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Hi Me & my family are thinking of moving from Victoria to Queensland after Christmas. My son is 12 and will be starting high school. Looking for safe suburbs and reasonably priced rental accommodation. Approx 30 mins train ride to the city. We love the beach so not too far inland. TIA

Jules

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Would you be able to find work on the Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast?   Much better chance of affording a beach lifestyle there.

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Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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No the job is in the city, don’t need to live right next to the beach but easy to get to at weekends would be good 😊 

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The Northern suburbs are generally considered to be better and a covered by a good public transport network. Personally I like Sandgate and the surrounding suburbs. 

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Are there any decent high schools in the area? We don’t mind paying for a private school if necessary.

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Sorry - I don't really know.  I don't have kids so it's not something I take notice of.

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On 01/10/2021 at 09:34, Rosiejules said:

Hi Me & my family are thinking of moving from Victoria to Queensland after Christmas. My son is 12 and will be starting high school. Looking for safe suburbs and reasonably priced rental accommodation. Approx 30 mins train ride to the city. We love the beach so not too far inland. TIA

Jules

Good move! I'm sure you won't regret it.

There aren't many bad suburbs in Brisbane (it's not like Sydney and Melbourne), so it does comes down to what you can afford. Be warned there appears to be a distinct lack of affordable rental accommodation in S E Queensland at the moment (if you listen to the media), so I'd plan in advance. What's you rental budget?

North-west and western suburbs are the most affluent, but not that far west that you reach Ipswich - that's a place to avoid. Also avoid Inala, Springwood, and Logan - and any suburbs in the surrounding areas. Brisbane is 1 hour drive from the northern end of the Gold Coast or 1.5 hours to the Sunshine Coast, so many choose to live half way between to be closer to the coast for the weekends. However, once you get into the Morton Bay areas (either north or south) it can get a bit rough - particularly the schools - so that's worth bearing in mind. This map is a few years old, but it might help with the suburbs.

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On 02/10/2021 at 11:39, Rosiejules said:

Are there any decent high schools in the area? We don’t mind paying for a private school if necessary.

For state schools, check the ICSEA rating on the MySchool website. Any school rated 1050 or above is usually a decent school in a good area.

https://myschool.edu.au/

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