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REVIEW: Best family suburbs in Brisbane | Where to live in Brisbane

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Wondering what the best family suburbs in Brisbane are? So were we! We decided to use a criteria-based system to determine which were the best suburbs in Brisbane for families.

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Where are the best suburbs to live in Brisbane? 

Check the details of our list below.

This article will give you a suburb review of each suburb and a list of the best suburbs in Brisbane based on cost, resources, age and safety.

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Best family suburbs in Brisbane – best schools for families

Check here to see the list of Brisbane school catchment areas.

The cost of living in Brisbane Australia as well as the proximity to good schools can really make or break your decision when it comes to living in Brisbane. They have a knock-on effect in terms of housing prices and family-friendly facilities.

Setting your family up in one of the best Brisbane suburbs for families; one that has great schools definitely tops the list of helping us to choose where to live in Brisbane. There are GREAT schools all over the place. NAPLAN results aren’t the be all and end all when it comes to choosing a school but, if they’re important to you, here are a few of our round-ups of NAPLAN scores.

Brisbane Secondary School Rankings.

Brisbane School Open Days.

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Hosing affordability and choosing the safest suburbs in Brisbane are the keywords when it comes to finding the best suburbs in Brisbane for families. You want something that’s affordable and that won’t trap you under huge repayments or rent but is also close enough to schools, resources and other people. You also want to know that the suburb you are looking at is a safe place to raise children.

Being by yourself, particularly when you’ve got little ones, is a potential cause of depression or other mental health issues so having that feeling of ‘connectedness’ is important.

Curious about the cheapest suburbs in Brisbane?

Have a look at Brisbane northside suburbs and Brisbane southside suburbs. Their growth potentials are all high as developments are increasing and new facilities are being built.

Cheapest suburbs in Brisbane

Some of the cheapest suburbs to buy in Brisbane represent good quality affordable housing options for families. While you may think that the cheapest places to live in Brisbane are not great, you may just find that these options may actually suit you and your family.

1. Ellen Grove

Ellen Grove is an outer suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and is located 20 kilometres south-west of the Brisbane central business district. At the 2016 Australian Census the population was recorded as 2,906.

2. Forest Lake

Forest Lake was the first Master Planned Community within the municipality of Brisbane, Queensland. It has won numerous awards for its design and had a population of 20,900 residents, as of February 2006.

3. Sunnybank

It’s taken more than a hundred years but Sunnybank, a one-time semi-rural suburb with market gardens, has overtaken Chinatown as home to Brisbane’s biggest Asian community and hence is now the in-spot to go to for authentic Asian eats and shops.

4. Bald Hills

Bald Hills is the northernmost suburb of the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. At the 2016 Australian Census the suburb recorded a population of 6,502.

5. Rocklea

Rocklea is a large suburb of Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, Australia. The suburb is located 9 kilometres south of the city. At times the suburb has experienced significant flooding from the nearby Brisbane River.

6. Bracken Ridge

Bracken Ridge is a northern suburb of Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, Australia. Its local government area is the City of Brisbane, in which it has its own ward.

7. Gordon Park

Gordon Park is a quiet residential area in the middle of Brisbane’s northern suburbs and the smallest suburb within Brisbane City Council.

8. Springfield Central

Springfield Central is located approximately 33km south west of Brisbane in the City of Ipswich. It’s part of Greater Springfield, Australia’s first privately built city, founded in 1993. It’s infrastructure includes large shopping centres, parklands, schools, university campus, and rail links.

More expensive suburbs in Brisbane for families

If you’re a little more established and in the position to spend more money, these suburbs have been identified as the best in terms of family housing.

9. Red Hill

Red Hill is an inner suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 3 kilometres north-west of the Brisbane CBD.

10. Wilston

Wilston is located approximately 3.4 kilometres from the Brisbane central business district, and is a mixture of old and new styles of architecture, from workers’ cottages to modern architect-designed homes on Wilston Hill. Wilston is home to many professionals, including many medical professionals, due to its inner city location, proximity to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and views of the city that are available from more elevated streets.

11. East Brisbane

East Brisbane is an inner suburb of Brisbane, Australia, located 2.5 kilometres south-east of the CBD. It is mostly residential, with some small commercial areas, and has many original Queenslander houses.

12. New Farm

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New Farm is a riverside inner suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The suburb is located 2 kilometres east of the Brisbane CBD on a large bend of the Brisbane River and is home to the beautiful New Farm Park and playground!

13. Kelvin Grove

Kelvin Grove is an inner northern suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia approximately 3 kilometres from the CBD. This hilly suburb takes its name from Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow, Scotland

14. Everton Park

Everton Park is a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is about eight kilometres north of the Brisbane CBD. This suburb is predominantly residential, with more than a quarter of the population residing in semi-detached and higher density dwellings. Everton Park is a Neighbourhood Watch area.

15. Banyo

Banyo is a northern suburb of the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is a community split between residential and industrial land usage, the latter being attracted by the accessibility of local transport, including the Gateway Motorway. Banyo and the neighbouring suburb Nudgee, with which it is intertwined in many respects, are both rich in local history. This history includes the recent preservation of an Aboriginal Bora Ring. The areas of Nudgee and Nudgee Beach border on the Boondall Wetlands, which is protected by the Brisbane City Council.

16. Hendra

Hendra is a suburb of the city of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It lies roughly six kilometres north-east of Brisbane central business district. The streets of Hendra are lined with Jacaranda and Royal poinciana Trees. As with its neighbouring suburbs, Hendra is predominantly a family-oriented community.

17. Toowong

Toowong is an inner suburb of Brisbane, Australia, which is 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) west of the Brisbane CBD. At the centre of Toowong is a commercial precinct including Toowong Village and several office buildings. The remainder of the suburb is predominantly residential with a mix of medium density dwellings and detached houses.

18. Indooroopilly

Indooroopilly is a suburb of Brisbane, Australia 7 kilometres west of the Brisbane central business district. The suburb covers 7.5 km². At the 2016 Australian Census the suburb recorded a population of 12,242.

19. Kenmore

Kenmore is a leafy suburb with a high number of professional residents and families. It is dominated by detached housing, but townhouses and units are increasing within the suburb. Kenmore has benefited greatly from the Centenary Highway which gives it direct access to the city via Milton Road, Coronation Drive, or since 2015 the Legacy Way (toll road).

20. Bardon

Bardon is an inner suburb of the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is located approximately 5 kilometres west of the Brisbane CBD. Bardon is a leafy residential suburb, much of which nestles into the foothills of Mount Coot-tha

21. Taringa

Taringa is a suburb of Brisbane, Australia 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) south-west of the Brisbane CBD. Taringa is mostly residential, except for a small number of commercial buildings mostly clustered along Moggill Road. It is a popular neighbourhood among the students of the University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology because of its proximity to the universities and to Brisbane city.

22. Mount Gravatt

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Mount Gravatt is the name of both a major suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and a prominent hill in this suburb. The suburb is situated in the south-east of the city and was one of Brisbane’s largest. The suburb is populated by middle class, young families seeking stability. During the summer it is sometimes home to WaterWorld (pictured). Mount Gravatt was once a popular destination of German, Irish and English Immigrants to Australia after World War 1 and 2. The suburb has a growing number of Southern Europeans (mostly from Greece and Italy).

23. Corinda

Corinda is a suburb in Brisbane, Australia, located approximately 8.8 kilometres southwest of the Brisbane central business district. At the 2016 Australian Census the suburb recorded a population of 5,064. Corinda has two main parks both sharing the same name but separated at either end of the suburb. One is a forest reserve along the Brisbane River which includes Carrington Rocks and Carrington Boat Club. The other is on the floodplain of Oxley Creek near the bowls club and state school. The historic Francis Lookout reserve has another small park used for the traditional local Carols by Candlelight celebrations run by various local church and school groups. The Sherwood Arboretum borders the suburb but is located in Sherwood.

24. Durack

Durack is an outer suburb of Brisbane, Australia. It is 15 kilometres south-west of the CBD. Over 63% of households in this area are comprised of couples with children, and 29% are couples without children. Stand alone houses account for over 96% of dwellings in this area, and townhouses account for a further 2%. Durack is only lightly populated and there have been considerable areas developed recently for housing. There are small farms around here and the area tends to attract migrants and first home buyers.

25. Coopers Plains

Coopers Plains is an outer suburb of Brisbane, Australia. Coopers Plains is an outer suburb of Brisbane, just 11 kilometres south-west of the CBD, with QE2 Hospital & Griffith University (Nathan Campus) in close proximity. Coopers Plains has an array of restaurants, cafes and takeaways on offer. This suburb is ideal for commuters with express city buses and Coopers Plains train station. Young families will also enjoy living here with kindergartens, primary schools and plenty of parks to choose from.

26. Darra

Darra is a Brisbane suburb located about 14 kilometres southwest of Brisbane central business district. The first subdivisions in the area occurred in 1864. The houses are mainly of the Queenslander style built in the 1940s and 1950s. Darra has developed greatly over the years. There are many grocers selling fresh local produce, the famous pecking duck restaurant, newsagent, woolworths and the new train station with routes to the Gold Coast. Darra is a quiet and friendly neighbourhood with a lot to offer. It is only 10 minutes away from the Jindalee DFO , Mount Ommaney Shopping Centre.

27. Murarrie

Murarrie is a suburb of Brisbane, Australia. It is located in the eastern suburbs on the southern bank of the Brisbane River adjacent to the Gateway Bridge. Murarrie has both residential and industrial sections.

28. Carina / Carina Heights

Carina is a suburb of Brisbane, Australia. It is located 7 kilometres east of the CBD, and borders Carindale, Carina Heights, Cannon Hill and Camp Hill. Carina is a mostly residential suburb. The Clem Jones Centre (a large sporting complex) is located in Zahel street, and a Brisbane City Council bus depot is situated on Creek Road Carina. The suburb is home to the Carina Tigers Rugby League Football Club.

29. Coorparoo

Coorparoo is a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, located 4 kilometres south-east of the CBD. It borders Camp Hill, Holland Park, Stones Corner, Greenslopes, East Brisbane and Norman Park. Only four kilometres from the city, Coorparoo has become a sought-after location for professionals looking for a shorter commute, generous apartments and unique homes. The double-storey post-war homes here are great for families too – complete with backyard fig trees that are perfect for climbing (and kids like them too).

But change is afoot: the busy junction between Old Cleveland Road and Cavendish Road is about to get a facelift (due for completion in 2019). The iconic Myer Building built in the 1960s (and closed a few years ago) is scheduled to be demolished and will be replaced with a new bus terminal, public space, retail precinct and apartment towers.

30. Carindale

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Carindale is a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is located 10 kilometres east of the CBD, and borders Belmont, Carina, Carina Heights, Mackenzie, Mansfield, Mount Gravatt East, and Tingalpa. Whether you’re an outdoor family, an inside family, a sporting family, an older family or just starting a family, Carindale’s a neighbourhood filled with things to do and places to play (for adults and kids). It’s easy to get around, and all your necessities, amenities and services are right nearby so it’s perfect for older couples and retirees, too.

31. Sandgate

Sandgate is a coastal suburb in Brisbane, Australia, 16 kilometres north of the Brisbane CBD. The town became a popular escape for the people of Brisbane in the early 20th century. Most of Sandgate’s facilities are located along Brighton Road, the main street in Sandgate, which include numerous banks, shops, services and a small shopping centre anchored by a Woolworths supermarket.

32. Redcliffe

Redcliffe is a residential suburb of the Brisbane metropolitan area located within Moreton Bay Region LGA in the east north-east of the Redcliffe peninsula, approximately 28 kilometres north-north-east of the Brisbane CBD.

33. Brighton

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Brighton is the northernmost suburb of Brisbane City, Australia, located 19 kilometres north of the Brisbane CBD. Brighton has a woodland wetland protected by the local government. This natural reserve is made up of three woods; namely Goodenia Woods, Pimelea Woods and Dianella Woods. The land is so called a wetland as it fills with water during heavy rain which flows into a small tidal creek, Copold Creek, that flows under one of the main roads of Brighton, Beaconsfield Terrace, and then leads to Bramble Bay between 15th and 16th Avenues. Full disclosure: I grew up here and I think it is one of the best places to live in Brisbane!! (It is also one of the safest suburbs in Brisbane!)

34. Wynnum

Wynnum is a suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Wynnum had a population of 12,915. Although Wynnum is situated next to the ocean, the shoreline is covered in mangroves and aromatic mudflats which makes it unsuitable for swimming at low tide. Next to the Wynnum Wading Pool which has a playground and Water Park and the Wynnum Jetty, there is a man-made beach called Pandanus Beach.

35. Manly

Manly is located approximately 19 km east of the Brisbane central business district. Surrounding suburbs are Wynnum (to the north), Lota to the South and Manly West (to the west). To the east lies Moreton Bay. Over 43% of households in this area consist of couples without children and a further 37% are couples with children. Stand-alone houses account for 67% of all dwellings in this area, with townhouses accounting for a further 10%.

36 Woolloongabba

Woolloongabba is home to the Brisbane Cricket Ground, also known as the Gabba, a vast sports stadium that hosts professional Aussie Rules football and cricket matches. The area’s burgeoning dining scene includes trendy bistros as well as more established fine dining favourites, while nearby shops sell antiques and vintage fashion. Story Bridge offers a harnessed climb with sweeping views and optional abseiling.

37. South Brisbane

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South Brisbane centres on South Bank, a busy riverfront stretch with cultural and science exhibits at the Queensland Museum, as well as art galleries and a giant Ferris wheel. Other draws include Streets Beach and the weekend Collective Markets, which sells handcrafted homewares. Grey Street features a popular cineplex, plus brewpubs and upmarket tapas bars. Burger and sushi places are part of a casual dining scene.

If you are looking for access to fun for the kids in the form of culture and water play then South Brisbane is one of the best suburbs to live in Brisbane.

38. Bowen Hills

Bowen Hills is an inner suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, located 3 km northeast of the Brisbane CBD. It was named after a Governor of Queensland, Sir George Ferguson Bowen.

39. West End

West End is a laid-back residential area popular for weekend markets like Davies Park, packed with vendors selling crafts and produce, and Boundary Street, known for its food stalls. Organic cafes and family-friendly Greek and Vietnamese restaurants have a casual vibe, while green spaces with playgrounds like Musgrave Park add to the community feel. Brewpubs and live music venues keep the area happening after dark.

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Here’s where it comes down to it.

What does the suburb have to offer in terms of shopping options? Playgrounds? Dog parks? Open spaces? Does it have a sense of community? Does the local council put on festivals and events? Is there a neighbourhood watch? What are the crime statistics like in the area?

Best place to live in Brisbane?

There is a lot of research to be done before determining the best place to live in Brisbane for YOUR family. And buying or renting in a particular area will very much depend on what you and your family value.

Best Family Suburbs in Brisbane – The ‘IT’ Factor

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We think that some of the best suburbs for families in Brisbane have that ‘it’ factor.

Like Sandgate’s super cool water park.  

Wynnum’s absolute plethora of fun things to do with kids. 

Hendra’s indoor ski, bounce, laser play centre

What’s your suburb got that others haven’t?

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Best Family Suburbs in Brisbane – What’s your call?

Did we miss out your ‘burb? Got some beef with our list? Do you think you know what is the absolute stand out BEST suburb in Brisbane? Let us know in the comments why you think YOUR neck of the woods should be included… and we’ll think about it!

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