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Brisbane's 9 Best Suburbs to Call Home

Our pick of the most liveable suburbs in Brisbane, the Sunshine State capital.

Making the move to Queensland’s sunny capital? Brisbane has a suburb to suit every lifestyle. With close access to education, community amenities, café culture and easy public transport, these are the nine neighbourhoods currently topping liveability charts.

Ascot

Affluent Ascot is known for its large heritage homes and leafy parklands. With a long culture of horse racing, today the suburb is coveted for its close-knit community and village-like feel. It’s just 7km north-east of the city and well connected via train and bus. With Racecourse Road at its heart, residents are spoilt for choice when it comes to cafes, restaurants and shopping. Next door, Hamilton hosts popular street food market, Eat Street Northshore along the riverfront.

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Kangaroo Point

Bound by water on three sides, the peninsula suburb of Kangaroo Point couples idyllic scenery with a lively cosmopolitan lifestyle. Framing spectacular skyline views, its riverfront is preserved with parks, bike trails and scenic picnic spots. Modern new apartments attract young professionals with the inner-city hub offering foodie hotspots, rooftop bars and quick access to South Bank.

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New Farm

The well-heeled neighbourhood of New Farm entices those looking for culture and convenience right on their doorstep. Trendy young professionals have pushed up prices – which have now tipped the $2 million mark – lured by the suburb’s dynamic lifestyle. It’s home to the Brisbane Powerhouse, riverside New Farm Park and a hefty line-up of restaurants, boutiques and bars. People cross town for the weekly farmers’ market held each Saturday.

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Ashgrove

The north-western suburb of Ashgrove combines close proximity to the city with a vibrant community feel. Its peaceful streets are lined with traditional 1920s Queenslander homes that offer plenty of space for growing families. It’s also a popular pocket for young professionals with abundant wine bars, bakeries and cafes as well as quick bus connections into the CBD. For those commuting on bicycle, two picturesque trails transport you straight to the city centre.

Paddington

The hilly streets of Paddington are threaded with traditional Queenslanders and workers’ cottages that give this historic neighbourhood its enduring charm. One of Brisbane’s most sought-after suburbs, it’s walking distance to the city centre and has become a hotspot for shopping and dining. Find notable brunch spots, institutional restaurants and beautiful antique stores all thrown into the mix. Families benefit from being close to some of Brisbane’s most prestigious private schools.

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Alderley

With its elevated tree-lined streets and character houses, Alderley is as pretty as a picture. It offers relaxed, suburban living while remaining close to the CBD and has a strong community feel with many young families moving in. On weekends, residents can be spotted bushwalking through Banks Street Reserve or grabbing a coffee from much-loved local cafes. The suburb also has a strong reputation for its access to private schools and easy public transport links.

West End

Those looking to immerse themselves in arts, nightlife and entertainment, West End remains a firm favourite. The suburb sees a melting pot of cultures coupled with a strong student population that creates an eclectic and ever-changing atmosphere. A mix of classic cottages, new apartments and share houses, it’s the sort of neighbourhood where everyone feels at home. Get your fill of delicious eateries along Vulture and Boundary streets.

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Indooroopilly

Indooroopilly is a popular pick with everyone from students and young professionals to families vying for a spot at some of Queensland’s best secondary schools. The riverside suburb is dotted with pretty parks, café precincts and excellent community amenities, while being just 7km from the CBD. Everyday conveniences are taken care of by way of a Westfield Shopping Centre and public transport hub providing buses and trains to the city centre.

Sandgate-Brighton Foreshore (Photo credit: Brisbane City Council)
Sandgate-Brighton Foreshore (Photo credit: Brisbane City Council)
Sandgate

A 25-minute drive from the CBD, sunny Sandgate caters to those seeking a laidback, coastal lifestyle. Despite being so close to the city, it feels as though it is a world away with its historic buildings and seaside village atmosphere. Sandgate locals can enjoy abundant open spaces as well as great education options and community amenities. Walks along the esplanade are met with a flourishing café scene and some of Brisbane’s best seafood.

*All statistics sourced from Core Logic, Realestate.com.au and Domain.

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