Where are the affordable middle-ring suburbs?

Complementing the most affordable inner city suburbs release, here is the CoreLogic RP Data output which offers up where buyers can find affordable capital city middle ring suburbs.

A middle-ring suburb is classified as being between 10 and 20km from the city centre and where typically, more affordable housing exists as opposed to the inner–city suburbs.

For houses, lot sizes are often larger and for units there tends to not be as much density as in the inner date deadline arrow

While overall amenity may not be as significant as within the inner 10 kilometre ring, because they are well established suburbs and still close to the city centre, they are typically well catered for with regards to amenities and infrastructure.

Similar to last week’s inner-city most affordable suburbs list, what is immediately evident is that the cost of houses in Sydney is considerably higher than they are across all other capital cities.

At the other end of the spectrum, both houses and units in Hobart are much more affordable than all other capital cities.

It’s also noticeable across many of the cities that the gap between the most affordable suburbs for houses and units is generally not that substantial, especially relative to the results for inner-ring suburbs.

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Where to find affordable middle-ring suburbs around Australia’s capital cities:

Sydney – all of the most affordable suburbs for houses listed are either in the Canterbury or Bankstown council areas.

For units all of the suburbs are located west or south-west of the CBD.

Melbourne – all of the suburbs listed for houses except Albanvale are located in the Hume council area.

For units, all of those listed are either in the Hume or Brimbank council areas.

Brisbane – for houses, all of the suburbs listed are to the south-west of the city except Woodridge to the south.

For units, they are all located outside of the Brisbane council area but are split between north and south.

Adelaide – all of the suburbs listed for houses are located in the Salisbury region of the city.


All of the suburbs listed for units are either in Salisbury or Port Adelaide Enfield.

Perth – the most affordable suburbs listed are all located within either the Swan or Gosnells council areas.

The most affordable unit suburbs are in Swan (3) with one each in Wanneroo and Stirling council areas.

Hobart – For both houses and units, all of the most affordable suburbs listed are located in either the Brighton or Glenorchy council

Darwin – all of the suburbs listed for houses are located in the Palmerston council area except for Karama which sits right on the border of the Darwin council area.

For units, all of the suburbs listed are in Palmerston except Wagaman and Karama.

Canberra – most of the most affordable suburbs for houses are located north or north-west of the city centre.

For units, the most affordable suburbs are more dispersed across the city.

As the cost of housing becomes more unattainable for many within the inner-ring suburbs we would expect demand to grow for homes in the middle-ring suburbs – especially those suburbs which offer affordable price points and good local transport amenity.

Although some may not consider the middle ring suburbs to be quite as desirable as suburbs in the inner-ring, they generally offer relative proximity to the city centre at lower price points.



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Cameron Kusher is Corelogic RP Data’s senior research analyst. Cameron has a thorough understanding of the fundamentals such as demographics, trends & economics. Visit

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    May 5, 2015 @ 4:22 pm steve

    I may be wrong but I thought the inner middle is just outside those areas that will experience high density living ( I live in Brissie so Newmarket ( north}, Greenslopes ( south}, Auchenflower ( west) etc). Your article suggested Woodridge ( in Brissie )which actually doesn’t even lie within the BCC area, it’s in Logan.
    My understanding of “middle ring” to be within 3 – 10 km of the CBD which in Bris-vegas’ area is where those “satellite” cities eg Garden city- Upper Mt Gravatt / Chermide / Indooroopilly / Carindale are currently being developed. Prices are high but convenience is also high because of transport hubs / entertainment/ jobs etc


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      May 5, 2015 @ 9:53 pm Michael Yardney


      You’re right – Woodridge is NOT a middle ring suburb


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