8.6 out of 10

Ferny Hills

Ranked 98th best suburb in Brisbane
-27.3962331065436 152.935336134667
Great for
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Country Lovers

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Mar 17, 2017

"Leafy and relaxing"

We bought here five months ago and the suburb is exceeding our expectations. It's so leafy, green and tranquil. I don't need a holiday from work, I just need a weekend at my house. It's genuinely the most tranquil place I've lived.
It's an easy commute via train to the city and an easy drive (we do leave at 7am). The local school, Patrick's Road, has an outstanding reputation and its results match that of Ascot state school (where out of catchment parents camp out to try and get their kids in). My son is currently in kindy and there are great local childcare options. There are also beautifully parks, local swimming pool and library. I would like to see a few more restaurants but there's great Thai and Indian takeaway. There's also campos coffee at d-sol coffee shop at FernyWay to keep me going on weekends! I think overall it's a very attractive place for families.

Hopefully, Brookside will get its act together - sp much opportunity. It's sad that Myer is no longer at Brookisde but looking forward to Target's return. There's also a good Kmart and big w in close proximity.
Pros
  • Leafy
  • No traffic
  • Amenities
  • Peaceful
Cons
  • Some distance to major shopping centres
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
1/5
Jan 02, 2017

"Extremely hot in Summer"

Ferny Hills is becoming more accessible to Brisbane CBD, but is still very hot in Summer as is west and surrounded by bushland.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Dec 16, 2016

"Comfortable living"

Ferny Hills as its name suggests has lots of hills so if you like flat terrain read no further. The suburb, located within the Moreton Bay Regional Council area, is quite large with the older, main part now around 50-60 years old so houses and gardens are well established. A notable feature of the original area is that street names are clustered by first letter. For example, Conlo Cr, Coolibah Cr and Corang Cr are in the same area. This makes it easier to know where streets are. The houses closer to Bunya are much newer and more expensive but further away from amenities (except the dump).

Ferny Hills has two state primary schools, public library, public pool, great parks (esp George Wilmore Park) and is close to Kmart Plaza and a good number of small local shops. The Ferny Way bakery is excellent and always has customers lined up. Brookside Shopping Centre is a 10 min drive away. For those who want to do serious shopping, it is probably easiest to go to Westfield Chermside which is absolutely huge (30 mins drive). Bus transport is available but expect a good wait and the excellent Ferny Grove railway station is just over the local govt boundary in Brisbane CC zone. Thousands of locals a day catch the train into the city (around 30 min trip).

The suburb is undergoing a noticeable change with more and more residents renovating their properties. Pride in yards is generally good, let down however by a few negligent residents. Street appeal does vary from street to street. For the record, Bunnings at Stafford is a 15 min drive away and there is a small local hardware shop. The crime rate around Ferny Hills is not really a concern and the Ferny Grove Police Station is not far away.

If you like a blended, multi-cultural melting pot, Ferny Hills will disappoint. It typifies the white, middle-class income area. About the only cultural experience will be the local Thai joints or your typical Indian or Chinese take away a short trip away to Arana Hills. Residents are not spoiled for fast food choice - KFC, Maccas, Hungry Jacks, Red Rooster (and local Chicken takeaway), Subway, Dominos, Pizza Capers are all a short trip away.

Current property prices in Ferny Hills are mostly beyond affordability of unskilled persons and many of the newer buyers are typified by dual income households, tradies, and university educated professionals. Many houses are owner occupied with many long term residents. Not many units or townhouses in comparison to detached houses. Overall, a nice place to live.
Pros
  • Safe; lots of birds, possums etc
  • Low bogan to normal person ratio; few undesirables
  • Family area; plenty of jr sports/recreation
  • Leafy
  • No traffic
  • Amenities
  • Peaceful
Cons
  • High property rates charges by MBRC (free dump though)
  • Overhead powerlines
  • Some distance to major shopping centres
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • 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
Dec 02, 2016

"Perfect balance for suburban living."

Great suburb with plentiful parks and access to everything you need nearby. Just over the hill is access to the Samford Valley and beyond that the beautiful D'Aguilar mountain range. Only 30 minutes from the city by train from Ferny Grove, which is an easy 10 minute walk.

The centerpiece of Ferny Hills is the impressive George Wilmore park and Ferny Hills Swimming Pool. Great for families with kids, this is a safe and quiet neighborhood with plenty of things to see and do nearby.

Every Sunday is the Ferny Grove market at the train station, again only a ten minute walk. The local chicken take away - Super Chicken was voted one of the best in Brisbane.
Pros
  • Peaceful
  • Amenities
  • Super Chicken
  • Leafy
  • No traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 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 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Nov 26, 2016

"Ferny Hills peaceful and safe living"

Ferny Hills is a very peaceful and safe suburb. Very green with lots of trees and open spaces for kids to play, walk the dog or just getting out and about for a walk or run. Lots of sporting facilities/ clubs for the young and old to enjoy. Houses rest in big blocks of land. Great schools in this area. Ferny Grove intergrated bus and train hub is excellent for public transport to and from the city. There are no traffic issues. Ferny Hills is a suburb that has gone under the radar for a long time. Close to the city yet a beautiful leafy clean suburb makes you feel like you live no where near the city! My prediction is that once Ferny Hills is exposed for the great suburb it is, property prices will boom!
Pros
  • Praceful
  • Leafy
  • No traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Value for money"

After living in New Farm for a couple of years, I wanted to buy a flat there. For the price of a small 2 bed flat with no outdoor living and no river views, I was able to buy a 4 bed, 2 bath house with generous block in Ferny Hills.

The upsides of my street? Cheap, very quiet, neat, tidy, close to the train station/park/school/pool, close to local shops and post office. I now spend a lot of time at home, enjoying the garden and entertaining area.

The downsides? I miss the cafes in New Farm and being relatively close to a range of cultural centres, like the Powerhouse and QPAC (ok, QPAC isn't in New Farm, but there is a direct bus to it which doesn't take long). I have also had to buy a car since I've moved to Ferny Hills as there are not too many buses, nor are they particularly frequent.

All in all, as I edge towards me 30s, I am happy to move somewhere quieter for the peace it affords me, even if I miss the convenience of city living.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Kootangal Crescent - Quiet and homely"

The best thing about Ferny Hills is the peace and quiet, but also the access to the city via the train which is approximately 10mins walk.
When we lived there our neighbors were friendly and helped us continually around the garden to get things right. Once the garden was completed we had our weekly chat and a few drinks from time to time.
There's some great eateries around. My favourite was the Indian place on Patricks Road which had the best goat curry I have ever had.
Communication facilities and services were great and we had no problem getting Foxtel, phone line and also ADSL 2plus internet.
On Kootangal Cres where we lived we had near to no traffic. On Samford Road there was a bit nearer to the city, as can be expected.
Due to the local neighbours we had no safety or burglary concerns and sometimes (accidentally) left our home and car open.
When you see Ferny Hills you will notice straight away that it is one of those suburbs in Brisbane which is leafy and green, where you can walk around in peace.
No pests or rodents to report.
If you love golf the Keperra Golf Club (7th best in Brisbane) is just down the road. You can even walk through the golf course from Kootangal Cres to get the club house. Other things include a shopping centre with Kmart, a BCF up the road and lots of little convenience stores. Lots of utilities.
Retail therapy isnt as good as Chermside, but if all you need is a supermarket you will be spoiled for choice.
There's a gym down the bottom of Patricks road and lots of walking tracks around. If your a Defence member the base is about 10 minutes away.
My wife used to catch the bus and train to get to UQ near the city CBD. It took her approximately 40 mins to get there and never had a safety concern.
There's a school down the road from Kootangal, I believe it is a primary school. A secondary school is located on Ferny Way.
There is no gas, but we never had problems with electricity or water.
In conclusion is was a great place to live. We had to move due to posting to another unit within Army. I hope this review helps.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Nice place going ahead..."

The suburb drew us in due to it's easy access to the city, via train if needed. The houses are brick, or highset weatherboard and are kept clean and neat, most better on the inside. All the conveniences are very close, gym at the end of Patricks, shopping centre (K Mart etc.) also at the end of Patricks. Small shopping complex at corner of Wandearah has mini supermarket, take away, real estate and pharmacy. Could this be the most convenient place to live???? Possibly...

Tree covered streets, with some undulation...keeps things interesting and, excellent access to Mount Glorious and greener pastures out west.

The only downer for me, is the location of the nearest Bunnings. It is quite far and I resort to going to the local Mitre 10 instead. Also, there is no "shopping mall" real close and the one that is near is dodgy. Chermside isn't too far...
Recommended for
  • Families with kids

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Caesar Road

1.5/5
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"Glamour st"
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