7.2 out of 10

Kelso

Ranked 14th best suburb in Northern
-19.3886735555284 146.709721477413
Great for
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Internet Access
  • Parking
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers

Reviews

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

"Worst place I have lived"

I think a lot of the reviews on here about Kelso are incredibly misleading. I lived in Kelso for 2.5 years and have just moved because I couldn't take it! Riverway Drive is an incredibly dangerous road with lunatic drivers who have 'I have to be in front of you' syndrome. The blocks in the new housing estates are tiny. There is no privacy. Our neighbours were incredibly rude and inconsiderate. All had dogs who barked non stop all day. Our complaints went unheard and when we invested a couple of hundred dollars in an anti-barking device. One of our neighbours stole the device and then moved. These are all neighbours who are older then my husband and I. We are in our twenties, our neighbours were 30 and up. You would think being older they would know how to live respectfully with your neighbours in a suburban area. I have lived in Sydney and Canberra and have never had such bad experiences with neighbours. Crime was also bad. I had several visits from Police to my front door to alert me to 'goings on' in the neighbourhood the previous night. For example, break and enters, home invasions, car stolen and pet theft. I myself also had several experiences with vicious unrestrained dogs. So much so that we stopped working our dog in Kelso and we joined a gym to get exercise because we did not feel safe. Thankfully we have a wolfhound, who doesn't mind not getting walked everyday. I also find the description of 15 mins from the CBD a complete lie. Peak hour traffic took me 25 - 30 mins to get to work and I am still 15 mins out of the CBD.
Pros
  • Leafy and pretty in places
Cons
  • Some very bad areas
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+
Kelso is a great suburb to live in - peaceful and quiet. Just far enough out of town, but not too far to travel. Lots of acreage lifestyle living - great spaces for kids to grow and just be kids! Room to kick the footy or climb the trees, play cricket in the street! Has a stigma for being a 'bad' suburb, but there are more thefts, break & enters and violence in Kirwan, Willows, Pimlico, Annandale and West End... just read the paper! Yeah sure, there are some housing commission homes, but they are in every suburb in Townsville, mostly worse than in Kelso. Great parks for the kids to play in - Charles Moroney Park is great! Complete with soccer fields, footy fields, outdoor gym, flying fox and playground. Plus the new Apex Park on the Ross River is fabulous! Well done Townsville Council on a great facility! There is the pony club and horse riding school, the dam walk and lookouts. A few shops are close by in Rasmussen, so everything is pretty handy. The wildlife in the area is fantastic - cockatoos, galahs, possums, frilly lizards, lorikeets, kangaroos and wallabys are great educational examples to the kids. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else!
Pros
  • Close to hospital, Uni and Army barracks
  • Quiet and peaceful suburb
  • Great acreage living
  • Great place to invest
  • Leafy and pretty in places
Cons
  • No nightlife except the local pub
  • 15 mins from CBD
  • Average public transport
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
2yrs+

"Watch this space"

Kelso abounds with untapped potential. On paper, it has it all: the river, the dam where rock wallabies come to play at sunset, civilised (and modern) suburbia, acreage and bushland. A drive down Riverway Drive (formerly Upper Ross River Road) towards the dam is a pleasant journey down tree-lined streets. It's a long way out from the city, but not far at all from the hub of Thuringowa Central. One day, Kelso will be a great place to live.
At present, though, it's a mixed bag. Flashy new houses rub shoulders with ... well ... hovels. Nice new cars in one driveway, old wrecks up on blocks just a street away. The key, if you want to live in Kelso, is to pick wisely. Look at the neighbours, and look at the surrounding streets. Look at the accessways (there are plenty of 'walk-throughs') to other neighbourhoods. If it's your cup of tea, the acreage out the back (Shetland Place, Hammond Way, Connemara Course, etc. as well as the Kelso Country Estate) is wonderful, and possibly the most accessible acreage in Townsville. If you're after something smaller, there's always the new part of the Rosewood Estate and River Parks. Otherwise, there's the old divide between the river side of Kelso and the inland side. There's plenty of good stuff to be had on the inland side, but the river side has the benefit of being one main road away from all the less desirables.
Pros
  • Leafy and pretty in places
  • Great acreage living
  • Close to hospital, Uni and Army barracks
  • Quiet and peaceful suburb
Cons
  • Some very bad areas
  • No nightlife except the local pub
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Kelso at night"

One of the more dangerous suburbs of Townsville to be wandering around at night alone.
stuiie
stuiie What a load of cods wallop. Kelso is quite safe. Have a look at the Towsville Bulletin's Crimewatch site. Very little property or violent crime in the area. There's more in so called safe suburbs like Douglas and Kirwan, where you pay up to triple for a house.
2yrs+
G.J.
G.J. I'd say it's hit-and-miss. I've lived here for 6 years (after moving from Kirwan) and have had my share of wild neighbourhood experiences. I think the Crimewatch stats are unreliable as they focus on reported crime. Many of the goings-on in Kelso may well go unreported. In the area where I live, I'd say there's a fair number who don't want to attract too much attention.
That said, if you keep your wits about you, lock your doors or at least your security screens at night and don't wander down alleys unless you can see that they're clear, there's not much to worry about. I run and ride around Kelso after dark and have never feared for my safety. At home, I've had the odd thing taken from my yard (including my letterbox [?!!]), but nobody has ever tried to get into my house and nobody has ever attempted to harm me. Kelso problems are just the problems of suburbia.
2yrs+
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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 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great place to invest"

I bought my very first investment property in Kelso back in October 2003 for $129,000. Bank valuation last week was $340,000.

I have never had the house vacant over the last 7 yrs. As soon as tennant leaves, there is a new tennant ready to move straight in.

Im sure this property/suburb will perform over the next 20 yrs and make me a lot of money. Its nice and peaceful, close to the "ring road" which is convienent for those who work at the hospital, go to Uni and the Army barracks.

Thankyou and take care.
Pros
  • Great place to invest
  • Quiet and peaceful suburb
  • Close to hospital, Uni and Army barracks
Cons
  • 15 mins from CBD
  • Average public transport
  • No nightlife except the local pub
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Country in the city"

Kelso may be on the edge of suburbia, but the only way you'd know is the silence. I love it here. You still have a night sky, friendly neighbours and only 7 minutes to Willows for the retail therapy.
My kids are all at the local schools and want for nothing, but you still feel like you are in the country right down to the kids playing cricket in my street.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"River Parks - Kelso"

Love it. Quietest place we've lived. Lovely neighbours. Everyone looks out for each other. The gardens and park look better every week, as they become more established. Can't wait for the shops to open. We really enjoy our lifestyle here. Great for young active people.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"SIMPLY DEVINE IN KELSO"

The Riverparks Estate is one of the newest estates being built by Devine Limited, the concept of the estate is marvelous with a future shopping area planned for the near future so all residents have easy access to it is gold. The parkland is all around the estate with walking tracks. The Ross River dam is a stones throw, so if you are into skiing or general boating this is the place to be. The Dam is well stocked with some great fish. A large new shopping centre is being built at the exisiting site of the Upper Ross Shops. The Upper Ross Hotel's Louisiana Chicken is 'DEVINE', so call in have a beer and a great meal.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
blackenby
blackenby Here-Here! the chicken is great!
2yrs+
nannyleigh
nannyleigh I have lived in Kelso since January 2012. Not long I know but I still have an opinion.I love it generally a quiet suburb, barking dogs and ambulance sirens are the only noises that break the silence. Your safety is your responsibilty if you leave doors unlocked on your house or car you are inviting trouble and this can happen anywhere. Enjoy the peace and quiet and the facilities available.
2yrs+
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