Western Suburbs Brisbane

Living in Western Suburbs Brisbane

The two districts in Western Suburbs Brisbane are Western Suburbs and Outer Western Suburbs. A full list of all the suburbs within these districts are at the end of this page.

These are the suburbs of Western Suburbs Brisbane:

Western Suburbs

  • Indooroopilly, St Lucia, Toowong, Taringa, Chapel Hill, Fig Tree Pocket
  • Kenmore, Kenmore Hills, Bellbowrie, Moggill & Anstead, Brookfield,
  • Pinjarra Hills, Pullenvale, Karana Downs, Kholo, Mt Crosby

Outer Western Suburbs

  • East Ipswich, Barellan Point, Chuwar, Karalee, Coalfalls, Ipswich CBD
  • Sadliers Crossing, Blackstone, Dinmore, Ebbw Vale, Deebing Heights, Waloon
  • Flinders View, Raceview, Ripley, Swanbank, Churchill, West Ipswich
  • Leichhardt, One Mile, Wulkuraka, Brassall, Ipswich North, Bellbird Park
  • Collingwood Park, Redbank Plains, Amberley, Ebnezer, Rosewood, Thagoona

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

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  • OnTheMove June 19, 2017, 2:52 pm | Link

    I am looking at moving to Karalee and working in Kenmore South. What is the drive like along Moggill Road? How long does it take in peak traffic?

    • BobinOz June 19, 2017, 9:04 pm | Link

      Unusually, I’ve actually driven along the Moggill Road during rush hour a few times over the last month, it’s really not that bad. In fact I was surprised at how good it was. Every now and then there is a bit of a tailback, but usually nothing serious and the drive from Anstead to Kenmore shouldn’t take you more than 20 minutes at most.

      You say you will be working in South Kenmore, I’m guessing maybe Kenmore South State School? That means you will do a right off of Moggill Road just before it hooks a left into Kenmore (Central if you like) and that means you will avoid the main snarl up.

      The best part for you will be the drive through Mount Crosby, it’s a joy, the worst part is if there is flooding at the river by Colleges Crossing, if that happens, you will have to go the long way round and that will take you 45 minutes to an hour.

      Luckily it only floods a couple times a year as a rule. Good luck, Bob

  • Constantin July 26, 2016, 5:42 am | Link

    Hi Bob!

    I love your website, there are definitely a lot of very useful tips!
    I am moving form Canada to Brisbane this summer: my husband found a job in Gatton, but we would like to stay as close to Brisbane as possible because I should have more job opportunities in the city. So I was thinking about living in the Indooroopilly/Toowong area, since the public transportation seems very good there (I don’t drive yet). But I fear it would be a long commute for my husband to go to Gatton everyday. Do you have any other suggestion?

    Thanks a lot 🙂

    Constantin

    • BobinOz July 26, 2016, 4:43 pm | Link

      Thanks, glad you like my website.

      Well, I think you are looking in the right direction, it’s actually not a bad drive from there to Gatton. I would advise avoiding the motorway (M5) and taking the Moggill Road through Karana Downs instead (although it’s worth trying both the see which is best), it’s a lovely drive and can be done in an hour or just over, depending where you choose to go.

      Kenmore would be kinder than Indooroopilly, it’s just that bit closer and cuts out some potential slow traffic, but then Indooroopilly does have the train line. Toowong may be a bit harder with the extra distance. Your husband will be driving in the opposite direction to most of the traffic though, so I certainly think it’s a doable commute on a daily basis. Hope that helps, Bob

      • Constantin July 27, 2016, 3:04 am | Link

        Thanks a lot Bob!

  • Sonia January 19, 2016, 9:44 am | Link

    I am relocating to Brisbane as I have a job in Milton – just wondering what would be some good areas to look for accommodation.
    Thanks

    • BobinOz January 19, 2016, 9:39 pm | Link

      That really depends what you want from a suburb. Almost all suburbs around there are ‘good areas’.

      • Sonia January 20, 2016, 9:21 am | Link

        Thanks Bob
        Just wanting a quiet suburb that has good transport options as I won’t have a car for the start.

        • BobinOz January 20, 2016, 6:30 pm | Link

          Outer Western Suburbs are too far away, so forget those. All Western Suburbs are good areas, the further from the city, the quieter they are. What you need to do is check the bus routes and travel times through the council’s website to find your best option. Good luck, Bob

          • Sonia January 20, 2016, 6:40 pm | Link

            Thanks Bob
            I’m looking forward to the move. Your website has great info ?

  • Winand August 6, 2015, 2:38 am | Link

    Thanks Bob!! Checked out Stayz and googled with every possible combination. Just stumbled across properties on airbnb, didn’t know they covered Oz and they do have a few apartments (or should I say units) – happy days.

    • BobinOz August 6, 2015, 6:18 pm | Link

      Oh yes, we’ve got airbnb, we are quite a modern country really 🙂

      Hope you find somewhere suitable, cheers, Bob

  • Winand August 5, 2015, 7:37 am | Link

    Hi Bob, Your website is great!! a fantastic resource full of very valuable info. Thank You. We are from sunny England 😉 and visiting in Dec and looking for a serviced apartment for 3 weeks in Indro/ Kenmore/ Surrounding areas – 2 adults and 2 kids. This is the area we are planning move to once all the logistics falls into place (can’t wait!). Can you recommend anything? or point us in towards local facilities given that you are not too far away. Don’t forget to name a good pub or two. I will defo be buying you a drink once I get there. Thanks again.

    • BobinOz August 5, 2015, 4:51 pm | Link

      Glad you like my website.

      I don’t really have any inside knowledge on service apartments in the area, never needed one having a house 🙂 Obviously Google will help you out, but I would suggest checking a website called stayz, they’re just an advertising portal for privately owned holiday accommodation but they usually have something to suit.

      You may even be able to negotiate a discount for a three-week stay. My only other suggestion would be that perhaps Indooroopilly would be the best option for you as it is on the train line and you can get a train direct into the city. It also has a small central bus station so plenty of options for getting about.

      Good luck and do enjoy your stay. Cheers, Bob

  • Kimberley August 3, 2015, 1:21 pm | Link

    Just thought I would see if you had Toowoomba anywhere on your list of cities west of Brisbane. We have moved here recently from the UK and it is Australia’s second biggest inland city outside of Canberra I think. Just a 90 min drive straight down one long highway into Brisbane’s CBD.

    • BobinOz August 3, 2015, 11:55 pm | Link

      Yes, I’ve been to Toowoomba a few times, and you are right, it is the second biggest inland city after Canberra. No, it won’t appear here under Brisbane, but it is listed under my main menu for Australian States under Queensland.

      It can get quite cold though, I remember driving over there from Brisbane one time just in shorts and a T-shirt, as usual, and then I got to Toowoomba I parked up, got out of the car and….

      Brrrrrr!

      It was quite a shock.

  • Gail January 25, 2015, 6:13 pm | Link

    I think you might mean Weetbix. If so, all supermarkets stock this. It is a breakfast cereal in a rectangular biscuit form.

    • BobinOz January 27, 2015, 4:55 pm | Link

      Just to clear this up, in the UK they are called Weetabix, here in Australia they are called Weetbix. Whether or not they are exactly the same, I don’t know, I’ve not tried Weetbix, but they look very much the same.

  • Gail January 25, 2015, 7:45 am | Link

    Hi Bob
    This is a bit of a strange request but do you happen to know where I could find Weetabix breakfast cereal l in the Kenmore/Jindalee area? Thanks!

  • Stephanie October 15, 2014, 3:59 am | Link

    My family (husband and kids ages 10 and 12) is traveling to Brisbane Jan – June 2015 from the United States. My husband will be on sabbatical at the University of Queensland and we are now weighing housing options. We currently have two: (1) By the river in St. Lucia – It is convenient to the University and ferries, but we’d have no car and I worry about feeling stranded – for example, it looks like a long walk to the state schools and perhaps it would be difficult to shop, get kids places, etc. (2) Near Mt. Coot-Tha in Indooroopilly. This property is in a lovely setting, comes with a car, but would we feel isolated so far from town? Any thoughts you have on the pros and cons of these locations would be greatly appreciated!

    • BobinOz October 15, 2014, 7:33 pm | Link

      Hi Stephanie

      It sounds to me as though Indooroopilly would be your best bet, it’s a very short drive to the uni from there, it’s a nice suburb with a very big shopping mall and plenty of public transport, including trains and buses.

      When you want to be adventurous and get out and about, that car would be essential, and you certainly wouldn’t feel too isolated from the city. Parking in the city is quite tricky and expensive at times, but you could get a bus or a train from there very easily, you’d be in town in 20 minutes or less.

      Those are my thoughts, good luck whatever you decide. Bob

  • Charli March 26, 2014, 3:49 am | Link

    I’m from brisbane and would like to suggest places with good state schools and great community that are overlooked here ashgrove, bardon, Milton (they are closer to the city) if you like the country check out Samford and surrounds. It’s beautiful and has a lovely community. I know many English out there who love it. The Bay Area near wynnum on the south side is worth a look too if you like the water but I don’t know about the schools. The gap is beautiful too excellent state schools.

    • BobinOz March 26, 2014, 1:00 pm | Link

      Some good suggestions there Charli, yes, they are all very nice suburbs. I particularly like Samford, but I think I am mainly influenced by its great pub rather than the schooling 🙂

      • Rameen Hashmi October 1, 2014, 8:00 pm | Link

        Hi Bob, great work with the website !

        Can you please advise the postal codes for Bardon, Ashgrove and Milton areas….If you could provide the relevant link where I could find all the postal codes of brisbane city, it would be great.

        I am looking for a place to rent as I am about to shift permanently to Brisbane, and I would like to live in an area having good state school as my kids go to grade 6 and 3 respectively. Thanks.

        • BobinOz October 2, 2014, 12:44 am | Link

          Just Google ‘Australia postcode search’ and it’ll come up top, it’s Auspost.

  • Aiden March 25, 2014, 2:58 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    Recently found your site and finding it great with lots of interesting content.
    I am in the very early stages of looking into a move to Aus and Brisbane in particularly.
    I am a cabinet maker by trade with years of 1st and 2nd fix experience, also as a general builder.I have being running my own home improvements company for the last 16 years here in Ireland. But now at a young 42 I need a complete change of live and weather.
    My main question in your opinion is there much building/construction work around the Brisbane area. Or need for someone with my skill set who would call when he says, and gives an efficient service.
    Also what do you think the best area in Brisbane to live would be, newly single man looking to meet people, I am into cycling, camping, water sports, most things that get
    me outside.
    Thanks look forward to your comments.
    Aiden.

    • BobinOz March 25, 2014, 4:48 pm | Link

      Hi Aidan

      Well, construction work here has certainly slowed down over the years, but there are still some things going on. I couldn’t specifically tell you how easy or difficult it might be for you to find work, but if you are good at what you do I don’t see why you shouldn’t be able to keep yourself busy.

      As for where in Brisbane, pretty much everywhere will get you outside and playing sports if that’s what you want to do. I think your decision needs to be based on whether you want to live near the city, near the sea, somewhere quiet or in the country.

      What Brisbane will guarantee you though is that complete change in life and the weather.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Gail January 18, 2014, 9:51 am | Link

    Hi Bob. Im thinking of moving over from Perth to Brisbane Western Suburbs. I particularly like Kenmore and the surrounding areas, but my DH prefers Mogill/Bellbowrie area. Can you advise which of these suburbs have the best faclities such as shops/pubs /restaurants etc as I dont really want to load the kids in the car just to get a pint of milk.
    Also what would be the commute time to the CBD using public transport and are they all serviced equally well? Thanks.

    • BobinOz January 20, 2014, 10:33 pm | Link

      Hi Gail

      Kenmore certainly has the most facilities, although both have one pub each. But Kenmore has two supermarkets as opposed to one in Bellbowrie and more restaurants and shops. Neither are great for commuting into the city, but again Kenmore is better as it is closer.

      Not sure exactly how long it would take to get to the CBD, depends what time you are talking, but it would be by bus, no other way. You will get more of a house for your money in Bellbowrie though.

      Hope that helps, Bob

  • Angela November 4, 2013, 3:14 pm | Link

    Hey Bob!
    Shout out to you for recommending Miki so highly- he is our MARA agent, and our 457 is processing as we speak. Almost there!

    So, my husband is a physician, and his clinic will be in Toowong. We are looking at primary schools, high schools, and family friendly neighborhoods. I also do not want an hour drive to the office. What are your thoughts on these aspects in Toowong or Indooroopilly? I would like to be close to Brisbane city for the culture, but also have some breathing room too:) Any other suggestions on areas for a young family?

    • BobinOz November 5, 2013, 4:12 pm | Link

      Hi Angela, glad to hear Miki is sorting you out, hope to see you here soon.

      The closer to the city you get usually means the less breathing space you will have. Toowong is on the west side, just, so it does make sense to look around in Indooroopilly and surrounding areas for somewhere to live. I would choose that direction rather than closer to the city, it’s just much more family friendly and has a good range of schools.

      It may interest you to know that the postcode 4069 which covers Kenmore Hills, Pullenvale and Brookfield to name a few suburbs, is one of the most affluent postcodes in all of Queensland. There’s not a shortage of amazing properties with plenty of space around them in these parts. Access to the clinic wouldn’t be too bad from there either.

      Hope that helps, cheers, Bob

      • Angela November 23, 2013, 12:12 am | Link

        Thanks so much for the info Bob! We have now been granted our visas, and have booked our one flight on December 27th!!!

        We will be staying in a hotel for the first week or so to sort out a rental when we get there. Any good recommendations for a realtor or rental agent? I saw you mentioned Hooker, but not sure if there is one agent in particular that seemed to be helpful with regard to advice on areas.

        I am leaning towards the idea of Indro, Kenmore, Fig Tree Pocket or Chapel Hill. The schools all seem to be rated well. But are there a good selection of shops, pubs, and activities without hustle and bustle?

        • BobinOz November 25, 2013, 12:31 pm | Link

          Congratulations on getting your visa, hope you get to love Brisbane is much as I do.

          Don’t get too excited about the pubs, there is only one in Kenmore and the other in Indro, Indro has the largest selection of shops. There is no individual estate agent that I can personally recommend, when it comes to rentals I would simply look everywhere. Don’t be too fussy for your first house, but do try and negotiate a six-month agreement (rather than 12) so you have the flexibility to move sooner if you want to.

          Hope it all goes well, Bob

  • Sam August 28, 2012, 9:54 am | Link

    Hi Bob

    We are currently living in southside in Brisbane but would like to move to a quieter more rural area or beach area. Our choices are the Sunshine Coast somewhere between Noosa and Peregian or the western suburbs of Brisbane; Brookfield, Moggil, Pullenvale, Kenmore Hills and Chapel Hill. I know you live in the western suburbs, what is the traffic like into the city? I would only have to go in twice a week so it’s not a huge issue. We also have two primary school age children and so schools are to be considered as well and also the availability of after school activities. Apart from the Jindalee 50m pool do you know of any other 50 metre pools over there? Also we are interested in horse riding – I believe there are pony clubs there as well. If you have any knowledge of the sunshine coast that would great as well. Many thanks.

    • BobinOz August 29, 2012, 5:58 pm | Link

      Hi Sam

      If you can avoid the peak traffic, you can be in the city from Western suburbs in around 35 to 40 min max. With traffic it would obviously be more, but as I don’t travel in during rush hour, I can’t tell you how much more.

      Obviously, from Chapel Hill it would be quicker, but that area is far more built-up than it is further out. Bellbowrie, Moggill and Anstead areas like living in the countryside, there are plenty of green fields around.

      Bellbowrie actually has an Olympic size swimming pool and yes, this is the place for horses and pony clubs.

      That said, the Sunshine Coast is also really beautiful, especially the hinterlands and around Mooloolaba. In fact, if we didn’t live here, that’s where we would live. You can’t go wrong whichever you choose, although I’ve heard it’s not easy to find work in the Sunshine Coast.

      Cheers

      Bob

      • Sam August 12, 2013, 10:01 pm | Link

        Hi Bob

        Thanks for that. We are back looking again at the Western suburbs. What is Pullenvale like and do you know anything about the schools in the area?

        Thanks
        Sam

  • Paul L July 20, 2012, 12:23 am | Link

    Hi Bob,

    Great site, a big well done!
    My wife and i are hoping to come to Oz before we reach the big 5-0, i’ve been looking around at various different areas in Oz, and it seems that the house prices are very expensive ($500,000.00+) for a decent house in a decent area, is this a fair reflection, or am i looking in the wrong places? I think we’d be lucky to raise £250-270k from the sale of ours at current market rates, which leaves a massive financial gap to fill, did you find this when you moved, am i looking at this from the wrong angle? I’m struggling to make the maths work really.

    Cheers

    Paul

    • BobinOz July 20, 2012, 10:08 pm | Link

      Hi Paul

      Well, yes, you are kind of looking at it from the wrong angle, but unfortunately the answer is $500,000 is the going rate for a decent house in most areas of Australia. $400,000 could buy you a very nice house if you choose carefully and in the right place.

      The wrong angle part is that houses here aren’t really more expensive than houses in the UK, unless you are trying to buy an Australian house with great British pounds whilst the GBP is so weak against the Australian dollar, as you are. I was very lucky when I moved here in 2007, I got half as much again as you’re getting in the exchange rate. So if you get £250,000 for your house, that’ll get you around $375,000. When I moved, with the exchange rate being higher, I would have got about $560,000. Big difference.

      The problem you have right now is the value of the pound is very low and the value of the Aussie dollar is very high. Until that changes, the maths won’t work. That said, if you bought wisely here in Australia, you can still pick up a lovely house, almost certainly bigger than the one you currently living, for about the money you hope to sell yours for.

      Cheers

      Bob

  • Holly April 10, 2012, 10:10 pm | Link

    Hey Bob!

    After discovering your site about a week ago, I think I have read nearly every page!!

    I am in ‘the idea’ stage of emigrating to Australia with my fiance and have found your site really helpful in most aspects of Australian living and what to expect. However, being a primary teacher I have come up a little short about job prospects from the endless hours of internet trawling. I have mixed information to say the least…some saying expect to find a teaching job after 2 years and some saying if you make yourself known to schools then it’s easy to get a job! Ahhhhh…help!

    I know you will only be able to speak from your own area, but is it theoretical to expect to find a teaching job? Also, you wouldn’t happen to know the best way to go about this? Find a job before? Move then find one? I have found my qualifications are adequate for teaching in Oz, and by the time we hope to move to Australia, I will have approx. 4/5 years teaching experience. I would consider a career change, but nothing has appealed to me yet. My thinking always seem to go back to teaching!

    Thanks Bob!

    Holly

    • BobinOz April 10, 2012, 11:56 pm | Link

      Hi Holly

      Glad to hear you are enjoying my blog, hope you get to enjoy living in Australia sometime soon.

      That’s an impossible question for me to answer though, job availability is always a moving target. Many people tell me it is easier to get a job when you are already here and have permanent residency than it is to try and get one before you get here. But then coming here first and then looking for work is riskier.

      It’s difficult to say which is best.

      All I would suggest you do is look at my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship and do some research for yourself around jobs available in your field. Hopefully that will help you decide what to do.

      Good luck!

    • luke January 29, 2015, 10:46 pm | Link

      Hi Holly,

      Most school teachers are government employees (like me), the only way to get employed in a state school/public school (not private0 is by monitoring the governments job website. it is http://www.smartjobs.qld.gov.au

      Good luck 🙂

  • Living in Kholo by Phil October 21, 2011, 8:51 am | Link

    KHOLO and its surrounding suburbs of MOUNT CROSBY and KARANA DOWNS are 20-26km in a direct line S.W of the Brisbane C.B.D. A great area if you need a large or acreage block with affordable homes that range from basic to palatial.Residents enjoy outdoor activities , space , peace and privacy , without being far from convenient amenities.Most blocks enjoy stunning views of the D’aguilar Range and its foothills , Pine Mountain , or the Brisbane River and the local valleys.Lake Manchester and Brisbane forest park (28,000 Hectares) offers exploration of stunning pristine wilderness areas on foot, horseback or mountain bike.Many U.K visitors state that it reminds them of the Lakes District .Ipswich City C.B.D and its well established comprehensive and fast growing retail hubs are a 15 mins drive , and offer easy free parking.Both Brisbane CBD and the Airport are an easy commute with numerous toll and non toll options depending on your schedule. The upgraded Ipswich Motorway (completion 2012) and Logan Motorway offers easy access to both the the Sunshine and Gold Coasts .I can recommend the area for families with “at door” school bus service to quality local private and government schools.

    • BobinOz November 4, 2011, 2:36 pm | Link

      And it’s all just 10 minutes up the road from where I live! Yes, I love Mt Crosby too. Stunning views and countryside. Thanks Phil for your detailed description.

      Cheers

      Bob

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