Brisbane Northside suburbs vs Brisbane Southside suburbs is an age-old debate that gets everybody excited! If you’re moving to Brisbane or new to Brisbane one of the key decisions when considering where to live is whether to buy a home in a Brisbane Northside suburb or in a Brisbane Southside suburb.

In many cities, there is a great divide about geographical areas, and in this regard, Brisbane is no different. Residents living in northside Brisbane suburbs are staunchly pro-northside while southside residents prefer living south of the Brisbane River.

As a buyer’s agent based in Brisbane’s northside and specialising in helping clients buy homes in Brisbane’s best northside suburbs we see the northside as a great choice for so many reasons. Read on and we will fill you in on our reasoning…

Brisbane Northside suburbs have access to excellent transport, educational and employment opportunities. Northside residents would also argue that there is less traffic congestion in northside suburbs. In other words, the liveability and lifestyle is second to none in Brisbane Northside suburbs. Let’s explore this a bit further.

1. Brisbane Northside Suburbs Demographics and Geographics

Brisbane’s northside is smaller geographically than the southside and is less populated and crowded. Also the northside isn’t as sprawling as the southside which means that everything is closer and more convenient to get to. Brisbane Northside suburbs have more varied terrain and there are more hills and leafy suburbs. These Brisbane northside suburbs with hilly landscapes enjoy more breezes and views and as a result some of Brisbane’s most beautiful homes have been built on top of these hills in suburbs such as Hamilton and Teneriffe

Brisbane’s northside geography offers so much for people wanting to enjoy nature. Mt Coo-tha Reserve (Brisbane’s largest natural area covering more than 1500 hectares of bushland), Victoria Park (Brisbane’s largest inner-city greenspace, with 64 hectares of open space), and Brisbane’s two Botanical Gardens are all located on the northside of Brisbane. 

Suburbs on Brisbane’s northside are more established as the northside developed before the southside. There are more older homes on the northside which gives Brisbane’s northside suburbs so much charm and character. 

Southsiders would argue that Brisbane’s southside is more multicultural and therefore a more interesting place to live.

2. Brisbane Northside Suburbs Transport

A major factor when deciding where to live or buy a house is the time it takes to commute to work. North of the river has good roads, all the tunnels and convenient accessibility to the CBD, the airport and the Sunshine Coast.

South of the river has convenient accessibility to the Gold Coast.

3. Brisbane Northside Suburbs Employment Opportunities

There are plenty of employment opportunities in Brisbane Northside suburbs. Here are some of the major ones:

  • Brisbane’s central business district (CBD)
  • Brisbane Airport
  • Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
  • Prince Charles Hospital
  • Wesley Hospital
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Queensland

4. Brisbane Northside Suburbs Educational Opportunities 

Brisbane Northside suburbs schooling options are what really make the northside such a desirable place to live. On top of some of the best private high schools:

Many of Brisbane’s best state high schools are also located in northside Brisbane suburbs including:

Brisbane’s major university campuses are also located on Brisbane’s northside including:

  • QUT Gardens Point
  • QUT Kelvin Grove
  • University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus

Some of Brisbane’s top primary schools are also located in northside Brisbane including: 

Brisbane’s best state high school – Brisbane State High – is located on the southside and this is a major drawcard for families choosing to live on the southside.

5. Brisbane Northside Suburbs Lifestyle, Cultural and Social Connectivity

North of the Brisbane River is home to so many dining, sporting, shopping and entertainment options and precincts including:

  • Howard Smith Wharves – Brisbane’s premier waterfront dining precinct
  • Fortitude Valley – Brisbane’s nightlife district
  • The Brisbane Entertainment Centre
  • Brisbane Showgrounds
  • Brisbane Waterfront Precinct (under development)
  • Queen’s Wharf (under development)
  • James St Fortitude Valley – Brisbane’s upmarket shopping and dining precinct
  • Westfield Chermside – Queensland’s largest shopping complex
  • Suncorp Stadium – Brisbane stadium home to Brisbane’s major sporting and music events

South of the Brisbane River is home to the South Bank Parklands, Queensland’s Cultural Centre, the Gabba (home of the Brisbane Lions, Brisbane Heat and Queensland Cricket).

If you’re thinking of moving to Brisbane and unsure whether you should live north or south of the river we hope this article has helped. It is always best to spend some time in both areas to see which location best suits your lifestyle and needs. As a specialist Brisbane northside buyer’s agent we can point you in the right direction. Please contact us if you have questions about any Brisbane Northside suburbs or buying property on the northside of Brisbane.