Chermside, QLD 4032

3.9(25 reviews)

Ranked 200th best suburb by locals in Brisbane Region, QLD

Great for

  • Shopping options
  • Medical facilities
  • Gym and fitness
  • Internet access
  • Eating out

Not great for

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Who lives here?

  • Families With Kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • LGBTQ+

Reviews of Chermside, QLD

"Nice and Neighbourly"

The area around the Chermside Markets, just north of the shopping centre has a good neighbourhood vibe, You will often see people out and about and everyone always says hello. It is only a short walk to the shopping centre and the bus service is regular from the bus station, though a little more unreliable as you go further north. Gympie Road does get extremely busy at peak hour, but it thins out again by 8:30am.

There is a cricket club that plays at Marchant Park, and you can often hear the sounds of the game during the weekends. Marchant Park is also great for exercise and offers really good facilities. If you are a hockey player, there is a very good club in the area.

Restaurants can be hit and miss around the area, but the Kedron Wavell RSL is excellent, with great values meals and drinks. There are a number of new restaurants opening up around the shopping centre and there is a brilliant Thai restaurant behind the shopping centre and across the road from the RSL.

We only moved here 18 months ago and it is not somewhere that we had really researched, but we are very happy that we moved into this area.

Great for

  • Great bus links
  • Close to everything
  • Great parks with free fitness equipment. Top aquatic centre
  • Best RSL in brisbane
  • Council Libraray

Not great for

  • Stop / start traffic due to the number of poorly timed traffic lights
  • Can't walk to railway station

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+
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RussellPeter1
RussellPeter1
28th July 2020

"A great suburb that has become known as a mini-CBD"

Located under 10kms from the Brisbane CBD, this suburb has become known a a mini-CBD itself. Home to Australia's largest Westfield Shopping Centre, there is plenty of entertainment at your doorstep with cinemas, shops and a dining precinct. With transport and schools, it's a great suburb that appeals to a wide demographic.

Russell Peter - Pure Real Estate

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avivat
avivat
25th November 2019

"Mini CBD"

With all amenities, Chermside is deserved to be called "mini CBD".
The best pocket of Chermside is around Alleena st with two big parks around, walking distance to schools and beautiful city view not interrupted by high rise buildings.
Paid 1/3 of our Sydney house for a 3 bedroom house in Chermside 3 years ago, we would not happier with that decision.

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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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carmenm7
carmenm7
15th November 2019

"Close to everything"

Chermside is its own CBD. Everything and anything is in Chermside or close by. Dept Transport, Medicare, shopping centre with all the major retailers. Buses go everywhere. Close to city. Hospitals. I don’t have to travel far for anything. Have thought of moving but don’t want to be driving for an extra 30mins to get where I need to be.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
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louisehenderson
louisehenderson
14th August 2019

"Convenient suburb"

I live just off Gympie Road so not the prettiest section of Chermside and a lot of traffic noise and pollution continuously.
However lots of plus points. So convenient everything you need at Westfields. The library is fantastic for children also as is the aquatic centre. Lots of great childrens play areas in Chermside and surrounding suburbs and great bus links.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
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"Chermside"

A great suburb for gay community. Not only the shopping center is a great place to hang out but also hang over both! Great for youth and singles.

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"Charming Chermside"

Good charming suburb with a Westfiled. Good for shopping while living in Bridgman downs....! correct me if I'm wrong

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"Resident falls prey to new crooks"

you see more and more badies with the increasing number of migrant population. used to be a good suburb though.. a good example that the developments brings good and bad both. There is a new police beat too. not safe/ clean as it was used to be.

carmenm7
carmenm7

I find the opposite. When we moved here 12 years ago, it was a bit dodgy. I reckon more regular families are moving in.

kmk1
kmk1

if more specific reference to which areas has negative incidents or negative traits, then its good and helpful for newbies. to understand better.

Ru4Reel
Ru4Reel

Such a prejudice post not backed up by any facts or truths. How rude.
I've lived in Chermside over 20 years and call your claims BS.
Someone got out of the wrong side of the bed when they wrote that one.

kmk1
kmk1

@ru4reel. you are right. i too requesting those commenting negativity, shall spell out at least a specific reason for commenting so. So that its helpful to consider that aspect in thinking about the location, for moving in.

johnhawkins
johnhawkins

Well my sister and her partner just got beat up by some random kids at the Coles in the Westfield there so, it isn't prejudice if it actually happens, it's prejudice if they target a particular group of people without any evidence.

johnhawkins
johnhawkins

And to add, my sister is a singer/dietician/psychologist and her partner is ex military/paramedic, so they weren't being junkies looking for trouble. It was junkies that assured they found trouble instead

kmk1
kmk1

Sorry to hear this. when was this happened? very recent? hope all are safe now?

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"Great suburb"

Good for every thing

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"Bad for breakins"

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  • Professionals
Ru4Reel
Ru4Reel

What a rubbish post.

kmk1
kmk1

where and which area had that breakin?

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"Best suburb"

Best suburb I have seen in Brisbane. All the facilities in it

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"Excellent suburb"

Excellent suburb for everything. Lot of employment opportunities. Great schools, Two large hospitals, Aged care, large parklands, sport activity, big city library, Brisbane north regional business centre, Largest Westfield shopping centre in Australia. Public transport is great. You can get buses to anywhere. Very close to Brisbane City and Airport.

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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"City outside Brisbane City"

Chermside got everything. A big employer. Very good shopping centre ( it’s larges in Australia). Two large hospitals. Convenient location to Brisbane CBD and Airport. Both 9 km away. Beautiful parklands. Good schools nearby. Great public access to anywhere. Lot of public transport.

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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"Best Suburb"

Best place to live. Everything nearby, Lot of Employment opportunity in Chermside Westfield Chermside one of the largest shopping centre in Australia. Two big hospitals and nearby Ramsay hospital. Two Aged care. Brisbane Airport is only 10 minutes away. Brisbane CBD just 20 minutes away.

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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"City close to Brisbane City"

This is perfect to live in, full of parks, close to shopping centre, public transport and variety of restaurants, Brisbane airport only 10 minutes away. Great schools around this place.
brilliant. For a family its just perfect surrounding. It is very convenient. Craigslea State schools is fantastic.
Pros
Close to everything
Great parks with free fitness equipment.
Top aquatic centre
North regional business centre.
Brisbane Council Library
Biggest Westfield in Australia
Close to CBD and Airport
Big two hospitals
Great schools
Cricket and football ground
Parks

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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"Excellent"

Everything close to.

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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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"If you are new to Brisbane, This is the perfect start"

We came to Brisbane as a new bee family and selected Chermside to live in, Ohh Whaat a nice place !!!
This is perfect to live in, so peaceful, quiet, full of parks, close to shopping centre, public transport and variety of restaurants
absolutely brilliant. For a family its just perfect surrounding. It is very convenient. Chermside early education daycare is fantastic. I lived near Wallace Street and that part is very nice. I am sure other parts of Chermside are great too. Only thing is occasionally you get to hear helicopters and ambulances due to hospital nearby. But that's not a negative.

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  • Families with kids
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"Kelso Street Nightmare"

Worst suburb I have ever lived in

aninamudufry
aninamudufry

Sorry for taking so long, the traumatic memories of living in Chermside stopped me from answering your intricate question. I'll keep it short and sweet.
1. The bins are rarely picked up.
2. The neighbours are loud
3. The roads are always busy, people would park all along the road, leaving barely enough room for one car to travel.
4. Ugly, grey, Industrial.
5. Lots of traffic.
6. Many delinquent neighbours.
7. My mail would get stolen.
8. Someone tried to open my door multiple times.
9. Small houses crammed together.
10. Don't expect to have a good nights sleep, people love having parties, or screaming matches.
11. Overpopulated, so many apartment buildings, cars, pollution.
Here's the only two good things about this joke of a suburb:
1. Close to biggest Westfield in Queensland (good luck parking/crossing the road at the Gympie and Hamilton intersection )
2. Close to Bus stops.

carmenm7
carmenm7

How awful. Must be a bad street.

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"Handy to everything"

I knew Chermside from 2008, when Westfield shopping centre just started. I started loving Chermside from 2009, when my friends bought a house here. I decided to move to Chermside in 2013, when I bought a property here. Someone said it is lots of traffic noise in nights, well, I have to say that's because you did not know Chermside. Actually in nights, it is quiet on streets. The noisy time is in the day time, but we cannot feel it, as we go to work as you.

Great for

  • Close to everything
  • Great parks with free fitness equipment. Top aquatic centre
  • Council Libraray
  • Community garden

Not great for

  • If there are some Asian restanrants, it will be fantastic
  • Can't walk to railway station

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Students
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"Community spirit"

I enjoy Chermside as it has everything that we need here rather than going into town. If we did need to go into town the new M7 airport link is fantastic and I am definitely a fan. I see groups of residents going to the Kedron Wavell RSL or eating out at some of the local restaurant's or cafe's and having fun together as a group. It really has everything to offer for everybody.

Great for

  • Great community spirit
  • Close to everything
  • Great parks with free fitness equipment. Top aquatic centre
  • Best RSL in brisbane
  • Community garden
  • Council Libraray

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
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"great"

Pros
Fantastic choice of shopping, schools, sports grounds, parks and medical centres only a short walk away.
Easy commute to city, the airport and gold/sunshine coast arterials
You don't need a car, everything is in walking distance.
Close to everything
Great parks with free fitness equipment. Top aquatic centre
Best RSL in brisbane
Council Library

Cons
Can't walk to railway station

Great for

  • Fantastic choice of shopping, schools, sports grounds, parks and medical centres only a short walk away.
  • Easy commute to city, the airport and gold/sunshine coast arterials
  • You don't need a car, everything is in walking distance.
  • Close to everything
  • Great parks with free fitness equipment. Top aquatic centre
  • Best RSL in brisbane
  • Council Libraray

Not great for

  • Could do with a few more restaurants, but what suburb couldn't?
  • Small pockets of Housing Commission properties tenanted by low income earners who think the world owes them
  • BBQs and lights in local park would make it perfect for summer
  • Can't walk to railway station

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
jjj4
jjj4

The comment in relation to the cons: small pockets of housing commission properties tenanted by low income earners who think the world owes them.
Why don't you pull that big head out of ya ass and think for a moment that some of those people may be the disabled and aged???
Actually nleave ya head up there so I can comment on some more of your comments down the track.

dan-clarksond
dan-clarksond

Im looking to move into one of those pockets you speak of.
ive worked almost every single day of my life running and owning cafes all across Australia, I've just moved home from Melbourne where I had a fantastic busy very well reviewed Cafe, I was diagnosed with cancer this year at 39 years old on doctors advice told not to look for any work and lay low for a year, my partner stole everything from me after 20 years together, my car, belongings house, pets everything.
Don't paint everyone with the same brush.
I believe the world owes me nothing I can't get for myself.

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"Has everything and everything is close by"

Chermside is a great easy-living suburb - it has everything and within walking reach. It is a suburb wilth all kind of housing options - majority of it detached residential but there are lots of units and now quite a few multi storey apartment blocks. Demograhpic is quite mixed too, originally there were a lot of retirees, but now quite a few professionals, young singles and families are moving in. I have lived in the area for thirty years (24 in Wavell heights and 6 in chermside); there was a time when houses in Chermside were 30% cheaper than the ones across the road in Wavell Heights, but now prices are at par. People may lament about it becoming hip and trendy, but we can't hold back time. In my opinion, due to its relative proximity to city and availability of all kind of amenities, it is good place to buy and establish a home.

Great for

  • Best RSL in brisbane
  • Council Libraray
  • Bike tracks, Kid Space
  • Close to everything
  • Great parks with free fitness equipment. Top aquatic centre

Not great for

  • Can't walk to railway station

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
Hegatron
Hegatron

Very true Neil, you can't stay the ever present hand of "progress". Wavell has maintained its old charm, with outstanding walking paths and teenagers keen to spray paint their names on them. Chermside however has changed dramatically in the 11 odd years Ive lived here. It isnt safe to venture out at night for fear of being accosted by drunken louts. It used to be safe for the kids to play in the playground, not so much now as the thugs from places like Zillmere have decided to call Chermside home. The demographic is mixed and becoming more skewed in favour of drug affected thugs whom congregate in the shopping centre, selling drugs to school kids. I remember back in the 80's Paramatta in Sydneys west had similar "progress", being touted as a second CBD (sound familiar?). Look at Paramatta now. It is what Chermside will be in 10-20 years time. A complete drug haven, fit only for those good for nothing thugs responsible for bringing the suburb I used to love into disrepair. The heavy hand of progress comes at a price. Long after the greedy developers leave Chermside it will be up to the people to pay that price. Sorry to be so negative Neil, but its the people that make a place more than its facilities. If becoming hip and trendy is a euphemism for social deterioration, then I agree with you whole heatedly. If, on the other hand, it is a euphemism for humanity's capacity to evolve and demonstrate kindness and consideration for their fellow man/woman, your way off the mark there.

parra-andc
parra-andc

I've lived in Parramatta and seen it develop into a beauty . The whining people have left and it now has people that enjoy the convenience and facilities . The doomsayers sold early and now i bet they wish they never left . Rundown house can not be bought for less than 1.2m with all the worlds convenience at your door step.
If you want to be on the wrong side of history then follow the OP advice otherwise buy in chermy and enjoy the ride , you won't be disappointed.
I also invest in chermy and chermy west and I can feel Parramatta replicating itself there in another 5-10 years.

emumof3
emumof3

I've lived in and worked in parramatta for the past 13 years and its definitely not a drug haven fit only for those good for nothing thugs!!!! There may be some people that do drugs that live here (like most suburbs anywhere in Australia). I certainly haven't bumped into one, or had any negative experience with a good for nothing thug here. Its become a trendy city out of the city with lots of great restaurant options.

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"Buyer Beware"

How interesting that realestate.com.au has selectively deleted the comment I posted about living in Chermside. The reality is, we cant wait to leave this dive of a suburb. We have lived here for the past 10 plus years and have seen its decline into ruin during that time, with it all beginning with the introduction of Gillhooleys. Ever since then, we have seen a marked increase in the population of undesirables. The final straw for us was the introduction of paid parking in the shopping centre. Ever since then, everyone seems to be using the surrounding streets as their own private car park. Do yourself a BIG favour and give Chermside a WIDE birth, otherwise you will regret it. "Fore warned is fore prepared".

Great for

  • Close to everything
  • Community garden
  • Great parks with free fitness equipment. Top aquatic centre

Not great for

  • Drunken louts
  • General social deterioration
  • Development has killed the general feel of the place
  • BBQs and lights in local park would make it perfect for summer

Who lives here?

  • Singles
  • LGBT+
  • Trendy & Stylish
cbdgal
cbdgal

Hi there - we are from Sydney and are moving up to Brisbane and I thought Chermside would be great as on a train line and not too far from friends who live in North Lakes. We have a little boy (4 yrs old) and after reading your review, I do NOT want to live in this suburb. Where could you suggest is a nice place that is not too close to Brisbane city and is friendly neighbourhood, parks, schools and on a train line (so that when I start work) I don't have to travel for 30 mins to the city. Your help would be really appreciated as we have no idea where a child / family friendly area is (and of course, if its not too expensive to rent) - we are looking at paying up to $650 in rent if that helps (and want a house with pool) - thanks a lot for your help.

Hegatron
Hegatron

Hey cbdgal :) The sad reality is that my wife and I used to love living in chermside, and oddly enough i do miss certain aspects of the place. $650 pw is HUGE rent, so you could pretty much choose your suburb for that rent. I am not certain what suburbs are best on the northside as we have only lived in a few places. However, we did live in St Lucia back in my uni days. Its a nice leafy suburb with good schools and reasonable shopping options etc. It hasnt been ravaged by high rise developments that has befallen chermside. You do get a lot of students there, but we never had real issues. You do have a nice walking path along the brisbane river, just dont go there at night. There are some playgrounds for kids as well. Anyways, thats my pick. If I had the money to buy, ide buy there in a heartbeat. Hope that helped you out :D

cbdgal
cbdgal

Thanks for your reply, I did look up St Lucia and the hilarious thing is the pic that shows up on this site is one of the street flooded !! whoops! Unfortunately I don't want to live too far away from my friend which is why I am looking North rather than South. Living in Sydney for 11 years I have great friends here but only 1 friend in North Lakes so I know it is a bit of an upheaval to go into a new area and not know anyone and its nice just to have that support until we get to meet other families. Thanks Hegatron appreciate your reply : )

theearthisflat
theearthisflat

why do you say such bad things about an Irish pub? That can't be a bad thing. Loutishness is annoying to live near though. Is there crime from the pub? You also say it's trendy and stylish. I would write to the council about the parking and just try to help in that way. Thank you.

carmenm7
carmenm7

I have lived here 12 years. Live about 2 k from the Westfield, where this infamous pub is located!! I dont get it. Are these guys living right next door? You cant blame the suburb for that. There are more beautiful suburbs but Chermside is too convenient to leave. Love it

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"Handy to everything"

Chermside has something for everyone, from one of Queensland's best shopping centres, to well equipped parks. Whether you live in a highrise apartment, townhouse or a quiet suburban house it is an easy walk to great restaurants, clubs, shops, aquatic centre and public transport. We've lived in lots of different suburbs throughout Australia but this has been the one place my family and I have stayed longest (12 years) because it offers so much.

Great for

  • Close to everything
  • Great parks with free fitness equipment. Top aquatic centre
  • Community garden

Not great for

  • BBQs and lights in local park would make it perfect for summer

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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"Quiet and friendly but close to everything!"

I lived in chermside recently for nearly 2 years and our neighbours on our whole street were all very friendly and we never had any trouble. You are still very close to everything - only 8kms from the city, close to transport, schools, lots of medical centres, the huge westfield chermside, bars/clubs, lots of restaurants and cafes and large selection of take away places.

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  • Families with kids
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