A few of Brisbane suburbs
Brisbane’s older suburbs are known for their beautiful, magnificent Poinciana and Jacaranda tree filled streets. In these suburbs, many original and typical Queenslander houses can be found, which are built on stumps because of the nature of their steep blocks and to allow air to circulate underneath the house to reduce temperature inside in the hot summer days. These Queenslander houses in Brisbane were built with front verandas and their roofs were made of corrugated iron, high ceilings and vertical internal VJ wall boards were typical features. In the 1940-1950s “sun rooms” or “sleep outs” were enclosed to these characteristic Brisbane Queenslanders.
Bulimba is a suburb of Brisbane, Australia located north-east from the CBD. Bulimba is a Turrubal word, it means ‘place of the magpie lark’. Until 1910 the opposite side of the Brisbane River was also called Bulimba, but since have been renamed to Teneriffe of New Farm. In honour of the World War One servicemen lost, the name of Jamieson Park has been changed to Bulimba Memorial Park in 1919 which is now heritage listed. Trees were planted and an honour board was mounted in remembrance. Each tree was dedicated to a Bulimba serviceman, and was labeled with a plaque. Many of these trees are not there anymore, but the Brisbane City Council and Bulimba District Historical Society are currently working on to replace the honour board and plaques for those bravely fought servicemen. After the war Bulimba, Brisbane took part in the social housing project, and five ANZAC cottages were built there. These timber cottages were built to assist the widows and servicemen who were under financial distress. In 2015 the Bulimba Barracks which were Army Cadet Units before, were put up for sale. The Brisbane City Council is supporting future green space along the river, housing development and infrastructure upgrades in this area.
Fortitude Valley, Queensland
Fortitude Valley is a suburb of central Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The suburb is one of the home of Brisbane’s nightlife, bars and entertainment. The 1893 Brisbane flood wiped out many shops in South Brisbane, so shop keepers decided to set up their businesses in Fortitude Valley, to the north of the river in an area free from flooding.
Hamilton is an inner suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. This suburb has a view of the Brisbane central business district. In 2013 this suburb had the highest taxable income in Queensland. Lots of Brisbane’s iconic mansions are found in Hamilton, since this suburb has spectacular views of the entire central business district and of many other suburbs. An international cruise terminal called Portside Wharf is located at Hamilton along the Brisbane River. In 2008 the Northshore Hamilton project was announced which covered the development to house 13,000 new residents which included two kilometres of river frontage open to the public.
New Farm, Queensland
New Farm is an inner suburb of the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. This, one of Brisbane’s oldest suburb is located on a large bend the Brisbane River. It was earlier called Binkinba (place of the land tortoises). In 1827 a farm was established in the area, providing a working site for the convicts. In 1897 the horse-drawn trams were replaced with electric trams until 1969. This Brisbane suburb has a mix of 19th century colonial homes, 20th century traditional Queenslander and modern architectural hybrids, apartments, units, duplex housing. Throughout the 1990s, just like in many other Brisbane suburbs, large improvements have taken place in New Farm. This suburb however maintains its Italian atmosphere by its many restaurants and cafes.
Paddington is an inner suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, located on steep ridges and hills. It was named after a borough in England. The first sale of land was in 1859 in this area. Paddington was one of the suburbs that the 1974 Brisbane flood largely left alone. Between 2005 and 2010 the house prices increased by 50%.
Spring Hill, Queensland
Spring Hill is an inner suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Parts of this suburb is considered an extension of Brisbane CBD. Spring Hill was named so because on the hill which the suburb was built on was a creek that was Brisbane’s first fresh water supply. It is one of the oldest suburbs in Brisbane, with lots of houses built in the nineteenth century. A tram line operated by the Brisbane City Council that ran in this suburb was Australia’s steepest, which later was replaced by diesel buses and trolley-bus service.
St Lucia, Queensland
St Lucia is a southwest suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is a home for the main campus of the University of Queensland, but it is mainly a residential Brisbane suburb, which is one of the wealthiest ones. Numerous high-rise apartments on the river-front were built in this green, leafy suburb in Brisbane, but Federation styles and Queenslanders are also found here. The more hilly area of St Lucia is more low-density, residential area. Sugar plantations were established in the area in the 1860 which were later subdivided for housing in the 1880s. St Lucia is a home to a huge range of individuals from students to wealthy professionals and families. The price tags are in the millions of the houses and apartments in this Brisbane suburb. The 18-hole golf course in St Lucia is one of Brisbane’s oldest has hosted several Queensland tournaments.
Teneriffe is an inner suburb of Brisbane, located north-east of the CBD. This suburb got its name from one of the first European landowner in the area, who was reminded of Tenerife, Canary Islands when he built his house on Teneriffe Hill in Brisbane. Teneriffe was a significant suburb for wool exporting. It had several wool stores built between 1910 and 1950. These large stores were representing the commercial success in Australian wool producing. During World War II over 60 submarines were based at Teneriffe which made the wharf to be Australia’s largest submarine base. Today, in this Brisbane suburb, the wool stores have been converted to residential apartments but most of the Queenslander style homes have been preserved and renovated.
Toowong is an inner suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Toowong’s hills with little flat land lay in between Mount Coot-tha and the Brisbane River. The suburb was cleared for residential and commercial use except some park and bush land. Queensland’s largest cemetery was started in Toowong, Brisbane in 1866. A large park with gum trees called Toowong Memorial Park was opened in 1918 in honour of Toowong servicemen in World War I.
West End, Queensland
West End is an inner-city suburb of southern Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. This suburb was one of the first suburbs of Brisbane to have a tram line in 1885. It has been the home to Brisbane’s largest Greek community, with about 75% of Brisbane’s Greek population living here in West End. Its inner city location has attracted many young professionals to the area with the University of Queensland, Griffith University and QUT being there. Some houses in this Brisbane suburb are covered by historic preservation laws, meaning to preserve the historical character of the house for example tin roofing. On the other hand, many new buildings of contemporary designs can be also found there. In the recent decades prices of all properties have been dramatically increasing. This Brisbane suburb is famous for its high concentration of ethnic and organic grocery stores, for one of the largest farmer’s markets, cafes and restaurants.
Yeronga is a residential suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Yeronga was part of New South Wales until Queensland became a separate colony in 1859. This suburb was originally used for agricultural purposes since the ground was very fertile. Cotton, sugar, maize, potatoes and arrowroot were grown in this part of Brisbane. Dairy farms were also established. The last Yeronga farm was subdivided for residential use in the 1950s. In 1952 an industrial area was started with the opening of Taubmans, a paint factory.