5.3 out of 10

Lowood

Ranked 9th best suburb in West Moreton
-27.436857318767 152.547004025013
Great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
  • Medical Facilities
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Shopping Options
  • Parking
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Singles

Reviews

2/5 rating details
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
Jan 23, 2017

"I wouldn't live there again."

I lived in Lowood for 6 months not ever having been there before or knowing anything about it but it looked nice On the Internet. The police came to the street to the house across the road a few times but that was about it. I moved as my neighbour was very inconsiderate with their bass all day long (no one seemed to work at all) especially this family, the "man" couldn't even get off his bum to mow his lawn so the kids can go outside but other than that it wasn't a bad place to live but it's so far away and I have heard a lot of bad stories since I lived there 6 years ago. The rent is cheaper sure but you make up the rest in petrol driving to Ipswich if you want to get anything.
Pros
  • Very nice scenery
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
Nov 17, 2015

"Trouble trouble trouble"

At first before we moved here we hummed and harred about moving into the eagle rise estate. I should have listened to my gut.. its bloody horrible!!

Full of bloody junkies and bogans!! The day we moved in our back garage door had been tampered with and we found knives in the brick work.

Our house has been broken into 7 times in 5 years. Thankfully we have only been here for nearly a year and im done.. fed up and ready to leave..We have had to invest in a security camera system because our neighbour is a psycho. We have had someone arrested on our front lawn and our garden searched for drugs cuz the guy who was arrested threw them in the garden, we had a massive punch up on our front lawn on halloween .. we didnt even know the bloody people!! Not to mention the idiots doing burnouts and im waiting for a car to come through our house..

I have also been told by the lowood police that the parolees from the prison get discounted housing when they are released from the prison. That is also why the police are pretty much constantly patrolling the estate. .. so i was told.

The coppers from down north came up and just to go and get a lettuce from fernvale my husband was breathalised 2 times, the car searched inside and out on the way to and from fermvale (twice), drug tested just accross the road from our house .. which is fine as we dont do any of that.. but it certainly makes a quick trip a long trip!

the internet speeds are appalling too!

I liked lowood when we first moved here, but this last month and a bit has been hell and I can not wait to leave next july!

Word of advice is DONT DO IT!! We even kept to ourselves and know know one here thinking it would help us avoid trouble... it didnt..

Sure rent is cheap but this is why.. if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.. and now we have to fork out and move again and pay for our big mistake of moving here!!
Pros
  • nice houses reasonable prices
Cons
  • slow internet
  • keep to yourself
  • crime and trouble
  • Not a good environment to raise children
  • IGA a rip off
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jun 12, 2015

"Town full of nice people & a lot of Bogans."

Being the cheapest place to live its attracts all the wrong king of people. Development companies have built 2 estates for Investors comprising of poorly equipped houses & they do not do repairs. If you ask for repairs you get evicted. Most tenants are in the lower socio economic class. Police always in your street. Schools no better. Shops expensive especially IGA, its a rip off. No Public transport or 24 hour Police station, its not even an 8 hour station. I wouldn't be here if I worked but being disabled pensioner I have too. Most people afraid to go outside at night, with good reason. Great place to buy a farm or outside Estates but don't rent in the Estates if you can avoid it.
Pros
  • Cheap rent
  • Quiet, peaceful countryside
  • Very nice scenery
Cons
  • IGA a rip off
  • A little drive to the shops
  • Not a good environment to raise children
beckelljess
beckelljess I happen to live in one of the estates. Never had a problem. I go out at night etc and feel perfectly safe as a female.
As for reapirs and being evicted, thats your realestate not the actual suburb which is unfortunate. We have had our hot water sustem repaired, our taps replaced, 1 air con replaced and the other one fixed a million times. I do believe the owner is also in the process of replacing the second ac unit.

The houses do go up fast but that is just the way it is these days. It happens everywhere. I know of people in the inner north brisbane suburbs in the fancy estates who have more problems then most do here.

I do agree the IGA is under stocked and over priced majorly. However we find a drive to fernvale woolworths saves a lot of money and Aldi isnt too far if you head out gatton way. The drive seems faster than going to Ipswich.

I know there are some so and sos in this estate, I happen to live next door to one. She cant mind her own business and her dog never shuts up. So she started spreading stuff around about us because we asked her to reduce her dogs noise. But hey, that kind of child like attitude is everywhere you go.

We came back to the area from stanthorpe/killarney and warwick.. You think Lowood is bad.. spend a year or so in any of those towns and suddenly lowood looks like paradise.

We love our house, it has everything we need. We were lucky enough to be able to get a port for internet at the exchange which I was told is very rare at the time of us moving.

Best of all our house has no gas.
we have a satellite dish
heaps of cupboard space in the kitchen ( i kotice a lot dont have much)
dishwasher
2 aircons
6ft fences
tanks to help reduce water costs
remote double lock up garage
security screens and blinds on all windows.

For the price its about the best equipped house we have ever found.. I am in my 20s and lived in over 25 houses.. These houses are the best bang for your buck..

Have a look at prices in fernvale. They are so expensive and the Honeywood estate has an even worse reputation.

Alot of the troublemon Tawney street also seems to have been moved on. Thankfully!

I am sorry to hear your move to Lowood wasnt as good as ours and that you have had problems etc.

My first rule when we moved here was keep to yourself. Which for the most part worked.. except for the neighbour.

What your realestate is doing if they are trying ro evict you for asking for repairs is illegal. Dont be afraid to stand up for your rights!

all the best!
Oct 08, 2015
beckelljess
beckelljess oh how i am eating my words.. this town has really gone down hill since i wrote my review and the above comment.. the town is literally falling apart and no one gives a toss! The crime has gotten so bad and its such a shame cuz the houses are great for the price. We have decided to leave in july when our lease is up!
Nov 17, 2015
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Small rural area with limited services"

I'm confused about the reviews here. Lowood was both our childhood homes and we lived there up until 5 years ago .. and while some locals were lovely, some definitely weren't nice at all. While the scenery is spectacular (in my opinion), this is not a town you would want to bring up your kids in. The primary and secondary schools have reputations that .. haven't changed much in 40 odd years. There was a 'rail-link' bus that left for Ipswich early in the morning, returning late in afternoon (Ipswich around 30 minutes drive away), but no public transport apart from that (tore up the train tracks around 20 odd years ago when they thought it too expensive to maintain the wooden bridges). Fair bit of crime, but get that everywhere. And it's a good place to retire, if you like the quiet life and like to keep to yourself, but it's definitely no place to raise kids. That would be Fernvale, a short drive from Lowood.
Pros
  • Very nice scenery
  • Quiet, peaceful countryside
Cons
  • Not a good environment to raise children
Recommended for
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Its a nice town. I had bad neighbours though and it is a little too far from everything."

Pros
  • Good place for kids
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5
2yrs+

"Nice place to live"

It is a small town but has nice people, we know everyone in our street and the kids play with each other. I like living hear its quiet.
Pros
  • Quiet
  • Nice people
  • Good place for kids
Cons
  • A little drive to the shops
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Aperfect place to raise a family"

Have lived here for 3 years now and would not live anywhere else. Very quiet, safe, great schools. Country lifestyle close to city for shopping and work. So enjoyable to live in a town with no trafic lights or roundabouts.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A great place to invest"

From an investors point of view this is a great place for renters, close to the city, yet have the great lifestyle of being in the country.
Good for increasing value.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Quiet semi-rural family friendly neighbourhood"

We moved here 3 years ago to escape the suburban 'rat race'. We have three young children and we would like them to live a childhood where they can safely run and play and not be glued to the television or computer (although we do have broadband for work and study purposes). We like this semi-rural area as it is quiet but not too far from major services. Acreage blocks are good for a horse, cow, goats, chooks, ducks, large vegie garden, etc (which we have). The area is fantastic for primary school aged children - lots of space to run and play, ride their bikes and for a swing set, trampoline, etc (we do not have a Playstation, Wii, etc). There doesn't seem to be a lot for teenagers to do around the area. There is only one high school but there is the option of travelling by bus to private schools in Ipswich and surrounding areas (only 35 mins away). We have nice neighbours who help each other out. The main thing this area is missing will be remedied over the next 12 months - an Indoor Sports Centre which is to be built at Fernvale (10 mins away). There is a good variety of outdoor sports to play and a nice golf course in Lowood (4 mins away). You can swim, canoe and fish in the Brisbane River which is only about a 10 min drive from here.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids