Moving to Brisbane? Tips on finding the right area for you.
Tips for best suburbs to live in Brisbane
Families with Younger Children
Families with children might like to base themselves a little further out from the CBD, but thankfully in Brisbane there are also many suburbs that offer great family neighbourhoods less than 10kms from the city. Ascot and Hamilton are wonderful options, if not a little expensive, with large houses, terrific schools and views. Similarly, Bardon to the west of the city is also worth checking out, a peaceful choice close to bush and walking paths but also not too far for a café catch up in nearby Paddington. Bulimba is a similarly peaceful yet trendy address just 5 kilometres from the city but to the East. It is well known for its cafes, restaurants and well-heeled parents and children, but is also a popular suburb for young professionals without children.
Families on a budget
For those watching their budget, Kedron is around 8 kilometres from the CBD popular with families and older professionals and with low to mid range housing options and good schools and day care options. A little further North again is Chermside, ideal for those who want to be close to the shopping haven that is Westfield Chermside, Brisbane’s largest shopping mall. Despite being further from the CBD, Chermside it is well connected via public transport and is also a more affordable option for families than suburbs skirting the city. To the East lie suburbs close to the water such as Manly and Wynnum. A calm life for children with lots of parks and low to mid level priced homes, it is also easily connected to the city by train. Cleveland by the bay is fantastic for families and self employed, only 40 minutes from the beaches of the Gold Coast, and 30 minutes from Brisbane CBD it considered the gateway to MoretonBay and its islands for those who love celebrating weekends on the water.
In the South, Mt Gravatt is worth exploring, particularly for older families with children who may be seeking tertiary education in the coming years, given its close distance to the Griffith University.
Couples & Singles
Couples and singles who want to live closer to Brisbane City have a range of great suburb options for example New Farm, Paddington and Fortitude Valley. Fortitude Valley is the heart of Brisbane’s party scene and has become somewhat ‘gentrified’ in recent years. That said, in addition to a thriving nightlife and bars, Fortitude Valley now also offers an upbeat urban selection of cafes, edgy boutiques and shopping. Another similar option on the other side of the city is West End. A more ‘lefty’ arty suburb, West End is the increasingly ‘the place to be seen’. Prim and proper Paddington is also regarded as one of Brisbane’s best suburbs for singles and young upwardly mobile families, still in close proximity to the city but feeling a little more leafy and suburban with scenic views thanks to its hilly location. If you don’t mind apartment life, then the convenience of South Bank cannot be beaten. Similarly, Auchenflower is another great spot for singles and couples looking for a great unit close to the city. For those on a tighter budget, St Lucia is a lovely locale, but also very popular with student types given its proximity to the Queensland of University. For those who love the beach lifestyle Queensland affords, it is possible to live on the Gold and Sunshine coasts, but the commute distance should be taken into account with the GC one hour by car at least in peak hour and the Sunshine Coast an hour and a half.