West Brisbane Suburb Profiles
Petrie Terrace • Spring Hill
Petrie Terrace was actually a part of Brisbane until 2010, and adjoins the city’s northeast CBD. There are many examples of colonial housing in its hills and hollows, some located in pre-1885 subdivisions and others on spacious blocks that provide room for gracious gardens. Retail attractions abound in this locality, which encompasses Queen Street Mall and the Queens Plaza as well as more eclectic shopping venues and restaurants on Caxton Street.
Spring Hill has been a choice residential area since the 1880s when well-off residents built homes on the ridge to take advantage of the city views and cool breezes. A little later, workers’ cottages sprang up in its lower areas, and of late, a number of contemporary apartment buildings have attracted professionals desiring close proximity to the CBD.
The Queensland University of Technology is located here, making it a popular location for students and other professionals serving the university. Residents can be found most weekends at Brisbane Botanical Gardens, Roma Street Parklands or Victoria Park, enjoying the Australian outdoor lifestyle.
Auchenflower • Milton • Rosalie
Auchenflower, Milton and its locality Rosalie flank the CBD, offering a quiet green respite to the bustle of the city. Auchenflower is 2.5 kilometres west of the CBD, while Milton and Rosalie are located 1.5 kilometres east of the city centre.
Stately Queenslanders, many restored to their former glory, mark these inner city suburbs. High-rise apartment complexes and other rental units are located along the area’s southern boundary located on the Brisbane River.
The Auchenflower Shopping Precinct and heavily retailed Baroona Road are popular destinations due to the distinctive mix of cafes, restaurants and bustling boutiques. The area’s most eclectic landmark – the small Eiffel Tower replica in Milton on Park Road – anchors a fashionable district of sidewalk cafes and eateries with something for everyone.
This desirable district offers a number of parks and venues for outdoor activities, including Suncorp Stadium in Milton, base for the Brisbane Broncos.
Recent improvements to a major thoroughfare – Coronation Drive – have cut down drive time into the CBD. The suburbs are served by train and bus services, as well as the City Cat ferry service in nearby Toowong.
Paddington • Red Hill
Paddington is a historic suburb with a new vibe. Home to a cosmopolitan population that makes it a vibrant, thriving community, Paddington offers everything from funky boutiques to vintage antiques, as well as fine dining, casual cafes, coffee houses, pubs and outdoor eateries along Given Terrace.
Paddington’s diverse choice of retail and dining also extends to the area’s architecture, with a mix of stately Queenslanders and workers’ cottages marking this suburb just two kilometres northeast of the CBD.
A little further on you’ll find Red Hill – a family-friendly suburb that is marked by its lush greenery and gardens, as well as lovely city views. You’ll find renovated Queenslanders, as well as smaller workers’ cottages and large family homes in Red Hill, whose residents enjoy many options for outdoor living in the area’s many parks.
Bardon • Ashgrove • Enoggera • The Gap
Approximately six kilometres northwest of the CBD, you can find the beauty of the bushlands in the suburbs of Bardon, Ashgrove, Enoggera and The Gap; all renowned for their lush landscapes that have spurred an increase in residential building and renovations in the past decade.
Marked by gracious Queenslanders that have been lovingly updated as well as worker’s cottages and newer contemporary homes, Bardon and Ashgrove have attracted more investment of late due to their immediacy to the city centre and there are a variety of restored rental properties from which to choose.
Enoggera and The Gap are becoming increasingly popular with young families and first time homebuyers. Enogerra is home to an army barracks, and all suburbs are served by several state and private schools.
There are plentiful options for shopping and dining, including Bardon Shopping Centre, Brookside Shopping Centre in Enoggera and along Waterworks Road in Ashgrove. The lively retail centre of Paddington is also nearby.
Kelvin Grove • Herston • Newmarket
Less than three kilometres from the CBD, Kelvin Grove and Herston 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.
Newmarket is located four kilometres northwest of the CBD and is known for its tree-lined streets and stately Queenslanders on oversized lots. The area has also attracted residential development, making contemporary residences and townhouses part of the local landscape and attracting young professionals and families that desire suburban living and urban access.
Alderley • Grange • Stafford
Alderley, Grange and Stafford are 5-7 kilometres north of the CBD and are popular with families who relish the quiet, leafy streets, large lots and a variety of parks and outdoor recreational options.
With its location on the train line, Alderley is especially attractive to young professionals commuting to the CBD. It has a number of native Queenslanders that have been renovated to their former glory.
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.
Investors and first-time homebuyers are attracted to Stafford for its affordable post-war housing, much of which has been upgraded, contributing to the growth of this friendly suburb.
The area is well-served by both public and private schools as well as plenty of shopping areas, including large shopping centres and quaint retail villages.
Toowong • Taringa • St. Lucia
The presence of the University of Queensland in St. Lucia lends this area on the northern banks of the Brisbane River a young, hip vibe and the prevalence of office space as well as its proximity to the CBD make it a good location for working professionals.
Weatherboard cottages mingle with rental units that compete for students and younger workers who have inspired the development of the riverfront areas for retail and dining. St. Lucia and Taringa neighbourhoods are the perfect blend of suburban and urban living, with the university environment supporting a good mix of restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, boutiques, cinemas and sports facilities.
Toowong Village is a main shopping centre serving the area; ferry service is available via City Cat and train stations are located in Taringa and Toowong.
Gaythorne • Mitchelton • Keperra
Further north of the CBD – about 8 kilometres – are the quiet family gems of Gaythorne, Mitchelton and Keperra. These smaller suburbs – noted for the chamferboard homes that were built in the mid-20th century and other freestanding residences – are attractive to families who appreciate the lush landscape and diverse educational choices.
Gaythorne is home to the McAuley Campus of the Australian Catholic University; Mt. Maria Senior Catholic College, St. Williams Catholic School and Mitchelton High are also located among these northern suburbs.
Sports enthusiasts appreciate the proximity of the Keperra Golf Course as well as the West Mitchelton Rugby League club, bowling greens, squash courts and a soccer club.
Area residents are well-served by a number of retail areas, including Brookside Shopping Centre, Westfield Chermside and Stafford City Shopping Centre as well as restaurants, cafes and shops along Blackwood Street in Mitchelton. Each of these three suburbs have their own train station; bus services are also readily available.
Chapel Hill • Kenmore • Fig Tree Pocket
Bordering on the southern edge of the Mt. Coot-tha Forest, Chapel Hill and Kenmore appeal to those who love the outdoor life, including families looking for a quiet enclave to de-stress and raise their children in tree-lined suburbs reminiscent of an earlier era.
Kenmore is located on the north bank of the Brisbane River, and Fig Tree Pocket is a small enclave along the river that offers several stunning waterfront properties. The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is based in Fig Tree Pocket, as is the Queensland Equestrian Centre, which makes the area a popular destination for outdoor lovers. The proximity of the Mt. Coo-tha Forest offers residents easy access to native woodlands for bushwalking and picnicking as well as the wonders of the planetarium and botanical gardens located here.
Those who prefer their activities to be indoors will find plenty of pleasures to be had at the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, which boasts over 250 specialty shops, department stores, dining venues and more. Kenmore has two retail centres as well, including the Kenmore Village Shopping Centre and the Kenmore Plaza Shopping Centre.
Brookfield • Pullenvale
Located approximately 13 kilometres from the CBD, Brookfield is bordered on the north by the Mt. Coot-tha Forest and by Pullenvale to the west.
Known as a haven for horse enthusiasts, Brookfield is renowned for its abundance of multi-acre properties and relatively high median home prices. Executives wanting a country estate with easy access to the CBD flock here. Located in the foothills of Mt. Elphinstone, Pullenvale also offers roomy residences and has an abundance of outdoor activities for the recreation-minded.
Nearby Kenmore provides two major retail areas: Kenmore Village Shopping Centre on Brookfield Road and the Kenmore Plaza Shopping Centre on Moggill Road. Private and public schools, both primary and secondary, are also found in Kenmore.