spiders?



    • BobinOz October 31, 2014, 12:08 am | Link

      Hi Steve

      I wouldn’t worry too much about the creepy crawlies, just make sure the place you move into has up to date pest control, houses here are done once a year usually and that’s good enough to take care of the critters. Choose a modern building, not a Queenslander, you will probably be better off in something newer.

      You could try, to see what they have.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Amy August 5, 2014, 8:39 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    My husband has just got a job in Acacia Ridge. Coming from North Queensland, we are a bit daunted by the thought of him doing a long commute so we’re hoping to find a nice, safe family friendly suburb close to there. Any recommendations?

    • BobinOz August 6, 2014, 9:31 pm | Link

      Hi Amy

      There are loads of places you could live that would probably be within half hours drive, it kind of depends what you want from a suburb. I’d be inclined to look North West of Acacia Ridge towards the suburbs that are very close to the river.

      The guided by prices, if houses look cheap in a certain area it’s probably not a good suburb. Kenmore and surrounding suburbs are nice, it’s just across the river but it’s very close to the bridge, might be worth a look.

  • Jason January 22, 2014, 9:17 pm | Link

    I have found a job in Crestmead, Brisbane. I am from Sydney and will be moving to Brisbane in few weeks. Which suburbs would you suggest to live that are in between crestmead and the CBD, is safe and has a train station?

    • BobinOz January 23, 2014, 12:27 am | Link

      I’d say Corinda, Sherwood, Graceville, Chelmer, or maybe Yeronga, Yeerongpilly.

  • Rachell October 15, 2013, 5:53 pm | Link

    Hi Bob which side of Brisbane is best to live… it South or North side…
    Me and my family are planning to move to Brisbane….

    • BobinOz October 16, 2013, 2:24 pm | Link

      It doesn’t really work like that, there are nice areas in both North and South, and there are bad areas in both North and South. To complicate things further, the river weaves in and out in a diagonal across the area, so although I live north of the river, I also live about 15 kilometres south of the city.

      In a nutshell, we really don’t have a north/south thing going on here.

  • Sudarshan August 7, 2013, 6:55 pm | Link

    HI BOb . i am from Nepal and this october i will be arriving at the brisbane i heard that its very hard to get room to live in brisbane . Hence i need to find a job as well as a single room to live in ..How can i get the proper cheapest place to live in ..

    • BobinOz August 8, 2013, 3:11 pm | Link

      You just need to search Google, there are plenty of rooms about. Try gumtree and also search for “couch surfing” – that’s an interesting website.

  • Adrien May 8, 2013, 7:44 am | Link

    Morning,how is it going?

    Well,Im from France worked as a plumber and in air cond
    I turned up in Brisbane last month and I really enjoy living in Oz
    People,life style you feel “dont worry ” I say that because even I have not found a job yet and Im sure I will

    By the way, anyone of you know someone or wanna hire a hard and willing french boy 🙂 my english is pretty good ,lived in Uk for 1.5years about job whatever dishwasher,waiter barista I have plenty experiences

    Enjoy Oz
    PH 0401492686

    Cheers and maybe see you around for a drink

    • BobinOz May 8, 2013, 2:42 pm | Link

      Hi Adrien

      Welcome to Brisbane, glad to hear you like it, it’s difficult not to though, isn’t it?

      I hope you find some work soon, I’m sure you will. I’ve left your phone number up but I did remove your email address, I’m afraid you will be bombarded with spam if I were to have left that up there, and you don’t want that.



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