9.2 out of 10

Rocklea

Ranked 24th best suburb in Brisbane
-27.5473774088386 152.999145087591
Great for
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Parking
  • Internet Access
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

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 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Apr 14, 2017

"Beautiful little suburb filled with friendly people"

Seems to of stemmed from being more of a commercial area with warehouses to a prosperous little neighborhood filled with beauty and history.
My husband and I recently had the pleasure of buying a renovated Queenslander that was raised above the highest recorded flood levels for this area, the same as almost all the other similarly pretty houses down our street.
We really adore the houses here for their obvious charm and personality, we happen to luckily live very close to the train station, a great way to get in and out of the city on nights where we don't feel like driving.
The Rocklea Markets are great, loads of fresh fruit and veg at brilliant prices amoungst other produce such as soaps and wooden items sold in the accompanying store fronts. There are also some great trailer eats, set up in a similar manner to Eat Street and with similar food. The markets seem to have a much more relaxed and friendly atmosphere the earlier you go.
There is also a large green dog/bicycle park not far from our house either, great to take a morning walk through or for an afternoon cycle.
All in all, I would highly recommend Rocklea for anyone with an open mind and a kind heart! Otherwise, good luck fitting in with the rest of Rocklea's friendly and peaceful residents : )
Pros
  • Friendly residents
  • Established streets
  • Dog friendly
  • Brisbane Markets
  • Close to city and perstigious suburbs (Tennyson, Sherwood, Graceville, Chelmer)
  • Close to Trains & Buses
  • City views
Cons
  • Many old house to renovate (renovator's dreams??!!)
  • Prone to flooding but so is Rosalie, Bulimba, New Farm, West End, Milton, The Reggatta etc...
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 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
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
Jan 14, 2017

"Sitting quietly as best kept secret"

Train station (trains every 15 mins into & out of city - travel to Central station in 24mins) & buses are great (including Great Circle Bus). Amazing constant cool breezes in streets. Locals are quiet. Close to shopping centres in all directions and has Brisbane's biggest markets, the Rocklea Markets, on its doorstep. Big floods are not frequent, that is, only happen when many other Brisbane suburbs are also flooded, that is 37 years in between = 1974 & 2011. Wivenhoe Dam did not exist in 1974 and was badly managed in 2011 (class action in progress - possible outcome 2017). 2011 floods occured just after years of drought, then La Nina kicked in ("The Queensland floods are caused by what is one of the strongest if not the strongest La Nina events since our records began in the late 19th century," said Prof Neville Nicholls at Monash University and president of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.) Wivenhoe Dam was being managed to keep water at its capacity because of the long drought, but, amongst other reasons, as a means of flood mitigation it is no longer managed in same way, hence if La Nina kicks in again the dam should be better able to cope.
All things considered about Rocklea, beautfil breezes and housing is very affordable with great potential for renovations.
Pros
  • Brisbane Markets
  • Close to city and perstigious suburbs (Tennyson, Sherwood, Graceville, Chelmer)
  • Cheap double-blocks with huge potential
  • Close to Trains & Buses
  • City views
Cons
  • Need more people to realise the HUGE potential
  • Many old house to renovate (renovator's dreams??!!)
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 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Diamond in the rough, waiting to be polished."

Rocklea is Brisbane's best kept secret... like a diamond in the rough, waiting to be found and polished. Close to the city, transport, major highways and shopping centres. It is a quiet suburb that will have huge investment gains in the future. Where else can you buy a house on 1012 square meter block of land, 8 klms from the city (as the crow flies).
Pros
  • City views
  • Brisbane Markets
  • Close to city and perstigious suburbs (Tennyson, Sherwood, Graceville, Chelmer)
  • Cheap double-blocks with huge potential
  • Close to Trains & Buses
  • Natural Gas to homes
  • NBN coming soon!
Cons
  • Need more people to realise the HUGE potential
  • Many old house to renovate (renovator's dreams??!!)
  • More people need to realise the HUGE potential
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Brisbane's best kept secret"

Transportation:

Rocklea and Moorooka train station, Bus stops
Drive to city via Indooroopilly, Toowoong (Coronation Drive)
Drive to city via Fairfield (Fairfield Road)
Drive to city via Pacific Motorway

(8 kilometres bird's flight to the city)

Land sizes:
Average 800-900 square metres.
Double-blocks

Food shopping:
Brisbane Markets
Coles at Corinda
Woolworths at Sherwood
Coles at Fairfield

Schools:
Sherwood State School
Rocklea State School
Pros
  • Brisbane Markets
  • Close to city and perstigious suburbs (Tennyson, Sherwood, Graceville, Chelmer)
  • Cheap double-blocks with huge potential
  • Close to Trains & Buses
  • City views
Cons
  • Many old house to renovate (renovator's dreams??!!)
  • More people need to realise the HUGE potential
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Brisbane's Best Kept Secret"

Rocklea is a suburb which has been skipped over by many since 2011. Yet with the blood, sweat and tears from local residents, Rocklea is beginning to bounce back as one of Brisbane's best kept secrets. In the past few months it has shown great signs of growth, accompanied by some strong property sales. Renovated properties are on the rise and enquiry levels have increased as I continue to sell property in the area. Buyers are struggling to find reasons not to choose Rocklea as a great suburb for their first home or new investment. Close proximity to the CBD, accessible by train or bus, quick access to North, South, East and Western freeways and close to the markets. I think Rocklea is definitely a suburb to watch over the next few years.
Pros
  • Close to Trains & Buses
  • Brisbane Markets
  • Close to city and perstigious suburbs (Tennyson, Sherwood, Graceville, Chelmer)
Cons
  • Need more people to realise the HUGE potential
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Yes we got wet"

We've lived in Rocklea for over 2 years and it was exactly what we wanted to raise our family. Transport, parks, no throughway traffic, close to town and shops within 4 km.
Would like more dining out options and no more rain.
Pros
  • Brisbane Markets
  • Cheap double-blocks with huge potential
  • Close to city and perstigious suburbs (Tennyson, Sherwood, Graceville, Chelmer)
Cons
  • Need more people to realise the HUGE potential
  • Prone to flooding but so is Rosalie, Bulimba, New Farm, West End, Milton, The Reggatta etc...
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Close to all amenities"

Been living in Rocklea for more than 2 years now. Has access to rail, bus and motorway. All shopping is close by.
Pros
  • Brisbane Markets
  • Cheap double-blocks with huge potential
  • Close to city and perstigious suburbs (Tennyson, Sherwood, Graceville, Chelmer)
Cons
  • Many old house to renovate (renovator's dreams??!!)
  • Need more people to realise the HUGE potential
  • Prone to flooding but so is Rosalie, Bulimba, New Farm, West End, Milton, The Reggatta etc...
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • 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
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great Place to live"

If you are looking for community, then this is it. 9 km to CBD and close to garden city and moorooka, sherwood and Rocklea markets!! Its great! Quite and friendly. I have owned in Tramore Street for almost 5 years and my house has doubled in value and my neighbour is great and used to bring my washing in. I love Rocklea and yes it flooded in 1974, but so did most of Brisbane!!
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Love Rocklea!"

Rocklea is by far the friendliest suburb I have lived in. (previously lived in Annerley, New Farm, Spring Hill, & numerous Melbourne suburbs)
Rocklea has great parks incl. dog park & close to Brisbane markets. & the Rocklea pub does awesome steaks.
Yeah so Rocklea did flood in '74 but so did much of Brisbane!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees