Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, is known for its warm weather, relaxed feel and sprawling Brisbane River. It’s close proximity to the Gold and Sunshine Coasts (and their magnificent beaches) also makes it a popular travel destination or home for those who need to work in the city but like to spend their weekends somewhere a bit more quiet.
If you’re relocating to Brisbane you might want to know a bit more about its suburbs before you make a decision on where you’d like to live though. You’ll need to take into account your living requirements, budget and travel needs of course, but another important thing to consider when living in Brisbane is which side of the river you want to be on: north or south. While travelling across the river is relatively easy these days, most people still choose to live and work in the same area to avoid peak hour traffic and toll roads.
Not sure where in Brisbane you’d like to live? Take a look at these 9 suburbs for some inspiration:
Fortitude Valley, or ‘The Valley’ as it’s more often known, is home to Chinatown and a range of restaurants, bars and clubs. Located just 1km from the Brisbane CBD, this is the perfect location for young couples or singles who enjoy nightlife and culture right at their doorstep.
The area is frequently serviced by buses and has a train station so you can take your pick of public transport here too. Expect to find apartments and small living spaces here, with a competitive and pricey housing market.
New Farm is a popular suburb due to its riverside aspect and close proximity to the city. It’s populated with cafes and restaurants and home to historic New Farm Park which is filled with picnic-goers and families each weekend.
Homes here range from older style houses to newer apartment complexes. While driving and parking in this suburb is relatively easy, you’ll still have easy access to public transport via buses and the City Cat which runs from New Farm Park and Sydney St. Just be prepared for your suburb to get pretty busy on weekends.
Kelvin Grove is most known for its campus of Queensland University of Technology, making it a popular area for students. The area around the university is now a hub of restaurants and cafes, as well as a fitness centre and theatres.
This is a popular area for families as Kelvin Grove State College is located here and many are eager to live within its catchment. At just 3 km out of the CBD, it’s ideal for commuting too. From here you can catch a bus into the city centre or out to other suburbs with ease.
Kelvin Grove has a range of housing options available, although you will find a large proportion of younger people living in apartments or share houses. You can also find family houses for a reasonable price here, although bear in mind it is a high demand area.
Known for its horse racing, beautiful old homes and tree lined streets, Ascot is located 7 km north of the CBD and is ideal for older couples and families with children. Popular Racecourse Road is filled with cafes, restaurants and shops and race meets at Eagle Farm and Doomben Racecourses bring many people to this suburb.
Houses prices are not cheap here and demand is high but living in Ascot comes with its own lifestyle and village-style living.
Home to Westfield Shopping Centre and a major bus interchange, Chermside is one of Brisbane’s fastest growing suburbs located 9 km out of the city centre.
Chermside is almost a CBD hub of its own with easy access to shopping, library, schools, hospitals and medical centres – just to name a few of its services.
You’ll find housing of all kinds in this area with a range of price ranges to suit most budgets as well. There’s everything from older style houses in need of renovation to brand new apartment complexes still being completed in this suburb so you can take your pick.
Mitchelton is a family-friendly suburb located 10 km north of the Brisbane CBD. Mitchelton is known for its leafy streets and old Queenslander style houses.
A railway station and buses link Mitchelton to other suburbs, including easy access to the city centre for commuters. There’s plenty of shops and schools to choose from here, as well as access to affordable housing options, many on larger blocks if that’s what you’re looking for.
Dutton Park is located just 4 km south of the Brisbane CBD and is home to the former Boggo Road Jail which is now a historical museum.
This suburb is mainly residential and has become a major bus transport hub which makes it easily accessible from the city or other suburbs. There’s also a train station here making it a great location for professionals and families with children.
Mt Gravatt is located 10 km from the city centre and is named after a large hill in the area. Home to a campus of Griffith University, this is another suburb popular for students and those who work at the university. However it is equally as popular with families and professionals commuting into the city as well.
There are plenty of schools to choose from here, lots of shopping and easy access to transport through the bus network.
Sunnybank is a popular and bustling southside suburb, located 16 km from the CBD of Brisbane. Sunnybank is well-known for its Asian restaurants and shops and is a thriving multicultural suburb.
There’s plenty of schools in the area and shopping centres too. Catch a bus straight into the city via the large bus station or drive if you don’t mind the peak hour traffic along the main roads here.
Sunnybank is perfect for families with children, professionals and those who want to live in a bustling, busy suburb or are looking for an affordable, larger house.
No matter which suburb of Brisbane you choose, we can help you get there. Hire A Packer offers a flexible and professional packing service, tailored for you.You can hire our professionals to help with packing, unpacking or both – depending on your needs and budget. All your items will be bubble or paper wrapped for maximum protection and grouped together by room, clearly labeled in boxes for quick, easy moving and unpacking.
When you book with Hire A Packer, you will also be provided with a 10% discount code to use with Hire A Box. You can then hire or buy boxes and also purchase the other packing materials required such as wrapping paper, tape rolls, and bubble wrap.
For more information on how we can help you with your move, get a quote or call 1300 366 522 today.
This article was written in conjunction with professional cleaning company Glimmr cleaning.