North Brisbane Suburb Profiles
Ascot • Hamilton • Clayfield
Beautiful poinciana tree-lined streets and magnificent large Queenslanders characterize the northern Brisbane suburb of Ascot, which grew up around the famous Eagle Road Racecourse established in 1863. Today, Ascot residents enjoy fashionable dining and shopping experiences along Racecourse Road, as well as vibrant views of the city and Brisbane River from stately hilltop homes.
Named for one of the area’s first businessmen, Hamilton is considered one of the most esteemed addresses in the Brisbane area and features some of the region’s most stunning residences. Located on the north bank of the Brisbane River along Bulimba Reach, those lucky enough to live in Hamilton have extraordinary views of the city from historic homes nestled in the green rolling hills.
Bounded by Ascot to the east, Clayfield derives its name from the original fields of white clay that supplied the area’s brickworks in the mid-1800s. Well-established neighbourhoods typify this lovely Brisbane enclave.
Residents of Ascot, Hamilton and Clayfield are served by a wide range of private and public schools, colleges, parks, shopping centres, churches and highly accessible transportation options, including easy access to public transport into the CBD via the Ascot and Clayfield railway stations as well as the City Cat.
New Farm • Newstead • Teneriffe
If you prefer a contemporary vibe to your living environment, look no further than the lively inner suburbs of New Farm, Newstead and Teneriffe, located on the northern border of the city.
Situated on a large bend of the Brisbane River, New Farm is known for its large, ornate Queenslanders and stately riverfront apartment buildings, as well as historic colonials and cottages. The 37-acre New Farm Park is a popular destination for residents and visitors; the Powerhouse arts centre is found at the east end of this bustling park.
Known for its trendy eateries, contemporary apartments and updated historic homes with established gardens, Newstead is an up-market residential suburb with an industrial past. Located on the Brisbane River, this suburb is a favourite of Brisbane’s young professionals, attracted by its river location, art and music at the Newstead Powerhouse Arts Complex and a robust nightlife.
Teneriffe was designated as a suburb in its own right in 2010; before that, it was a part of Newstead. Its historic wool factories and stores have been converted into contemporary apartments, and many of its existing Queenslanders have been renovated and preserved.
The City Cat serves this area with terminals at Sydney Street and New Farm Park, and public transportation is readily available as well.
Grange • Wilston • Windsor
The northern-inner suburbs of Grange, Windsor and Wilston provide residents with exceptional views of Brisbane’s cityscape.
Grange is known for the restoration of historic Queenslanders that offer magnificent views of the city of Brisbane. It also boasts a number of sports facilities, including the Grange Thistle Soccer Club and the Crushers Leagues Club, as well as parks and walkways along Enoggera Creek.
Windsor and Wilston boast a number of eclectic residences, from workers’ cottages to contemporary homes. The proximity of the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital makes these suburbs attractive to medical professionals. Residents are well served by public transportation, both rail and bus, as well as public and private schools.
Albion • Kalinga • Wooloowin
The inner northeastern suburbs of Albion and Wooloowin, which includes the Kalinga residential district, are home to an impressive choice of old Queenslanders, workers’ cottages, modern brick residences and unit blocks.
Albion is home to the Albion Park Raceway, a harness racing club and greyhound track founded in the 1880s, as well as more contemporary urban amenities like clubs and restaurants located along the popular Sandgate Road. Just north of Albion, Wooloowin’s suburbs have loads of charm as well as a number of sporting groups for men and women that utilise Shaw Park and jogging/biking pathways along Kedron Brook.
Kedron, Nundah and Wavell Heights enjoy popularity among young professionals and their families for their closeness to the CBD and reasonable housing prices.
Nundah features a number of renovated old timber homes, as well as modern townhouses and apartments. Cafes, shops and colourful art installations can be found along Sandgate Road, while walkways and bike paths running adjacent to Kedron Brook are populated with locals enjoying the outdoor life.
Popular nearby shopping centres include Westfield Shoppingtown Toombul, Chermside, Nundah Village and Brookside Shopping Centre. The area is served by excellent public transportation sources, and residents have a choice of several primary and secondary schools, both private and public.
Nundah • Kedron • Wavell Heights
Formerly a farming district with citrus, grape and pineapple crops, Hendra is six kilometres north of the CBD and a popular residential area for families.
Hendra is marked by wide tree-lined streets and Queenslander style architecture, and also features a large number of restaurants, cafes and pubs as well as local shops on Sandgate Road and Junction Road.
This Brisbane bedroom community has a number of parks, bikeways and walkways, and is home to the Doomben Racecourse. Running through Hendra is Kedron Brook, and residents enjoy its adjacent walkways and bike paths.
Public transportation is abundant; Hendra has its own train station as well as regular bus services and easy access to the CBD by car.
Kelvin Grove • Herston
Less than four kilometres from the CBD, Herston and Kelvin Grove offer the conveniences of city living with a suburban vibe.
The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital is located here, making it a popular choice with medical professionals. Kelvin Grove is home to the Queensland University of Technology, and a significant student population resides here. The area has a mixture of traditional Queenslanders, workers’ cottages and modern apartment buildings.
Lovers of the great outdoors enjoy Raisy Park in Herston, which features walkways and bike paths that follow Enoggera Creek. Victoria Park and Downey Park are also nearby. The area also features a variety of shopping and dining choices as well as easy access to public transportation.