9.3 out of 10

Karana Downs

Ranked 12th best suburb in Brisbane
-27.5381133094876 152.823165443752
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Parking
  • Safe & Sound
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Lack of Traffic
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
  • Eating Out
  • Shopping Options
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Riverside, semi-rural paradise."

Karana Downs is so great for families, we have a fantastic little primary school and heaps of healthy activities for all. When I lived in the city, I used to notice the local teenagers skipping school to hang out at the train stations taking drugs. In Karana Downs, one still sees the very occasional teenager roaming the streets - with a fishing rod and a smile on their face! They are all too happy hanging out in their own or their friends backyard pools, canoing and fishing, or just hanging out in their big backyards, to get into trouble.

The residents are for the most part very house proud and community minded. There are girl guide and scout groups and heaps of sports clubs, including water sports. The rare exception to neighborly friendship is (as everywhere) renting families who can bring annoyances like unruly dogs, don't want to mow the large blocks, and who often complain about some of the joys of rural living like your heritage chickens before moving on to the next suburb and so on. So I would recommend that anyone thinking of buying here find out what the rental status of neighbouring houses is and if one is rented out, ask the neighbours what type of residents the landlords have installed to date. If you are thinking of renting here, don't move in and then complain about the existing homeowners who have invested in the neighbourhood - part of the reason we all love it out here is that if we can let our kids scream in a pool, or feed the wild parrots and water birds, have big family parties in our back yards, listen to music on our verandahs, or let our chickens free range. If you want complete quiet, or you object to wildlife or chickens entering your property, pick another less family friendly suburb or choose a rental on a small block rather than a large one. Having said that though, there is usually great separation between blocks so you'd have to be pretty sensitive for any noise levels in Karana Downs to disturb you.
Pros
  • Lots of wildlife and water birds.
  • Ideal old fashioned suburb to bring up kids.
  • Just a short drive from Karalee and Ipswich shops, which are cheaper than Brisbane.
  • Great for families
  • Relaxed lifestyle living
Cons
  • Developers are slowly trying to change the character of this semi-rural suburb with small blocks.
  • Public transport is non existent.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
jaycee777
jaycee777 That is a bit of a harsh comment about renting.... not all renters are what you describe, actually.... MOST are not...I am a renter, I have a fantastic history of being a great tennant, I am a worker, a student, and have a family.....maybe reconsider your judgemental attitude and how you are singling out people like that. Its not ok seriously.
2yrs+
AshE
AshE WOW! What a stereotype about renters!
What a slap in the face.
Our beautiful family have been renting all our lives, and we are very house proud, and are very involved in the community.
A lot of our friends also rent, and NONE are as you describe. Just because we rent we are not second class citizens. I feel sorry for you that you can be so naive and harsh to others in your community.
2yrs+
sarahj11
sarahj11 Totally agree with jaycee777 and AshE.....how judgemental are you???????? I actually feel sorry for you....
Feb 19, 2017
AshE
AshE Hi Sarah...i was commenting on the article, not responding to another comment...i also agree with jaycee, if you read my comment properly you would have discovered that i was also upset to read a negative stereotype against renters.
Feb 20, 2017
mariec3
mariec3 yes agreed - I find many home owners quite onerous considering that they are basing their judgemental attitudes towards renters on what ? Lack of income or is it because you envy the freedom that renting brings - I have had a bit of both worlds - owning and renting and renting is by far the better option for giving you freedom and even testing out a neighbourhood - so hear hear : down with judgemental small-minded house-owners - who cares if you have a zillion dollars owing to the bank?
May 21, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Ideal riverfront and acreage properties only 20kms from Brisbane CBD"

If you are after riverfront or acreage properties (or both!) only 20kms from Brisbane CBD - that the family can afford and will love - this area will tick all your boxes.
Lots of space, parkland, privacy and quitet. Houses tend to be designed for easy, relaxed living, and the residents are generally very houseproud of their little estates. People are genuinely very friendly and down to earth, easy to fit in with. An area where children can still play in the street. Area caters really well for young families.
Fairly easy commute to Indooroopilly or Brisbane CBD for those working in the city. For professional couples, it can be a great alternative as you can completely escape the ratrace every evening, and come home to the relaxation and romance of tree frogs, kookaburras and fireflys.
Not a lot of restaurants but like anywhere you can eat out and still have a reasonably short drive home. Locally, the golf club is lovely and caters for everything.
If you are a 20-something looking for nightclubs and cosmopolitan living this is probably not your cup of tea, but for any other age group its a paradise.
Pros
  • Relaxed lifestyle living
  • Great for families
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"She's Simply the Best !"

Karana Downs is a picturesque suburb offering a tranquil lifestyle far from the madding crowd, with no traffic problems, no vandalism and no crime. Somehow and for some unknown reason, she always manages to stay just under the radar when it comes to being listed as one of Brisbane's most liveable suburbs - why it's not up there with the so-called "best" defies belief.
The residents of Karana Downs are very house proud and their homes and properties reflect this. There is a huge offering of architecturally designed homes too which are truly outstanding masterpieces which sit proudly on a mixture of large suburban blocks and acreages.
The suburb itself offers many green spaces with abundant parklands which is ideal for children and/or taking your beloved fur kids for a walk - even our local horses get to enjoy going for walks in our parklands or having fun at our Pony Club - we in KD simply LOVE our animals !
In the way of shopping and services we have our own little shopping village which caters for all the basics such as groceries, a bakery, hairdresser, hardware store, pool shop and of course the ever-present real estate agents. We also have child care, doctors, dentist, pharmacy, primary school, fitness facilities, fire and police stations.
We are a middle aged couple ... I commute to work in Brisbane's CBD each day by way of an express bus service from Bellbowrie and my husband drives over to work in Ipswich. We highly recommend Karana Downs as she is a beautiful, safe, green, family and pet friendly suburb in which to live. She is definitely up there with the best of them !
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees