7.9 out of 10

Thornlands

Ranked 172nd best suburb in Brisbane
-27.5692302384075 153.264186380347
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Safe & Sound
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Childcare
  • Pest Free
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Students

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+
Editors Choice

"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.
Pros
  • No crime
  • Quiet
  • Close to shops, cinemas, bay
Cons
  • Termites
  • Nosy neighbours
  • Thornlands State Primary School
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
Oct 20, 2017

"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
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Mar 01, 2017

"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.
Pros
  • Lots of bushland
  • No crime
  • Quiet
Cons
  • Public transport
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
Feb 20, 2017

"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.
Pros
  • Close to shops, cinemas, bay
Cons
  • Nosy neighbours
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
Feb 07, 2017

"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.
Pros
  • Close to shops, cinemas, bay
Cons
  • Nosy neighbours
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Students
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tychob Depressingly true.
Feb 20, 2017
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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 5/5
  • 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
Aug 11, 2016

"Great hidden gem"

Great quiet suburb, great schools, close to the Cleveland and Victoria Point shopping centres
Pros
  • Close to shops, cinemas, bay
  • No crime
  • Quiet
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"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.
Pros
  • Close to shops, cinemas, bay
  • No crime
  • Quiet
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

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

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

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

"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..
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 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+

"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.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees