8.1 out of 10

Doolandella

Ranked 159th best suburb in Brisbane
-27.6137086949924 152.987403279749
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Cost of Living
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parking
  • Pest Free
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Eating Out
  • Childcare
  • Schools
  • Gym & Fitness
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Doolandella - A great up and coming suburb!"

Doolandella is considered by those in the know to be one of Brisbane's best up and coming suburbs. Recent home owners & investors are getting big equity returns in just a short time. Only 17km (25 mins) to Brisbane CBD and with major motorways to Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Ipswich just a few short mins away. Not to mention a new day care centre just built and a new Woolworths to be built in the near future. Good quiet family area with no trouble in the 2 yrs since I've been here.
Pros
  • Close to major Roads and Motorways
  • Friendly residents and atmosphere
  • Only 17km to the City CBD
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5
2yrs+

"The last of the true Doolandella"

My family and I live on one of the last 4 streets of acreage in Doolandella. Over the past 10 years developers have come in buying up the acreage and developing it into Forest Lake-like housing. This has wrecked the area. My family home has been ours for 40 years and we are all sad to see what they have done to the area. We are constantly contacted by people and real estate agents trying to talk us into selling. most of the people in my street refuse to sell in order to keep the peace and quiet of our street (minus the new estate at the top of the street). The new estate has brought along hoons and now things go missing from our paddocks and sheds. The council will not allow us the completely fence our borders either so there is no way the keep the stangers out. Finding random strangers walking through your back paddock is not nice. Please stop wrecking our area and trying to buy out everyone.
Cons
  • Developers need to stop
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
Makingmemories
Makingmemories It's terrible watching all these townhouses etc be built, we live off cloverdale rd and we love driving through the acreage suburbs and it just breaks our heart every time we see a 'proposed development' sign.
2yrs+
RalphieGirl
RalphieGirl Agreed! Recently I stumbled across the BCC plans for doolandella and they plan to resume 46% of our land. Unfortunately this leaves us having to consider subdividing ourselves so we arent left out of pocket later.
2yrs+
Makingmemories
Makingmemories That's horrible :( I don't want all these town houses, our street is already like a car park and we are in a great area! Let alone Rockfield road car park - then there are the hoons that speed along cloverdale, it saddens me when we see less and less of the duck families and wildlife because ppl don't care.
2yrs+
BrodieJ
BrodieJ Development of Doolandella is a good positive thing that will negatively affect very few people whilst positively impacting thousands. It's very unrealistic and a little selfish to want to keep your massive acreage properties in a suburb that's juts 17km from the Brisbane CBD and a few mins drive to major motorways to the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Ipswich. It's also surrounded by schools, child care and other residential properties so of course it's going to be developed and so it should. With all the young families struggling to get their opportunity to get into the housing market it's not fair that a small amount of people hog thousands of acres of land whilst thousands of people are finding it difficult to find affordable housing in Brisbane. It was destined to happen and it's not like Doolandella is in the country or like they are cutting down a major protected rainforest so stop your whinging and get out of the 1990's because Doolandella is a great developing suburb that's great for families and young people. If you like large acreage properties then either move further out of town or by a farm. I'm against development of certain areas myself but not land that's so close to the CBD of a fast growing major city that's destined to be developed.
2yrs+
BrodieJ
BrodieJ So you think it's good for 12 or so people to live on and take up acres upon acres of land where potentially thousands of people could live just 17km from the CBD of a major capital city?! Sorry sounds to me you are simply being selfish and greedy. If this was a rural town I'd agree with you but honestly you have the blinkers on. Keep your land and fill your ego and it's your right to do that but doesn't mean it's fair on the thousands who miss out on an opportunity to buy their home (possibly first) because people like you want to live a country style life on large properties in the city close to the CBD. Well good for you but don't suggest as you did in your comment that I don't work hard as I work damn hard, hence why I've been very successful in my chosen career... ;-)
2yrs+
BrodieJ
BrodieJ @ Charlie Armour-Webb, I also forgot to mention that I worked very hard to currently own two properties and soon to be three but I chose not to own large lots of land to live in that are close to the CBD in a capital city. If I ever decide to live on acreage I'll move out to a rural area because there is space there to do that. The FACT is that Brisbane is the fastest growing city in Australia at the moment so many of those who own acreage in Doolandella will either have to sell or put up with the development that will surround them. It's the future... Deal with it or move to a rural town if you don't like it.
2yrs+
RalphieGirl
RalphieGirl @BrodieJ This is where you need to realise that Doolandella WAS rural and some of it is still considered to be. Our property was a cattle farm and we used to have horses and a lot more wildlife. There was days only 10 years ago that you would see wallabies hoping across the front yard and there were Platypus in the creeks. Those days are now gone. Soon people will think its ok to develop out in Lowood and maybe even as far out as Black Butt all because people think they have a right to? I'm sorry but I love that we have Owls, Kookaburra's and copious amounts of other wild birds that sing. I love not having my house polluted by the sounds of busy streets and my next door neighbours TV. Sometimes things shouldn't be ruined just to make way for 300 new matchbox sized blocks. Look at the comments above from other people that live in my area. It's not just me that feels this way. Wise up and look at the bigger picture and not just the populations constant need for new things. One day when you buy your rural "country town" block to retire on just to be surrounded by new estates you will understand. until then, please enjoy your 3 dwellings (you can only live in one btw) and look at yourself before calling us the selfish ones.
2yrs+
BrodieJ
BrodieJ @ RalphieGirl - No I'm sorry but I disagree and this is where you need to realise that you are in a major city not the country and that Brisbane is the fastest growing city in Australia and has been for almost a decade now. If you didn't have the foresight to realise that a suburb just 17 kms from the CBD of a major city that is fast growing was not going to undergo major development in the future then you must have had the blinkers on I'm sorry to say. I'll say it again, I am a strong advocate for protecting our rainforest and wildlife and I'm all for large properties in rural areas but your in a major city so what else did you think was going to happen?! Of course it was always going to be developed and the harsh reality is as long as we all keep breeding and having our 2, 3 or 4+ children then we need somewhere for those families to live. The population of this country is growing fast so what's your plan to housing our fast growing population? Developing land for housing and townhouses in suburbs of major cities that are only 15 - 20 kms from the centre of town may be a good place to start hey... ;-) Like I said this is a major city and I love seeing wallabies, platypus just like you as I grew up on a 10 acre property myself but unless us humans all stop breeding then sadly the harsh reality is to develop accommodation in the major cities. I'd rather see development in major cities than in rural/country areas where there is even more wildlife. Unless you have a better solution to accommodating our very fast rapid growing population than I suggest you accept that change was inevitable for Doolandella given it's location of just 17 kms to the CBD not to mention it's close to major motorways. I reckon it's better to develop the cities than the rural areas. Respect your opinion but strongly disagree...
2yrs+
FormerD
FormerD It's such a shame that looking back 30 years ago, which is when I moved to Doolandella, it was a lifestyle option that was considered 'out in the sticks' from the city. This was a time when house blocks in general were 800sqm/32 perches and they were being subdivided to a small 16 perch/400sqm. This is now considered to be a huge block. It's one thing to subdivide and move people into an area that you, BrodieJ have so often said was close to so many freeways and 17km from the city, to the option that is happening that they are being crammed on top of each other for the developers to make millions of dollars at the cost of the heritage that all before you made in the area. If acreage was reduced to 800-1000sqm it would have still maintained the notion of larger land living. To pay off their semi rural land, and continue enjoying the lifestyle is a right they've earned, and my parents are still in the area also for this reason. We've had so many family memories made on our property that to think of it being housing to 80 townhouses is insane. If people want affordable shoeboxes, then move further away from the city where that's achieveable, however in the interim, leave the generation who are enjoying the fruits of their labours to their own lifestyle choices, and respect what they've achieved. It's now been some time since you've written your comments, so I trust that you are still loving Doolandella, and don't have a negative thing to say about the constant roadworks or freeway that is now Blunder Road, and can remember a time 2 years ago that is no longer when there was any trace of wildlife left. I'm late on this post, I acknowledge that, but reading your comments insensed me to a point I had to respond. Proud to be an original Doolandella resident....
Jan 15, 2016
BrodieJ
BrodieJ @ FormerD - Other than focussing on your own past history and self interests please respond to some of the points I made in my post that was originally posted back in Sept 2014. Doolandella is and always was going to be developed at some stage with it being about 18km from the CBD. My question to you is where do house our fast growing population if not in the suburbs of our major cities?! It's all nice and warm to talk of the days that not so long ago saw Doolandella as mostly bushland and rural properties but that's all about you and your past. I am truly and honestly very sad to see wildlife affected anywhere in the world but the sad facts are Brisbane's population is exploding and those people need somewhere to live unless you have a better solution but I haven't heard one yet. Sadly Doolandella is a victim to a growing city but the fact is it's always been a suburb in a "CITY" and that makes me far less sympathetic to those only thinking of themselves and their large properties taking up plenty of land space and enough land to build and house many families desperately looking for housing. If this was a remote place in the rainforest or out in the country I'd be supporting your stance 100% but it's a suburb in the city and always has been, just because you could once buy huge blocks of land in Doolandella cheaply many years ago doesn't mean that the suburb should not grow, develop and move forward as a suburb in the city and other people should be able to enjoy the opportunity to buy a house & land in Doolandella. People sitting on huge blocks of rural style blocks of land while living in the city are just enjoying the best of both worlds whilst many people can't afford to buy a house or land in Brisbane because people sitting on large rural blocks in the city helps to push up the price of land because it's a simple case of supply & demand. If you want lots of rural land then move away from the city and live in a rural town and stop trying to but the guilt trips on people making a start in life with their families. Doolandella was always a suburb in the city so stop living in the past and move forward and deal with the reality that it's a SUBURB IN THE CITY and NOT A RURAL TOWN! Therefore development was imminent and made complete sense in a fast growing city.
Jan 19, 2016
RalphieGirl
RalphieGirl Oh come off it @Brodiej - you fire back like you are one of the developers in the area and trying to talk yourself out of the guilt of ruining the locals oasis they call home. We all get what you are saying but what you don't realise is that we are just stating our views on how it used to be and that we are sad to see it gone. So please stop attacking us for our memories and our sadness and understand that we know Brisbane is a growing city but it doesn't change that we love Doolandella the way it was.
Oh and P.S - there are other RURAL settings in the BRISBANE CITY area that remain untouched, bet you have something to say about those too.... jeesh!
Jan 20, 2016
BrodieJ
BrodieJ @ RalphieGirl No I'm certainly not a developer but you seem to have no care except for your own feelings and your own situation. Again, address what I've said and don't speculate who you think I am. I am just a person with a young family in Doolandella who believes that this is the perfect suburb to develop as it's in the city boundaries with good transport and a good distance to the city. Also, The fact that Brisbane is a city that desperately needs more housing and the fact that there is a lack of free land in south-east Queensland means Doolandella is an ideal place for new housing. Developing Doolandella gives young families and all of those wanting to enter the housing/property market more of a chance to live within a decent distance to the CBD of Brisbane. This is a city not a country town. I'm sure those with huge blocks of land in Doolandella got very good money for them so I don't exactly shed tears for them I'm sorry. Remember those large rural style blocks of lands that you speak of in Dooandella were developed many years ago and they also had to knock down lovely bushland areas back then to develop those so let's not play the environmental card either please. My point is simple, I understand that you may still want to see Doolandella like it was 10, 20 or 30 years ago but surely a suburb that is just 18km from the CBD is ideal for developing. It's much better to develop lots of housing & townhouses that can house thousands of people in a city desperately needing more housing than to keep all of those large rural properties that house just a few hundred. Unless you can find another solution to housing our extremely fast growing population than I'm confident that developing housing in city suburbs like Doolandella is the best option. I'm all ears to other suggestions but this is not about me or my situation but the fact that Doolandella is great suburb and developing more housing here is a good thing in my opinion. Nothing personal, just my opinion based on research.
Nov 21, 2016
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great upcoming suburb"

My husband and i built a house in Doolandella 12 months ago and are very pleased with our decision. It take only a few minutes to drive to Forest Lake Shopping Centre and also Inala Shopping Centre. There is an off leash dog park close by and the walk around Forest Lake is stunning. Doolandella will have its own Woolworths very soon which will be very handy. It is peaceful where we are and all the neighbours are friendly. Great schools close by also. We are very happy here.
Pros
  • Close to major Roads and Motorways
  • Friendly residents and atmosphere
  • Only 17km to the City CBD
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Doolandella is great! Sleeping GIANT!"

My partner and I have an 8 year old son and the best thing we have done is recently buy our 4 bedroom home in Doolandella. Residents are friendly and the new homes being built are quite nice and stylish and together with a new shopping complex including a Woolworths being planned on the corner of Blunder Rd and Crossacre street it can only increase the value of property here in Doolandella. With nearby Forest Lake and Inala it gives the place real diversity. We are in a new estate surrounded by protected bushland and there are mostly young families here. Anyone with real understanding of potential and vision for the future can see that Doolandella has great potential and it has been estimated by real estate experts that one day it will take over Forest Lake in popularity as it is slightly closer to the City and has better access to both the city and major motorways. I'm so glad we bought here as it's a real sleeping GIANT! :-)
Pros
  • Only 17km to the City CBD
  • Close to major Roads and Motorways
  • Friendly residents and atmosphere
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Run down"

Run down suburb ! only one community and rest pretty much centrelink ! avoid at all cost and no appreciation for property
Recommended for
  • Hipsters
BrodieJ
BrodieJ Johnny1 you are so WRONG mate and the proof is in the fact that Doolandella is considered by those in the know to be one of Brisbane's best up and coming suburbs. Recent home owners & investors are getting big equity returns in just a short time. Only 17km (25 mins) to Brisbane CBD and with major motorways to Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Ipswich just a few short mins away. Not to mention a new day care centre just built and a new Woolworths about to be built. Good quiet family area with no trouble in the 2 yrs since I've been here. Get your facts right mate!
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
2yrs+

"Love living here"

We have the best street, our neighbours are fantastic, we have such a great bond with the whole street and even do street parties, great sense of community. It's a very quiet suburb, new and upcoming. Would like more of a suburb community vibe as there really isn't anything in Doolandella, only nearby Forest Lake. No shops or eating out in Doolandella, only Forest Lake, Inala. Crime rate overall is pretty good, although we had an attempted robbery a couple years ago, and only last week the house across the road was robbed. No threats of flooding, although we have had to battle fires which is really scary. But that's what you get for living in the quiet of the bush! We love it here! Close to everything but far enough away for peace and quiet.
Cons
  • No sense of community
  • No night life
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees