8.4 out of 10

The Gap

Ranked 142nd best suburb in Brisbane
-27.4462448339492 152.941318866182
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  • Parking
  • Schools
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  • Country Lovers

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+
Editors Choice

"A nestled suburb"

I've lived in The Gap since 1983 in two locations, it is a lovely green and leafy suburb situated against state forest land. This is the ideal place for people with a bit more disposable income who like the traditional quiet suburbia setting. If you like that sort of thing you'll never leave, the only way people have left my street is when they passed away often then their grown children would move in so there are quite a few people whose family have been here for at least 1 to 3 generations.
The state schools here are excellent with students coming from a 3 suburb radius, Ashgrove Marist is also not far away.
The Gap also seems to be much more active on Saturdays when many Motorcyclists, car clubs, bike clubs, cyclists and picnickers all head up to the state forest and Mt Nebo and Mt Glorious. There are some fantastic roads up there but Saturdays expect a fair amount of traffic and Police speed traps.

Residence wise there are very distinct differences in areas in The Gap as below
"Old Town"
The old sections which were zoned residential from over 60-100 years ago, mostly 60's and 70's style houses , brick veneer and weatherboard. Tends to be characterised by all kinds of lower priced housing styles even a few odd fibro cement and "off the plan" LJ Hooker homes from the 80's.

"Affordableville"
A bunch of rather large new housing estates from the 90's to the 2000's all blonde and tan brick style 1 & 2 story jobs. Small streets, traffic calming intersections many with an estate like "entrance and sign" characterise the entrance to these areas. The ones closer to the Enoggera dam and Gap Creek road areas have poorer public transport and feel segregated from the rest of the suburb.

"Nouveau riche"
This is the line of very expensive houses located on the hill sides or large blocks scattered on the outskirts, (as The Gap is a suburb surrounded by mountains and big hills) These houses are rather big, very expensive and always seem extremely well maintained. These can be found at the end of Hilder Road's "Old town" section, and on the outskirts of the Kay's Rd "Affordableville" area plus on the border of Keperra and the Gap. Becareful though as many of these hillsides were aflame during the bad bushfire season a decade ago. Prices here can enter into the Millions

"Higher Density zones"
There are a number townhouse developments very distinct in appearance. One set was built in the 90's prior to a moratorium on townhouses in the area which was lifted around 2009 or 2010, these tend to be on main roads/streets but further out from the Commercial Zoned area near the golf course. The second set only opened in 2010 and 2011 and are a short distance from the Golf Course area. There are a couple of gated communities, one made famous for being the site of a murder in the 90's. Which is a good reminder that being locked in is all fine and good unless the people you should be worried about are in there with you.

Now the bad points.
Commuting:
You have three choices, car, bus or drive over to Ferny Grove and catch the train, the bus services are regular and generally on time. Problem is despite being only about 8-11km straight line from the City it will take you at minimum (when school is in) 40 mintues to get to the city by bus during peak time, perhaps longer by car as one lane is T2 and can bank right back to Ashgrove west. When school is out times are reduced considerably. The 385 express service that runs through Paddington is oddly faster than it's brother the Prepaid only 384 rocket (peak times only) that uses Waterworks road. However the 385's closest stop in the city is bus station under King George Square. Coworkers who live in Browns Plains and Logan get the same commute times due to their much better arterials and busways. Travel times are not bad outside peak times but any bus service using waterworks road well don't expect to be home in less than 40minutes.

Dormitory suburb:
To do anything except perhaps food shopping, normal errands, small selection of takeaway or drinking coffee, you will have to leave the suburb. Either going to Kmart plaza in Arana Hills, Westfield Brookside in Mitchelton, The Great Western in Keperra, The City, Toombul shopping town, Stafford city or Indooroopilly via the Centenary highway. There is very little commercial zoning and most of it is taken by essential services only. It's a two edged sword, the good side is it means that there are very few people from other suburbs who do anything except drive through from Settlement road to Waterworks road and not much in the way of heavy vehicles or noisier businesses, just don't expect any exciting retail opportunities. Because it's a dormitory suburb it can be a target for burglaries as the chances are noone is home during the day but that's about the only crime you'll find here.

Weather:
I don't know if this is universal or just where I live, The Gap's weather in terms of temperature and humidity are like Ipswich. It is hotter and more humid here in the summer, probably due to it's geographic situation, than any suburb closer to the river and can still get bitterly cold in winter. My sibling's place in New Farm has wonderful weather and breezes but they can get flooded so its a trade off.

House Prices:
House Prices here jumped by $100K in 2005 for no reason whatso ever. Many houses are ordinary and blocks surprisingly small. When I grew up there were a lot of young families but many families have been priced out so the demographic has changed substantially since the 80's. It is a lovely area but with whats available you don't really get much value for money. Don't expect the houses at the bottom of the range to be pretty, they'll usually be ex-rentals or deceased estates in need of a full renovation.

I wouldn't mind living here for the rest of my life but I'm on a single income and can't afford to renovate or rebuild the old home I'm in. I'll probably end up moving to a cheaper area or one with higher density housing which is a shame because I've found my neighbours and residents here to be very nice and quite an eclectic mix in terms of occupations and histories.
Pros
  • close to city
  • friendly
  • green and relaxing
  • Convenient basic shopping
  • Wildlife (Birds)
  • Great public schools
Cons
  • Peak hour traffic on Waterworks Road
  • Dormitory Suburb
  • Public transport good, not great
  • Peak hour traffic on Settlement Road
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
KateG
KateG Thank you for your amazing review. Commenting on the types of residents in different areas is hard to find in other reviews. It really helped me. Thanks
2yrs+
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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
Jun 03, 2017

"the gap"

I have lived in the gap for the past 2 years and have found it a dump with bogans and much rather the inner city
Cons
  • Public transport good, not great
  • Has its good and bad parts
  • no decent food options
  • Peak hour traffic on Samford Road
  • Peak hour traffic on Waterworks Road
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 2/5
  • 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+

"The Gap - Brisbane's most lush suburb"

The Gap is only 9/10 km from Brisbane city centre and has clean air, beautiful walking / cycling tracks; great schools and a real sense of community. Its safe and very friendly - the kind of neighbourhood where children play in the street and many of the people who live there grow their own herb gardens, sharing their produce with their neighbours.
Its quite an affluent suburb with many residents being business owners. There is a village centre where you can buy all your groceries and daily needs.

Its less than a 10 minute drive to Ashgrove; Paddington & Bardon where there are many lovely restaurants; boutiques and bars and cinema - so you really never need to venture into the city where parking is expensive.

The plots of land are generally larger than other suburbs, so it is excellent value for $ - i don't know how long it will stay so!
Pros
  • large plots of land
  • very clean air
  • Relatively close to the city
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A Brilliant Suburb Choice for all"

Having lived in many different places around Brisbane and overseas, I've come to the conclusion that I will ALWAYS call The Gap my home and will live here as long as possible (and considering there's a retirement place, that's gonna be a while!).

The Gap is a beautiful leafy suburb filled to the brim with friendly people (not creepily so, mind!). The main reason I love living in The Gap is the peace and quiet and ease of access to the hustle and bustle when you decide you're in need of a night out. The city is a mere 9kms away, and while Ashgrove is a bit of a bottleneck most mornings, once you're past there, it's almost always smooth sailing. Note: Pick your window to leave around the bus schedule and where possible car poole, as the T2 is a fairly clear run if you're not stuck behind a bus!

The Gap Village has everything you could need, and the bigger shops; Brookside, Chermside and Indooroopilly are about 20minutes away.

I grew up in The Gap and live here still as a DINK and it really does cater for everyone.

It's a brilliant suburb to raise a family in as it's safe and surrounded by great schools and as far as teenagers go, nothing will ever please them so it's a good as you're ever going to get! Great for adults too, as it's close to town and peaceful upon your return from work.

In case you hadn't figured it out, I've not a bad word to say about the suburb!
Pros
  • close to city
  • friendly
  • green and relaxing
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
Ollygt
Ollygt If you're a single you do need a fairly high salary to afford the house prices though, as with retirees. Hipsters and trendy people would probably prefer the more fashionable suburbs around the inner city rather than out here, much closer to shopping, restaurants and higher density living.
2yrs+
Rachael20
Rachael20 I would agree with that, Ollygt. The house prices are 'better' than they have been, however The Gap is probably still considered one of the 'well-to-do-suburbs' of Brisbane. Having said that, for the comparitive costs, I'd pick The Gap over most other 'well-to-do-suburbs' because it doesn't feel like you're living inner city. Hipsters and Trendy/Stylish may well prefer to be closer to the action, but they'll get over it and want some peace and quiet and some point! :) (I'm speaking from experience there!).
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Leafy lifestyle, village atmosphere within 10 km city - Brisbanes best kept secret"

We're ex Sydney (Balmain, Rozelle and Glebe) and Melbourne (Albert Park, North Fitzroy) escapees to a greener, cleaner lifestyle. When we first came we looked at inner city but soon realised there is no true "inner city" like in sydney and Melbourne where you are within walking distance of any number of choices of pubs and eating places - in Brisbane you need to get in a car to go out - even if it's only 5 minutes drive. So - what does The Gap offer? The chance of an outdoor lifestyle (most places have pools) in a clean and green environment - yet still only 20 minutes from James Steet for Saturday breakfast and 15 for Rosalie, the Barracks cinema etc. The little village is daggy as anything but does have a terrific deli/grocery, a decent bookshop and, finally, might get some decent coffee shops. We have two dogs so it's important to have a house. The bus service is quick for the big ticketed events at Suncorp, and you can either bus into town or drive to a rail station - I choose Wilston - and catch the train in. It's a freindly, easy escape from the City.
Pros
  • close to city
  • friendly
  • green and relaxing
Cons
  • no decent food options
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"A wonderful neighbourhood for families"

Leafy, quiet and accessible, The Gap is an affordable suburb close to the Brisbane CBD. With the T2 lane in operation and the ability to use it, travel from the far end of the Gap to the CBD in traffic is around 15-20 minutes along a fairly stress free Waterworks Road. Most traffic build up only occurs from Ashgrove and there is little in the way of traffic in The Gap itself. The Gap Village is also very accessible and caters to most daily shopping needs. For dining out/nightlife there are however not many options which is one of the reasons alot of people like this quiet suburb. If you are a motorcyclist then the route up Mount Nebo and Mount Glorious are right on your doorstep and coffee at Maiala is just a short ride. The Gap is a very large suburb and different lifestyle options are available to cater to most needs. The further out from the CBD towards the end of the Gap and Mount Nebo you travel the better it gets.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
shahara
shahara Why do people think it is 15min to the city from The Gap? It is usually double that.

Do a google map directions search... I chose Illowra as it is central in the Gap to Queen St (city central).

It is 32 minutes travel time is the fastest route.

Driving directions to Queen St, Brisbane QLD 4000
Suggested routes
Waterworks Rd
11.0 km 32 mins
Payne Rd and Waterworks Rd
11.0 km 35 mins
Waterworks Rd and Kelvin Grove Rd
12.4 km 35 mins

Illowra St
The Gap QLD 4061

1. Head south on Illowra St towards Riaweena St 0.3 km
2. Turn left at Payne Rd Go through 1 roundabout 1.5 km
3. Turn left to stay on Payne Rd 0.2 km
4. Turn right at Waterworks Rd 1.8 km
5. Turn right at Monoplane St 0.1 km
6. Take the 1st left on to Atthow Ave 0.1 km
7. Turn left at Wing St 53 m
8. Wing St turns right and becomes Jaloon St 0.2 km
9. Slight right at Coopers Camp Rd 0.3 km
10. Turn left at Fletcher Pde 0.5 km
11. Slight right at Beatrice St 0.5 km
12. Turn left at Jubilee Tce 80 m
13. Take the 1st right on to Arthur Tce 0.8 km
14. Turn right to stay on Arthur Tce 0.7 km
15. Turn left at Enoggera Tce 0.3 km
16. Turn right at Musgrave Rd 1.4 km
17. Continue onto College Rd 0.4 km
18. Turn right at Gregory Tce 94 m
19. Continue onto Wickham Tce 0.2 km
20. Slight right to stay on Wickham Tce 0.3 km
21. Turn left to stay on Wickham Tce 0.5 km
22. Sharp right at Edward St 0.5 km
23. Turn left at Queen St 0.2 km
2yrs+
khopki30
khopki30 Shahara it IS only 15 mins to the city. (non-peak)

Do you even live in the Gap?? Or are you reliing on Google for your experience.

Using Bing/Microsoft Maps, the route it chose is way more simple and direct.

Your route takes you into Bardon and then back onto the road that you started on??

My journey would be; (Using Bing/Microsoft Maps)

10.9 km, 21 min

A Start: petmar st the gap

1 Depart -27.44459, 152.93593 on Petmar St (South-East) (0.0 km)

2 Turn LEFT (East) onto Waterworks Rd [31] (4.4 km)

3 Road name changes to Glory St [31] (0.3 km) (NOTE NO TURNS JUST NAME CHANGE)

7 Keep STRAIGHT onto Waterworks Rd [31] (2.9 km)

8 Road name changes to Musgrave Rd [31] (1.4 km) (STILL NO TURNS)

9 Road name changes to College Rd (0.0 km) (STILL NO TURNS)

10 Road Name Changes to Leichhardt St (0.6km) (STILL NO TURNS)

11 Turn Right (East) onto Edward St (0.9km)

12 Turn Left onto Queen St.

B Stop: queen st brisbane
2yrs+
Ollygt
Ollygt I'd agree with 15mins to the city non-peak by car even buses manage it in 20-30mins. But during peak time forget it you won't get to Red Hill in that time on waterworks, T2 or otherwise. The route that runs through Paddington is marginally faster in peak time and the route using Samford road is considerably worse.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Beautiful Gap"

The Gap is like a cul de sac surrounded by green. It's a beautiful suburb with a village feel yet still close to the city. Close knit community but always welcoming to new residents. Upper middle class but not snobby. Beautiful and safe. Ive not seen a better place to live in Brisbane.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 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
  • 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+

"A suburb for a family - but not for young singles"

Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Everyone loves The Gap"

The Gap has beautiful parks, isn't too large, and is close to everything. Good size blocks this close to the city are rare. A little expensive, but for good reason. This is one of Brisbane's best neighbourhoods.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"The Gap (Shh keep it a secret so we can maintain our lifestyle)"

Having lived in the Gap for 8 years (in 3 different houses) I feel that we are in a reasonable position to talk about the place.

Bottom line, it is fantastic.

We live in Walsall St (Cul-de-sac) that nearly every afternoon has kids out riding bikes, kicking footballs or jumping in each other's pools.

The local schools are fantastic, and especially the Gap State High, has a great reputation for academic achievement.

Public transport is great, 6 separate bus routes (380-385) service the suburb, with the 385 running every 10 mins during peak, and every 15 mins off peak 7 days a week.

Shopping is OK for the basics (Food/Petrol/Alcohol) but not a lot for the shopaholics. Brookside and Indooropilly are only about 15-20 mins away and Chermside is 25 mins away if you want "real" shopping.

For Foodies, there is not a large range, the basics are covered with McDonalds, numerous pizza outlets, Thai, Chinese and the Gap Tavern resturant.

We were living in the Gap when the 2008 Storms hit, and to say that pulled the community together was an understatement, there were strangers help each other that have gone on to become friends as a result.

Through our kids we have found and maintain a number of friendships with other parents and it is the first time we have experienced this type of "community"

One downside of the Gap is the heat and/or Cold. We generally sit between the Brisbane and Ipswich temperatures (Mt Coot-tha blocks some of the breezes), but if you have air con, then this isn't an issue, only when you want to get outdoors is there an issue.

House sales in the Gap are regularly to existing Gap residents that are looking to upgrade. Overall, we love the place and will probably be here for many years yet.
Recommended for
  • 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 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • 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+

"Exception place to live where people are friendly and the cost of living is low, plenty of access to facilities"

Fast access into the city if you need to get there. Plenty of buses to choose from. You can quickly get suncorp stadium and into the paddington nightlife as needed.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Good for families that don't mind the drive to work, not so great for singles or DINKs."

Pros: Leafy suburb with a number of parks. Safe and friendly environment with good schools nearby.
Cons: No rail, buses can be sporatic but usually ok during peak hour. On average it takes 30-35min to drive to the city with no traffic, allow for at least twice that with morning traffic. No real nightlife and very little in the way of eating out.
*Note* Watch out for the carpet eating moths! Make sure you put in synthetic or treated carpets and keep all pantry food in air-tight containers. They also eat books and clothes, but seem to really enjoy being in the pantry and carpet. Other then those, it is just the usual pests.

A nice family environment, but rather isolated and insular. Great for families, not so great for singles or DINKs that may want a more convenient location with better retail and nightlife opportunities.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
marckdesigns
marckdesigns "On average it takes 30-35min to drive to the city with no traffic..." - You must be riding a skateboard if it takes that long to get to the city... It's a 8-10km drive, depending on which part of The Gap you live in - which with no traffic takes no more than 15 minutes!
2yrs+
shahara
shahara You must be speeding!

To garner a 3rd party, impartial opinion, I looked it up on Google Maps to see the estimated time. The fastest route is 34 minutes.

I used Petmar St to Queen St, it would differ by about 5min depending on where in The Gap you are travelling from and where in the City you are heading, but not by 20min...

This is from google maps:

Driving directions to Queen St, Brisbane QLD 4000
Suggested routes
Waterworks Rd
11.8 km 34 mins
Waterworks Rd and Latrobe Tce
12.4 km 35 mins
Waterworks Rd and Musgrave Rd
11.6 km 36 mins

Petmar St
The Gap QLD 4061

1. Head south on Petmar St towards Dulzura St 0.4 km
2. Turn left at Waterworks Rd 4.2 km
3. Turn right at Monoplane St 0.1 km
4. Take the 1st left on to Atthow Ave 0.1 km
5. Turn left at Wing St 53 m
6. Wing St turns right and becomes Jaloon St 0.2 km
7. Slight right at Coopers Camp Rd 0.3 km
8. Turn left at Fletcher Pde 0.5 km
9. Slight right at Beatrice St 0.5 km
10. Turn left at Jubilee Tce 80 m
11. Take the 1st right on to Arthur Tce 0.8 km
12. Turn right to stay on Arthur Tce 0.7 km
13. Turn left at Enoggera Tce 0.3 km
14. Turn right at Musgrave Rd 1.4 km
15. Continue onto College Rd 0.4 km
16. Turn right at Gregory Tce 94 m
17. Continue onto Wickham Tce 0.2 km
18. Slight right to stay on Wickham Tce 0.3 km
19. Turn left to stay on Wickham Tce 0.5 km
20. Sharp right at Edward St 0.5 km
21. Turn left at Queen St 0.2 km
2yrs+
neiliss
neiliss Hi Shahara, I drove in this morning as usual and it took me around 20 minutes to eagle street in total and not once did I speed, however as mentioned I am in the T2 lane all of the time which is 60km/h up until my final part of the journey.

I do this every morning and again in the evening. Yes it is around 12k's in total. I guess it depends on what time you leave but I find there is almost no traffic until I reach Ashgrove to the City and almost no traffic from Ashgrove when I leave the city.

Just a quick bit of maths on this one as well which seems to have been lost as we all rely on our friend google for everything. If I travel at an average of 40km/h (which is quite slow I think for this run) I am able to cover 20km's in 30 minutes and therefore around 15 km's in 22 minutes (very average time). As I am in the T2 lane I am able to mostly travel at 60km/h and probably average more like 50km/h so there is no need to speed to do the run at worst in around 20 minutes. The stop streets and buses on average cause me 1 stop/pause per run (usually 1 or the other).

As marckdesigns mentions it should take around 15 minutes which is exactly what I experience.

As for Google Maps, I am pretty sure that they give good directions but as for time it takes I would doubt their accuracy and ability to intelligently ascertain what an average trip would take as I do it every day.

Cheers
Neil
2yrs+
khopki30
khopki30 Sparodic buses? Have you even hopped on a bus?

The 385 is every 10 mins during peak hours, and every 15 minutes normally. 7 days a week. From 5am till approx 11pm.

Cell/Mobile reception only 3 out of 5, there are tonnes of mobile towers in the Gap and I have never had a call drop out as a result.

1 star for local government? What are you baseing that on?

Geraldine Knapp is the Brisbane City Counciller and she is out and about everywhere, from School fete's to graduations to speech nights.

BCC Services are great, parks are mowed regularly, the place is clean and tidy and they are approachable.

Resale Value? Only 3 out of 5? We are on our 3rd house in the Gap and each time we have upgraded we have made money, there is a very robust housing market in the Gap so not sure what you are referring to.

BTW I have never seen a carpet eating moth in my 8 years in the Gap, so I think you must have been unlucky in that respect.

I also agree that it is a very family orientated suburb and not suited to singles or DINKS.

Isolated and Insular is a bit harsh. Especially when you give neighbourhood spirit 4 out of 5. The Gap is the largest suburb in Brisbane and it surrounded on 3 sides by Brisbane State Forest, Brisbane Water board land and Enogerra Army base land. So it cannot get any bigger and its only 10-12 kms from the CBD.

It is a fantastic place to live and rasie kids.
2yrs+
khopki30
khopki30 Google is also throwing you a right wobbly.

Your journey as listed is complex, difficult and un-necessary.

1. Head south on Petmar St towards Dulzura St 0.4 km
2. Turn left at Waterworks Rd 4.2 km
3. Turn right at Monoplane St 0.1 km
4. Take the 1st left on to Atthow Ave 0.1 km
5. Turn left at Wing St 53 m
6. Wing St turns right and becomes Jaloon St 0.2 km
7. Slight right at Coopers Camp Rd 0.3 km
8. Turn left at Fletcher Pde 0.5 km
9. Slight right at Beatrice St 0.5 km
10. Turn left at Jubilee Tce 80 m
11. Take the 1st right on to Arthur Tce 0.8 km
12. Turn right to stay on Arthur Tce 0.7 km
13. Turn left at Enoggera Tce 0.3 km
14. Turn right at Musgrave Rd 1.4 km
15. Continue onto College Rd 0.4 km
16. Turn right at Gregory Tce 94 m
17. Continue onto Wickham Tce 0.2 km
18. Slight right to stay on Wickham Tce 0.3 km
19. Turn left to stay on Wickham Tce 0.5 km
20. Sharp right at Edward St 0.5 km
21. Turn left at Queen St 0.2 km

My journey would be; (Using Bing/Microsoft Maps)

10.9 km, 21 min

A Start: petmar st the gap

1 Depart -27.44459, 152.93593 on Petmar St (South-East) (0.0 km)

2 Turn LEFT (East) onto Waterworks Rd [31] (4.4 km)

3 Road name changes to Glory St [31] (0.3 km) (NOTE NO TURNS JUST NAME CHANGE)

7 Keep STRAIGHT onto Waterworks Rd [31] (2.9 km)

8 Road name changes to Musgrave Rd [31] (1.4 km) (STILL NO TURNS)

9 Road name changes to College Rd (0.0 km) (STILL NO TURNS)

10 Road Name Changes to Leichhardt St (0.6km) (STILL NO TURNS)

11 Turn Right (East) onto Edward St (0.9km)

12 Turn Left onto Queen St.

B Stop: queen st brisbane
2yrs+
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