Please note: Almost all suburbs have 'good' & 'bad' TV reception spots


Brisbane is a large country town. If we made Brisbane up of extended suburbs going as far south as Ormeau, East to Pinkemba or Wynnum, North to Caboolture and West to Thagoona, past Ipswich. We're talking a fair variety of surroundings and varying terrain. 

Brisbane is generally a very hilly, mountainous Capital city in comparison to Australia's other capitals. This mountainous terrain effects TV Reception directly as one of the major properties of receiving good quality, strong Tv Reception signals is; what is called 'line of sight'. 

There are plenty of suburbs that have direct line of sight and plenty of suburbs that are zoned 'black spot' in Brisbane. Black spot zones are typically where the cost to install a very, very high TV Antenna for the quality of signal possible is more than the cost of installing Vast/Satellite services. 25 foot and higher is getting on the high side when it comes to High antennas. 


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Brisbane has one Transmitter site - Mt Cootha. A mix of VHF and UHF signals. Going very far South or very far North may receive the UHF signals from Gold or Sunshine Coasts. Going very far into the West of Brisbane and you may receive the UHF signals from Toowoomba or Bunya Mountains. Over 95% of Brisbane residents tune into the Mt Cootha signals so categories are given in respect to this transmitter site.  

We could break up all 200ish Brisbane suburbs into Tv Reception grades/categories being:

  • Direct line of sight - Strong signals no boosters required for under 4-8 tv points (generalisation only)
  • Medium line of sight - Average signals, Booster maybe required 3 points or more
  • Poor Signal Zone - High Gain Antenna needed, Extra height and Amplification absolutely required.
  • Black Zone - in excess of $1500 to obtain reliable signal levels - Pay Tv or satellite Tv more viable option
Even in one particular suburb there can be areas that fall within categories completely opposite ends of the spectrum. Suburbs that come to mind are Kenmore and West End. Kenmore for example has some parts with direct line of sight and other areas close to Black Zone. 
Here is a rough guide only of suburbs and the category in which they typically would fall into in terms of Tv Reception quality. You can often but not always safely assume neighbouring suburbs will have similar zoning.
Direct Line of Sight Suburbs
  • The Gap
  • West End (some parts poor reception!)
  • Some parts of Brisbane City
  • Wavell Heights
  • Most parts of Moorooka
  • Yeronga, Yeerongpilly, Dutton Park   
  • Most or some parts of Toowong, Bardon, Taringa, Auchenflower, Milton, Paddington, Indooroopilly
  • Most parts of Bardon
  • Some parts of Hamilton, Clayfield
  • Some parts of Tingalpa, Wynnum, Carina, Balmoral
  • Some parts of Pullenvale, Moggill, 
Medium Line of Sight
  • Tarragindi, Chelmer, Graceville, Sherwood, Oxley
  • Acacia Ridge, Browns Plains, Sunnybank, Crestmead
  • New Farm, South Brisbane, East Brisbane, Bowen Hills,
  • Chermside, Kedron
  • Redcliffe Peninsula
  • Ipswich, Redbank Plains, Springfield, Camira,
  • Albany Creek, Ferny Grove, Enoggera, Keperra, Mitchelton, Samford
  • Parts of Cleveland, Capalaba, Mt Gravatt, 
  • Most parts of Wynnum, Carina, Camp Hill, Morningside
  • Annerly, Greenslopes, Holland Park
Poor Signal Zone 
  • Some parts of New Farm, South Brisbane, Kangaroo Point, East Brisbane, Hillcrest, Woolangabba & West End
  • Some parts of Wynnum, Lota, Cleveland, Thorneside, 
  • Some/many parts of Daisy Hill, Springwood, Rochedale
  • Some/many parts of Beenleigh, Bethania & Mt Warren Park
  • Some parts of Holland Park, Mt Gravatt, Macgregor
  • Some parts of Wooloowin, Enoggera, Wilston and the Grange
  • Some parts of Kenmore, 
  • Some parts of Keperra, Ferny Grove, Ferny Hills, Samford, Samford Village, Eatons Hill
  • Some parts of Cornubia, Cleveland, Thorneside, Capalaba,
Black Zone
  • Some parts of Daisy Hill, Springwood, Underwood, Rochedale
  • Some parts of Mt Warren Park, Ormeau, Park Ridge
  • Some parts of Cornubia, Cleveland, Thorneside
  • Parts of Ipswich, Redbank, Moggill
  • Parts of Samford, Mitchelton, Ferny Grove, Albany Creek
  • Parts of Wooloowin, Wilston
  • Parts of New Farm, Newstead, Kangaroo Point, South Brisbane, East Brisbane, Woolangabba

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Let me remind you that the suburbs and categories listed above are a rough guide only. Whilst it is true that any one suburb placed in any particular category is 100% true, there are many factors in determining good Tv signals. Whilst it is possible to have areas in one suburb which fall into the 'Black Zone' category and others that have literally line of sight in the very same suburb; the same is true for one house to have good Tv Signals and the very house next door to not! 
In fact the more and more we get into which Brisbane suburbs have good Tv reception and which ones do not - the more general the information becomes and not very specific at all. Other factors that effect Tv Reception is the height of your roof/house/unit, how many TV points are connected, the quality of your coaxial cable and so forth.
The good news is - Tv Magic has local knowledge of all suburbs and areas of Brisbane, servicing and installing Antennas and Tv Reception hardware since 2002. Our digital hardware especially our TV Antennas are considered the highest performing Tv Reception products on the market. So if your location is Medium to Poor in Tv Reception - you will be glad to know that the Tv Antenna we use is going to perform better than any other possible antenna for your area - And we're not just saying that! 
We have a few customers here and there who have bought their own digital Tv Antenna - paid $150 for it. We plug it into the meter, show the customer and it reads 54 e.g than we plug in our Tv Antenna and it then reads 59 e.g Which one is getting more signal strength? That's right! That just so happens to be the reason why we use the antennas we use. They make our job easier, we're supplying a better product that isn't available in retail anywhere as of early 2013. You as the customer are getting stronger Tv Signals which means your lovely, clear perfect picture that doesn't pixelate or break up - is going to last alot longer!

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