The Five Best Investment Suburbs South of Brisbane River

Residential real estate holds great value in Australia, totalling over $10.4 trillion, surpassing other major assets like superannuation and listed stocks. National home values have also continued to grow, underscoring the value of property investments, presenting opportunities for buyers seeking investment returns and long-term capital growth. 

Finding the right investment suburb for you is dependent on several factors:

  1. Budget
  2. Property demand and supply
  3. Overall goals. 

It is important to note that your investment requirements will alter the suburb recommendations that best suit your needs. However, general guidelines can help steer you in the right direction. 

Firstly, blue-chip areas with character homes such as woolstore or art-deco properties can offer high-demand with their limited replication potential. We suggest looking for suburbs with established amenities, good schools, and easy transport access, as these indicate areas primed for growth. These areas typically hold affluent surroundings, inner-city convenience, and desirable features like riverfront views. 

Secondly, focusing on areas with high demand and low supply is key. Look for well-established suburbs with limited housing expansion potential,  especially those with sought-after school catchments. For units, prioritise locations with high walk scores and easy access to amenities and transport, like those found in bustling café culture hubs. 

Lastly, proximity to good infrastructure, such as train lines or major motorways, enhances a suburb’s investment potential by ensuring ease of commute and connectivity. Keeping these factors in mind can guide you towards suburbs primed for capital growth in Brisbane.

Whether you are seeking capital growth or a consistent income, buying your first investment property or growing your property portfolio, Cohen Handler’s property Buyer’s Agents will help guide you to property investing success. With access to market and economic insights, and hundreds of years of combined experience, Cohen Handler’s Buyer’s Agents source the right investment properties at the right price for your exact needs. 

Buyer’s Agent, Ryan Haller, lists his top 5 investment suburbs south of Brisbane River and shares expert insights on why they provide great return: 



Average rental yield: 3.91%

Average vacancy rate: 1.4%

Median apartment/unit price: $750,000

Median house price: $1,700,000

  • River-suburb offering a charming village community while shielding from the urban chaos
  • Convenient access to the CBD in under 25 minutes, and 15 minutes to the airport
  • Bustling cafe culture, waterfront walking tracks, and highly regarded schools 


Average rental yield: 3.61%

Average vacancy rate: 1.2%

Median apartment/unit price: $850,000

Median house price: $1,531,000

  • Quiet, leafy and friendly neighbourhood popular with young families, retirees, and young professionals
  • Within 10-20 minutes of the CBD, with proximity to Oxford Street, Camp Hill Marketplace, and major shopping centres like Westfield Carindale. 
  • Known for its hilly terrain, meaning its consistently high and dry, and offers city vistas


Average rental yield: 4.05%

Average vacancy rate: 1.02%

Median apartment/unit price: $632,500

Median house price: $1,000,000

  • Affordable family-friendly bayside living with picturesque waterfront 
  • An abundance of cafes and restaurants, esplanade walking tracks, reputable schools and sporting facilities, and convenient shopping districts
  • Convenient public transport options including three train stations and regular buses, as well as easy access to the Gateway Motorway. 


Average rental yield: 4.32%

Average vacancy rate:  1.63%

Median apartment/unit price: $563,000

Median house price: $1,250,000

  • Inner-city hotspot offers diverse lifestyle options and exceptional proximity to the CBD 
  • Several sporting and lifestyle attractions, including local cafes and craft breweries within walking distance
  • The new Pedestrian Green Bridge links the suburb directly to the CBD
  • Affordability and value compared to neighbouring inner city suburbs make it an attractive investment, especially given its potential for further development


Average rental yield: 4.22%

Average vacancy rate: 0.83%

Median apartment/unit price: $525,000

Median house price: $1,100,000

  • An affordable and peaceful inner-city gem located just 5km from Brisbane’s CBD
  • A diverse mix of homes such as Queenslanders, Colonials, post-war and grand modern homes, boasts many opportunities for growth and renovation
  • Easy access to a range of amenities such as medical facilities, shopping villages, and transport facilities such as two train stations, bus link, as well as easy access to the M3

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Yield: Core Logic

Vacancy rate: SQM Research

Median prices: Core Logic