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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Just now

"Ripe for an education"

I first bought my property 7 years ago as a rental, of which I lived there for 2years (recently moved). It was a great to live in regards to public transport, education, medicine and not to far to the beach or shops. However, I noticed a very obvious increase in crime and littering as the uni student population increased.

In our last couple of months before moving we had uni students trespass onto our property (jumping 6ft fences) and blatant littering onto our front lawn (including throwing alcholic glass bottles late at night/early morning which would then smash). It was just not us, all of our neighbours complained about the same issues.

The traffic is ridiculous during peak times now as well. It was not rare to take ten minutes to leave my street to get onto university way (main drag). However, out of these peak times easy to drive/cycle and lots of public transport

Good area for all family types - retirees, family with children, couples and singles as there is lots of parks, shops, schools, doctors and even a gym.
  • Schools
  • Easy access to shops
  • Littering
  • High rental return
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Just now

"Highway Stop"

We moved to Cabby simply because I worked on the Sunshine Coast, and my husband in Brisbane plus we got the property and land we wanted for the right price. However, even since I have changed jobs to the local area - I still find it hard to find places to meet new people. I believe this would have been alot easier if we'd been elderly (all functions seem to be for the older generations) or if we had children.

We have been here just over a year now, and still haven't been able to find out the names of all our neighbours. Vast majority of our neighbours have been broken into within our time here (which isn't actually that different from my last homes at Chancellor Park and Rochedale). However, saying that - we put full security on our premises upon purchasing and we have never had a problem, nor has a lady a couple houses down who did the same thing.

However, I do still love the central location - not too far from city, beach or country. Which means I can still easily do whatever I want, just not normally anything to do with Cabby.
  • Lots of pubs and taverns
  • Lots of schools and daycare facilities
  • All basic shopping needs are nearby
  • Must pay for extra security
  • No range in dining options
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
FanOf4510 32 years in Cab, moved 4 times, never been broken into once... like anywhere in the country there are certain streets with volume rental activity that do attract crime, even Noosa has police for this very reason. Now I've made top money in the Cab district, raised a very successful family and have no reason at all to put the place down. I think like anywhere the place is what you make of it. If you work, play and enjoy life in general you wont find too many things wrong with Caboolture, Bribie, Woodford etc.
Uey Gotta chime in here re: "FanOf4510" 's remarks "If you work, play and enjoy life in general you wont find too many things wrong.." --> This helps obviously only where all your neighbours in your streets and those surrounding yours put the exact same meaning to these words, which obviously is rarely the case. Too many people we encountered while living in different neighbourhoods of Caboolture from 2003 to 2007 were really selfish by simply being noisy at all times. They considered "playing" and "enjoying life" meaning all things noisy, from loud parties until 4am, yelling, screaming, mini motor bikes, occasional burnouts in the streets, power tools in the garage or work shed, barking dogs that get never trained or even walked...etc Really hope that Caboolture has now finally turned into a great place with great people.
kitkatz Neighbours make or break a place. We have lived in 4 different places in Cairns in the last 20 years, and can say we had lousy neighbours twice, and good neighbours twice, so I guess it's the luck of the draw. I feel sorry for Uey, who for 4 years lived in different neighbourhoods around Caboolture and seemingly everytime he/she moved, encountered selfish people who were noisy all the time. Hmmmm. Caboolture seems to have a lot of land and acreages, so is this a drawback of living in and around acreages I wonder? People feel more freer to have parties, let their dogs run around the property without bothering to train them, use power tools in a shed (believe me, this is not just the domain of acreage-living people) and burn around on mini motorbikes. We are looking at moving to Caboolture ourselves in about a year's time so any feedback from locals would be welcome.
Uey Hi Kimmy. I was not exaggerating. We had moved to Cab from Sydney in early 2003, after we had bought a block of land (residential size) in a new estate, which was an extension of an existing one. While we were building, we were renting for one year in a different neighbourhood. The very first (week) night in the rental home I was woken at about 2am by a fire cracker (I will never forget this). Then there were neighbours to our very back who were drunk all the time, a young couple with a baby and he was abusing her vocally all the time. To our left was a family with 4 or 5 dogs, doing illegal dog breeding (only one dog was allowed as per Council, but this never bothered us even though one dog was always yapping). Their teenage son did occasional burnouts right in front of our houses which were in a cul-de-sac. Occasional loud music also. Another neighbour two houses down put music up once or twice a week at very loud levels, even weeknights at midnight. Yet another neighbour to the back got on our nerves a few times for talking loudy and running a radio in the middle of the night (1-2am) during the week - they were only metres away from our bedroom window. The first house at the beginning of the cul-de-sac was a rental (two units). One day, a young chap from NSW moved in and he was an obvious Bruce Springsteen fan, as he cranked up the volume so much on the weekends, that we lost our appetite to finish our breakfast on our patio which was probably 20m away. I even went to his door and confronted him, but you could tell that he was a typical bogan with nothing to lose.

We could not wait to be moving into our newly built home, even though we were a bit nervous realizing that there were two obvious sides to this newly established estate. This of owner occupiers with better than average homes like ours and the typical rental shoe boxes. Soon after we had moved in there, we noticed loud music coming from our back neighbours. We went to their house and it was so loud that the guy (a Kiwi) would barely hear the bell. When he opend up, we couldn't believe that his toddler was sitting right there in that noise. We introduced ourselves and kindly asked to turn down the volume. He was actually relatively nice about it and it happened a few more times when his mates were over, but nowhere near as frequently as we should experience with other neighbours.
I invested my own money, blood, sweat and tears into this house and created a beautiful garden on 900sqm. There were young very nasty kids who were riding their push bikes through my new front garden bed WHILE I was working on it! It happened to a few others and with these pests and their parents there is not a lot you can do unless you want to escalate the situation and risk your property and cars be damaged at night....

Our other back neighbours (the block had a funny shape) were quite nice but they got separated and the house sold quickly to a Vietnamese family who were noisy with regular noisy karaoke until late. There were a few nice neighbours in our street, people we considered as 'normal' as us. They were both from England. As more people were moving in, it became apparent that 80% of this new Estate turned into rental homes and it turned into hell for us. There were noisy parties in a few homes all the time, with lots of people attending until the early hours on many weekends. We had young kids drinking in the playground/park and being extremely rude and antisocial towards the residents. Fire was set to grass in that park adjoining the estate a few times in summer. Bogan dads were allowing their kids to drive around the neighbourhood on mini motorbikes. Soon commercial work trucks and Utes were parked in front of every second home in one particular street, destroying the street scape and bringing down the look and feel (and values as a result). People were repairing cars for others inside the garages of their rental homes, doing spray painting jobs, parking unregistered cars in front of the houses. It was terrible. All of this happened despite a newly established Police Beat just around the corner from us, where the Cop was moving into one of those homes! There were regular neighbourhood watch meetings but only a few of those concerned attended but most of those who should have attended didn't and of course the bad guys did not. Nothing changed. The cop was not helpful.
I will never forget how I watched nervously how yet new neighbours were moving into one of the vacant rental homes to the back of us. It was a family with a few teenage kids. They had a shipping container delivered and were emptying it. The first thing they pulled out was the stereo sound system and they played very noisy music for hours while unpacking for hours - what an introduction to the neighbourhood! These people turned out to be the biggest headache yet. The kids were always just noisy, with the music, e-guitar, or the drums or their trekking bike in the back yard, or mini motor bikes in the streets. Typical bogan people. Later they bought the vacant block next to their rental home and built on it! We then knew that they were staying for good. Our direct next door neighbours from England had enough (they were directly facing them) and sold, moving to small acreage. We had also always been considering acreage but inspected many acreage estates to only find with 3/4 or 1 acre, houses are usually built near the street for cost reasons and due to narrow, long shaped block sizes the houses actually turn out to be quite close to each other! So you still have the nasty neighbour risk factor but 10x the work! We actually heard many horror stories of people living on acreage where people and their kids seem to live an even more carefree lifestyle...naively thinking that due to more size they can be even noisier - yet you can hear noise hundreds of metres away if it's loud enough, what difference does it make if your next door house is 5 or 50m away? 5 dogs and an avery of exotic Indian ringneck parrots (VERY noisy!), kids running multiple trail bikes around the dirt creating noise and dust towards you? Parties where parking is no issue as they can accommodate 4 dozen cars on their property?

We also lived in other areas of QLD, including Redcliffe and Bracken Ridge (Brisbane Northside) .... it was the SAME in each of these locations, drunk unemployed people fighting over breadcrumbs on the floor it seemed. We eventually came to the conclusion that it must be a "QLD thing" with the selfishness, the high level of bogans, the antisocial behaviour, the alcohol fuelled parties, the "need" for noise and "don't care your neighbour" mentality ... As we had never experienced any of this in Sydney (where we also lived in three different areas). Coincidence or not, we eventually left QLD for good. It seems this place is filled with people from the lower end of society.

In the years that we lived there, there were petitions to put more police on the beat. It took years and lots of pressure to be put in place. We didn't fee it changed anything. From what I read today, it has even gotten worse.

Lastly, I found this sad blog very recently: Read this woman's story and check out her Youtube "videos" (audios really): (nfh stands for Neighbours From Hell).

I wish you all the best and urge you to do your homework very thoroughly!
Never buy a property unless you have rented in the neighbourhood first, I can't stress this enough. It's just too much of a risk.
We were very very lucky in the end by selling (it took 5 months to find a buyer, and this was in 2008).
Caboolture has WAY too many properties, both second hand and newly built. There were too many estates built, there is still many estates being planned and lots of vacant land and new home and land for sale. Prices have come down and everybody competes with everybody. I would never be buying in this environment. Good luck.
Roger_Ramjet Yeah it's not cabby it's "CABO" Bro LOL
silve i cant wait to move in. i love to play my music loud lol. i think i can tell there are some easy going laid back people who enjoy the place, and others who are just a bit snobby & nothing better to do than to judge everyone else having fun. id love to get to know the other families i really feel we will fit right in.
Roger_Ramjet It's not about being snobby it's about being respectful to the people who you live around - seriously we were the noisy, drunk, fighting,kids. And it is not cool. You have to grow up one day and realize what is acceptable in Caboolture is absolutely not ok. It's true, look side ways at the wrong person and they'll come back and trash your place if you don't get bashed on the spot. Pregnant Mums pushing a pram with no shoes smoking and slapping there kids about the head is normal. Burn outs yes all the time, drag racing yep, fights and drugs drugs drugs everywhere. My first job when I finished high school was at a local kindy where every day before we let the children out to play we had to collect all the dirty needles from the garden - I am not joking with a pair of rubber gloves and a pair of tongs - we would get at least 8 a day. People were killed from bashings/ stabbings, others just hospitalized, even the cops get bashed up, guys bash girls too they don't care - heaps of people were pregnant at school, people did drugs at school, robberies occur daily, you will be abused for just looking at someone the wrong way. Look we have motorbikes and what Uey is winging about is noting compared to what really goes on in that town. They are oldies looking in - we were those kids now grown up and I'm thankful every day I'm still alive.
mem5 I've lived in QLD all my life, in several different towns/cities and there are ferals/bogans everywhere. I haven't been out of QLD but I've always wondered if it is just a QLD problem. I went to the south island of NZ and it wasn't like it is here, they are just normal people! Living in QLD has made me dislike people as most people don't seem to know any better. Although my old neighbours were from VIC and if I didn't know any better I would of sworn they were originally from QLD lol
Feb 28, 2018
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