Discovering the Best Brisbane Suburbs for Families

Reviewed by Christina Penrose

Everyone wants to provide the best for their family, including finding the right neighbourhood to raise their children. Brisbane offers an abundance of suburbs that provide everything you and your family need, including schools, playgrounds, parklands, easy access to public transport, restaurants, cafés, and other facilities. 

Let's take a look at some of the most family-friendly suburbs in Queensland's capital city and provide a quick summary of each place to help you see where your potential new home might be. With our help, you'll find the perfect suburb to create a lifetime of memories. 


Top Family-Friendly Suburbs


Though only a short distance from the Brisbane CBD, Ashgrove offers a suburban feel, with plenty of older-style renovated homes and a safe environment full of family activity. With the CBD nearby, you can enjoy all the city has to offer and easily return to your cosy neighbourhood afterwards. 


One of the leafiest Brisbane suburbs, Bardon is located around 5 km from the Brisbane CBD in the foothills of Mount Coot-tha. Though not in itself a business hub, Bardon is close enough to the city that it's a short trip for commuters between work and home. With a reputation for being a safe, green, clean, and friendly close-knit community, Bardon is a fantastic area to raise a family.  

Affordability Without Compromise


Brookfield is a peaceful suburb with plenty of leafy surroundings that offer a country feel in proximity to the city. With new facilities coming to the area, Brookfield is a growing community with plenty to offer families and investors alike. 


Kenmore is a leafy suburb located 10 km from the city centre. Due to its more affordable units and house prices, it has been a popular location for young families and first-home buyers. With convenient access to public transportation, Kenmore allows you to easily travel to neighbouring suburbs.


Educational Excellence and Childcare Accessibility


Around 26% of people living in Anstead attend an educational institute. Anstead is a hot spot for educational opportunities and childcare options. With plenty of both public and private schools within an easy commute in surrounding suburbs, you'll be sure your kids' education will flourish.

Healthcare and Amenities at Your Doorstep


Auchenflower is home to some of the prettiest houses and gardens in the Brisbane area. Along with easy access to transport and shops, it is close to the Wesley Hospital and many of Brisbane's best schools and universities. 


Herston is one of Brisbane's inner-city suburbs and is perhaps best known for its Herston Health District. Home to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Herston has all your healthcare needs covered. It's also famous for Victoria Park, one of Brissy's most popular wedding and event destinations. 

Seamless Transport and Modern Infrastructure

Kelvin Grove

One of Brisbane's oldest suburbs, Kelvin Grove has evolved into one of the central locations for education and creativity. Only 3 km away from the CBD, the suburb offers plenty of easy transport to get you around the city. Even an Uber trip after a night out won't leave you too much out of pocket.


An inner-city suburb, Milton has a wide range of transport options, including a train station and bus stops. Whether you are a die-hard Broncos fan or want to see some of the biggest artists in the world, Suncorp Stadium will be right on your doorstep. Close to all the action yet maintaining a suburban feel, Milton is a popular home for families and professional couples.


Green Spaces and Recreation

Red Hill

One of the oldest Brisbane suburbs, Red Hill offers buyers the chance to own large, spacious blocks in a location still close to the city. With plenty of walking tracks, cafés, mountain views, and heritage-listed buildings, there's plenty to see in Red Hill.

Kenmore Hills

A charming suburb located at the foot of Mount Coot-tha, Kenmore Hills offers property surrounded by lush greenery and forest land. Families who love wildlife, extra space on their properties, and being away from the hustle and bustle of the city will love the peaceful vibe of Kenmore Hills. However, there's still plenty of employment and education opportunities in the area, meaning there's something for everyone.

Community Spirit and Quality Schools


Close to the CBD, residents in Paddington enjoy a wide range of stores, quality restaurants, cafés, and shopping options. Offering a small community feel while being a short drive away from the CBD, Suncorp Stadium, and South Bank. There are plenty of private and public schools within an easy commute. The combination of access, opportunity and community make Paddington ideal for families and young professionals.

Chapel Hill

Considered a hidden gem by locals, Chapel Hill offers easy access to the city and plenty of local schools. Located near the University of Queensland, it's a great place to live for uni students and offers an investment opportunity for those looking to rent. A popular choice for families, young professionals, and retirees.


Eco-Friendly and Nature-Filled Suburbs


Want to embrace a more rural feel? Pullenvale is located 30 km from the city centre and features larger blocks for that larger property. Surrounded by plenty of flora and fauna, Pullenvale offers a country feel without leaving you too far away from essential facilities. 

Fig Tree Pocket

Fig Tree Pocket has low-density housing with the aim of retaining larger blocks and nature. Located near the Lone Pine Sanctuary and with plenty of amenities such as schools and stores nearby, this is a great suburb for those who want privacy afforded by nature, while still being in range of the conveniences of the city.

Making the Right Choice for Your Family

There are a variety of factors that help make a suburb family-friendly, including safety, spacious surroundings, quality schools, access to public transportation, and healthcare, just to name a few.

When deciding on the best suburb for you, you need to consider the priorities of your family. Every one of the Brisbane suburbs we've mentioned in this article has some great houses and units to offer. The question is whether they're the ideal home for your family. 

Next Steps: How to Find Your Family's Brisbane Suburb

Finding a new home for your family is an exciting and sometimes stressful time in your life. The great news is you don't need to go it alone. 

At Penrose Real Estate, we have almost 60 years of combined experience buying and selling within Brisbane suburbs. We are passionate about helping people find the ideal home in the Greater Brisbane area. If you're ready to start looking for your new home, get in touch with us today!