The Sunnybank and Sunnybank Hills area is Brisbane’s most diverse neighbourhood. Boasting the best Asian dining and entertainment in the South-East corner, this pocket of Brisbane’s southside has a vibrant cultural scene. Located 15 kilometres from the CBD and offers a great option for commuters who are still after a thriving local culture and local parks.
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Median apartment price
Median apartment rental value
$400 per week
Median house price
Median house rental value
$430 per week
Bus routes run through Sunnybank and Sunnybank Hills. There are also three train stations within the area: Sunnybank, Altandi and Banoon.
Things we love…
- The Sunnybank and Sunnybank Hills area has taken over Chinatown as the home of Asian culture and cuisine in Brisbane.
- The neighbourhood is well-serviced with public transport links and close to the M2 and M3 highways.
But remember that…
- As Sunnybank is a popular Asian dining precinct, it’s quite busy on weekends which can cause traffic delays.
- Sunnybank and Sunnybank Hills have relatively high rental values considering the distance from the city, which is something to consider.
Location & Transport
Sunnybank is located on the south side of Brisbane, 25-minutes drive from Brisbane City and just over 35 minutes from the Brisbane Airport. Ipswich City is also 45 minutes away down the M7 highway. Sunnybank and Sunnybank Hills sit just over an hour from the Gold Coast, and an hour and a half from the Sunshine Coast. The suburbs of Sunnybank and Sunnybank Hills are surrounded by Acacia Ridge, Archerfield, Eight Mile Plains, Runcorn, Calamvale and Algester. Mains Road runs throughout the middle of the Sunnybank and Beenleigh Road joints Sunnybank to Sunnybank Hills. The main business district in the area is located at the intersection of Mains Road and McCullough Street.
The area offers great public transport links, with three different train stations all close by: Sunnybank Station, Altandi Station and Banoon Station. These stations are located along the Beenleigh line, with services running to Beenleigh to Bowen Hills and Ferny Grove. There are also several bus routes throughout the suburb which connect the area to the surrounding suburbs and provide a great option for getting around the area for those without a car.
As a result of the cultural drawcard of the neighbourhood with authentic Asian cuisine and entertainment, the streets are quite busy during evenings and weekends, which can cause traffic delays, especially during peak times. Mains Road is especially problematic in terms of traffic and can cause a gridlock during peak hour.
With new land releases in the area rare, most new developments in the area take the form of higher density residential and commercial projects. Currently under development in the area is Park Townhomes Sunnybank Hills, which offers a rare opportunity to purchase a large and spacious townhouse with access to several community facilities. Parc Townhomes is currently under construction and will offer 93 four-bedroom apartments upon completion. Ideal for families, this new project is situated in a great location, at 145 Pinelands Road, Sunnybank.
The developer of Parc Sunnybank Hills, BriStar Group, is also currently working on Parc Carindale, which also offers spacious townhouses in the nearby suburb of Carindale. In terms of commercial developments, a new application for refurbishment works at Sunnybank Plaza. This update will include extensive internal upgrades, as well as a food court and amenity upgrades. Construction is expected to start in early 2020, with completion expected in 2021.
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There are several excellent education options in Sunnybank and Sunnybank Hills, making the area great for families with children of all ages. For primary school-aged children, Sunnybank State School and Runcorn State School are both located in Sunnybank. The local high school in the area is Sunnybank State High School, located on Boorman Street. For those who prefer a private school, Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School caters to children from Prep to Year 6 and Thomas More College is a great option for a co-ed private school. Sunnybank also has options for students who have difficulties with mainstream learning. Sunnybank Special School caters to the area with early childhood to Year 12 students involved. Carinity Education also caters to girls from Year 7 to Year 12 who require a more supportive teaching environment. Sunnybank is also a great base for those interested in tertiary education, as the Griffith University Nathan Campus is located less than 10-minutes drive from Sunnybank.
As mentioned, the Sunnybank area is popular with people of Asian descent who now call Australia home, with approximately 56 per cent of Sunnybank residents born outside Australia. As well as large Chinese and Taiwanese populations, there are also significant Vietnamese and Indian populations within the neighbourhood. The diversity of the area gives Sunnybank and Sunnybank Hills a very rich culture, with top-rated and authentic restaurants, eateries and food trucks, as well as entertainment options. With so many different options, you’ll never run out of new places to try. Experience Sunnybank offers three-hour Food Discovery Tours which showcase the best places to eat, drink and shop in the area — perfect for residents who are new to the suburb. Sunnybank also hosts an annual $2 Food Trail, offering a self-guided foodie adventure with sample dishes from various restaurants as well as food trucks: the perfect introduction to all Sunnybank and Sunnybank Hills have to offer your palate.
Sunnybank has much more to offer than just delicious dumplings and sensational sushi, with several beautiful parklands offering a great spot to spend afternoons and weekends. Les Atkinson Park is located just off Beenleigh Road and offers beautiful parkland and walking tracks, as well as a small lake perfect for an afternoon picnic. Gaddes Park is also located in Sunnybank, with bikeways beside the creek and plenty of green space to explore. Stable Swamp Creek also runs through Sunnybank Hills, with Westaway Park surrounding the creek.
Sunnybank Plaza and Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown are also very close by, offering discount and department stores as well as fashion boutiques and specialty stores. With a Kmart, BigW, Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, and Hoyts Cinema, everything you need is right on your doorstep.