7.9 out of 10

Bracken Ridge

Ranked 178th best suburb in Brisbane
-27.3176630559 153.033520466731
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  • Safe & Sound
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Public Transport
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
Mar 07, 2017

"Hidden secret great location"

Bought a property here 3 1/2 years ago. Just had bank appraisal and value has increased 20% already!!! It's a hidden secret. 10 min drive to shorncliffe if you love walking by the beach. 10 min to chermside shopping mall which is currently undergoing major renovation. It is 30 min away from the city. Close to gateway motorway. All the pluses. I take the train via shorncliffe line and get off at deagon station. Train is not packed unlike Ferny grove line. Lots of nice houses too with big lots. Overall happy.
Pros
  • convenience to the north and south coast/ airport
  • Access to all important facilities
  • availability to public transport, beach, and village
  • Good cost living
  • wide leafy flat streets
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers
5/5
Aug 11, 2016

"An all-round great place to live"

We moved to the area two years ago and are incredibly glad we did. All of our neighbours are super friendly and it seems like the schools in the area and the great location are bringing good people to the suburb. I particularly like the parts closer to Brighton, you can't beat being able to get to the bay easily or to Sandgate on a summer's weekend. There are also quite a number of good cafes and restaurants in the area now. overall, we love it. There is no better part of QLD to bring up a family! Have noticed the prices are starting to go up quite a lot recently... Seems like others have realised as well!
Pros
  • good options for food
  • great family suburb
  • convenience to the north and south coast/ airport
  • Access to all important facilities
  • availability to public transport, beach, and village
  • Good cost living
  • wide leafy flat streets
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Jan 23, 2016

"Very happy here"

I bought in Bracken Ridge 2 and a half years ago and am very happy living here. House prices are affordable with good facilities in the area and only 5 minutes to the bay, 10 minutes to Redcliffe, 15-20 minutes to the airport. The express bus service to Chermside and the city is excellent. My neighbors are very friendly and, being a quiet street, we often have children playing in the street in the afternoon. I do not live near the pub so cannot comment on what that is like at night. My part of the suburb is very quiet and peaceful.
Pros
  • convenience to the north and south coast/ airport
  • Access to all important facilities
  • availability to public transport, beach, and village
  • Good cost living
  • wide leafy flat streets
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
NikkieH
NikkieH Thanks for your review- we are moving from darwin to Brisbane in a few weeks and are looking at this area to live 😊 do you know roughly how long the commute is to the city please? Thanks!
Feb 09, 2016
AngieHughesA
AngieHughesA We are also moving from Darwin and looking at this area and hopefully buy very soon. Whats the rental market like here as we would rent out an not move up till 1 or 2 years time? Thanks
Feb 21, 2016
ChrisS8
ChrisS8 Hi Nikkie, it can be up to 60 minutes depending on how busy the traffic is. A good run is more like 35 minutes
Feb 21, 2016
ChrisS8
ChrisS8 Hi Angie, I don't know the rental market sorry as I bought in the area and had rented elsewhere previously. A real estate agent could give you info on that. A quick scan of real estate.com.au shows rentals of anywhere from $330 pw up to $450 pw
Feb 21, 2016
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Great Place to live in"

A family place, one can free for all the basic issue on this place. recommended for micro family. not recommended if looking for great school nearby.
Pros
  • convenience to the north and south coast/ airport
  • Access to all important facilities
  • Good cost living
Cons
  • Drunk people walking home from pub on weekend nights, swearing at each other (regular occurance).
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"It is a smaller place yet in a city.."

One person on here made a derogatory remarks about the comments of others and perhaps that sort of person who made those comments has been the make up of this area for a long time and yes in the past it has had a rotten name and rightly so, but over the last many years it has become one of the best places to live. It is 5 min to the gateway which gives you a quick 15 to the airport, and is adjacent to the north motor way or to the city. It has been a sort of out of the way sort of place yet is still in the city.
It has many very good private and state schools in the area or close by, 4 larger or medium shopping centres with 4 other smaller ones only minutes away, medical centres, small parks. The blocks are very large and the streets are fantastically wide so you do not have neighbours almost on your door step, or cars passing close to your front door.
But one of the best thing about Bracken Ridge is that there is a huge area on a hill, with fantastic sea breezes and incredible views, now where else can you still get such beauty this cheap and this close to the city, airport, beaches etc and once people wake up to this area, the prices are going to sky rocket.. I just wish we had found it 5 years ago when it was cheaper, but unfortunately I also thought Bracken Ridge was a crummy place, with a housing commission area making it undesirable. But no more, I had not realises that there was also such a lovely big area with so many lovely houses there and where we live on the hill it is fantastic with great neighbours who are actually friendly and even make you welcome, now where else do you get that??.
Pros
  • convenience to the north and south coast/ airport
  • Access to all important facilities
  • availability to public transport, beach, and village
  • Good cost living
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
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 5/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Just moved from Ascot. Better than I thoguht."

We lived in Ascot for over 7 years. We loved Ascot but there are more unit complexes and it became quite noisy on weekend/night time/race days. We wanted to move to somewhere quiet, bigger land surrounded by bigger block of houses on no flood area. I heard that Bracken Ridge has some housing commissions, so I was saying "no" to the area, but many agencies told us that many government houses were already sold and more to sell, so it's not what it used to be anymore. We walked around the area a few times before purchasing a house, and we actually enjoyed it. Our neighbors has large nice and well-maintained houses, so I felt safe here. Our house hunting took many months. We saw houses in Stafford heights, Chermside, Aspley, Carseldine, Boondall, etc. Avoiding flood area (according to BCC flood map), not too close to any tower (mobile phone, electricity etc/personal preference) and not on a busy main road, no asbestos (FC) cladding/lining/roof wasn't easy. (Also not too close to wet land/river, as I have allergic reaction to insects bites>>my skin get swollen badly). Bracken Ridge wasn't our target but I found out it used be called "Rose Hill" and most houses are on a hill. I always wanted to live on a hill and now I do. Luckily supermarket (Woolworth) , gym, library, park and tennis court are within a walk distance :) Everything is good and I'm so happy here :) Whoever looking for a house, I think it's not about particular suburb. There are good and bad street/house/occupant in any suburbs. Everyone has different priority on their list, so if the house ticks many boxes, go for it :)
Pros
  • High RL (reduced level) so most area is NOT flood affected.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • 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 5/5
2yrs+

"Bracken ridge on the up up up"

I bought in Bracken Ridge 10 years ago and the suburb has changed so much. Shops have been renovated and many people moving into the suburb from professional backgrounds. The hill around the catholic school and the new estates are lovely. I have never had trouble with noise or troubled people. The suburb has evolved a lot and the new council has really advocated improving the services and parklands in the area. The new roads will improve the traffic into the area and Brisbane city council has announced that the suburb will get a new pool complex. Many of the commission houses have been sold and this is isolated to a small part of the suburb. Suburbs change, just look at Bentleigh in Melbourne close to the water, used to be on the rough side and now gentrified and homes worth millions.
Pros
  • convenience to the north and south coast/ airport
  • Access to all important facilities
  • availability to public transport, beach, and village
  • Good cost living
  • wide leafy flat streets
Recommended for
  • Professionals
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Crackin place to live"

We moved to Bracken Ridge 5 years ago, compared to where we used to live it's paradise. The estate down on Denning Rd seems to have some interesting people who like to dismantle their cars by the side of the road, re-build then have a good burnout on a Saturday evening, ahh the smell of burning rubber, such a lovely fragrance to compliment the sound of the next door neighbour smashing out 1980's crap music till 3am. If you give that area a wide berth there are some lovely areas with freindly people surrounding you. Don't need to add anything else as it's all benn said before.
Pros
  • convenience to the north and south coast/ airport
  • Access to all important facilities
  • availability to public transport, beach, and village
  • wide leafy flat streets
  • Good cost living
Cons
  • Never had to phone the Police as the noise doesn't bother me as I'm used to young t*urds smashing cars outside my house then pouring petrol through your letter box.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"JUST TERRIBLE"

I seriously cannot believe that Bracken RIdge has so many favourable reviews by residents.

They are either deaf, blind, stupid or ignorant.

The suburb has so many undesirables, evident by the amount of housing commission and run down properties in the vicinity,

In it's defence, good shopping centres, great pub but that is about it.

Unfortunately with a great pub comes lots of hoons and trouble.

All the locals know its full of rif raf, personally I would stay away and a large proportion of people feel the same way,
Pros
  • convenience to the north and south coast/ airport
  • Access to all important facilities
  • availability to public transport, beach, and village
  • Good cost living
Cons
  • Real concern about reckless driving and illegal car modifications (often P-plater)
  • "Wrong Side of The Tracks" bringing the whole suburb into disrepute
  • Not safe at night (especially weekends)
  • Police not effectively enforcing people's right to quiet enjoyment in neighbourhoods (noisy party complaints)
  • Drunk people walking home from pub on weekend nights, swearing at each other (regular occurance).
LegsEleven
LegsEleven I wonder if you've lived in other suburbs to compare? I think most of your comments (especially P-platers, noisy parties, not feeling safe at night on weekend when you live near a pub) apply just as much as to any suburb I have lived in. Actually I feel Bracken Ridge is quieter and safer than most suburbs I have lived in. Your comment that drunk people walk home from the pub and are noisy tell me you live near the pub. Obviously this is going to be an issue living near any large pub anywhere in Australia. I have lived in 2 houses in Bracken Ridge and had zero of these problems as I don't live near the pub. I am making these comments in comparison to other places I have lived in the past 20 years (5 suburbs in Brisbane, 2 in Sydney, 3 in England).
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Bracken Ridge...its got it all!"

We bought in Bracken Ridge 2 months ago & love the value and lifestyle the suburb offers. 4bdm, 2 bath, Rumpus, pool & 3 alfresco areas on a 700sqm block for under $420k? Try and find that kind of value i other Nth Brisbane
suburbs!

Easy access to the motorway, fantastic bus timetable (city in 25mins) and the train station is closeby too.
St Josephs primary is rated one of Brisbanes best schools...lovely community spirit and excellent teachers.

I don't understand why people get so hung up on noise. If you want quiet buy a home in the country or in an one of those generic impersonal estates. We have a family of 6 as neighbours...and they are noisy...noisy with the lovely sounds of kids having fun and splashing in their pool. As they should be!
Pros
  • convenience to the north and south coast/ airport
  • Access to all important facilities
  • availability to public transport, beach, and village
  • wide leafy flat streets
  • Good cost living
Cons
  • cafes/restaurants
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
2yrs+

"20mins to shopping or beach"

I had moved to this area about three years ago when I was transferred here through my work. The location was quite handy, as I needed to drive to the Sunshine Coast twice a week to visit clients. After initially renting a townhouse unit, I actually bought two properties here, one to live in and one to rent out. I must say that I regret that decision to this day, as it makes moving more difficult when it turns out your neighbours' lifestyle is different to yours. My investment property at the other end of Bracken Ridge also had some problem tenants who did a runner after failing to pay the rent repeatedly and fixing the damage caused by them. Apart from that, it is quite a nice suburb, with Coles and Woolies at two separate locations. Would I be moving there again? Probably not. I like it quiet and I found especially young parents really selfish.
I managed to sell both properties, even though it took a very long time but at least I got most of my money back.
Pros
  • close access to gateway, sunhine coast and airport and city (by car)
  • wide leafy flat streets
Cons
  • hooning (mostly at night)
  • some commission housing
  • Real concern about reckless driving and illegal car modifications (often P-plater)
2/5
2yrs+

"Hmm"

Has gotten a bit too expensive to rent for being so far from the city. Overall a good location if you have a car or don't mind the bus, but we find some of the old generation is moving out and the young people (often sharing due to cost) are moving in. Some streets have nice views with breezes, other areas are on flat ground and won't get any breezes, at all so it can be a real pain in summer without air con. Some people make this out to be a 'family friendly' suburb with a school. That's true when you are a family and have nice families as neighbours, but for others it also means it's not that quiet! But there's also another side to Bracken Ridge, which is inconsiderate people loving their boom box lifestyle and their noisy cars. I am wondering about these five starr ratings recently, with every item under 'rating details' (next to the stars) given five stars also...haha.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 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
2yrs+

"Great day at the fete"

what a fantastic day at the st josephs fete, taking my grandchildren and seeing the supportive local community. A family friendly neighbourhood, nice schools, close to the beach 5 min drive to sandgate, close to chermside. Lovely parks and nice wide leafy streets. What a lovely Parish.
Pros
  • Parish Comunity
  • Schools
  • convenience to the north and south coast/ airport
  • Access to all important facilities
  • availability to public transport, beach, and village
  • wide leafy flat streets
  • Good cost living
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers
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 5/5
  • 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
2yrs+

"Families, Couples and Professionals liking the "Ridge""

I have lived within Bracken Ridge for 30 years now. In a number of different areas. I am now looking to move on from my large family home and move to a smaller house, but still within Bracken Ridge. A leafy, tidy and family friendly suburb. Great community, the Library and community house have some excellent programs for young and old. Different shopping centre, I mostly use the woolies which also has a chemist and paper shop. I walk my two dogs often in the local parks and streets. Bracken Ridge is a middle-income suburb, friendly and professional. I see alot of younge families moving into the suburb, which is great to see.
Pros
  • Young familes moving into the suburb
  • Great Library a
  • Good Parks and playgrounds for dogs and children
  • convenience to the north and south coast/ airport
  • Access to all important facilities
  • availability to public transport, beach, and village
  • Good cost living
  • wide leafy flat streets
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers
Alex'Seymour'Caddell
Alex'Seymour'Caddell Are there good and bad sides to the suburb? I see mixed reports, as you do for most suburbs, and I wonder if there is a better part of the town?
2yrs+
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
2yrs+

"Picking good neighbours = draw a straw"

First off, this suburb appears nice, close to Redcliffe and Brighton/Sandgate. You are on the northern outskirts of what can still be called Brisbane, even though it's quite a trip to the CBD unless you take the train from Sandgate (door to door will be in excess of an hour each way; more if you can't find a parking spot near the train station). My husband and I were attracted to the location thinking it would be more peaceful than other areas, being further out from the "action" but once again we were disappointed to realize it must be pure luck to be picking a quiet street. I have read through the other reviews and can't relate to those with glorious 5star ratings, claiming this was a "quiet" suburb (I wonder how many are written by home sellers or RE agents). We can more relate to Uey's experience and what others have labeled the "wrong side of the tracks". However, from having moved twice within Bracken Ridge (actually lived in 3 different areas, if you count in living with friends initially), we found it's not really a "two-part" suburb, but it comes down to pure luck on a street by street level, no matter if in an established part of newer estate. The houses don't make good neighbours, it's the people of which many appear to be renting. We found that when you have relatively quiet neighbours, there's always a few in adjoining or surrounding streets that are not. And those are the type of neighbours that you know when they are home, or not. We also used to go for extensive walks (or 10km runs) through Bracken Ridge and encountered multiple levels of nuisances, usually noise related. Why would anyone crank up their stereo with all windows and doors open while mowing their own lawn? Why doing the same while fixing/tuning their cars in the driveway? Why not go to the pub instead of inviting 100 people over to their home for a party with big loudspeakers outside? I agree with Uey's observations that police are hopeless, we always had to call at least three times between 10pm and 2am for them to dispatch a car. Their excuse always came down to being busy due to local break ins or domestics. Btw, Gawain Rd shops are broken into regularly. Police admitted at one point they only had two cars available for the north side of Brisbane. The selfish party hosts know this. Sad but true. We can't see any difference to living in some parts of Caboolture/Morayfield or Redcliffe, where we lived previously.
Pros
  • Leafy streets, some on nice hillsides
  • convenience to the north and south coast/ airport
Cons
  • Drunk people walking home from pub on weekend nights, swearing at each other (regular occurance).
  • Not safe at night (especially weekends)
  • Police not effectively enforcing people's right to quiet enjoyment in neighbourhoods (noisy party complaints)
  • Real concern about reckless driving and illegal car modifications (often P-plater)
ourhome
ourhome Well I stated that it is a quite family suburb and as I suggested on Uey comment I am a teacher not a real estate agent. My children are growing up in this area, I work within this area and find your comment insulting to say the least. I wonder if you are Uey under a different username? Calling the police hopeless, suggests that you have no compassion. Have you ever travelled outside of Australia, seen real suffering? Good luck Uey.
2yrs+
Jennifer
Jennifer Not that this has anything to do with this, but yes..we have in fact lived the majority of our lives outside of Australia, on three continents in fact, and then here in Australia (over 15 years). I am really glad for you that you have picked a good street, I accept that there are some better streets but my point was that you can't predict this as a newcomer as has been proven for us and others. Just like others have mentioned, we have also been having major noise related issues most of the time. During half the time in one place we also had neighbours who would sit on their front balcony every night from 5pm to late at night (weekends until 2am at least) and just get drunk and talk rubbish from across the street. From one day to another they moved out and we couldn't believe our luck. Then the house was advertised for rent for $450pw and we knew it would attract shared living. And guess what happend...three parties moved in. Parties, noises. 6 houses down the road on a corner of another street, we had about 4 or 5 youngsters that were constantly blasting their music, it could be heard from 100m away. To our back, we had another house shared by about 6 or 8 parties (it was a large rather expensive house in a newish area) .. it was actually about 30m away as we had a reserve inbetween. Nearly every day there was rather loud music blasting from there (somebody can be expected to be home at any time, given that many people). Every weekend between Oct and May they had dozens of mates over with loud music from the back. I stand by our view that police are hopeless...this has nothing to do with compassion. They certainly have no compassion for sleep deprivation due to constant noise nuisances. It's not the community's fault that they are under staffed, *especially* during the weekend where there are always more serious issues to attend to (break ins, domestics, hooning along Norris and Telegraph Rds, etc). Good luck to you, too. Cheers. Jen
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • 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
2yrs+

"New to the Ridge"

We have found everyone friendly. We travelled overseas for a month and our Neighbours kept an eye on things for us (bins etc). Larger sized blocks then newer areas we investigated.
Pros
  • Access to all important facilities
  • convenience to the north and south coast/ airport
  • availability to public transport, beach, and village
  • Good cost living
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 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
2yrs+

"Loving Life in The Ridge"

What a great suburb to bring up our young family, with house prices that are still reasonable, plenty of great options for schooling and easy links into both the city and sunshine coast we couldnt be happier.
Pros
  • Access to all important facilities
  • convenience to the north and south coast/ airport
  • availability to public transport, beach, and village
  • wide leafy flat streets
  • Good cost living
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers
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 5/5
  • 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
2yrs+

"Terrific Family Suburb"

What a terrific place to raise a young family - Bracken Ridge is one of those special places that you can only truly appreciate once youre here. Having come from Melbourne it is within great striking distance to both the Brisbane CBD and Sunshine Coast. With a fantastic variety of schools and local shopping available Bracken Ridge is the perfect suburb. Get in now while house prices are still reasonable.
Pros
  • Access to all important facilities
  • convenience to the north and south coast/ airport
  • availability to public transport, beach, and village
  • wide leafy flat streets
  • Good cost living
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers
Uey
Uey Great to hear you have found it to be a nice suburb, which is exactly the opposite from our experience (see my own review to which you commented that I wasn't telling the truth). I wonder why you are suggesting to "get in now while house prices are still reasonable" ...
2yrs+
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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 5/5
  • 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
2yrs+

"Awesome place"

Bracken Ridge, is close to good quality schools, shops, a new gym and Sandgate and Redcliffe Beaches. The house prices are very affordable in todays market.
Pros
  • Access to all important facilities
  • convenience to the north and south coast/ airport
  • availability to public transport, beach, and village
  • wide leafy flat streets
  • Good cost living
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Lofty Views"

We have lived in Bracken Ridge since 2006. We moved to a leafy street on the east side of the hill and have lovely views over the bay from our front verandah. We have found the neighbourhood to be friendly and quiet. An easy stroll to a great Catholic primary school has been one of the biggest positives for us. Easy access to 2 supermarkets is also a big plus.
Local sporting facilities, close proximity to the Sandgate waterfront, the local library and a quick drive down the motorway to the airport have all made living in Bracken Ridge very convenient for our growing family.
I'm glad that we researched our neighbourhood and decided to only purchase on the south side of Barrett Street (that encompasses the Bracken Ridge Hill and down towards Enbrook Estate).
Pros
  • Walking distance to local schools
  • Access to all important facilities
  • convenience to the north and south coast/ airport
  • availability to public transport, beach, and village
  • wide leafy flat streets
  • Good cost living
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
Uey
Uey "Southside of Barrett Street, ... and down towards Enbrook Estate" is a large area and it would comprise half of Bracken Ridge. I agree that some hill views are just nice, especially since they get the nice breezes. Yet, it's just pure luck to be ending up in a quiet street, in our experience and if the street is quiet, then chances are some street/s around you are not, at all.
2yrs+
Jennifer
Jennifer What Uey says, exactly our experience.
2yrs+
LegsEleven
LegsEleven Having lived in 2 houses in Bracken Ridge and 7 other suburbs in Australia over the last 20 years I can say that this is true for every suburb. I have lived in expensive areas in both Brisbane and Sydney with very noisy and uncaring neighbours. I think it is more a modern social issue with selfish people and the transient nature of renters makes this more likely. We haven't had any significant issues in Bracken Ridge first as renters and now in a second house as "owners".
2yrs+
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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 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • 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
2yrs+

"Great Family friendly suburb"

We have lived in Bracken Ridge for a number of years. The area is very family friendly, good schools, shops and transport links. We also love the proximity to the coast and having access to the freeway to head with ease into brisbane city. Very leafy and clean, with a choice of housing options to suit all. We have had no trouble with P plate drivers or not feeling safe, I think that this was Bracken Ridge 30 years ago!
Pros
  • Access to all important facilities
  • convenience to the north and south coast/ airport
  • availability to public transport, beach, and village
  • wide leafy flat streets
  • Good cost living
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
Uey Uey
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
2yrs+

"Degrading into a slum with too many undesirables"

Bracken Ridge *would* be quite nice ... but there most certainly is a SERIOUS and increasingly severe problem with many undesirables having moved here.
We have been living here for two years - and are packing up to leave for good! We feel this suburb, at least in some parts is at crisis point. I can particularly speak for the area between Phillips St and Barbour Rd/Judes St and surrounding areas around St. Josephs Primary School. It seems Bracken Ridge has become a favourite place for many shared houses with young, reckless idiots. The streets appear taken over by P-platers in their old, illegally modified cars with noisy mufflers. We see and hear extremely dangerous and aggressive racing around the neighbourhood (with rubber left on the bitumen) and the cars are getting noisier every day it seems. Groups of young revellers are walking on the streets at night on the weekends, probably coming home from the Rum Jungle and they usually make their presence pretty obvious. Excessively noisy parties with plenty of subwoofer also happening nearly every weekend, especially in the warmer months. Police is hopeless - they will not do anything, no matter how many times you call. Parties usually go until at least 2.30am but often it is 4am before you can find some sleep. We have also had glass bottles thrown out of cars right in front of our house.
I know there are also nice people living in Bracken Ridge, but honestly the constant experience of aggression in our immediate neighbourhood is unbearable for us. It also seems that for some reason, many residents here seem to find it normal to put their car stereo on full throttle when they are still on their driveway, or when they get home. Wouldn't it be normal to lower the volume until you are on your way, or before you turn into your street, as a courtesy to your neighbours? This simply doesn't happen, the ignorance by many people here is simply disgusting.
Pros
  • Access to all important facilities
  • convenience to the north and south coast/ airport
  • wide leafy flat streets
Cons
  • Police not effectively enforcing people's right to quiet enjoyment in neighbourhoods (noisy party complaints)
  • Real concern about reckless driving and illegal car modifications (often P-plater)
  • Not safe at night (especially weekends)
  • "Wrong Side of The Tracks" bringing the whole suburb into disrepute
Runningman
Runningman Yes, lots of young families in Bracken Ridge, including kids who have grown up and progressed to driving their own vehicles. Great buses, but still a 'car' suburb on the whole. Anyway, it's good to see that the undesirables are moving out!
2yrs+
Uey
Uey Nope, that's not what's happening according to our observations. The fact that grown up kids are getting their own vehicles does not mean it was getting quieter, quite the opposite actually as they still live with their parents. Most of these youngsters drive modified old cars and they are very noisy as a result. I have also seen home based "car work shops" where youngsters do contract work and even spray paint cars with garage door open....I could not believe it when I was jogging past one night (it stank horribly!). But what I was referring to in my review however, was that an obviously increasing number of undesirables have been moving INTO the suburb (not out). Too many houses are being shared due to high rents, and this means parties, loud music and some form of noise and nuisance due to someone being home at all times.
2yrs+
BRFamily
BRFamily Uey, that is not true. We live in Bracken Ridge within this area and have no trouble with P-Plate drivers, loud parties and undesirables of any kind.
2yrs+
Uey
Uey Yes, it IS true! Why the hell should I be telling lies? We were getting literally sick by living among all these inconsiderate people. Anyone saying I'm not telling the truth must either have an agenda or be deaf and blind! I know there ARE many people trying to sell, and obviously real suburb reviews do not always help selling in a trouble suburb, but this does not mean I am trying to make friends here by lying! On the other hand, people like yourselves, posting glamorous but non-personal "descriptive" type reviews on a suburb, ending with hype sentences like: "Get in now while house prices are still reasonable." DO NOT DESERVE TO BE TRUSTED!
I can tell you that I have done my part in working with Police and even contacted local politicians, tried to work with the Dept of Transport (re: the illegally modified cars driving dangerously in the neighbourhoods). In the end, they were all hopeless and after one year of constant nuisances and never looking forward to weekends, we had enough and moved out. Good luck for your house sale "BRfamily"!
2yrs+
ourhome
ourhome Dear Uey I think that perhaps you should move. Bracken ridge is a lovely and quite family friendly suburb. I am not selling and enjoy raising my family, being close to the beach and having access to fantastic schools such as St Josephs Primary. As I write this response I am sipping on my coffee looking out the window, no noise, no fast cars, all I can hear are my children playing. I hope you find happiness.
2yrs+
Uey
Uey Hi, 'ourhome'. No need to tell me what to do, nor to dispute our experiences while living in BR. Unlike others, we actually walk our talk and therefore of course left Bracken Ridge in the meantime. The only reason why I responded above is because I was blatantly told I was lying. You are not much better with your blanket statement that [the whole suburb] is 'lovely and quite' (I guess you meant 'quiet'). Frankly, I don't care whether or not you might be living in one of a few relatively quiet streets as this does not mean the whole of Bracken Ridge is as you describe. We've had multiple shared houses in our neighbourhood with constant loud music, gatherings and nuisances. Nearly every weekend, especially in the warmer months, someone would have a loud party. I am giving you a rough idea of the problem area we experienced: Between Philips St, Barbour Rd (and Billard St just behind), top end of Capistrano St, to Walu St. The idiots were doing regular racing coming from Capistrano, turning sharply into Elsergundo (leaving black marks) up the hill where you'll find St Josephs Primary. I always wondered when someone would be killed. On weekends, they were throwing bottles and other junk onto the streets from their cars. One neighbour even had a glass bottle thrown onto his house roof in the middle of the night. Every third car appeared to P-platers and had these noisy mufflers, so you could hear them from a 100 metres away. We had to move our bedroom from the front to the much smaller room at the back to find some sleep (if there was no party). So don't you tell me Bracken Ridge is lovely and quiet.
2yrs+
ourhome
ourhome Well we moved from Sydney, and I consider this area Lovely and quiet. In comparison to Sydney and Melbourne the area is undervalued with its close links to the water and city. My husband and I are both teachers, respected professionally and I hope that we would not "lie" to others and I therefore state again that the area is lovely and quiet family suburb. I am glad to hear you have moved on, good luck with your new abode. I am once again happy, like many others, living in Bracken Ridge. Cheers Ourhome
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"20 years here - we like it"

We built in Enbrook estate in late 1980s and have brought our family up here. Have always felt safe and comfortable. Have had great neighbours and made good friends in the area through the schools. Great variety of schooling, public and private within the suburb or just outside; good library. Good general shopping (I like the Woolies store myself) and big centres of Chermside and North Lakes are close enough. Plenty of parks and sporting clubs in the area, bike paths also. Pleasantly close to the Sandgate/Redcliffe foreshore, boat access and fishing in the Pine River and easy access to the coasts without being right on the highway. It is more a family area - not lots of nightlife - but has good buses to city for those who want that. We have not experienced problems with traffic or party noise.There are varying areas in Bracken Ridge, some parts better and/or more upmarket than others, but overall a very nice place to live.
Pros
  • Friendly safe suburb
  • Access to all important facilities
  • convenience to the north and south coast/ airport
  • availability to public transport, beach, and village
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
mca mca
4/5
2yrs+

"Great place to bring up the family"

I have lived in the area for 22 years and enjoyed being part of the community. Bracken Ridge has lots to offer families with choices of good schools both private and public and even North Point TAFE. Excellent access to public transport, wonderful local library, bike riding tracks and parks. There are many sporting facilities within Bracken Ridge including Pony Club, little athletics, cricket, netball, soccer, aussie rules, so plenty to keep children entertained. I regularly walk the dog and feel safe even at night. Sandgate foreshore is a short drive or 20 minute bike ride away. There is a mix of housing some lower price areas and other areas would suit professional couples. I have lived in three different areas of Bracken Ridge and now live in Enbrook Heights estate and have always had great neighbours.

Great community!!
Pros
  • Access to all important facilities
  • convenience to the north and south coast/ airport
  • wide leafy flat streets
  • availability to public transport, beach, and village
  • Good cost living
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"There Are Definitely Two Sides Of The Tracks"

I have lived in BR for just over two years and we were lucky enough to purchase on the "good side" of the tracks, where the houses and lawns are all manicured and the people all appear the same. Sadly, the pocket near Woolworths and Gawain Rd brings bad press to the entire suburb. The properties in that general area are run down and people who do not know the area often use those property values as a guideline on the value of property in the whole suburb, which is completely wrong. You only have to drive out of Gawain Rd, cross Norris, and enter the Greenore St pocket to see that there are two completely separate worlds within the one suburb. Similarly, the pocket behind the Bracken Ridge Plaza complex (Coles) is amazingly upmarket in comparison to the pocket that surrounds Woolworths. Please, DO NOT JUDGE the entire suburb based on a small area of ex housing commission homes & cheap rentals.

Admittedly, the street I live in (in one of the 'upmarket pockets' has two completely different sects of people; down one end of our street are the young families where everyone is very friendly and welcoming and accommodating. On our end there is a community of elderly occupants who are crabby, nosy, judgemental and very quick to argue with us about anything because they believe it is their right as they've lived here for so long (in fact, there is a war going on between a group of them -very melodramatic, like a poorly scripted soapie- and, when we refused to get involved or take sides, the ringleader of the 'winning' side took it as a personal affront and has made life a bit difficult the last few months. We're hoping that he'll move into a retirement home soon. Bracken Ridge has one of those, too!)

There is very little traffic around our home and it's a generally quiet neighbourhood. There are some barking dogs, but, as it is a very pleasant area to walk one's dog (or just simply walk on your own) in, I don't personally believe you can expect the dogs in the area to be quiet when people walk past their fences. They're just letting their owners know that someone is on their property, as all good dogs should. It's not continuous and the only people I've known to take issue to it are the crabby, one-foot-in-the-grave types discussed earlier.

There aren't many loud parties and there is ocassionally noise from the Gateway (or the sound of a train horn), but it's a generally idyllic place to live (if you can avoid the 'bad side' of the tracks).

I love the Coles here and only really dislike going there during peak times as parking (and getting back onto Norris Rd) can be a hassle when it's busy. The Woolworths is not as pleasant and I don't recommend it at all.
Pros
  • Access to all important facilities
  • Good cost living
Cons
  • "Wrong Side of The Tracks" bringing the whole suburb into disrepute
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
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great Place to live"

We were looking at Shorncliffe and Sandgate but found a great section of Deagon that is within 2 minutes walk of the great Sandgate Village and the train stations. We get great sea breezes - always a couple of degrees cooler than the rest of Brisbane. The village has everything you need for weekly living and there are parks and bike paths everywhere that our kids love. The streets are nice and wide so you can walk or ride without worrying about the kids too much and the people are all very friendly and say hello. We love it here.
Pros
  • availability to public transport, beach, and village
  • convenience to the north and south coast/ airport
  • wide leafy flat streets
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"I wouldn't live here if I had a choice"

We have lived in Bracken Ridge for a little over two years, and cannot wait to move out. Our street is noisy, with boy racers using it as a rat run at all hours of the day and night, and drunks making a racket when they stagger home from the Rum Jungle.

Options for eating out are poor, with the Bracken Ridge Tavern being the only option in the suburb (aside from the bar menu in the Rum Jungle). The menu is limited and any time we have eaten there we can't wait to leave as soon as we finish our meal. However the standard of food is ok.

Options for drinking are also poor, with the Rum Jungle being the only pub. The Rum Jungle has interesting decor, a limited bar menu and is best avoided after dark.

Our neighbours have never spoken to us in the time we have been here. They park their cars all over the road, in front of our driveways, showing us no consideration. They also have dogs that yap and bark at all hours of the day and night, and my husband has been attacked by these dogs on more than one occasion. The owners did nothing other than to yell at my husband for trying to fend off the dogs.

The positives of Bracken Ridge are that it has two supermarkets, Woolworths and Coles, as well as two bottle shops, and a few takeaway outlets. Public transport is reasonable, with bus access to Brisbane on a regular basis.

I do believe there are two sides to Bracken Ridge, and that we live on the bad side, however living on the good side would only improve the neighbours, the facilities and amenities would still be the same.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A pretty - and convenient - neighbourhood."

As a relative newcomer to the area, (we have been in Deagon 12 months), I must admit we were sceptical about our decision to move to this area initially. However, our children were established in school in Shorncliffe after we had migrated to Sandgate two years previously and had rented to get a feel for the village before we decided whether to buy here or not. We discovered we couldn't afford Sandgate, regretfully, but really enjoyed the little village, which basically has everything you need for weekly living. Deagon was the next best option as Brighton was too far away from the train, which is necessary for our family as we use the service daily. We are now really enjoying this area as the people are really friendly, the streets are wide and flat, (great for cycling), the shopping area is only 800 metres, we have the benefits of being near the beach and the sea breezes, and we are so well located for the highways to the north and south coasts, and the airport which we regularly frequent. The area, although previously tired, is being restored and renewed everywhere you look. You have the advantage of being able to find some nice new homes, (or old), with the benefit of well established trees. That is something the new areas also can't offer! We may not have the most thriving night life here but there are several options in bars, restaurants and cafes in walking distance. Anything else is only a train ride away. Can't fault it really.
Pros
  • wide leafy flat streets
  • availability to public transport, beach, and village
  • convenience to the north and south coast/ airport
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Fantastic Value for the commodities"

Close to the beach, excellent shopping, direct transport to city by bus
For VERY good value for $$
Pros
  • Good cost living
  • Access to all important facilities
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Nice place to live"

I have lived in Bracken Ridge for 8 years and love it. It has a real community feel about it. It is close to Sandgate, Taigum and other areas for restaurants and shopping. My neighbours are all very friendly.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"The "ridge" life"

Bracken Ridge i'm proud to annouce that your my home town.
i feel as if the whole suburb is like one big family. nightlife is great with friday's at the Rummy or the tavern for a few beers and a steak.

I have lived in this suburb for my whole life. and wouldnt dream of moving any where else. why would you? the ridge offers you everything you need all in one location. schools, shops, pubs ect.
you will always have a place in my heart B Ridge.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Nice suburb for Middle Income Families"

I have lived in B.R for 12 years. Below is my general read of different parts of B.R., with no realestate experience other than what i can see in the local paper or on Real estate.com.au

- Roughly bordering Phillips street, Norris Road, Denham St & Telegraph Road is generally newish housing, not that leafy - say last 15years. (my estimate 500,000+)
- Roughly bordering Philips Street, Denham St, Barrett St, Bracken St, Gawain Road & Norris Road is generally leafy housing between 15 and 40 years old. (my estimate $400,000+). Quite a few houses on higher elevations ($500,000+)
- Roughly bordering on Barrett St, Playford St, Bracken Ridge Road & Norris Rod looks like it was housing commision houses. (my estimate $350,000)
- Roughly bordering Norris Rd, Bracken Ridge Rd, Hoyland St & Greenore St is generally leafy housing between 15 and 40 years old. (my estimate $400,000+). Quite a few houses on higher elevations ($500,000+)
- Roughly bordering Greenore St, Norris Rd, Telegraph Road, Hoyland St and Gympie Arterial Rd is generally newish housing, not that leafy - say last 15 years. (my estimate 450,000+)
- Between the Barbour Rd/Norris Rd roundabout an Telegrapgh Road is a lot of units and apartments built in the last few years (compared ot the rest of B.R. which is virtually all houses.
- Bordering Barret St, Playford St and Gateway Motorway is is generally newish housing, not that leafy - say last 10 years. (my estimate 450,000+)
- bordering Denham St, Barrett St, Telegraph Rd/Depot Rd and Gateway Motorway is quite a few older big blocks (acreage) (my estimate $600,000+), mixed in with newer standard blocks ($450,000+) and units/apartments ($350,000+)
- South of Telegraph road and North of Roghan Road (Fitzgibbon) is currenlty being developed for high density housing.
- Woolies (Barrett St) and Coles (Norris Rd/Telegraph Rd) have small shopping precincts in B.R. which are handy. With a small business shopping precinct in Gawain Road.
- quite a few parks, Northpoint TAFE, schools, pre-schools/Kinders/ day care as well. Library on Bracken Street.
- 5 minutes drive to waterfront (Bright, Sangate, Shorncliffe)
- Railway station at Carseldine (5 minutes drive)
- 2 minutes onto Gateway Motorway to easily go north (Sunshine Coast) or south (Gold Coast), about an hours drive either way.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A Great Place to Be"

Deagon is a handy place to live. Good transport both train and buses plus great bike pathways. Easy walking distance to shops and beaches at Sandgate or Shorncliffe. Lots of parks and reserve areas. A great place to be for everyone and still affordable while being close to the beach without the big price tag. All facilities available and we have just had a great place open up at Sandgate called 4017 , good food and atmosphere.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Not bad"

2/5 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
2yrs+

"Too much traffic"

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Friendly suburb"

I lived at Nortpoint Estate for 3years. Get along very well with all the neighbours.
very multicultaral area and friendly neighbour.Safe for Kids to play outside Close to train station only 5 min walk.and close to amenities and good school
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Excellent Location"

My family have lived in Bracken Ridge since the 1980's and we really enjoy living in this suburb. We live in the Enbrook Heights Estate, which is a beautiful estate with friendly and respectful neighbours. I think Bracken Ridge is in a great location with good transport and easy access to the most major aterials (straight off and on the gateway north or south bound within a few minutes). The shops are good, with everything that you need and the people are friendly. We are also within a two minute drive to Sandgate beach which is a great place to escape from the city living for just a while and take the dog for a walk along with foreshore or pick up fish in chips from Doug's Seafood. We have several education options with both public and private schools along with a TAFE.
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dimsum
dimsum Hi there,
We're thinking of moving to this area and I was wondering why you scored Local Government so poorly?

Cheers!
2yrs+
truthful
truthful I think they just don't look out for the neighbourhood.
2yrs+
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5/5
2yrs+

"great area"

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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Delightful Deagon"

Where I live in Deagon is just 5 minutes walk to Sandgate Village, train and waterfront. Plenty of schools and parks in the area, neighbours are approachable, respectful and decent. Easy access to both coasts (Sunshine & Goldie) and only 20 minutes to the airport and 30 minutes to CBD by train. Doesn't get much better in a capital city.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"Great place to live..."

It is so convenient to everything... 20 minutes to the airport, a couple of minutes to the highway which takes you to the Gold Coast or Sunshine coast, 16km from Brisbane City, close to the water... Great breeze. Lots of schools around the area.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Sungate Estate"

I have lived here since the start of this estate and we were the first ones built the first residential home. It has grown to 181 nice looking houses and I am in the best streets I reckon in the whole estate. People think that buying in this estate u can hear the traffic on the deviation but thats all wrong you can hardly here it. My street Fieldstone Close is fantastic for kids as Berefords Circuit in the main street in and out and atleast I know that my kids are playing out the front there is no traffic in my street. We are a very caring street here everyone looks out for each other and if ever a problem anyone is willing to help. I have been here nearly 11 yrs and loved every second of it. So if your looking for a nice style home and want peace and harmony will this estate is the one you will like
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hawaii99
hawaii99 HI there i was wondering if you would know about schools for primary and high schools? Are they good? If you do know about this street and the area it is around could you please let me know. It is Melthorn st. Thank you
2yrs+
Fieldstone
Fieldstone Hey Hawaii99 I would love to help you but Melthorn st i cant find in the directory. The schools here the best one is Norris Road State School or there is a few privates. Bracken Ridge State is where my kids did attend until 2008 and I wouldnt recommend that school to anyone. Email me back if u like
2yrs+
hawaii99
hawaii99 Hi Fieldstone,

Thank you so much for the info on the schools in Bracken Ridge it is so comforting to know whats good and whats not so good. Maybe the street address i gave you could be a new area new houses being built? Im not too sure myself but that is fine if you don't know thank you for trying. Could you tell me is Bracken Ridge over all a good place to live in? Do you know of areas not to live in or around? Hope you don't mind all the questions im asking. Let me know if im being a pain to you. Thanks again.
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Best Streets in Bracken Ridge

1

Benaroon St

4.5/5
"Happy street in a happy suburb"
-27.32449 153.03868
2

Phillips St

3.5/5
"Top of the Ridge"
-27.3275885768 153.0358251847

Unranked Streets in Bracken Ridge

Randwick St

4.5/5
-27.323966869 153.0198698628

Aldea Cct

2.5/5
-27.3255463502 153.0176295608

Warrimoo St

4.5/5
"Small town"
-27.32663 153.0374

Corvette Crs

4.5/5
"Quiet street with wonderful neighbours."
-27.3282118315 153.0357022413

Portumna St

4.5/5
"Safe, stylish, excellent value, close to the beach, very close to facilities."
-27.31342 153.0229

Playford St

4.5/5
"Great place"
-27.31458 153.04081

Elwick Pl

1.5/5
"Close to train line"
-27.3294036995 153.0178754476

Barrabui St

3.5/5
"Lofty Views"
-27.3250853124 153.0377239773