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The best places for families in Queensland

By Andrew Bell

When deciding on the best place to raise or relocate your family, there are several boxes to tick: a safe neighbourhood; educational opportunities; ideally, sunny weather; among other factors.

Queensland is known for its box-ticking way of life — attracting families from all over Australia. To help you identify the perfect northeastern haven, we have narrowed down the top three locations in Queensland for families.

Southport, Gold Coast

Located in the heart of the Gold Coast, Southport is a desirable destination for families looking for a relaxed coastal lifestyle with plenty of amenities and attractions nearby.

Southport is located adjacent to the Broadwater, a protected estuary that regularly showcases various water sports, such as kayaking and parasailing. In addition, along the coastal region beyond the Broadwater, there are several family-friendly amenities to be found, including playgrounds, public parks, and the picturesque Ainsdale Beach.

Southport is home to a diverse range of high-quality educational institutions, including esteemed kindergartens, schools, and universities. Among them, Griffith University stands out for their world-renowned academic and social achievements.

With Southport's rising prominence, the local real estate market has experienced an 8.6% increase over the past year, resulting in a median home value of $912,500 million. This is in contrast to the median house price of the Gold Coast, which stands at $2.9 million.

Coorparoo, Brisbane

Known for its vibrant cafe scene, friendly population, and rich history, Coorparoo is an ideal location for families desiring a lively yet homely community atmosphere to call home.

Coorparoo provides an ample selection of activities that cater to families, such as renowned cafes like Florence Cafe and Maude, in addition to dining options like California Native and Factory51. For a fun day out with the little ones, you can catch a movie at Dendy Cinemas and, afterwards, take your pup to Wembley Park Dog Park.

Coorparoo's median house price presently stands at $1.3 million, which marks a 4.7% increase from the previous year. This amount exceeds Brisbane's median house price of $772,020.

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast

When people think of the Gold Coast lifestyle, they may be inadvertently visualising Burleigh Heads. This is due to the area's advantageous location near the coastline, providing a plethora of nature-based activities for families to enjoy, such as:

  • Rainforest Circuit: Spanning 2.3km, this trail provides picturesque ocean views with the occasional opportunity to spot humpback whales.
  • Ocean View Walk: A picturesque 1.2km walk along the foreshore that begins at the rocky headland, winds through lush littoral rainforest and finally leads to the tranquil Tallebudgera Creek.
  • David Fleay Wildlife Park: Home to various Australian wildlife, including freshwater crocodiles, Koalas, Kangaroos and Dingoes, among others. Visitors have the opportunity to delve into diverse habitats and get up close with a variety of animals.

Burleigh Heads' real estate has experienced a notable increase of 11.6% in the past year, with a median house price now at $1.5 million, thanks to its prime location, attractive public infrastructure, and exceptional quality of life.

Key takeaways

Queensland has an abundance of family-friendly destinations, and the aforementioned locations are just a few examples that check the boxes. To help you make an informed moving decision, our team at Ray White Surfers Paradise can help. Reach out to our friendly team today!

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