Banyo, 4014

When I give my address out to people I often get blank looks – where on earth is Banyo? I actually quite like that. Banyo is a hidden gem of a suburb in my opinion.

Banyo 4014

Banyo 4014

Originally named Clapham Junction the suburb was renamed in 1897 by the Commissioner of Railways. In the 1920’s, when our area of Banyo was subdivided there were approximately 400 people living here; now there are more than 5,000 people.

Only 12 km from the Brisbane CBD, Banyo is bordered by the Gateway Motorway to the east, Sandgate Road to the west, and bushland to the north. The suburb of Virginia abuts Banyo to the South and Nudgee to the North. Brisbane Airport is only a 10 minute drive away, great for me and my need to fly off for work regularly. It sounds busy, but is actually a little oasis buffered from the noise by a couple of golf courses, the Boondall Wetlands, parks and sports grounds. Banyo is also well serviced with public transport and has a train station on the Sandgate line. It also sits slap bang in the middle of a whole network of bike paths and I regularly ride down to Brisbane City or across to the Chermside shopping centre.

We first considered this area over ten years ago when we were looking for our first Queensland investment. At that time though, it was still considered a rough area and, as we knew nothing about Brisbane and were relying on someone else’s opinion, (we were still living in the Northern Territory at the time) we passed it over. I don’t like to think about how cheap the prices were back then.

Banyo is becoming gentrified with new cafes and shops

Banyo is becoming gentrified with new cafes and shops

Now Banyo is becoming gentrified. The Brisbane City Council helped out by street-scaping the main street and shopping area and Queensland Rail renovated the 100 year old station a couple of years ago. As you walk around the suburb you can see people either doing up the old houses or splitting blocks like ours and building new homes. Coffee shops have sprung up and we have a couple of new restaurants that have opened in recent times along with a home decor shop.

It was those positives listed above of good transport links and gentrification that drew us initially to invest in this area. Other factors that made this a good investment area were the plethora of local workplaces such as the light industry on the Eastern perimeter of the suburb and in nearby Sunshine and Virginia or even the airport precinct, close but not too close.  Additionally, compared to adjacent suburbs, the buy-in price was affordable, although that seems to be changing.

I’m sure there are many such “Banyo’s” around Australia, those hidden suburbs that people overlook because of their previous rough, blue collar backgrounds. This is one of those suburbs that is slowly revealing its beauty under the hands of many polishers.

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6 thoughts on “Banyo, 4014

  • February 11, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Hi Carrie,

    I enjoyed your blog, particularly the piece on Banyo 4014.
    I shared it on my facebook group.
    Hope that is ok, just wanted to confirm


    • February 15, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      No problem Dan, glad you enjoyed the blog

  • May 17, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    We first considered Banyo 17 years ago and I am so pleased we bought when we did. Growing up in the Country, I wanted my kids to have that small town experience yet still have everything close by. We have loved living here and have no plans to move. In fact, both my husband and I started business’ here; he with an Antique store, which has now moved to Melton Road and myself, I own and operate a mobile Dog Grooming business. I have enjoyed seeing the various upgrades and just pray that the new Woolies won’t destroy that small town feel.

    • May 18, 2015 at 6:28 am

      Yes having a Woolies will be a mixed blessing, easier to go do the shopping but it may change the feel of the place. I love that sense of community that we get in Banyo at the moment and the way it is tucked into a small pocket away from the traffic and industry, protected by the golf courses and bushland surrounding it.

  • November 12, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    I like the feel of Banyo and am considering moving there. What is the smell from the Golden Circle factory like? Ive heard its not so nice.

    Any thoughts on Banyo vs Geebung?

    • November 14, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      Hi Steve, it’s a great location. No I haven’t noticed any smells from the Golden Circle factory, at least not for a couple of years now. It probably depends on how close you are to the factory. Depending on where you buy in Geebung it appears to be a nice location. It is well serviced with bike paths and links to Chermside shopping centre and being located on the Caboolture line it does get more train services. It also has a small shopping centre next to the updated train station. Not sure what the noise level is like over there with all the factories nearby or smells but over here in Banyo the noisiest things are the birds, still love living here. Cheers

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