5.5 out of 10

Carinya St, Indooroopilly

-27.4929577019 152.9608706888
Great for
  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Pest Free
  • Shopping Options
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Public Transport
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees


Kez Kez
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5

"A lovely family area"

When people visit us for the first time most of them tell us that they never knew this area existed! It's a lovely little pocket nestled between Taringa & Chapel Hill. Actually, it's registered name is "Indooroopilly Woods" although no body calls it that!

Carinya Street is the primary street running between Blackstone St & Jenkinson St. The majority of Carinya St is relatively new - well, 20 years new anyway. This is obvious just as you pass Crotty St and Blackstone St. This pocket was opened up in the mid 80's. I have been told that Kate St in Taringa used to join up with our area where the roundabout is now in Coverdale St!.

All of the streets that run off Carinya St are culdesacs. We are surrounded by bushland, numerous old tall trees and abundant nature. Sometimes when sitting on our balcony it's hard to imagine that we're walking distance to a major shopping centre and only (approx) 25 minutes to the CBD of Brisbane! We recently had a couple of German visitors who said it was like waking up in Jurassic Park because of all of the birds in the morning! (we think this is a good thing - the birds - not the Jurassic Park bit!!)

Our area backs on to the Mt Coot-tha reserve and you can get a fabulous view of the city from either the hills behind or the Green Hill Water Reserviour off Russell Tce.

We have a great park in Carinya Street which has a play area for kids (swings/slide etc), a basketball court and 2 or 3 bbqs and tables. There is a bike path running through the park to the roundabout in Coverdale St.

Unfortunately our public transport options are limited to either the 415 (bus) which is a 10 minute walk through the park (depening of course on whereabouts on Carinya St you live) or a 15 - 20 minute walk up to Moggill Rd to catch another bus service. At present there is very limited parking available at the Indooroopilly & Taringa train stations, although the Indooroopilly Station has just commenced an upgrade which I believe will include more carparking. Travelling in to the CBD by ferry is an option however, like the train, you would need to drive to either the Gyatt Park (St Lucia) or Regatta (Toowong) stops and hope for a park. The 415 bus service is fine if you are travelling to either the CBD (via Toowong & Coronation Drive) or the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre. Unfortunately it only runs at half hourly intervals during peak times and hourly intervals after that, terminating just after 6pm. Public transport unfortunately isn't one of our Street's strong points.

There is, however, an upside to this - at least we don't have busses running up and down our street!

Indooroopilly Primary School (as at 2007) has a fantastic scholastic reputation and caters for kids from Prep to Year 7. It's just a 10 minute walk, with a short cut provided by a tunnel which runs underneath the Western Freeway. We are also very close to many of the private schools such as St Peter's Lutheran College, Brigidine College & Brisbane Boys College (& many more).

We have lived in Carinya Street since 2001 and my biggest gripe with the street is the rat-running that occurs by commuters (mainly school traffic) travelling from the Chapel Hill area through to Taringa. We have had numerous meetings with Council to try and come up with a more permanant solution with no results to report to date - (a no left turn sign at the top of Jenkinson Tce/Russell Tce is currently the only means of curtailing this issue) hopefully they will come up with an appropriate solution in the not-to-distant future. Until then I'll keep my fingers crossed.

With all that said, I can wholehartedly say that living in Carinya Street is a wonderful experience. My favourite way of unwinding after a long day is to sit on our front balcony, glass of red in hand, watching the sky changing from day, to dusk, to evening and listening to the birds that share this wonderful part of Brisbane with us!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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