9.1 out of 10

Inala

Ranked 60th best suburb in Brisbane
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2 days ago

"Rising star suburb"

Inala must be Brisbane's "rising star" suburb.
It is old enough to be very green, yet the extremely well-built houses are still is a very good nick.
Large land blocks.
Multiple parks, Sports greens and playgrounds.
Good public transport, and very good access via roads and motorways.
Enormous amount of shopping and eating out options!
Doctors, hairdressers, library, post offices, childcare, schools, small independent shops, green grocers selling locally grown produce - it's all here.
The old stigma has long lost all its hold, and it is reflecting in the rapidly growing house prices (thanks God we bought our house just in time!). The housing commission is gradually selling the remnants of its properties to the proud, caring and hardworking homeowners, the houses are being renovated, and the whole area is looking better and better every year.
Pros
  • Flood safe
  • Great facilities
  • Good road access
  • Beautiful parks
  • Friendliness
  • Sense of community
  • Cheap good gym at the PCYC
  • Wide streets
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
May 08, 2015

"Great value!"

A very green suburb, the official statistics say that Inala has the greatest parks/residents ratio in Brisbane.

Very good shopping options in Inala and surrounding suburbs. Great market at Inala Civic Centre - fresh and very cheap fruits and vegetables all year round. Good butcher shops and great fish shops. Major supermakets and smaller shoos at Inala Plaza, another Woolworts at Richlands Plaza, Aldi and more shops on Blunder Road. Lots of small independent shops, many with Asian food and homewares, 3 post offices in Inala, new Masters warehouse in Richlands, Bunnings in Oxey, a few department stores at Forest Lakes, and Mt Ommaney Shopping Centre is only 4 minutes via Centenary Motorway.

Many very affordable eating places.

Bulk billing doctors and medical centres. A few schools.

Great access to Inala via Ipswich Motorway, Centenary Motorway, Logan Motorway and Springfield train line. Richlands train station is very close.

Lots of simple, hardworking people living around. A few idiots of course (of any age, background and ancestry), but is there a place is without them?

Very solid, well-built, termite-resistant, flood-safe houses. Plenty of parks and trees. Good parking.

Very nice street names. All streets in Inala are divided in 3 groups: plants, birds and constellations, which makes it easy to search and navigate too. It's not a tangible asset, but I really like telling the name of our street to new visitors and guests, it's just pleasant. My personal preference is in the "floral" sector of Inala: it is quieter and cleaner because it is a bit further from the main shopping district. It has the largest parks and is the closest to the train station. It also has a beautiful Buddhist temple.

I reckon that Inala is one of the best value-for-money suburbs in Brisbane. The "bad" people that used to make Inala the subject of unfavourable news reports in the past seem to have gradually moved out, but the old stereotypes are still lingering in the minds of people who have never lived in Inala. And this makes Inala a very affordable place, for now. For the same money we could either afford a tiny apartment in a trendier suburb, or a solid, well-insulated 3-bedroom house with a large backyard on a nice quiet street in Inala. After 5 years of living in Inala we think we made the right choice. At the same time, the price of our house grew nearly 20% during these 5 years, and that's during the house market recession! So when, in a few decades, the time comes to sell and move somewhere for the old age care, we should be just fine.
Pros
  • Affordable shopping and eating out
  • Solid houses
  • Beautiful parks
  • Wide streets
  • Friendliness
  • Sense of community
  • Cheap good gym at the PCYC
  • Train station nearby
Cons
  • Just a few idiots around, but this problem exists in every suburb
  • At times, a bit too much of "multiculturalism"
  • Some people need to grow up and stop littering on the streets
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Nov 20, 2014

"Might surprise you"

Best suburb out!
4077
Pros
  • Many primary schools
  • Good state high school that is the most improved in qld
  • Tafe
  • Cheap good gym at the PCYC
Cons
  • A few scary people
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Sep 26, 2012

"Inala"

I was a 10 pound pom in 1969 and lived in Inala for 2 years it was a very nice place to live and I would live there again.)
Pros
  • Beautiful parks
  • Friendliness
  • Sense of community
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
2/5
Jul 10, 2012

"Pass"

We looked for a family home in Inala. In the end, we decided that it was not a place we could consider raising our children in.

I'm sure that there are a percentage of long-term residents, new Australians and young families who are wonderful neighbours, but honestly, the atmosphere was depressive on every visit (despite us actively trying to see the good points), and after several visits we gave up hope.

On the last visit, we arrived at a house where yet another owner seemed really scared that someone had knocked on her door (even though she was expecting us). The house was renovated and great value. Then we looked over the fence and saw the neighbours had a pitbull wandering around with no fence other than the low, patched up old fence surrounding the property.

That sort of summed it up for us. No matter how many other positive things we tried to find in Inala, no matter how many positive points there are, there was always going to be one or a number of people living down the street who lacked the mental faculties to live amongst others.

If you choose to live in Inala, you simply have to make yourself ignore that element.

Two out of the 10 or so houses we looked at had significant building or structural problems. Be careful buying there (even if you do buy a renovated home). Obviously, unless you are buying from a long-term resident who could afford to maintain their home, remember that many homes have been long-term rented or have passed hands numerous times.

I have lived in Inala before, but have little memory of it. (My family moved to Inala not long after we arrived in Australia when I was very young.) There are bad elements which are still there, and albeit probably greatly reduced, they'll be there for a very long time to come. Rest assured, if the bad elements were no longer there, the prices would not be so cheap. The question is, can you bring yourself to ignore it?
Pros
  • Beautiful parks
Susan H.
Susan H. There are always a few people who are "lacking the mental faculties to live amongst others", in every suburb. And the worst of them seem to be in the wealthiest suburbs, because of their enormous sense of entitlement. They think they have the money and they own this world.

We rented in very trendy inner city suburbs for many years before buying a house in Inala, and we are happy to be surrounded by simple, kind, helpful, hard-working people on each side here, rather than the cashed-up don't-give-a-shit types we used to have as our neighbours before.
Aug 03, 2015
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Feb 20, 2011

"Inala - The best kept secret in Brisbane"

WOW! I have lived in Inala for 2 years and I'm loving it. It's the best place ever. Wide roads, tall trees, but best of all - and I can't believe I only just found this - I just joined the gym for $30 a year at the PCYC! Awesome. Cheapest gym membership in the WORLD and a great gym! Oh yeah - you have to pay 10 bucks a week too - but you just cancel it when you stop going, there's no contract!

This is a safe area no matter what people like to say about it. There are heaps of people who have been living in 'posh' suburbs and are moving to Inala because the rents are getting so high. Even here prices are going a bit mad but nothing compared to Indooroopilly etc. When people start looking at what they can get in Inala in some of the reno'd houses it blows their minds - because of the hovels they are living in 10 minutes up the road for so much more money and a horrible stressful life! Just so they can say to their friends 'see where I don't live'. I think it's hilarious. Trust me I know - I work in real estate.

The worst thing for hard up families will be when the rest of Brisbane catches on to what a gem Inala is - because then the prices will go up even further (It's already starting - they're 6 x what they were 10 years ago). Inala is a 15 minute drive to the city on a Sunday. For the professional, it's 30-40 minutes on a workday in peak hour. With Richlands train station its 30 minutes on an xpress train and not much different on a non-xpress! But then, there's plenty of work around in the south and south-west with no need to even go to the city.

Also, there are buses to take the kids to schools in Indooroopilly, Centenary, MtGravatt, Sunnybank or the City. Or Forest Lake is a walk down the road.

I don't care what people say - especially fools like the guy who reviewed before me - this place is a gem. I haven't seen any seen any crime! It's so easy to live here. Quiet, peaceful. I love it and recommend it to anyone who has a brain in their head and wants the easy life - smaller mortgage or lower rent (no rent or mortgage in Brisbane is truly low anymore, but lower than elsewhere).
Pros
  • Cheap good gym at the PCYC
  • Wide streets
  • Houses of solid construction, large bedrooms
  • Beautiful parks
  • Cheap Asian Groceries
  • Friendliness
  • Sense of community
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Dec 27, 2010

"Lovely neighbours and community"

I used to think I would rather die than live in Inala. However being forced out of the rental market 3.5 years ago due to owing pets I had to look for a cheap house to buy. Not only was it the best thing that ever happened to me but I LOVE LOVE LOVE my house. It is stucco, solid as a rock, so comfortable and even has a walk in wardrobe and ensuite which I used to think I would have to be a millionaire to afford. My neighbours in every direction are fabulous, lots of single pensioners, vietnamese who are friendly and as quiet as a mouse and in general there is a lovely community spirit. I have many regulars that I call out and say hello to when taking my dogs for a walk and I have even had neighbours offer things like mowing my lawn when I have been unwell.

I was broken into within a month of moving to this house by the local junkies who have since been arrested or moved on so now find no problems whatsoever and this was over 3 years ago. I have not noticed any signs of drugs or addiction since they left.

The shops are not great, however I love the multicultural feel of the outdoor area and as a previous poster said, Mount Ommaney and Forest Lake are so close if you need a bit more variety.

I actually much prefer the multiculturalism of Inala to the previous stereotypical occupants of Inala, being the feral white people, and actually find that on the odd occasion you do see those kind of people at the shops screaming at their children etc, you just think 'what rock did you crawl out from under' seeing as how it is such an infrequent thing to see.

One last thing - the houses are fantastic. Last year I found out I had termites and had had them for years. Any other house would have been eaten to the ground. I may have to replace some skirting boards and door frames at some stage - but that is it. These Stucco homes are such good quality, so solid and built to last.
Pros
  • Friendliness
  • Sense of community
  • Beautiful parks
Cons
  • remaining unpleasant people - just pick your areas carefully
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Aug 17, 2010

"One of Brisbane's tougher neighbourhoods"

Talbot
Talbot I wonder if you can support your highly negative and potentially damaging statement up with any personal experience of Inala? On what basis do you rate all of Inala's services as terrible?

To address only a few (for the sake of space)...It's clearly one of the greener suburbs of Brisbane, yet you have rated it at the lowest rating for clean and green. That's odd because if you had ever been here I don't see how you could rate a very green suburb, full of trees and massive parks, as terrible.

In addition, you have marked Inala's Medical facilities at the lowest rating. I must point out that Inala's health facilities have recently (Oct 2009) won a National award for being the best in Queensland (source link below).

Resale value - Inala's house prices continued to rise even through the GFC. On what basis are you saying that a 75% return on investment over 4 years is terrible? Strange, because it doesn't feel terrible to me or my bank account.

I could go on but I don't have the time right now. I'll just ask: Have you lived here? Shopped here? Been to school here? Visited here? Or are you just stating an uninformed opinion? Everyone has the right to their opinion, but I would hope that someone such as yourself would see fit to make their's an informed opinion.

Unfortunately, just by looking at your ratings of all the aspects of Inala I suspect that you have not even visited Inala. If you have, I'd welcome an explanation of your rating.

Please consider the damage you do to the reputation of a place by ignorantly parroting uninformed opinions.

http://south-west-news.whereilive.com.au/news/story/inala-primary-care-is-queensland-s-top-practice/
Aug 17, 2010
lizok
lizok Dear Crissy2, I agree with Talbot that the review of Inala is unhelpful. Inala is a lovely place. I went for a beautiful walk today and thought how lucky I am to live here. There are at least 8 doctor's practices in this area, some with 5 or more doctors. There is a large shopping centre, which could probably use an upgrade on the outside (the parking area has no cover), but it has everything you need including 3 banks, a video shop, a TAB, a Subway, a Coles, a Woolies, several fresh food places, some specialising in Vietnamese food, 2 optometrists, 5 doctor surgeries, 1 library, 1 bottleshop, a McDonald's, 2 newsagents, 3 chemists, 1 hearing auditory centre, 1 bakery, 1 homeart, 2 discount shops etc. etc. The houses in this area have had an enormous amount of money spent on them, you only have to walk around to see that. Most people are proud of their home and have spent a great deal upgrading their home. There are at least 5 very large parks in Inala and there are 5 primary schools and 1 high school, which have all been upgraded. This may have been one of the poorer areas 50 years ago, when it was originally a returned services and public housing area, and an outlying area in the Brisbane CBD, but that certainly is not the case now, especially since Forest Lake has been built over 15 years ago. There is a new railway station going in just up the road at Richlands shortly with a new Woolworths and shopping area. It only takes me 15-20 mins to get to town from here, and I'd much rather live here than one of the more outlying areas.
Aug 19, 2010
ricodyson
ricodyson na, I agree with Crissy2.
Says it how it is without the bull
Jul 26, 2013
Susan H.
Susan H. I can confirm the positive view on Inala, after my first hand experience. Anyone who claims Inala being full of crims is not actually living here. They go by old myths and dated gossips. The same sort of people who thought the Earth was flat because that's what everyone else was thinking at the time.

We bought our house in Inala because it was much more affordable, on a larger block and a quieter street than we could get anywhere else in Brisbane that close to the city. We didn't want to be in mortgage debt for the rest of our lives, so we though we will consider Inala, and when we save extra money, we can always move elsewhere later. We are very careful people, so, before buying, we walked around the streets at different times of day and night, talked to the locals, talked to local business owners, even talked to the local police. Inala turned out to be no more dangerous than anywhere else in Brisbane. So we bought the house we liked.

Then we discovered that the house is extremely well-built, very solid, termite-resistant and low maintenance. Then we lifted the old carpets and found stunning hardwood brushbox floors, polished them and ended up with luxurious floors almost for free. Then we found that the roof frame is also hardwood, sitting on the pour-on-site concrete walls. Not a single crack in the house even though it is about 20 years old! Our block in the smallest in the vicinity, yet it is still well over 600 m2. We have a large, beautiful garden now. We are close to both Oxley (15 minutes on a bus) and Richlands (20 minutes walk) train stations, close to shops, doctors, chemists, post office, hairdressers, takeaway places, restaurants, very close to a bus stop, yet our street is very quiet. We have wonderful neighbours on all sides, everyone knows everyone and looks after each other's houses when people are away, so I feel much safer here than when we rented in expensive trendy suburbs near the city.

The local parks are very large, full of old gumtrees and native wildlife. Inala Civic centre is a place to buy the freshest and cheapest fruits and vegetables, many of which come from the local farm in Richlands and often just a couple of hours from the farm to our table!

I think, many people started realising the advantages and the potential of Inala, because our house has nearly doubled in price in the past few years. Though, I don't think we will be selling any time soon, as we initially planned. We now clearly see the benefits of living in a nice place without an exorbitant mortgage, and making a good investment at the same time. By the time we retire and decide to move, Inala's stigma will disappear completely, Brisbane will sprawl beyond reach and a gren suburb 18 km from the CBD will be a very desirable location, so and we will get a very god price for our house.

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And a message to the people who say that Inala is a bad and dangerous place:
You obviously don't live here and probably rarely visit, which is good. Because we much rather be surrounded by nice people when we are walking and shopping in our suburb. Someone who pours filth in their comments without any knowledge, facts or evidence is not the type we want to see.
Aug 03, 2015
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Jul 16, 2010

"Inala"

I moved to Inala with my partner about 18 months ago now. Our original plan was to buy cheap and then move to a better place when we had more money. Since moving to Inala, we have grown to really like the place and have had no problems whatsoever (touch wood). We now have no intentions to move like originally planned. We live in a street opposite a park and it is very quiet. We are close to our neighbours and there is little traffic. Plus our block is huge, lots of room for our two dogs. My partner who is a police officer catches the train to work in the City which takes about 20 minutes from Oxley train station. Later this year the Richlands Train Station will open meaning he will not have to drive to the train station. The last time stats were released about crime in brisbane, Inala wasn't even in the top ten anymore. Sure, it used to be bad but has gotten a lot better.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
May 20, 2010

"Wonderful place!"

This area is just so lovely. I understand that a stir was created by someone who clearly hasn't been in the area for at least a couple of decades. St Lucia used to be public housing - who cares? Inala is just wonderful and the locals should be rightly proud of the community they have created.
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 3/5
May 20, 2010

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Cons
  • remaining unpleasant people - just pick your areas carefully
Recommended for
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lizok
lizok Dear Dimsim
Inala is indeed a beautiful area.
May 11, 2010
lizok
lizok oops sorry Dimsum
May 11, 2010
dimsum
dimsum I hope so lizok, I'm flying up to Brisbane for work this week and will drive down to Inala & Darra for a first hand look.
May 11, 2010
Talbot
Talbot Hi Dimsum,

I totally recommend that you check out Inala. Certainly, NoThanks appears to have created an account simply to post damaging comments.

Inala has a 'stigma' attached to it because of it's history as a fully publicly owned suburb. Now, however, many homes (at least half) are privately owned and it's a lovely place to be. The only reason the prices are low is because Brisbanites don't seem to be able to get over their misinformed bigotry. There is a great ethnic diversity here, and it's no secret that there's a lot of racism in Australia. Therefore, I would ask anyone who makes a negative comment about inala to quote their source. If the source is 'I just know" or "everyone knows" then you can take it with a grain of salt.

All the best,
May 11, 2010
dimsum
dimsum We were looking to move into this area from Sydney and because you just can't really trust what people are saying on here (especially if they're trying to sell their house,) I did an online News search using suburb names around this part of Brisbane (Inala, Darra, Richlands, Durack etc...) and sadly every time they popped up it had something to do with burglaries, armed hold-ups & domestic violence (don't take my word for it, try it yourself.) According to the last census I also found they also have very high rental & public housing ratios compared to the rest of Brisbane. As much as we'd like a lower mortgage when we move to Brissy, I think we'll probably look further up towards Strathpine.
Jun 18, 2010
lizok
lizok Dear Dimsum

Strathpine is indeed a very nice area, so go for whichever area you like. There are a lot of lovely areas in Brisbane. I am not trying to sell my house in Inala, but I would like the profile of the suburb to improve. Inala was created as a returned servicemen suburb over 50 years ago. Since then there have been a lot of changes here. It is really a nice place to live, there is not much public housing left here and I feel safe enough to go for a walk and leave my door unlocked and my window open at night. I have met some lovely people in the area. There is a multi-cultural feel with a lot of Vietnamese people and Islander people. These people are very family orientated. There is a new shopping centre opening at Richlands and the Lions club at Richlands too. You only have to walk around the suburb to see how much money has been spent on the housing here to improve the suburb. I personally have had only one incident with a neighbour in my whole 17 years in Inala, and that was resolved quickly and easily.
Jun 18, 2010
Talbot
Talbot I'm not trying to sell my house either! I wouldn't recommend you buy anywhere until you've spent at least a couple of months renting in the area. You really have to check it out.

Your search of the sensationalist media is not going to give you a proper idea of the crime rates. Check out the Qld Police Statistics for crimes here: http://www.police.qld.gov.au/Resources/Internet/services/reportsPublications/statisticalReview/0809/documents/11_District%20Crime.pdf

You'll see that North Brisbane and the Oxley region (which is district Inala is in) are equivalent in terms of crime. When you get to Logan, the crime rate is much higher - but that's partly because the area of Logan is much larger than the metropolitan districts (like Oxley and North Brisbane) we're comparing with. What they should show is crime per capita - it would be a much more useful statistic.
Jun 18, 2010
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Apr 21, 2010

"Quiet and Leafy Retreat"

The houses are top quality, the roads are wide, the yards are massive, the neighbours are super friendly. This is a real community.

One of the best things about Inala is the peace and quiet here. When I wake up in the morning, I wake up to birds singing and light dappling in through foliage. It's like an oasis. There are 3 parks a couple of streets from me in 3 directions!

One of the other best things about Inala is that it's a bargain!

Just do a quick compare of Inala and Forest Lake. Forest lake is 1 km from Inala and has twice the population in a far smaller area! The houses in FL are $100k more on average, but you get an awful lot less for your money.

In Inala you get huge blocks of land covered with trees and lovely gardens, solid concrete (not brick!) houses constructed with gorgeous huge hardwood beams (trust me, I've renovated one), and beautiful hardwood brushbox floors as standard (just look under the lino or carpet!). The houses are built with exquisite workmanship - not a single squeak in the floorboards - which is extraordinary with 50yr old timber flooring. The houses are usually constructed of poured concrete outer walls and rendered internal walls. The bedrooms are really huge - so when you see 3 bdrm you need to realise these are large. The window frames are silky oak! This is absolutely bog standard for all houses in Inala! (Except if someone's come along to renovate and replaced the casements with aluminum security sliding windows - which has happened in some houses.)

For your extra $120k in forest you get miniature houses with no yard, tiny bedrooms (half the size of ours), pine and brick construction (termite food) on 500sqm of land (if you're lucky!), 6 neighbouring houses, boiling hot bitumen culdesacs where the grass is dead and the lanes so narrow everyone parks their cars on the verge. Sure there are a few lakes around - but if I want to go to a lake, I'm closer to them from here than many people in FL are because Forest Lake is only 1km from my house!

And if it's the demographic stigma that's holding you back from buying in Inala, here's the big secret. FL and Inala have almost the same demographic! Except that people in FL are in more debt because they got bigger mortgages and therefore have less disposable income.

In Inala you have a massive bus station at the main shopping centre with buses going to Indooroopilly, the City, Sunnybank etc (everywhere) and you have Darra, Oxley, and Wacol train stations all within 5-6 kms. There are about 5 schools locally without including all the commutable schools in areas like Robertson, Indooroopilly, Kenmore... And a drive to the city in non-peak takes 18 minutes straight up Ipswich Road!

I can't recommend Inala enough. I'm a 30 something married woman doing post grad study at UQ and my husband is a professional. The only reason I can study full time is because our mortgage here is cheap enough that we can pay it on one wage.

If you're thinking of starting a family and want to stay home with the kids, why would you go anywhere else?
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lizok
lizok Thank you for that information, it is right on!
May 11, 2010
dimsum
dimsum What a great review! Thanks for that Talbot.
May 11, 2010
Penni
Penni Good review of forest lake - very true. The blocks average around 300sqm and some are smaller.
Apr 18, 2012
Susan H.
Susan H. Totally agree. We were considering Inala very carefully before buying. Old myths, you know... But that's just it: myths. We are now happy to be here, have a good, solid house with a large yard on a quiet street, wonderful neighbours, be close to everything, and seeing how our house is doubling in price over just a few years. Nice to know that you'll be rich when you retire. =)
Aug 03, 2015
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  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Apr 19, 2010

"great place to live with cultural diversity"

great medical services cheap shopping and transport like no other
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  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Apr 04, 2010

"A positive start"

For two years my wife and I have been living in Inala. We moved here from the Northside - Northgate, for our first house purchase. We undertook a lot of research, ie: infrastructure, proximity to city, affordability, future gains, and all pointed towards Inala. To wake each morning to the sounds of birds, and the smell of fresh air, compared to the sounds of cars honking, and the smell of overpopulation, has been a constant daily reminder of our great purchase. And with the Richlands train station, and brand new business district going up close by, it has made our purchase even better. There is a school close by, for when my newborn daughter grows up to attend. The one thing I have noticed since living in Inala, is that the name sticks. But slowly, and surely, the name is evolving towards a new generation of young home buyers who take no notice of the past, and all the attention towards location and infrastructure. Inala has it all. But does it have you??
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  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Feb 18, 2010

"The Lively Suburb"

Originally known as Boylands Pocket by sheep and tobacco farmers, it wasn't until 25th February 1953 that the suburb was officially named Inala. Its rapid growth began when the Serviceton Co-operative Society bought 480 hectares of land that was divided into many 800m2 lots and distributed amongst the societies shareholders, who were predominately ex-servicemen. Soon after, the Queensland Housing Commission took over the development project and arranged for 1000 homes to be built by a South Australian company called Boscrete. Who specialized in the construction of concrete homes.

With the influx of people and diverse cultures flocking to the young suburb, the Heart of Inala, was built. Opened in 1962 it consisted of only 8 shops and was officially named the "Inala Civic Center". To this day I am still amazed at how busy this place is, any day off the week. Strongly influenced by the cultural diversity surrounding it, almost all signage contains English and Vietnamese. The centers' courtyard is regularly host to many community events and is a great spot to meet local people.

Bring the kids because there are plenty of schools for you to choose from. Currently I have seen a lot of construction work at many of these schools, expanding and renovating of the grounds.

There's always something happening in Inala!
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  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Jan 16, 2010

"I have since moved out of Inala for work and found that I miss it alot"

Been at Inala for quarter of a century, I have since moved to the opposite side of Brisbane due to the industry I'm in and to make the commute less hassling. I found that I miss alot of things that I took for granted when I was at Inala:
- Multiple choices of highways to get where I want, so if one had traffic I can choose a different one, I can go to CBD, Sunnybank, Ipswich, Springfield Lakes, Indooroopilly, Sunnybank, Mt Gravatt, Mt Ommaney (all the major retail and happening spots in Brisbane) for less than 20mins drive! The Gold Coast is only an hour away!
- Food: so much variety at asian groceries, practically none on the north side. There's no shortage of variety of foods.
- Dining out: you can buy a dinner meal for under $10, you be lucky to pay that for lunch on the north side.
- Communications infrastructure - my mobile doesn't work at my workplace or at home & that's after changing providers! Inala has the best internet infrastructure - you can get any ISP to service Inala, whereas on the Northside I can only get ADSL1 - very annoying and COSTLY.
- Inala has a very good PCYC which provides very cheap gym facilities, not to mention its close to Forest Lake which has its own heated indoor swimming pool
- Plenty of Parks to walk your pet as well, not a concrete suburb like up north, plenty of greenery.
- Inala shopping centre isn't like Indooroopilly, but the locals gather there to shop and chit chat - great community spirit.
- Can't comment on pay tv as I didn't need it at Inala
- Traffic - non existent as being a local I always took the side streets so never encountered traffic. Inala shopping centre is almost always full cause people like to congregate there.
- Didn't get outages during storms or issues when Oxley (next suburb over) was flooded
- Inala house prices jumped quickly due to all its infrastructure and amenities - its only a few klms to the Brisbane CBD, one of the fastest growing cities in Australia!
- Most houses and land were done back when land was not scarce so very generous in room, house and land sizes.
- BULK BILL - no doctor in Inala will decline bulk billing, Northside you have to pay to even see a doctor :( so I go back to Inala to see a doctor teehee
- Every weekend I come back to Inala to see my family and do my groceries because it is that much better choice - its worth the extra fuel and time.
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kidd1716
kidd1716 “nice quiet suburb”
lived here all my life. plenty of parks for walks or play sport. roomy houses and lands. people in the area are great and friendly. plenty of schools close by. local shopping centre nearby. know many people move out of inala but continue to come back for visits and grocery shopping, many multicultural shops for multicultural town. transportation is great, within a year or two there will be a train station completed, connecting to the springfield area. not too far from brisbane CBD, not too close for all the traffic jams!
Jan 17, 2010
dimsum
dimsum Great detailed review!
Thanks Pandibaby.
May 11, 2010
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  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jan 12, 2010

"Inala is close to the Oxley Motorway and takes only 15 to 20 mins to the City."

Inala is a quiet suburb. I feel safe here. Most people take pride in their homes. The schools are being renovated. There is a lot of potential for future growth. Inala is close to the City and Hospitals. There are many Doctors surgeries and Health facilities. There are social clubs for Seniors. There is a Centrelink office. There are many food outlets including Red Rooster, Kentucky Fried Chicken and McDonalds. There are a lot of Asian food outlets. Housing is cheap in Inala but with the potential for future development, I am sure there will be a rise in future prices. This is a good place to get into the property market. There is a variety of night entertainment nearby including Lions Club and more. There are several child centres. Inala has changed from being mainly a rental suburb to being more privately owned houses.
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jonnyboi123
jonnyboi123 haha yous all should know that inala has lot of criminals but they don't Du crime in there own suburb kuz it brings too much heat so they travel and du there criminal activities else where like next door forest lake lesson learnt from the older generation but inala is a great place to live
Apr 14, 2011
derbybour
derbybour I have lived in I Ala for 5 years but I haven't seen what peaple saying about it al the time. I used to live in a rental property for almost years. But forthe last three years I have Ben living in my own. Inala is a great place for the great family and also it is great for the people who want,s have peace of mind. I have talked to a few people about Inala and the information they have about inala is all lies. I love Inala. Inala is my first home and it gonna be the last one. In another five years time we will see where inala gonna be. It may gonna be one of the medium class suburb. Thanks to inala and it,s community.
Jun 23, 2012
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Best Streets in Inala

1

Goldfinch St

4.5/5
"A gem"
-27.6038526532 152.976115671
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Skylark St

4.5/5
"Skylark Street Shops"
-27.60315 152.97982
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Buddleia St

4.5/5
"Leafy street along the ridge"
-27.58938 152.96544
4

Corsair Ave

4/5
"Wirraway Parade - A Hub for Services to Inala"
-27.6003 152.97457
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Pimlico St

4/5
"What An Odd Street"
-27.60516 152.97341

Unranked Streets in Inala

Nuthatch St

2.5/5
-27.59961 152.98386

Swallow St

4.5/5
"Close to everything: From parks to the plaza!"
-27.6031832947 152.9759654068

Veronica St

4.5/5
"Very good and convenient location"
-27.5913295014 152.9623186889

Eugenia St

4.5/5
"A wide yet quiet street"
-27.58302 152.96476

Heron St

4/5
"Short and Quiet"
-27.60305 152.98115