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A quick guide to Brisbane’s semi-rural suburbs

Thursday June 29, 2023 ● By Emily Russ // Place Estate Agents

Wide open spaces, verdant canopies, a tranquil atmosphere – it’s not hard to see the allure of living in a semi-rural locale. Thankfully, in Brisbane, there are a number of incredibly beautiful suburbs that balance all this with a reasonable commute to the city. Thinking about a tree-change? We turned to the Place Karalee team for their insight and discussed why potential buyers are considering Brisbane’s semi-rural enclaves…


Situated in the acreage-friendly pocket of Karalee in Ipswich, Place Karalee are experts in semi-rural properties and have seen a recent rise in interest from potential buyers. “We’re fielding more enquiry than ever before,” says Sales Agent Justine Wagner. Place Karalee Director Richard Bischoff agrees, saying they are attracted to the lifestyle available. “Many choose these types of suburbs for their good schools, greenery, tranquillity and community focus,” said Bischoff.

Inspired? Read on to discover the fantastic semi-rural enclaves spread across Brisbane.


Brisbane’s west

Extending out to Ipswich, Brisbane’s west is dotted with an array of spectacular locales. 40 kilometres from the heart of Brisbane’s CBD, Karalee delivers on picturesque scenery and generous allotment sizes. “Karalee and its surrounding pockets appeal to a range of potential buyers, whether they’re after riverfront acreage with supreme privacy or community-central living with unrivalled convenience,” explains Place Karalee Owner and Lead Agent Carrie Bischoff. Stretching out to the Brisbane River’s western reaches, Karalee also has esteemed schools and a community hub with retail and dining options. Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve is also just minutes away, featuring a boat ramp, playgrounds, barbecue amenities and walking tracks.

Across the river, Moggill and Bellbowrie are also excellent choices for potential buyers. Local attractions include Moggill Conservation Park’s cycling and horse-riding tracks, plus a plethora of equestrian facilities and sporting grounds. Minutes away, Brookfield and Pullenvale at the base of Mount Coot-Tha are cherished for their café cultures, mountain views and hiking tracks. Regarded as Brisbane’s ‘biggest little country show’, the Brookfield Show takes over the region each year and is an absolute must-see for locals and Brisbanites alike.


Brisbane’s east

Only 16 kilometres from the city, Chandler sits between Brisbane’s CBD and Redlands regions. Just a short drive from the major retail hub of Westfield Carindale, the suburb has piqued the interest of buyers looking for massive block sizes and proximity to the Gateway Motorway. Sports-lovers will appreciate living close to Queensland’s premier swimming complex, The Brisbane Aquatic Centre. Nearby, Tingalpa Creek Reserve boasts popular walking tracks, picnic facilities and a canoe ramp.

Accompanying Chandler, the neighbouring enclave of Belmont features plentiful greenspace and large residential allotments. Also in this region, Gumdale is a growing pocket offering a fabulous mix of suburban amenities and grand acreage properties. Serviced by a central retail and dining complex, this brilliant suburb benefits from ease of access to both the Old and New Cleveland roads.


Brisbane’s north

Encompassing a huge conservation park and wide tree-lined streets, Bunya (20 kilometres north of Brisbane) is a true oasis. Blessed with exceptional birdlife and magnificent scenery, the suburb is predominately populated by acreage residences and homes on just under an acre. Inviting you to choose from numerous bushwalking tracks, the expansive Bunyaville Conservation Park also showcases picnic facilities and an environmental education centre. Adventure-seekers will also appreciate the Bunya Creek Reserve Swimming Hole, which is perfect for swimming and wildlife-spotting.

Regularly mentioned together, Samford and Dayboro a short drive away are the stuff of daydreams. Often hosting agricultural events and classic country shows, these two enclaves are also famed for their fashionable eateries and boutiques. Mount Glorious and Mount Nebo are a stone’s throw away, allowing residents to easily discover lush rainforests and dramatic waterfalls. There also marvellous facilities available for locals, such as sporting grounds, parklands and community halls.


Brisbane’s south

Set within Logan and positioned just over 40 kilometres south of Brisbane, Chambers Flat is a rural gem that is wonderfully suitable for those with agricultural and pastoral pursuits. Experiencing a rise in property prices recently, the suburb has seen its house prices double in only seven years, according to PropTrack. Here, you will find a pony club, sporting facilities and large properties backing onto the Logan River. Another Logan locale, Greenbank on the boarder of Springfield will capture the attention of potential buyers with its acreage allotments, peaceful atmosphere and green views.

A little closer to Brisbane (30 minutes from the heart of its CBD), Mount Cotton forms part of the Redlands region and also affords a rural lifestyle. Peppered with dense bushland, the enclave is perhaps most known for its Sirromet Winery venue. Aside from sampling the local drop, there is also the 415-hectare Venman Bushland National Park and its mountain-bike tracks to explore. Additionally, a quick commute to a collection of revered schools will impress families.

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