What is Brisbane’s worst suburb?

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Possibly it’s the crims, maybe it’s the rednecks, maybe it’s a area with a substandard reputation, maybe it’s just the substandard surrounds. Often, it’s a area where the property value is acutely second-rate.


There’s a few candidates for worst suburb in Brisbane – which substandard Brisbane suburb gets your vote as a unsatisfactory area, and why?

Note: keep it respectful – any racist posts will be deleted.

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  1. Very helpful indeed. I have been looking at a property in Kingston (below Logan Central). Some of the comments about Logan suburbs are shocking.

    I have lived in Sydney rest of my life and seen some grotty suburbs transform into one of the most desirable suburbs in Sydney. E.G.) Balmain, Newtown (80’s and 90’s). Redfern, Alexandria, Tempe (Wollito Creek). All these suburbs used to be ghettos of Sydney but due to close proximity to CBD, anything with 1 sq inch of land fetch big $$$. Of course it took 30-40 years for this to happen. Here in Sydney, we are running out of land quickly and even the worst of the Western Surbubs are becoming desirable (Penrith, St Marys and Mt Druitt), St Marys & Mt Druitt is the Logan of Sydney, who knows Inala may become the million dollar suburb of Brisbane in 30 years (it is close to Brisbane CBD). :)

  2. Stay away from Moorooka, Tarragindi and Salisbury. They are grotty suburbs, too many shacks, and is expensive for a crap house.

  3. I think that Logan Central Plaza & anyone who goes there to shop, all stink like bad body odour & look like they havnt showered in days. Logan &Woodridge is filled with lazy dole bludgers who are do poor they can’t even pay attention to the filth they live in. I will never recommend sending your kid’s to the schools in logan especially Mabel Park State School &Mabel Park High , the worst school i have ever sent my kids.

  4. I would say Inala is the worst suburb of Brisbane. I lived there for around a year in 2013 and I saw saw so many bad things, as listed below.
    -people sitting on the sidewalk drinking beer and smoking
    -people fighting on the streets
    -people hurling abuse at each other
    -thugs trying to break-into people’s houses in the middle of the night
    Also Inala has the highest rate of theft and violent crime in Brisbane.

  5. Surprised Kingston hasn’t been listed here. I subscribe to the Brisbane police reports and it seems like there’s always bad stuff happening there, or by people from there. Ipswich and Caboolture seem to come up often as well (generally the train line termina for some reason). Closer to the CBD, West End can feel a bit dodgy, and Fortitude Valley at night on the weekends is probably the most dangerous time and place to be in Brisbane. (Bowen Hills/Newstead at night isn’t too nice either.)

    I can only vouch for a few suburbs but Toowong, St Lucia and Taringa seem fairly safe. Haven’t seen any drug activity whatsoever – no way to know I guess, but if anything shady is going on, no one is bothering anyone about it. Nor does it seem to come up on the news.

  6. Pfft Woodbridge, thats just funny. I have lived in Woodbridge before and I have never seen anyone have a problem unless they wanted it, I am sure there are cases where innocent people get hurt but that is the same wherever you go. Everyone saying that Woodbridge is the worst place in the world. Please stop, Im from the City of knives also known as London and Woodbridge makes it look like a paradise resort. While in Brisbane I have lived all over the place but the worst suburbs that I have lived in are Ferny Grove/Keperra as you have all the little lad kids running around on ice and smashing/graffing and robbing the neighbourhood for fun. By far the worst suburb in Brisbane that I have lived in is Lawnton/Bray Park. Just 100 yards up the road from my house a couple of weeks back someone got shot with a Bow and arrow. A couple of months ago not even 50 yards away from my house there where two 16 year old lads waving guns at the people inside a house in the middle of the day.

  7. WOODRIDGE qld, Australia.. worst suburb in all of Oceania!
    Logan city qld, Australia.. worst city in in all of the world!

    Logan cant be fixed buy anyone no matter how much money or infuence they got it will be the same in 20 years guaranteed!

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  9. I went to Inala once. A few weeks ago, to the mall. It was horrid. I didn’t like it if I am honest, it’s pretty rough….or something that I can’t put into words.

    I moved here from Sydney (originally a kiwi) and live in Kenmore. Great suburb. In fact, I find it a bit too “nice” for us. We tend to bring the overall class down a little lmao

  10. Inala is a great value for money place. The old bad reputation is no longer true.

    Inala is a very green suburb, the official statistics say that Inala has the greatest parks/residents ratio in Brisbane.

    Very good shopping options in Inala and surrounding suburbs. Great market at Inala Civic Centre – fresh and very cheap fruits and vegetables all year round. Good butcher shops and great fish shops. Coles and Woolworts at Inala Plaza, another Woolworts at Richlands Plaza, Aldi on Blunder Road, lots of small independent shops, many with Asian food and homewares, 3 post offices in Inala, new Masters warehouse in Richlands, Bunnings in Oxey, a few department stores at Forest Lakes, and Mt Ommaney Shopping Centre is only 4 minutes via Centenary Motorway.

    Many very affordable eating places.

    Bulk billing doctors and even medical centres. A few schools.

    Great access to Inala via Ipswich Motorway, Centenary Motorway, Logan Motorway and Springfield train line. Richlands train station is very close.

    Lots of simple, hardworking people living around. A few idiots of course (of any age, background and ancestry), but is there a place is without them?

    Very solid, well-built houses. Plenty of parks and trees. Good parking.

    Very nice street names. All streets in Inala are divided in 3 groups: plants, birds and constellations, which makes it easy to search and navigate too. It’s not a tangible asset, but I really like telling the name of our street to new visitors and guests, it’s just pleasant. My personal preference is in the “floral” sector of Inala: it is quieter and cleaner because it is a bit further from the main shopping district. It has the largest parks and is the closest to the train station. It also has a beautiful Buddhist temple.

    I reckon that Inala is one of the best value-for-money suburbs in Brisbane. The “bad” people that used to make Inala the subject of unfavourable news reports in the past seem to have gradually moved out, but the old stereotypes are still lingering in the minds of people who have never lived in Inala. And this makes Inala a very affordable place, for now. For the same money we could either afford a tiny apartment in a trendier suburb, or a solid, well-insulated 3-bedroom house with a large backyard on a nice quiet street in Inala. After 5 years of living in Inala we think we made the right choice. At the same time, the price of our house grew nearly 20% during these 5 years, and that’s during the house market recession! So when, in a few decades, the time comes to sell and move somewhere for the old age care, we should be just fine.

  11. Hi,
    Im retired and thinking of moving from WA to QLd. Please tell me about the pros and cons – ie bush fires etc of moving to the Tambourine Mt and/or Canungra suburbs. Are they safe to drive to in winter – Im a timid motorists, do they offer amenities or are these hide-a-way places ?

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  14. All them ghetto ass suburbs friend. Chelmer, Kenmore, Paddington, Spring Hill. Y’all will find them bogans and poorly built housing and such – ghetto ass shacks of sticks and bricks that will cost y’all half a million dollars and full of utility truck driving daddy ole big pants “look at me I own a property” folks for miles around. God bless the fine folks of Brisbane Town and God bless Billy J. Jack.

  15. You will like it here on the bay. . I live in deception bay which has a reputation or used too .. But. It’s nice here on the bayside . Scarborough and Redcliffe is only 5 mins away . And bout 35 to 40 mins from the CBD . I moved from Sydney to Virginia in brisbane then out here to dbay. I will never go south again. I’d love to finally retire on the Sunshine Coast near caloundra or further up near kawana but I’m happy here ATM. I hope you find what your looking for . God bless

  16. Thanks bent. We have a dog that loves the water so would love to be near a decent part if the river (with least danger of flooding) or the beach. We have friends in Scarborough, upper kedron and bracken ridge and also in bullimba. Will be staying in Scarborough until we work out where. But nice to get ideas

  17. Bracken ridge is rough as guts. And has a lot of social housing pockets around the pine rivers area. Medtronic is nice as is Virginia . Close to Chermside . I loved living in the inner north of brisbane while I was there and miss the place but for the kids def the bayside suburbs

  18. I live near north lakes. Not in it. And I’d have to say it’s ok . It reminds me of a new development somewhere in west Sydney . Scarborough Redcliffe and surrounding areas on the bayside is the better of the area IMO . But I’m just being bias because I live on the water

  19. Hi my partner and I are moving up to Brisbane from Melbourne at the end of the year. Looking at a few suburbs, kedron, bracken ridge and Scarborough, but interested to know more about north lakes. I’m assuming it’s a new housing development?

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  21. Inala by far the worse suburb in qld/brisbane!.
    I myself grew up in inala but as soon as turned 18 I was so glad to move far away from that place.
    Once a year I visit some family who live in forest lake but often drive through inala and the place hasn’t change one bit.
    There is no council/government funding to fix the and why is that??? Because it will be a waste of money because the residents who live there will just demolish it within weeks..
    People do often say parts of Logan is bad but as a correction service officer 60% of people that do come in are from inala and 30% of Logan and Logan as area is bigger then inala as a single suburb..
    Which concludes inala the worse in qld and maybe australia

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  26. Woodridge is the worse!! There are some towns and suburbs in australia where you just dont get out of the car.. well woodridge is the place where you dont even have a car cause it would have been stolen from you and your probarly coughing on your own blood!! Haha and it will never change!

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  28. Woodridge!! its the worst suburb in the country! I BET EVERYONE AGREES.. well the media says it. is every single day! i dont think they know how to use a lawn mower there? or are they just that lazy? mate even the parks and the footpaths are a jungle with grass up to your knees! cafes, resturants, big shopping malls ?? CERTAINLY NOT! its industrial now all these industrial jobs near woodridge that only hire those living outside of woodridge! LOGAN IS very boring, dull and unattractive ith no excitment at all and woodridge is the poo on the whole city!

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  30. Choose to believe this or not…

    The areas in which most talk about to be safe and family orientated are hotspots for mass drug distribution (Areas surrounding Bulimia, Ascot/Clayfield, Toowong to Indooroopilly out to Kenmore, Kelvin Grove / Red hill etc)…

    Distributors (not dealers / suppliers, we talk of those in the +$100,000/week category) utilise these areas as most in these areas are extremely naieve to drug activity, and would not know the signs of drug distribution if it bit them on the bottom. They can afford to live in these high priced areas and it helps them avoid detection.

    The end users are generally in places like redlands, logan, ipswich and caboolture where you will hear most of the crime reports from. It would be very difficult to name a suburb free from drug crime in some capacity… it does not always exist in mass workings where the syringes on our streets are… it would make the job for police too simple

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