Thornlands, QLD 4164

3.7(22 reviews)

Ranked 222nd best suburb by locals in Brisbane Region, QLD

Great for

  • Safe and sound
  • Parks and recreation
  • Schools
  • Peace and quiet
  • Neighbourly spirit

Not great for

  • Nightlife

Who lives here?

  • Families With Kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Students

Reviews of Thornlands, QLD

"A Mixed Blessing"

The great thing about Thornlands is that there is no train line here and only a couple of bus lines. Because of this there's hardly any crime in the area. When we first moved here, we thought it was boring as neighbouring Cleveland and Victoria Point had all the amenities and shops, but now we relish the fact that you can leave your car in your drive and if you accidentally leave a window down or a door unlocked, nothing will be stolen.

The local state school is a mess (as in not cleaned properly) and you would be better off moving your children to either a local private or another good state school in the area like Birkdale South Primary. Many times there have been drug utensils found in the Thornlands school playground. There is not much nightlife in Thornlands, you have to go into Cleveland, Wellington Point, or Victoria Point for that.

Recently there has been another primary school built that looks better. I think it's called Bayview.

You do have the choice of where you want to go to shop and it's quiet. The cons of quietness are nosy neighbours. Really nosy neighbours. That can become either a pro or con depending on if the neighbours cross the line and become a nuisance as mine have ie: looking over the fence at my children, listening to our conversations, bullying etc. A good solid fence would work wonders.

You still get a lovely seabreeze here, but since we've been looking for houses, we've noticed that most of the older properties in Thornlands have some termite damage. The house we're renting has it on the ensuite. Houses we've looked at in the fences all crumbled out, termite traps in the ground etc. Other suburbs don't seem to have that, so I'd say keep a good eye out for termites and replace fencing with steel.

The local shops are good, reasonably priced, there is a DVD shop, IGA, chicken & chip shop, bottle shop, hairdresser, vet, newsagent, real estate office. A quick trip to Victoria Point (5 mins) will have you at the cinemas, seaside, huge warehouses, shopping centres and you can catch a water taxi from Victoria Point to Coochiemudlo Island where you can have a great swim and picnic on the beach so Thornlands is a good place for boaties. The infrastructure concerning traffic lights is lacking and it always takes a while to get out of Thornlands if you go around the back of it. With the building of new estates, they have built lights so it is slowly getting better. There is a local BP fuel station and a medical facility, including pharmacy and dentist, so you don't have to drive all over the place to treat yourself or your children. Also, Redlands Hospital is extremely close to Thornlands and I've been thankful for that in times of crisis. If you work at a hospital, or have small children/planning to have children this might come in handy.

There is a local pool in Cleveland (one suburb over-- 5 mins) which is reasonably priced if you don't like the beach or have a pool at home. Also, there are heaps of sports you can play. Netball fields at Thornlands, Sports at Victoria Point and Cleveland plus gyms in both suburbs.

Out of all the suburbs, if I had to go by feel, enjoyment and convenience, I would pick Victoria Point (which is right next to Thornlands). It's closer to the bay, better breezes, more shops and convenience, better public transport station at the shops (although no train), better parks and hardly any crime. Victoria Point, Thornlands, and Cleveland are relatively cheap suburbs to buy in.

The traffic on weekends is pretty much non-existant. If you want social activity you definitely have to go looking for it, although there is a YMCA at Victoria Point. I never hear dogs barking at night, however many times stray dogs have broken through our fence to get in -- termites damaging fences again.

I've lived in Alexandra Hills, Capalaba, Wellington Point, now in Thornlands and I feel that Thornlands comes just under Victoria Point in likeability. If you were to live here, you might be bored initially, but come to slowly realise that your children are safe from crime, it's not that far to cinemas and shops and is in the middle of suburbs with major shops and transport (trainline in Cleveland with supermarket parking). Parking is never a problem in the Redlands area, except for the Redlands Hospital which desperately needs more parking.

I hope this has helped someone.

Great for

  • No crime
  • Quiet
  • Close to shops, cinemas, bay

Not great for

  • Termites
  • Nosy neighbours
  • Thornlands State Primary School

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
mon_ella
mon_ella

Hi, do you prefer Thornlands to Wellington point? I really want to move there, but considering Thornlands to get a newer home, cheaper.

heenasharma
heenasharma

Thornlands, Wellington point is too busy and Hooning at its peak around the wellington point are. check out the Wellington point recreational area after 8PM on Fridays, it will help you to make a decision.

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christensens
christensens
17th October 2021

"Thornlands"

A lovely family friendly neighbourhood with lots of parks with huge open green spaces for the kids to run around where else would you rather live

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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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nicholashayes1
nicholashayes1
9th July 2021

"Moved up from Sydney and couldn’t be happier"

We found the Redlands area by luck coming out here one weekend after moving up from Syd, we moved in the area around 4 years ago now and love the area.
Yes some houses and estates are closer then others but not all areas and estates are the same. Like all areas of Brisbane.
Never had an issue with crime , will be looking to stay in the area for years to come.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
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dannio'shaun
dannio'shaun
13th June 2021

"We escaped this suburb and never looked back."

This is an ugly place full of McMansions and a tiny strip of grass between the house and the fence. This is what the locals call a garden. The plots are small (usually far LESS than a quarter-acre!) and everyone insists on adding a five-bedroom house to such a tiny spot so there is enough room for either a carport or a pool but rarely both.

Get a garage if you can because the crime in this area is rising—drugs, theft and hoons. Plus basic teenagers roaming the nights being bored and forming local delinquent groups are starting to vandalise exposed vehicles. If you have kids, budget for a private school because the local children are unsavoury at best.

Aesthetically, the suburb is awful. Lots of identical five bedroom places which are overpriced because you can get McMansions all over Redlands (go for a Brisbane McMansion if you want to hope for an investment). And the noise is constant. It’s not just the people are cars and parties but also the constant drone of AC and swimming pools. Especially in Summer going all night long.

We made the mistake of signing a long lease and corrected our error as soon as the lease was over. No-one would want to raise their children in this environment and we certainly won’t. We found a much nicer suburb in Brisbane and left Redlands forever.

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heenasharma
heenasharma
12th May 2021

"couldn't be happier with our decision to move to Thornlands"

we've lived here only for 10 months and couldn't be happier with my choice. this suburb has a W3 wind category means no air conditioning needed even during summer. A nice summer breeze keeps the house cool, an amazing neighbourhood, people are very friendly and no disturbing sounds at odd hours. what a change from where we lived in past. can't be happier about the choice we made will recommend it to everyone if you want to live in peaceful and friendly neighbourhood.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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emilyw37
emilyw37
6th January 2021

"Depressing rows of monotonous housing"

This is one of those suburbs where people pretend they have money by buying cheaply built oversized houses on tiny blocks of land. That gives you an idea of the people who will be your neighbours and your children's playmates. All the rentals we looked at were overcapitalised and parking was a nightmare. There are very few walled garages because people convert them to extra rooms and add a cheap carport on the driveway instead. Avoid anything on a major road or a corner/roundabout as the morning traffic is noisy and the walls are thin. This area has peaked (and probably ready for a price correction). If you buy in this area, look beneath the paint for a smaller well-built home rather than a large dodgy one with shoddy add-ons.

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kathy-tsai
kathy-tsai
22nd May 2020

"Thornlands is a very family friendly suburb."

Having lived in Thornlands for almost 9 years, I can highly recommend this suburb to people considering moving here.

It’s located close to both Victoria Point and Cleveland, minutes drive to a good selection of public and private schools, dog parks, and walking trails.

Most of the pockets in Thornlands are quiet. New estates such as the ones along Kinross Rd, Thornlands and Esperance are on smaller blocks.

Overall, Thornlands is quite convenient for everyday living.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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ginamolby
ginamolby
13th May 2020

"Disappointed"

We live in Thornlands since May 2017.
We lived at Waterline estate.
So many sand flies . Can't go out after 5p.m.
So many crimes( neighbors robbed)

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mariag18
mariag18
20th October 2019

"Great Moretay Bay views location"

Thornlands is the best suburb in Redlands.
Close to everything you need.
Lots of families with children.
Parks, shops, schools, hospitals and even Cleveland train take you to the city.
Little paradise on Earth!

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
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"Nice growing suburb with huge potential"

I use to live on the Border of Thornlands and its a handy suburb for anyone to live in. It has a small shopping Centre called Crystal Gardens with an IGA and about half a dozen smaller shops. It sits between Cleveland with its nice Cafes and boutique shops and Victoria Point Shopping Centre to the South with its Restaurants, cinema and Retail outlets. There is a future shopping Centre planned called Paradise Gardens which will have its own Woolworths on Panorama Dr near Boundary Rd intersection. In terms of public transport the nearest train station is at Cleveland. There is also a new bus station being built soon at Victoria Point.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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"Easy to live in this quiet area"

Make sure you research which part of Thornlands you are planning to live in as some areas have midgies (annoying sand flies that bite!).

Overall a safe area that feels very family friendly and would suit those who enjoy an active and simple lifestyle. It’s not suited to those who enjoy a faster cosmopolitan life as shops/cafes do not offer a modern or funky feel. Not a great deal of night life and the two main hubs Cleveland & Victoria Point feel outdated.

No westfield Shopping close by so need to travel to Carindale (25-30 mins) to shop for major brands.

Traffic is fine and easy to get around in (no idea why people complain!)

Takes about 40 minutes into the city so keep that in.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
mon_ella
mon_ella

Would the sand flies be in the new estate areas?!?

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"Amazing place Thornlands"

We moved to Thornlands just 6 months ago and it just beautiful.
Great school around,
Beautifull parks,
Close distance to shops.
Just love it1

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
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"Love it!"

Have lived here for the past year after moving from the western suburbs of Brisbane and really love the area.
Great neighbours, lots of bushland and parks and lots of things to do around the place. But it would be good if there were a set of shops close to home and the public transport definitely needs improvement.
But over all we love living here and think the whole of Redland city is really underrated.

Great for

  • Lots of bushland
  • No crime
  • Quiet

Not great for

  • Public transport

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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"Okay if you are starting up or going down."

Some good stuff here but mostly if you want to stay indoors and not go outside. Too busy and noisy with all the traffic and neighbours doing loud things. This is for those who need to find somewhere simple and cheap and don't want to wander outside or let their kids deal with the local deliquents. Use a private school.
Close to all the good stuff thogh.

Great for

  • Close to shops, cinemas, bay

Not great for

  • Nosy neighbours
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"McMansions on a postage stamp with no resale value."

Yet another run of the mill collection of soulless houses on tiny blocks. Good for stereotypical families (but keep the kids from the locals as they will be a bad influence) but little else. There is no character here, nothing to differentiate it from the countless other suburbs identical to this one. This suburb has no resale value because there are so many just like it around Brisbane.

I think the problem is that the developers tried to transform my area into the clichd suburban dream like you see in American sitcoms but they did a very poor copy. It has become the sort of suburb you buy into because the neighbouring suburbs are great (they are) and you are hoping that the effect will magically spill over into yours given time (it might happen). Look around for similar suburbs because the dream Thornlands tries to sell is not better than the dream found in other areas around Brisbane. Apart from the dream, there is nothing which stands out here.

A typical house here is on a 700 sqm block (not even a quarter acre) and occupies all but a tiny fringe of grass around the edges. Some don't even have grass anymore (just concrete or gravel walkways) which makes them look like a cheap beachside motel (the kind you see in horror movies). Most have swimming pools occupying what should have been a modest back yard.

A house with a pool has perks BUT a house with neighbours who have pools is a noisy cacophony of pool pumps running all night. Also, air conditioners. The sheer amount of concrete and paving in this area creates so much heat that air conditioning is essential for most of the year so the noise and heat never stop in this suburb.

Traffic is a problem and getting worse. When I first moved here, there was a forest behind me. That got built into more box-houses and the traffic increased. More houses are being built so the traffic is getting worse. All of this adds to the never-ending noise of the area. If you must move here, avoid the main roads (and roundabouts).

Lack of decent public transport here means lots of cars on the roads at certain hours (I have yet to give up mine because the buses are so rare). I think this is why so many people have two cars here. The extra cost is necessary because of the lack of buses. Also, the council fines people who park on the grass and the sea salt is bad for metal so be sure the house you buy has a good garage.

Parties seem to happen every second night and the crammed-in nature of the suburb means everyone knows about it. Luckily, they seem to stop shortly after midnight on average. Like every other such suburb, no one talks to neighbours so it is a collection of strangers having raucous parties a few doors away.

The people around me all seem to have too much stuff and there is always a boat or a jet ski which wont fit in the garage. I live in the sort of suburb which seems to attract those sort of people.

Crime seems to be increasing a little too. Nothing too malicious, simply the sort of thing which happens when young children get bored and start tipping bins over or scrawling on walls. Not much in the way of burglaries or setting cars on fire (good because most cars are parked in driveways not in garages as they do not fit) as far as I know. Just gangs of bored teenagers hanging out together and their numbers seem to be rising. I have no idea about good/bad of our local schools.

The good news is that the shops are a short drive away. The suburbs around this one are wealthy and vibrant (live in Victoria Point or Wellington instead if you can afford it) and have great facilities so you need not travel far to get to the good stuff.

This place is good for young people trying to raise a family on limited means but the prices are still high for what you get. You can find the same kind of suburb everywhere else so shop around for a good locality and you can get a nice surprise for a better price. For everyone else, this is a noisy suburban monotony full of mindless parents and potentially problematic adolescents.

Great for

  • Close to shops, cinemas, bay

Not great for

  • Nosy neighbours

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
  • Students
tychob
tychob

Depressingly true.

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"Great hidden gem"

Great quiet suburb, great schools, close to the Cleveland and Victoria Point shopping centres

Great for

  • Close to shops, cinemas, bay
  • No crime
  • Quiet

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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"Quiet and central between 2 hubs"

With kids we are constantly in the car, so we bought in Thornlands, which is in the middle of Cleveland and Victoria Point, which are the main areas we travel between. We have a big house, that is close to buses, but away from main roads and traffic noise, near shops and parks. We have a new primary school nearby with a fantastic reputation and a catholic college within walking distance. Other schools are a bus ride away. One of our kids catches the bus every day, and we are happy with the service. The local shops are adequate for all the basics, and Victoria Point is just a few minutes away in the car. Have to say we moved from a country town where everything was close, and find that we still feel we are close to everything by living in Thornlands.

Great for

  • Close to shops, cinemas, bay
  • No crime
  • Quiet

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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"Thornlands - a Great place to live"

I have lived in the same house since 1992 in Thornlands. Great neighbours, close to shops, schools and parks not to mention the water front access. I love living here. My street and surrounding streets are quiet with a real community atmosphere. It would be hard to leave the area. Thornlands is an all-round wonderful place to live.

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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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"Thornlands great spot to live by the bay"

Thornlands is a great place to live for couples and family.Only 5 minutes to Cleveland and 5 minutes drive to Victory Point shopping centres, It;s a great spot to live. With lots of parklands, wildlife and walking paths to enjoy,great for families. The are good choice of schools in the area including a number of private schools.Thornlands has wide range of real estate from new housing estate,million dollar acreage and seaviews place to average houses.

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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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"A growing residential area, close to everything"

Thornlands is a great place to live and raise a family, schools within walking distance, private schools 5 to 7 minutes drive,choice of 2 great local shopping areas, plus another 2 major centres within 13minutes drive. Quiet tree lined residential streets with abundant parklands and walking paths. Great coffee shops only minutes away plus top award winning bakery. New top class restaurant just opened 13 minutes away at 119 Colburn Ave. Vicky Point, with executive chef from an award winning brisbane restaurant. 5 minutes drive to beautiful moreton bay. Great local Council Chambers with real people to answer any questions. And best of all, wonderful local birdlife to enjoy on your back patio. We have butcher birds calling for breakfast almost every day. I moved here from Brisbane's Bayside and would never go back. Truly the best part of the Redlands.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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"From Strawberry farms to Bay views.. The Middle Bayside Town.."

Thornlands is a somewhat middle town in ways. Cleveland to the north and Victoria Point to the south has removed the need for any real shopping centres in Thornlands and in someways infrastructure. Given this, you then have great local choice for catering to the retail therapy. Newer homes on the eastern side of Cleveland Redland Bay road are fetching very high prices even on the back of no general access to the bay. Some parts of Thornlands are aging and not keeping up with the area's higher pricing.

Recreation wise, Thornlands is great, there is a general green/blue feeling with the parklands and views to Moreton Bay. Weekend's can be had cycling either to Cleveland Point around Raby Bay or south out to Victoria Point.

Has lost over time part of its semi-rural feel and the chance of more land heading towards the hospital and Woodlands Drive will eventually give way to more developments. This could be a driving point for some to move to an area that Thornlands once was.

Overall a nice suburb..

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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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"Great location to water, shops, old established homes and brand new homes"

Great place to live, best of both worlds as it's close to cleveland shops and victoria point. Great neighbours, quiet, nice parks and tree lined streets. Would recommend it to anyone.

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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