Southern Suburbs

Moorooka, Nathan and Salisbury

Humble workers’ cottages dominate Moorooka and give it character – they also give it great potential. There are a wide range of housing styles; from exquisitely renovated gabled Queenslanders to modern townhouses and older-style brick-and-tile homes. Although the suburb has had considerable renewed interest over the past few years, houses have remained affordable for first-home buyers.

Macgregor, East Mt Gravatt, Mt Gravatt and Upper Mt Gravatt

Lying just to the south-east of Brisbane, this cluster of established suburbs are all within close proximity of the CBD. This is part of the allure that attracts residents from all walks of life and gives the area such a wonderful cosmopolitan feel. The suburbs have an eclectic mix of modern and post-war homes.


Kuraby began life as a farming settlement and even today good tracts of land remain. The soil is primarily red earth and the Kuraby Bushlands are dominated by open eucalypt forests of Stringybarks. Homes are generally of an excellent quality, streets are wide, and access to shops and schools is good.

Holland Park and Holland Park West

Although largely characterised by older homes, Holland Park and Holland Park West each have units and freestanding townhouses in good supply. These offer an attractive entry-point for first-home buyers who desire a central location. The two suburbs are very family friendly, have lovely established parks, a good range of schools, a local library, convenient street shopping and excellent public transport.

Ellen Grove, Forest Lake and Heathwood

Located at the very heart of what’s dubbed “The Lakes District”, this is an area that is experiencing enormous growth. Bounded by the Logan Motorway to the south and running parallel to the Centenary Highway, both Ellen Grove and Forest Lake offer commuters speedy access to surrounding regions.

Eight Mile Plains and Runcorn

Located in Brisbane’s south, Eight Mile Plains and Runcorn have both experienced substantial residential growth. They are popular suburbs for families due to their parklands, leafy appeal and proximity to the Pacific and Gateway motorways.

Durack, Inala, oxley and Richlands

This area attracts entry-level buyers and migrants who snap up the tightly packed new homes and older brick or weatherboard cottages. Set on rolling hills, with the Oxley Golf Club to its north, Durak contains a mix of commercial, light industrial, residential and retirement precincts within its boundaries.

Doolandella, Larapinta, Pallara and Willawong

In the outer-lying rural areas of Brisbane lie a cluster of suburbs that enjoy a leisurely bushland, acreage environment. Although there is not much infrastructure present in this area yet, there are excellent facilities in surrounding suburbs such as Forest Lake.


The park-lined Bulimba Creek winds its way through Carindale, providing a haven for residents and a home to turtles, fish and eels. One of the most sought after family suburbs in Brisbane’s south, Carindale residents enjoy great public transport and easy access to the city via the Gateway Mwy.

Calamvale, Drewvale and Parkinson

Calamvale and neighbouring Parkinson and Drewvale are currently undergoing a period of growth. Quiet residential suburbs, the surrounding native bushland areas contribute to the peaceful spirit of the area. Motorways are easily accessible for commuters to the Gold Coast, Brisbane or Logan.

Augustine Heights, Brookwater, Camira, Gateway CBD and Springfield

This is an area undergoing enormous change, and with change comes much opportunity. The area of Springfield will eventually house some 800,000 residents in total. In the years since its inception, entire new communities have sprung up and many new businesses have been attracted.


Algester began life in the 1970s as a family friendly estate. Due to expansion experienced by Brisbane suburbs over the years, it now forms part of the all-important south-west growth corridor. Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, the Gold Coast and the airport can all be easily accessed via the Gateway or Logan Motorways. Bus services are convenient and regular, making Algester popular with those who wish to commute.

Acacia Ridge,Archerfield and Rocklea

The older-style residential housing found in Acacia Ridge is reminiscent of post-war years. Most dwellings are Housing Commission-style weatherboard homes and low-set brick and tile cottages. All are ripe for renovation and many sited on large blocks. A small number of modern townhouse complexes are a relatively recent addition to the area.