7.9 out of 10

Darra

Ranked 176th best suburb in Brisbane
-27.5701574929559 152.943925238628
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4/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"A Sense of Community"

Pros
  • transport
  • quiet
  • safe
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 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+

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emmasm
emmasm def multicultural!!! every ethnicity!
2yrs+
bjlewis8
bjlewis8 well it's mostly vietnamese and a few muslims. it can be a bit overwhelming. but it's still a nice place to live
2yrs+
Gordon45
Gordon45 It is actually about 40% people not born in Australia. Mainly Caucasians of various origins - Polish,Greek,Italian,Maltese, many from UK, many born in Austalia. Small percentage of Asians, some Muslim of various origins,some African. It is definitely not mainly Vietnamese and Muslims!!
All very, very friendly if you are a friendly person yourself.
I have lived here nearly 60 years so I guess I would know.
2yrs+
dimsum
dimsum sounds like my kinda place!
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • 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+

"Darra is Lovely Place to LIve"

Darra has developed greatly over the years. There are many grocers selling fresh local produce, the famous pecking duck restaurant, newsagent, woolworths and the new train station with routes to the Gold Coast. Darra is a quiet and friendly neighbourhood with a lot to offer. It is only 10 minutes away from the Jindalee DFO , Mount Ommaney Shopping Centre.
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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 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Centenary Village Darra - A community!"

I brought my first home in Centenary Village and lived in it for 4 years before moving interstate for work. I have kept the property and rented it to a work colleague who loved the home and area.

Great area with lots of community spirit. Street parties in Darra and also in the village at Christmas time. Quiet and safe with lots of facilities nearby such as shopping, parks, restaurants and access to major highways in all directions.

This area is has been growing over the years and with the upgraded train station is attractive to owners and tenants alike. I have seen many of the properties being renovated (mine included) and even a few new homes built - lots of opportunities here!
Pros
  • quiet
  • safe
  • transport
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Gordon45
Gordon45 Potential buyers be aware that the public transport access in Centenary Village is not as good as in the main Darra area. Older residents of Darra find it rather weird calling Centenary Village "Darra" as it was always regarded by us as part of Wacol, having been originally the Wacol Army residential area.Not a bad place though, but the main Darra area is better as far as facilities go.
2yrs+
pennyfez
pennyfez Gordon, You sound as you might have lived in the area for a long time and I am currently looking for an address in Darra and as I live in Perth, it is difficult to visualise if I am even in the right area! I was born in Alexander Avenue, Darra and do you know personally how I can go about finding if this still exists or perhaps the street name has been changed or redeveloped. Appreciate if you can advise, but understand if unable.
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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 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Up and coming area"

I have lived here all my life. This area is really going ahead now,there is so much building going on, subdivisions,new homes,lots of planned public works. Great restaurants, mainly Vietnamese, but there is a really good Sri Lankan/Indian one up near Woolworths. Try a walk through the Ashridge Rd park all the way to Edenbrooke - magic!! The local food markets are full of fresh and very cheap produce; a wonderful hot bread kitchen. Very good and inexpensive hairdressers. Varied housing, many blocks suitable for subdivision. The new and very fancy railway being built. Two primary schools with excellent academic records.Friendly people. I could go on and on.....
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • 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 perfect place to live for families and singles"

Darra has improved immensely over the years. The new railway station was built and there are new shops on Monier Rd. It is a quiet suburb and neighbors are really friendly and will look out for your house. It has easy access to highways and the groceries are very affordable.
Pros
  • transport
  • quiet
  • safe
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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 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great location and affordable living!"

Darra has transformed over the past year with new shops, a new train station and has non expensive restaurants around the area. The area is quiet and the neighborhood is friendly. The area has improved dramatically with young couples moving there
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4/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"Very convenient location"

My husband and I find Darra a very convenient location. With a major train station so close, bike paths on our doorstep and the DFO and Mt Ommaney shops just around the corner, what more could you want? Except for a few breakins around the place several months ago (which were dealt with very well by the police) we have found it a safe area. We currently rent here and wish to buy.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"More than meets the eye!"

I have family and friends who live in Darra, and have worked and lived there myself, so was confused about why Darra receives such harsh reviews. Darra has been accused of being an area with a high crime rate, yet I can honestly say that I have never seen any for myself. I'm not saying that it doesn't happen, just that it can happen anywhere

For the price that you would pay in Darra, I challenge you to find another area that is as close to train stations, supermarkets, restaurants and fresh produce markets.

There is so much potential in this area with the new look Darra trainstation in it's final stages linking on the new train lines to springfield and subdivision for new properties/townhouses.

To everyone who is looking to make a move into the area, it's worth having a look to judge for yourself.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Unsafe place to live- high crime, break and enters, theft of vehicles"

i have been a resident for 4 years and have seen the crime rate in darra increase significantly to the point where we are looking to move out of our house. we do feel for new people moving into the area who have not had the opportunity to look at this review.
my neighbour's car was stolen out of his driveway whilst he was home- it has an immobiliser key- figure that out!!!
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dimsum
dimsum We were looking to move into this area from Sydney and because you just can't really trust what people are saying on here (especially if they're trying to sell their house,) I did an online News search using suburb names around this part of Brisbane (Inala, Darra, Richlands, Durack etc...) and sadly every time they popped up it had something to do with burglaries, armed hold-ups & domestic violence (don't take my word for it, try it yourself.) According to the last census I also found they also have very high renters & public housing compared to the rest of Brisbane. As much as we'd like a lower mortgage when we move to Brissy, I don't think I want to raise my kids in these areas.
2yrs+
Gordon45
Gordon45 Absolute rubbish!! My family have lived in Darra for 60 years, one of the longest residential terms in the suburb. I find it no more "unsafe" than any other Brisbane suburb and in fact the rate of crime here is low compared to that in some of the so-called "better suburbs". A grat place to live, quiet,good shopping that has improved with the addition of our very own Woolworths. Outstanding Vietnamese restaurants - people come from all over Brisbane to dine here. I have no qualms about dining here in the evening and walking home through the quiet streets afterwards. So many friendly people here, always someone to say hello to. More like living in a village or country town.However there is a lot of progress taking place - the new railway station, additions to the schools,sprucing up of the local shopping strip,increased work on roads and kerbing,improvements planned for local parklands, a lovely new public housing apartment complex near the station, to name but a few. Anyone who is afraid to live in this suburb must be paranoid indeed.
2yrs+
jjjjjjjjj
jjjjjjjjj yes Darra has a lower crime rate then Corinda, Sherwood and Graceville. I dont know why but they do.
i think Darra is a little gold mine too, any where along the train line is gold. i call the train line the yellow brick road. follow it when buying and you cant go wrong. that type of public transport is getting ever more valuable as the roads are so poorly constructed and cant keep up with demand.

There are still a few huge blocks in Darra, (i hate to admit it) great for subdividing down the track as those areas get rezoned because of congestion in town. when it gets to congested in the CBD they rezone further out creating more shopping amenities to pull people out of town. Oxley is getting a bit of a make over soon and Corinda and Sherwood got the go ahead to make 6 - 8 level high apartments with all sorts of shops underneath. Oxley was looked at like a crappy area. "poxy Oxley" but now property have sold for over 600K in that suburb v.s. 10 years ago you could buy a 3-4 bedder around 100K! my point is Brisbane gets bigger.
Property doubles in value every 7 years. convenience of shops and transport is valuable and Darra has that and heaps of potential. and yeah i think its safe. young families can afford to buy there, in creasing the child friendly atmosphere. these families renovate there homes and increase the value by doing so. growth and comfort are some of Darra's attributes, along with a lot of what Gordon45 stated above.
2yrs+
jjjjjjjjj
jjjjjjjjj yes Darra has a lower crime rate then Corinda, Sherwood and Graceville. I dont know why but they do.
i think Darra is a little gold mine too, any where along the train line is gold. i call the train line the yellow brick road. follow it when buying and you cant go wrong. that type of public transport is getting ever more valuable as the roads are so poorly constructed and cant keep up with demand.

There are still a few huge blocks in Darra, (i hate to admit it) great for subdividing down the track as those areas get rezoned because of congestion in town. when it gets to congested in the CBD they rezone further out creating more shopping amenities to pull people out of town. Oxley is getting a bit of a make over soon and Corinda and Sherwood got the go ahead to make 6 - 8 level high apartments with all sorts of shops underneath. Oxley was looked at like a crappy area. "poxy Oxley" but now property have sold for over 600K in that suburb v.s. 10 years ago you could buy a 3-4 bedder around 100K! my point is Brisbane gets bigger.
Property doubles in value every 7 years. convenience of shops and transport is valuable and Darra has that and heaps of potential. and yeah i think its safe. young families can afford to buy there, in creasing the child friendly atmosphere. these families renovate there homes and increase the value by doing so. growth and comfort are some of Darra's attributes, along with a lot of what Gordon45 stated above.
2yrs+
jjjjjjjjj
jjjjjjjjj didn't mean to post that twice
2yrs+
dimsum
dimsum @gordon45 - Absolute rubbish or not Gordon, don't blame me, after all I don't think I'm being irrational, its the news media that is making these claims, I'm just an outsider looking for a safe environment to raise my kids in. I'm sure you would do the same if you were moving to NSW and didn't know anything about the areas. Anyway, we decided to buy a house in Acacia Ridge, just a hop, skip and a jump from Inala & Darra ;)
2yrs+
Gordon45
Gordon45 Well, dimsum, you should do your own homework before making rash comments and don't believe the media - although I am not aware of any adverse media comments regarding Darra specifically.And personally, I wouldn't care to live in Acacia Ridge, but each to their own.
2yrs+
rio20d
rio20d Acacia Ridge is not any different compared to Darra, there are some crime on that part of suburb too.
2yrs+
WallyJ1
WallyJ1 dimsum you should listen to Gordon45 he is 100% correct . I live in Darra more then 25 years and I wish every one to live in such safe place. You choose Acacia Ridge? You couldn't choose worst. I was a BCC bus driver for 20 years and one suburb where we had a security guard was Acacia Ridge. We've got nice looking suburb Forest Lakes with such a crime rate that is a real problem with home insurance and termites love the place !! Darra is not flashy but safe to live and rise children . Bonus very cheap to buy groceries and butchers with one of the cheapest and very good quality fresh meat in Brissy. Woolies don't come even close! Easy short distance to many Shopping Towns with excellent public transport . 25 min. to Brisbane Center via train. Try to do it by car! Many state , private schools & collages with very high standard within short distance.I know this because my two children were rised and educated to Uni. degree living here.Darra will still improved because of very handy location to all amenities .
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"Great Convenience"

shops, railway station, bowls club, mechanic, cheap fruit shop, bakery, asian shops, resturants within walking distance Great place to live. A bit too multicultural though
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