6.3 out of 10

North Lakes

Ranked 236th best suburb in Brisbane
-27.2188170655874 153.022457644804
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Internet Access
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Childcare
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Aug 24, 2018

"Outstanding"

Friendly neighbors, streetly parks and access to all types of shops, North Lakes has it ALL!
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
May 12, 2018

"Growing city in its own right"

I have been here for 15months now and now building a home on the golf course. It is a great family area that has a diverse range of “localities” although all sit under the north lakes suburb. Yes there is high density pockets and units however these are just part of a well planned diverse community. Reading some reviews I am surprised, I live on an 860m2 block, super quiet and private and the same (better). Where I am building (smaller block though). So if you live in a low cost high density enclave, your experience will be vastly different to mine and is certainly not a fair representation of a suburb with many living density options.

NBN speed is reasonable FTTN but new home will be FTTP. Traffic to city in the morning a pain! Hoping gateway upgrade will assist traffic flow.

Dining options are limited but Laguna development should solve this. North Lakes has a higher average income than Brisbane so business should do well in this area due to the potential of expendable income.

“ Club North”is seen as the premier area of North Lakes but there are other areas of North Lakes that come close to it! These are generally on the golf course or near it. The more you spend, the better options I guess (like anywhere).

North lakes is continuing to grow and will just keep improving so its a great place to live.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Apr 29, 2018

"A very convenient suburb"

North Lakes offers by far the best amenities and services of all suburbs in the Moreton Bay region. It has easy access to the M1 and thus also to the Brisbane Airport and the Sunshine Coast. Commuting 28 Kms to the Brisbane CBD is naturally time-consuming, but not more so than from any other equidistant suburb from the city. The new Mango Hill train station on the Redcliffe line is within an easy 10 to 15 minutes drive from most parts of the suburb and offers a good commuting option for people preferring to go to work by train. North Lakes has the largest Westfield shopping center North of Brisbane, is home to IKEA, Costco, Bunnings and a myriad other retail outlets. All new suburbs take time to develop a character of its own and North Lakes is no exception. It was developed as a model township around a golf course and a few small artificial lakes with an abundance of attractive park areas. It has a great choice of childcare and primary and secondary schools and has become an increasingly attractive option for young families looking for affordable housing options in a safe and green environment. North Lakes is immediately adjacent to Deception Bay and the Redcliffe peninsula, offering easy access to a variety of seaside recreational facilities. There is a wide variety of popular restaurants, but eating out anywhere outside the Brisbane inner suburbs is seldom an inspirational affair. The suburb is gradually coming into its own as the focal business hub of the Northern suburbs.
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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
johannes-k
johannes-k There is a new exciting development coming to North Lakes, that will make it an even more attractive suburb. Look at the following link:
https://brisbanedevelopment.com/laguna-north-lakes-given-green-light-by-moreton-bay-regional-council/
May 03, 2018
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1/5
Feb 27, 2018

"Looks okay but read this review before making your decision."

I used to live in North Lakes from late 2016 - 18, just moved to Perth in Feb for university.

Positives: were we lived in one of the rare FTTP places lots of shops like Costco so has some convenience factor.

Negatives:

Most places in North Lakes have awful FTTN internet.
Lots of bogans everywhere. This is a huge downside coming from Sydney (unless you live out West or South West and are used to bogans) stay clear. All you hear is people insulting you if you don't drive a ford or holden near the pubs and teenagers doing burnouts all night.

The houses wow.... there is just no space in between them, they might as well be sold as Villa's or Townhouses (and a lot are but that's a different issue with huge traffic problems that are not or cannot be addressed) because they are joined at the wall either way. You hear EVERYTHING from not only your neighbours but people a few houses down and across the road because it is all boxed in.

Also beware, insurance DOES rate the North Lakes suburb as HIGH crime. (Check the NRMA crime map if you don't believe me)

Also traffic is a NIGHTMARE. I moved from Sydney (from Dee Why on the Northern Beaches) and thought traffic was bad there going into the city, just wow, be prepared to be shocked, I find it worse here. The problem is they have built everything to go along the highway through Chermside etc and it just comes to a standstill, four lanes of standstill traffic and the MAJOR issue is this seems to be almost all throughout the day. Even at lunch time it's just as bad, sometimes worse. It's like people cannot make up their minds when peak hour is.

The problem comes also from lack of public transport, so EVERYONE has to drive. You see the occasional bus, but that's it and they do not even have bus lanes, so almost just adds to the problem.

I feel like the place had potential and I loved it when I first moved here, but quickly found out the major flaws it had other than some convenience factor (like others have said) if you never leave the area.
3/5
Jan 15, 2018

"Great if you didn't need or want to venture out of the suburb"

I have recently relocated out of NL as the commute to work was taking far too long (I moved to NL from Perth so I did not have local knowledge others may have). I found the suburb fine if you did not have to leave it. It has all the services you need contained within it which is all some need. Fortunately I lived in a street with owner occupiers who were house proud and the streets where not clogged with cars, boats and trailers, whilst I did not know the neighbours, all were quiet and kept to themselves (on a side note my new neighbours introduced themselves on day 2!) I do agree with other comments about being really close to each other you can hear the toilet flush. So if you are not fussed about travel times, particular styles of home and enjoy roundabouts then NL is for you. For everyone else, there are some better options closer to the city. Mobile reception on Optus was terrible (I had drop outs sitting in the same place within the house) and whilst NBN is a welcome addition (I believe there were some ADSL issues), iinet had constant drop outs too.
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  • Families with kids
emd emd
1/5
Aug 20, 2017

"Claustrophobic box stacks"

Big mistake moving to this suburb! The houses are basically so close and cluttered, you might as well be basically sitting your neighbours house..ridiculous! Public transport is horrendous and too far to the city..or anything exciting for that matter. The golf course is not that great..very slow! Moving closer to the city is the best bet. Its like groundhog day, nothing exciting happens and everything looks the same..no culture. Cant wait to leave, lucky we didn't buy! phewww!

Pros: Retail

Cons:
houses too close
overrated
rent too high not worth it
lack of privacy
useless public
....the whole place!
1/5
Aug 05, 2017

"Better suburbs close to CBD"

There are better suburbs close to CBD. North lakes is good for retirement. There are heaps of suburbs 16KM radius to CBD and accessible via public transport.North Lakes has certain cultural groups and migrants. blocks are small and houses are as exact same size as the property. no much privacy.
Luke Gafa
Luke Gafa Hey where would you recommend on suburbs closes to cbd with great public transport?? Thanks
Oct 10, 2017
ek1
ek1 My family and I are wanting to make a move from Sydney. I did notice that you made a point of stating that there are certain cultural groups and migrants. I am wondering if people in North Lakes are only accepting of Anglo Australians.
Jan 26, 2018
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 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
Jan 15, 2017

"Excellent value for money. Thriving suburb, but also very leafy, lake Eden is beautiful."

Everything you could posssibly need. Costco, bunnings, Westfield, Myers , IKEA, Kmart , big w, target, rail at mango hill, major bus station. The Xmas fair that is held each year with fireworks is outstanding for families. Many trendy coffee shops and restaurants. Modern cinema complex and not far from Redcliffe. It's also a bit cooler than Brisbane as it experiences the coastal breeZes.
Pros
  • Everything is relatively new
  • Shopping
Cons
  • Traffic starting to get a bit hectic
  • Can be delayed if commuting to CBD via gateway.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Nov 05, 2016

"High density housing"

Houses are packed in so closely that if you have windows open you can hear the neighbours conversation. Streets are so narrow its difficult for visitor parking. High density =high profit for developers....Glut of rentals available due to shabbiness and not clean. High rental area with obvious out of town investors.
Pros
  • Aurora Blvd Park is excellent. Love the fenced off dog park.
Cons
  • Overpriced modern boxes devoid of character.
sueh7
sueh7 agree with you here. I am looking elsewhere my investment property
Mar 03, 2017
joc5
joc5 So where will you but? Can you suggest an area that schools are still good ?
Mar 27, 2017
joc5
joc5 That was BUY :-)
Mar 27, 2017
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Forever growing"

Pros
  • Everything you need is right here
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
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 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A dream place to live in"

Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • 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 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"The best place to live!"

I am living here for many years (7+), I love it 100%. My house is holding value very well over the time and sounds like the big investment is happening now and hope my house will provide good return to me in the nearly future.
Good schools for our kids and huge shopping centre (Westfield) is on the door step. Surround by Golf court, plenty of parks, especially HIGH and DRY (No worry about and any flood conditions. :-) ).
It is a safe, nice and quiet suburb to raise your family and enjoy the life. Not far from CBD and has very good facilities. You will not complain a single bit.
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
Smorgasboard
Smorgasboard I have really disliked living in North Lakes - more so than anywhere else I have lived before! The place is charmless, characterless with street after street that looks identical. There is nothing within walking distance - and there are so many roundabouts! There is a claustrophobic feeling about the place and there is no sense of community whatsoever. I would recommend to anyone to think twice before moving here - I liken it to a prison. I breathe a sigh of relief when I drive out of North Lakes and my heart sinks when I return. Yuck. Bad bad move!
2yrs+
88KATmando
88KATmando Somewhere between Ricky and Smorgasboard, DOWNSIDE: we are empty nestors, hard to get out of the place, difficult trip into Brisbane CBD in peak hour, very poor parking at closest railway station Petrie, $30 in a taxi if choose to leave car at home. Local bus but last bus home is 4.55pm Sat & Sunday. If you miss it you have a long walk home, not best option if you are a lady on her own I would imagine. Yes a bit soul less. For us not sense of community either we have found POSITIVES: If you worked nearby, on that note, lots of big companies are building warehouses at North Lakes, Costco, Office Works, IKEA, Bunnings. If you had kids at local schools, and had social connections there, I can see it would be a lovely place to raise your kids, very safe place to live, many lovely parks, plus a man made lake to walk or cycle around or picnic by - 20 minute drive back to Redcliffe/nicest beach. We will move back to the beach we have decided
2yrs+
Smorgasboard
Smorgasboard Interesting. I wrote that comment almost exactly a year ago to the day before we moved out of North Lakes. I've now had a year living on the Redcliffe Peninsula and there is no comparison - it's lovely to be by the sea and meet nice friendly people. It's good to have North Lakes nearby as a place to shop but to live? No way!
2yrs+
88KATmando
88KATmando Good to hear Smorgasboard, funny we came from Redcliffe and will be returning there also, isn't that funny we lived there for 4.5 years before we moved to North Lakes
2yrs+
LeighC
LeighC Add a comment... I've just moved to North Lakes from Sydney and is a really nice place to live. I'm in the process of building a fantastic house on a 640 sqm block, backing onto the golf course for only $1.1 mil....in Sydney it would be three times the price !
It's become a nice established area with tree lined streets, parks, lakes, cycle tracks and the beautiful Sunshine Coast mountains and beaches are a pleasant short drive away up the freeway. You have Westfield Shopping centre, along with a multitude of other shopping areas, including largest Bunnings in Southern Hemisphere and Cosco etc etc. Good new schools. Train station to Brisbane city opens up next year and it's either a 50 min drive during peak hour or 35 min out of peak to the city. It's a middle class area with in general nice neighbours. Redcliffe ocean front is 15/20 min drive and is quite pleasant - Redcliffe in general is a working class area and certainly not a place you'd want to live in (old houses and rough people), but is well away from North Lakes so not a problem.
2yrs+
88KATmando
88KATmando Hi LeighC, Glad to hear you are happy you have found North Lakes, I am sure it is an improvement to similar developments in Sydney which would be even further away from the city etc and we always felt safe there and with the new train coming it should also be an improvement. I think it is simply a case of different courses for different horses. We have ended up now living at the water on Brisbane's south bayside and are happier here. Personally we like an eclectic mix of people and we found, when we lived at Redcliffe, there was no more crime in Redcliffe, than any other place, I think you have to live there to know that and not listen to the usual "people putting other areas down" syndrome when they have not even lived there. Some people like new areas/developments and others like older areas, just as some people prefer to be at the beach. Wish you the best with you new life at North Lakes.
2yrs+
MatthewS1
MatthewS1 Hi guys, I am currently looking at moving to qld (preferably North of Brisbane) from nsw (blue mountains/central western area) within the next 12 months.. I have read a lot of different reviews both good and bad about the north lakes area.. I am looking to move to an area that would be ideal for a young family (safe for my children to roam about). I am in the construction industry and my partner would like to open a hair salon, we would like to find somewhere close to shops, restaurants and beaches but also not to far away from a fresh water lake/dam in which we can still go water skiing.. Look forward to hearing some suggestions. Thanks..
2yrs+
celian
celian Hi all, we are planning to move to North lakes from Sydney with a young family. I can see the last comment above is a year ago. How is the area now?
Dec 13, 2016
lizk
lizk We are from Sydney and we moved a week ago from St George. We like the area. We have a young daughter. The area is a little far out but affordable for young families. Go for it!
Dec 19, 2016
pethik
pethik no good schools, the place may be good for a handyman. long distance to CBD. I don't recommend North Lakes. Good for stock land and property builder. bad for people.
Aug 05, 2017
rosiev
rosiev What types of people live in north lakes? Currently living in eastern suburbs in Sydney but looking to move to Brisbane or nearby....
Want an area with all amenities, parks, good schools, safe and happy young families with good vibes!

North lakes looks great on paper but haven't visited yet so it's hard to know what kind of feel the area has.
Thanks!
Aug 09, 2017
Grace McKendrick
Grace McKendrick Hi RosieV, this comment is very late and you may have moved already, but I would compare NL to some of the newer housing developments out near Rouse Hill, Kellyville, Glenmore Park, Harrington Park. It is a world away from the Eastern suburbs of Sydney - and I grew up in Newtown in the 80s and 90s!
Jan 15, 2018
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