By Mtotheb81Hi Guys
We are seriously considering moving to Brisbane/Sunshine Coast but are a bit lost in terms of where to move.
We are looking for great junior and High schools, ideally state but open to private. Ideally somewhere not to isolated but not too busy! The dream is to be close to the sea but willing to travel 1hr to go to the beach. Want to avoid the Gold Coast.
Our main concern is everywhere we look in Brisbane and Sunshine Coast has flood risks! We did think of Buderim but it seems very sleepy which I’m not sure will be good for teenagers. We also looked at Red cliff but seems a bit isolated and run down. Do you guys have any ideas? Thanks for your time!
By OzzieSo we're now moving to Brisbane due to work. Bit of an abrupt change of plans but all good.
Clothes wise - I've heard a lot it's humid all year round with a slight dip in 'winter' months. I take it we won't be needing any suit jackets/work wool tops/jumpers/stockings?
Bedding - no duvets?
Also, I'll have a read through the Brisbane section, however any advice about nice family friendly areas to live that are no more than 45 min commutable (by train/bus) would be appreciated.
All advice appreciated, thanks.
We are moving to Brisbane and have two old cars.
Can't sell in Melbourne and we need rwc in QLD within two weeks due to rego requirement according to:
"If you move to Queensland from another state or territory, you must get Queensland registration and a Queensland driver licence. You have 14 days to register your vehicle in Queensland and may be fined if you don’t."
so we may drive up and try to px within a couple of weeks. Anybody know of any decent dealers where this might be possible.
By The Pom QueenMt Gravatt
Mount Gravatt is a suburb approx 10 km south of Brisbane. It use to be largest suburb in Brisbane until they split the areas up in to Mount Gravatt East, Mount Gravatt South, Upper Mount Gravatt and Wishart.
The suburb has a mixture of hilly areas and flat with leafy streets and some stunning residential properties, there are a rising number of units and townhouses being developed.
Mount Gravatt has long been one of the major centres outside of the CBD, especially for those who reside on the south of the city. It is a popular central business district with a number of recognized Major Retailers and boasts some of the best Cafes, Restaurants, Small local businesses, numerous Banks and other Financial Institutions to be proud of. It has moved forward rapidly with some major changes being seen over the past few years. It is a large, multicultural suburb, with a wide choice of Churches, Schools, Parklands, Arts and Culture, and transport.
Unfortunately there is no train line connecting Mount Gravatt to the CBD.
The Brisbane City Council Bus Service runs frequently to all areas with many local streets with service for all residents.
What can I say, apart from I really wish I lived in Mount Gravatt, but I don't think my husbands wallet could take it.
You are 7 minutes drive from two of the largest shopping centres, restaurants and movie theatres.
Carindale Shopping Centre
Garden City Shopping Centre
You also have the Mt Gravatt Plaza, shops and cafes on Logan Rd
Mt Gravatt Homemaker Centre - Mt Gravatt Homemaker Centre features 13 stores to cater to your home and leisure needs. With a combination of electrical, sporting and homewares, banking, health and organic retailers Mt Gravatt Homemaker Centre offers great choice and an easy and enjoyable shopping experience.
The Village Upper Mount Gravatt
And many more smaller shopping complexes.
All the car dealerships you can think of
What to Do
For a start you have cinemas, an aquatic centre, public library, parks & off-leash areas, and a scout hall for families.
Get up early on Saturdays and Sundays and explore the trash and treasure, fresh fruit and veg and other delights at the Mt Gravatt markets at the Showgrounds.
Don't forget a trip to Mt Gravatt Outlook with its spectacular 360-degree views of Brisbane, pack a picnic or have a BBQ.
For dogs: check out the local off-leash areas where Fido can release canine tension. Try DM Henderson Park at MacGregor, Abbeville Street Park, Mt Gravatt East and Boorabbin Picnic Ground, Wishart.
Exercise - You could walk to the nearest stop and catch the bus to work, or take the kids to school. 3 x 10 mins daily exercise is recommended for good health. Or, go for laps at the Hibiscus Sports Complex, Klumpp Road in Upper Mt Gravatt. (You'll double the exercise by walking there). For fitness and fun, try your nearest Active and Healthy Park including Hibiscus Sports Complex, Upper Mt Gravatt or the Wishart Community Park which has lots of walking and bike tracks. Why not join your local 'gonewalking' group for fitness or leisure walks with trained walk leaders.
Wander around the delightful Toohey Forest - with more than 650 hectares of bushland, it is an important example of dry eucalypt forest in an urban environment. The forest hills and slopes provide a vital habitat for many native plants and animals. Mt Gravatt Lookout is part of Toohey Forest and offers spectacular city views. Stroll along Bulimba Creek which weaves its way through the area, enjoy wildlife spotting along the creek banks.
Mt Gravatt Park
Located off busy Logan Road in Upper Mount Gravatt, Mount Gravatt Park is a good play option for families in the area. The playgrounds feature swings, rockers, climbing activities and a slide and are protected from the sun by shade structures. For bigger Brisbane Kids, the park also has a basketball half court and a rebound wall. Flat grassy areas provide space to run or set up a picnic. There is also a barbeque in the park and several unsheltered picnic tables.
The climbing station’s bridge shape will have Brisbane Kids imagining they’re climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, whilst the small climbing wall built into the play equipment is perfect for ‘abseiling’. Bring a bouncy ball to test out hand-eye coordination skills on the rebound wall, or a basketball to shoot some hoops like an NBA star.
Mount Gravatt Park has accessible toilet facilities. The playground is unfenced, though buffered from the main road by the small carpark which has parking for eight vehicles and is accessed directly from Logan Road. Shade structures protect the play equipment from the sun during the day and there are several large trees around the grassy areas to provide further sun protection. There are unsheltered picnic tables and a barbeque in Mount Gravatt Park, as well as several nearby shops for snack supplies.
Mount Gravatt Park – The Facts
Unfenced playgrounds sheltered by shade structures
Accessible toilet facilities
Rubber and bark base
Basketball half court
Open grassy spaces
Unsheltered picnic tables
Small off street carpark (off Logan Rd)
Hibiscus Sports Complex
Hibiscus Sports Complex has a 50 metre Olympic-sized outdoor pool with shade at the shallow end. It also has two indoor heated pools: one 12 metre pool for learn to swim classes and one 25 metre pool for recreation and fitness. Pools are set amongst landscaped grounds. The complex offers learn to swim classes, squad swimming and group fitness classes. A health and fitness club, squash centre, netball centre, skate park and kiosk are also located on site—all that you could possibly need for a great day out with your Brisbane Kids.
Facilities At Hibiscus Sports Complex Pool
50 metre, Olympic-sized outdoor pool
25 metre, heated indoor pool
12 metre, heated indoor pool
Fenced water play area with island water feature
Learn to Swim
Gym, squash centre, multi-purpose courts and skate park adjacent
Hibiscus Sports Complex Pool is located at 90 Klumpp Road, Upper Mount Gravatt.
For more information regarding Hibiscus Sports Complex Pool, including opening times and admission prices, please visit http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/sports-and-leisure/swimming-pools-in-brisbane/hibiscus-sports-complex
There are numerous schools to choose from both government and private a few are:
Upper Mount Gravatt State School - Prep - Yr 6
St Marks Lutheran Primary School
St Bernard's School - Upper Mount Gravatt - private Catholic Prep - Yr 6
Mount Gravatt State High School - Yr 7 - 12 - Good reputation
TAFE - Mt Gravatt
Mount Gravatt (4122) is a suburb of Brisbane, Eastern Suburbs, Queensland. It is about 9 kms from QLD's capital city of Brisbane. Mount Gravatt is in the federal electorate of Bonner.
In the 2011 census the population of Mount Gravatt was 3,238 and is comprised of approximately 50.9% females and 49.1% males.
The median/average age of the people in Mount Gravatt is 36 years of age.
71.7% of people living in the suburb of Mount Gravatt were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were 3.1% New Zealand, 3.0% England, 2.1% India, 1.0% China , 1.0% South Africa, 0.8% Philippines, 0.7% Fiji, 0.6% Saudi Arabia, 0.6% Scotland, 0.5% Ireland, 0.5% Malaysia, 0.5% Indonesia, 0.5% Zimbabwe, 0.5% Italy.
81.8% of people living in Mount Gravatt speak English only. The other top languages spoken are 3.6% Language spoken at home not stated, 2.7% Other, 1.1% Arabic, 1.0% Punjabi, 1.0% Mandarin, 0.7% Italian, 0.6% Cantonese, 0.6% Greek, 0.6% Spanish.
The religious makeup of Mount Gravatt is 26.7% Catholic, 23.2% No religion, 14.5% Anglican, 5.4% Religious affiliation not stated, 5.0% Uniting Church, 3.5% Christian, nfd, 3.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, 3.1% Pentecostal, 2.9% Islam, 1.8% Buddhism.
41.9% of people are married, 37.9% have never married and 10.0% are divorced and 2.8% are separated. There are 196 widowed people living in Mount Gravatt.
58.9% of the people living in Mount Gravatt over the age of 15 and who identify as being in the labour force are employed full time, 29.1% are working on a part time basis. Mount Gravatt has an unemployment rate of 6.3%.
The main occupations of people living in Mount Gravatt are 29.9% Professionals, 16.3% Clerical & administrative workers, 11.5% Technicians & trades workers, 11.3% Managers, 9.4% Community & personal service workers, 8.6% Sales workers, 6.4% Labourers, 4.6% Machinery operators & drivers, 2.0% Occupation inadequately described/ Not stated.
The main industries people from Mount Gravatt work in are 14.1% Health care and social assistance, 12.5% Education and training, 10.6% Professional, scientific and technical services, 9.3% Public administration and safety, 9.0% Retail trade, 6.8% Construction, 6.1% Manufacturing, 5.6% Accommodation and food services, 4.3% Transport, postal and warehousing.
27.5% of homes are fully owned, and 30.3% are in the process of being purchased by home loan mortgage. 38.7% of homes are rented.
The median individual income is $589 per week and the median household income is $1218 per week.
The median rent in Mount Gravatt is $270 per week and the median mortgage repayment is $2167 per month.