Robertson Gardens is situated 15 km to Brisbane city and 23km from Brisbane Airport. With Griffith University Nathan Campus directly across the road, the QEII 24 hour Emergency Hospital 200m away and Queensland Athletics stadium 400m the other direction - much is at our fingertips. Sunnybank Precinct is the new ChinaTown of Brisbane, and Westfield Garden City is perfect for major shopping, cinemas, restaurants and bars - both only 2.4km out. Within a 10km radius there are business parks and light commercial businesses, which places us perfectly for your next Business or leisure trip . Of course, it is only a short stroll to convenience stores nearby. If you are new to the area, our friendly reception staff can provide you with all the local travel and public transport information you need to know to get where you want to go. On request, we also offer special travel guides and itinerary assistance. For example, check out our Hotel to South Bank Travel Guide (PDF), provided to overseas Indonesian groups to assist with their travel from the hotel to their study place in the city.
281 Kessels Road, Nathan, Southside Brisbane
How to get there
2km to the nearest Rail Station – Banoon Station Direct access to Gold Coast, Brisbane City, Sunshine Coast, Beaudesert, Ipswich & Toowoomba 27km Direct access to the Brisbane Domestic & Brisbane International Airport Australia Zoo 80 minutes AMF Ten Pin Bowls & Cinemas – including Gold Class 5 minutes at Upper Mount Gravatt Dreamworld; Movieworld; Wet n Wild Theme Parks 35 minutes – Seaworld 40 minutes Local Gymnasium 2 minutes FITNESS 485 at Griffith University Nathan Campus Toowoomba 90 Minutes Sandstorm Beach volleyball 5 minutes on Mains Road at Nathan Sleeman Sports Centre 15 minutes Brisbane International Speedway at Archerfield – 8 minutes The property is surrounded by the following suburbs: Sunnybank; Mount Gravatt; Nathan;Archerfield, Acacia Ridge;Brisbane; Eight Mile Plains; Coopers Plains; Moorooka / Moorvale;Rocklea; Salisbury Brisbane, MacGregor, with a short drive to Richlands, Carindale, Carina, Coorparoo, Woolloongabba, Mansfield, Springwood, Crestmead, Browns Plains, Darra, Carole Park; Wacol & Oxley. Chandler including the Sleeman Centre. 200m to the Bus Stop with regular buses traveling to Brisbane C.B.D. & Westfield Garden City Mt. Gravatt & Sunnybank Plaza 2km to Major Bus Terminal for Coaches to the Gold Coast & the Sunshine Coast. Transit centre at Westfield Garden City Upper Mount Gravatt.
Discover The Local Area
Our location gives us close proximity to some of the landmarks and points of interests in the Southern Brisbane.
- Acacia Ridge
- Brown Plains
- Carole Park
- Eight Mile Plains
- Mt Gravatt
- Mooroka / Moorvale
- South Brisbane
- Brisbane Airport
- Brisbane CBD
THE LOCAL AREADiscover nearby local activities and points of interest
With its sub-tropical climate and barely-there winters, Brisbane is one of Australia’s favourite destinations all year round. Home to over one and a half million people, it attracts endless visitors for plenty of good reasons. Cool, casual and chic, Brisbane has a style all of its own. Enjoy cocktails under palm trees. Take a dip at a city beach at Southbank. Soak up some culture with a classical concert or tour by the latest hot star. Try your luck at the Conrad Treasury Casino on the River Bank in the Central Business District.
For all its laid back tropical charm, Brisbane offers days filled with sophisticated shopping, delicious dining experiences and a wide selection of accommodation styles and ratings. With Moreton Bay on the door step to the East and the Lockyer Valley to the West, the freshest produce is always available from Moreton Bay Bugs to the freshest salad lines
Just an hour from the CBD of Brisbane, get set for the glitz and golden beaches of the Gold Coast, including Surfers Paradise to the south. With 42km of sun-drenched white beaches, world heritage listed rainforests, brilliant theme parks (Wet n Wild, Seaworld, Dreamworld or Movieworld), shopping, and a wild night life, it packs in more holiday attractions than you can imagine.
Heading north of Brisbane for the aquatic playground of the Sunshine Coast and Steve Erwin’s Australia Zoo , Underwater World, plus much more. Alternatively, ejoy the cooler, rural Queensland scenery and valleys of the darling downs, including Toowoomba and the beautiful gardens in the West.
Whether you’re booking a hotel room for a business meeting or making a reservation for a well deserved break, you will discover that there is always a reason to come back to the beautiful South East Corner of Queensland.
“Visit Sunnybank and Step into Asia”
Acacia Ridge is 15 kilometres south of the central business district. The population in the 2001 census was 6648.
Primarily residential, Acacia Ridge is also home to heavy industrial area in the suburb’s east, occupying much of the suburb’s area east of Beaudesert Road. Acacia Ridge is home to one of Brisbane’s few ice skating rinks. The suburb was established after the Second World War to house returning servicemen and their families. Many of the original post-war dwellings still stand today.
From 1966 until the mid 1980s, Acacia Ridge was home to one of Holden’s main vehicle manufacturing plants, producing full-sized models and smaller models including the Holden Gemini. Once production ceased of the locally produced Gemini, the manufacturing plant closed down. The manufacturer remained, retaining a small area of the site for regional headquarters until the early 2000s, when it relocated to Murarrie. Since closure of the plant, Woolworths occupied the area, utilising its space as a regional distribution centre until recently, when an independent retail grocery chain resumed the site for similar purposes.
On the opposite of Beaudesert Road from the former manufacturing plant, Toyota has based its southern Queensland regional headquarters. This site is primarily used for managerial and distribution related duties, as opposed to vehicle production.
Acacia Ridge is home to one of Queensland’s largest railway freight yards, dealing with interstate freight and the break-of-gauge from 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) to 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1 2 in). In 2008, the Beaudesert Road level crossing was replaced by an overbridge, so that the sidings in the yard can be expanded for the shunting of longer 1500m trains. Because space is not available for all potential users of this yard, another hub at Bromelton has been proposed. In 2009, the line between Acacia Ridge and Bromelton is being converted to dual gauge to suit a break-of-gauge hub at Bromelton.
Acacia Ridge also borders one corner of Archerfield Aerodrome; a small, privately owned airport.
“Fly Into Archerfield for High Speed Adventure”
Famous for its aviation history and aerodrome, Archerfield offers enough high speed adventure for the thrill-seeker in all of us.
One of Brisbane’s oldest suburbs, Archerfield is famous for its aerodrome and flying school for pilots. Until recently, it has been a sparsely populated suburb, and now, with its increasing population, it has many more attractions.
Historically, Archerfield started out in the 1850s as farming land originally owned by the influential Grenier family, who held it for many years. This was until the early 1900s when the last patriarch passed away when it was then sold to the Beatty family. The Grenier family purchased 640 acres in the 1850’s and paid 1,920 pounds sterling for the prime property, which was to become known as the “Archerfield Aerodrome”.
Archerfield’s rich pioneering history in aviation began in 1927 when QANTAS pilot, Captain Lester Brian, landed his DH-61 on the original Grenier property with the intent of assessing the site as suitable for building the Archerfield Aerodrome. By the early 1930’s, the airfield was established with two gravel strips with ANA and TAA basing their operations for Brisbane at the aerodrome.
Today, Archerfield boasts some of the oldest original condition airfield buildings and hangars to visit, such as the kiosk garage, combining a garage and aircraft service station, similar to those installed in modern overseas airports – built by the Shell Oil Company in 1935. The Archerfield Aerodrome can give you the aviation adventure of a lifetime in joy flights/dogfights in either a P40 Kittyhawk or a Japanese Zero in the skies above Brisbane.
There is more to Archerfield than its famous aerodrome; land lovers with a need for speed will enjoy the thrills of Go Kart racing on the speedway track together with the high adrenalin Brisbane International Speedway – home of the Sprint Cars . Bring friends or workmates for a Round Robin Challenge with the champions taking home a trophy.
The restaurant and culinary scene are also catered to with modern Australian restaurants, as well as traditional Halal restaurants, providing a wide selection of foods and beverages to satisfy appetites of all kinds.
If you love high velocity adventure and modern local and international cuisine, Archerfield is your place to experience Brisbane.
Browns Plains is generally used as a name for both the Browns Plains suburb and the former estates, which all utilise the 4118 Postcode – Hillcrest, Forestdale, Regents Park and Heritage Park. Browns Plains has been identified in the South East Queensland Regional Plan as an outer city regional centre. One notable aspect of Browns Plains is the Grand Plaza Shopping Centre, which opened to the community in 1994 and was extended some 13 years later.
Browns Plains is also a terminus for Brisbane City bus routes (140, 141, 142, 150), making it an important transport hub, connecting Logan City and Brisbane City bus routes.
According to Mary Howells book ‘Ridge To Ridge – Recollections from Woodridge to Park Ridge’, Browns Plains came in use as a place name in 1840 and for the most part up until the 1950s saw the original area running with tobacco farms.
In 1872, George Stretton operated a post office from his accommodation house in Browns Plains.
1878 saw Browns Plains School opens on site of Waller Park, only to close due to effects of major drought in 1902.
1938, Greenbank and Browns Plains telephone lines installed.
Post Office re-opens in Browns Plains in 1956 on the corner of Browns Plains and Beaudesert Roads, known as Brownsleigh as well as the adjoining Estate located between Beaudesert and Wembley Roads. The following year, Scrubby Creek Bridge is built over Browns Plains Road.
In 1966, Beaudesert Shire employs consultant town planner/architect James Birrell. Beaudesert Shire gazettes old Browns Plains School site as waste treatment plant and Refuse depot (now known as Waller Park).
1968, Springwood development begins Telephone exchange to be built in Browns Plains (using the prefix 200 xxxx).
Browns Plains Tavern opens 1976.
1983 saw the Primary School open along with the High School in 1985. Westpoint Shopping Centre opens in 1984 with Waller Park established that same year.
Browns Plains currently has a number of schools and shops, and frequently has visits from the circus and other events on a main park area near Browns Plains Highschool and Forest Glen Park.
The suburb of Carindale is approximately 13 kms from the hotel, a short 10 minute drive. The area also takes in the suburbs of; Chatsworth, Carina, Carina Heights, Tingalpa, Manly West, Gumdale, Belmont and parts of Camp Hill. Carindale Shopping Centre is a major feature of the area and one of the largest shopping centres in South East Queensland. Here you will find all the major department stores and a huge variety of specialty stores along with an interesting range of eateries. Event Cinemas are also located within the shopping complex, boasting 8 cinemas including Gold Class, featuring all the latest movies. Open from 10.00am to midnight.
Carina is a mostly residential suburb, close to parklands (including designated off-leash dog parks) and bushwalks. It is an easy walk to the Cannon Hill shops, buses (including the interchange) with three train stations also within easy access. Only a short drive to the Gateway Motorway makes it a stress free drive to the Gold Coast or the Sunshine Coast. Carina and Carina Heights are one of Brisbane’s fastest real estate selling suburbs, averaging just 24 days between listing and selling.
The Sleeman Centre (also known as the Sleeman Sports Complex) is a sporting and entertainment facility located in Brisbane, Australia. Construction of the centre was completed in 1982, with several upgrades and improvements having been carried out since that date. Located in the suburb of Chandler, the centre is 15km south of Brisbane’s CBD and is home to an aquatic centre, velodrome, sports arena, gymnastics training hall, gymnasium and auditorium. The centre currently offers a range of services to the public, including indoor and outdoor community activities such as swimming, diving, health and fitness classes, a gymnasium, childcare facilities, and a children’s pool and water slide.
The Sleeman Sports Centre is one of Queensland’s premier sporting facilities, located in Brisbane, Australia. Purpose-built for the 1982 Commonwealth Games, the centre has also been host to a number of other sporting events including the 1994 World Masters Games and the 2001 Goodwill Games swimming, diving and cycling events. The centre was originally constructed to host the Commonwealth Games, but has been used for a number of purposes since its completion, including private functions, public entertainment events (both in sport and the arts), accommodation, retail, venue hire, and a variety of others. Notable upgrades in recent times have included a gymnasium, a children’s pool and play area and a large enclosed water slide. In addition to this, each venue has received various make-overs throughout the life of the centre.
Both the suburb of Chandler and the Sleeman centre itself are named after Brisbane Lord Mayors Sir John Beals Chandler and Frank Sleeman.
The Chandler Aquatic Centre consists of three main swimming pools, a 50 metre Olympic pool (2m depth), a 25m diving pool (25m depth), and a 25m lap pool (1m depth). The aquatic centre has a seating capacity of 4,300 and has diving facilities, and a moveable bulkhead on the Olympic pool for short course events, as well as a water fun park.
The aquatic centre also contains a children’s facility which encompasses the 25m lap pool, a large enclosed water slide and a children’s pool. All facilities are open to the public, while the main aquatic centre is the venue for many sporting events and may be hired by schools and other organisations.
Following is a summary of the Aquatic Centre’s notable features
- 50 metre, 10 lane Olympic pool
- Diving pool with 10 metre, 7 metre, 5 metre, 3 metre, 1 metre and 0.5 metre diving boards and platforms
- 25 metre pool
- Omega electronics with Ares 21 timing gear system
- Daktronics Pro star Video Display Board
- Grandstand seating for 4350 people plus corporate boxes
- Meeting or seminar rooms
- Café with indoor and outdoor seating
- Giant water slide
- Learn to swim school
- Chandler swim shop
- Sports Medicine Services
- Queensland Swimming
- Australian Institute of Sport
- Diving Australia
- Queensland Diving
The indoor arena is a venue for indoor sports such as Netball, Badminton, Indoor Soccer and Volleyball. The arena has over 1850 square metres of floor space, and a fixed seating capacity of 1700 with an overall capacity of 2,700. Other facilities include a PA and light control system, lounge and bar, VIP viewing rooms and an adjoining 100-seat function room.
The Chandler velodrome is of an outdoor configuration, having a grandstand seating capacity of 3,000. The venue is suitable for cycling events, rock concerts, rallies, motocross, and speedway championships. Apart from an Olympic standard cycling track, the venue also has a private lounge and function area, omega timing equipment and scoreboard, catering facilities, and lighting for night functions and events.
The Chandler Theatre is one of the largest in South East Queensland, with a 200 square metre stage, and a seating capacity of 1,500. Each seat has an unobstructed stage view due to the tiered floor plan. Other facilities include large back-stage areas, computerised stage lighting, meeting rooms, state-of-the-art sound system, box office, refreshment bar and a corporate viewing area and boardroom. The venue is used for such events as graduations, conventions, awards ceremonies, product launches, seminars and concerts.
All venues are within walking distance of the car parks which contain a total 2,020 parking spaces (2,000 regular and 20 disabled). The car-parks also contain lighting for night time use.
- Poolside Café
- Catering (located onsite for in-house events and functions)
- Retail (Chandler swim-shop)
- Childcare (Puddle Ducks Adjunct Child Care)
- Sports Medicine (physiotherapy, radiology, massage, rehabilitation exercise programs)
- Chandler Markets (every Sunday, 7am-1pm. Over 300 stalls, live jazz bands, barbecue)
- Public Transport Park’n’Ride Facility (to be connected to the proposed Eastern Busway)
According to the 2001 census, a total of 4851 people lived within the boundaries of Wacol. The suburb is located on the east bank of the Brisbane River, 18 km south-west of the Brisbane central business district, on the Brisbane/Ipswich railway line.
The Ipswich Motorway crosses the suburb and is about to undergo a major upgrade. The Logan Motorway connects to the Ipswich Motorway in the south of the suburb.
Wacol is home for jail inmates at the Brisbane Correctional Centre (previously known as Sir David Longland Correctional Centre), Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre, Brisbane Youth Detention Centre (10-17 year olds), the Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre and the Wolston Correctional Centre. There is also a significant industrial park located in the area.
The suburb played host to the American military during World War II, who constructed Camp Columbia in 1942; after the war, control of the facility was transferred to the Australian government who used it primarily as a “holding centre” for post-war refugees.
Oxley is a south-western suburb of Brisbane located approximately 11 km from the Brisbane CBD. It was named after the early Australian explorer John Oxley. The suburb supports a mix of residential, retail and industrial land use.
Oxley has two golf courses and a golf driving range—Oxley Golf Course located on Boundary Road, and Corinda Golf Course located on Cliveden Avenue, the latter of which has now been purchased by Brisbane Boys College as their playing fields along with the driving range. Oxley also contains a lawn bowls club, the Canossa Private Hospital, the Queensland Police Service’s training academy, two highway motels, a war memorial, post office, mosque and a few churches.
Stores include an Aldi supermarket, a smaller Foodworks grocery store and a McDonalds restaurant. Retailers with outlets in Oxley include Harvey Norman, Bunnings Warehouse, Officeworks, Super A-mart, The Good Guys and there is a 1st Choice liquor store. The suburb has three petrol service stations and a few landscaping material suppliers in the western parts. With an easily accessed supply of clay in the area PGH Bricks & Pavers has one of two Queensland production plants located here.
The new Austral Bricks quarry site in Douglas Street, as well as two other plots of vacant land in the area have been converted to residential estates, providing significant housing to a region and growing city, where strong demand is not being met by supply. The quarry was originally owned by Brittain Bricks. For many years the site was a brickworks, sourcing clay directly from adjacent pits. After production stopped, the kiln stack remained intact. During the mid-1990s the tall structure was removed as it was attracting lighting strikes.
Carole Park is a suburb of Brisbane, Australia. It is 19 kilometres (12 mi) south-west of the CBD (Central Business District) of Brisbane.
Carole Park is half residential, half industrial, with the Logan Motorway separating the two areas. The Industrial side comes under Ipswich, while the residential side comes under Brisbane.
The peculiar division was the result of Moreton Shire being absorbed into Brisbane, Ipswich and Esk during the 1990s. There are moves afoot to absorb the residential part of Carole Park into Ellen Grove. This will result in the residential part of Carole Park having a Brisbane post code. It is a quiet suburb with a primary school and a small shopping centre.
There is easy access to trains and the motorway. In the near future, there will be a railway station. As of May 2010 the residential part of Carole Park changed to Ellen Grove and was given 4078 as their new Brisbane post code.
Springwood is a suburb of Logan City, Queensland, Australia. The size of Springwood is approximately 6km². It has 17 parks covering nearly 9% of the total area.
Springwood is a significant activity centre in the region, with a major bus station, two hotels, a 24-hour McDonald’s, two state primary schools, a state high school, a campus of Calvary Christian College, a public library, three shopping malls, ambulance, fire and police stations and many places of worship (including Church of Christ, Uniting and Seventh-day Adventist churches).
Most commercial activity in Springwood is centred on the “town centre” in the north-west of the suburb along the Pacific Motorway. An increasing amount of commercial development is also occurring in the south-eastern parts of Springwood, an area unofficially known as Chatswood Hills. The remainder of the suburb is primarily middle-class residential areas.
Springwood was laid out as a development when the South East Freeway to Brisbane was planned, at one end of the proposed Freeway. This was expected to be finished in 1972, but was not finished until 1985. The development was named after the pineapple plantation of Brigader Sam Langford, slightly north of town.
Until September 2006, Springwood was home to an IKEA store, before moving to a new location in Slacks Creek, directly across the Pacific Motorway from Chatswood Hills.
Eight Mile Plains
It is located some 13 kilometres from the Brisbane central business district. It is accessible by the Pacific and Gateway Motorways and the Eight Mile Plains Busway Station on The South-East Busway. The Brisbane Technology Park is found in Eight Mile Plains and is the home to the Queensland Clunies Ross Centre for Science and Industry. The suburb has two primary schools and no high schools.
The name of the Aboriginal clan formerly occupying this area is uncertain. According to one source they are likely to have been the Chepara clan of Eight Mile Plains who spoke Turrbal. The Yerongpan of Oxley Creek who are said to have claimed the area from Brisbane to Ipswich. Another source claims they were the Yagarabal, who ranged from Brisbane to the Logan River and west to Moggill Creek. The Aborigines used a trail which later became Logan Road. This trail bisected many creeks including the Mimosa Creek and Bulimba Creek watercourse. Eight Mile Plains has two primary schools: Eight Mile Plains State School and Warrigal Road State School, which sits off Warrigal Road which is one of Eight Mile Plains’ and Runcorn’s main road. The term “Warrigal” actually means “Dingo” in the local Aboriginal language.
In 1857 Charles Baker bought land from a sheep herder named Wilson. Fox hunting developed on the Baker property and he also turned his hand to construction, building a hotel. In 1868 he became the postmaster at Eight Mile Plains. His services were called upon when the Cobb and Co. services started a regular run through Eight Mile Plains to the Logan and Nerang River settlements.
Brigadier Sam Langford owned a large parcel of land which was known as the ‘wire paddock’. In 1932 it was the first farm to be fenced in this way. He later divided his property into 60 and 80-acre (320,000 m2) lots and sold them. The sites became housing estates.
Hughesville is the heritage listed residence located on the corner of Logan and Padstow Road. The timber single-storied home was erected in 1892-93 by Richard Hughes (a local horse dealer)and reputedly given to his son, Richard, as a wedding gift when he married Elizabeth Magee in 1891. Hughesville survives as illustration of a past way of life, and of a particular residential type – the quintessential Queensland house of the late colonial period. It is significant for its intactness, cohesive character, aesthetic appeal and landmark position. The house has a strong community association, being for many years a principal landmark along the old Pacific Highway to the Gold Coast, demarking the outskirts of Brisbane. In the late 1990s, it was used in one of the beer advertisements in QLD. The land has now been subdivided and a few townhouses has been built behind the house. The house itself has been converted into a business establishment. In 2007 the recently renovated Hughesville was bought and became the southside home of Bennett Carroll solicitors. The firm which has been in the area for over 35 years, has long sought to have the landmark as its headquarters.
The Brisbane Technology Park (BTP) is an initiative of the Queensland Government developed to provide a catalytic environment for established and emerging knowledge-intensive, technology-based companies. Opened in 1986, the park is located on a 33.5 hectare site that is only 12 minutes from the Brisbane CBD. The Queensland Clunies Ross Centre for Science and Industry opened at the Technology Park in 1997. Dominant natural features of the area include Bulimba Creek, which sits in a hilly area near Eight Mile Plains. Before white settlement, the area was home to a diverse range of plants and animals. There are also areas of remnant bushland in the suburb and a small number of market gardens.
Carina is a mostly residential suburb, close to parklands (including designated off-leash dog parks) and bushwalks. It is an easy walk to the Cannon Hill shops, buses (including the interchange) with three train stations also within easy access. Only a short drive to the Gateway Motorway makes it a stress free drive to the Gold Coast or the Sunshine Coast. Carina and Carina Heights are one of Brisbane’s fastest real estate selling suburbs, averaging just 24 days between listing and selling.
The large Brisbane suburb of Rocklea is located 12 kilometres south of the city. At times the suburb has experienced significant flooding from the nearby Brisbane River. The west of the suburb is bordered by the Oxley Creek. Rocklea is a mostly industrial suburb, being the home to many large firms from a range industries (mainly transport). It is also at one end of the Ipswich Motorway and has a train station on the Beenleigh line. Rocklea is also the host to the Brisbane Markets, which is known for its flowers, fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. The markets were established in 1964, and their opening occurred on 31 August and was attended by the then Premier of Queensland, Frank Nicklin. The suburb has a school, Rocklea State School, which was opened in 1885.
“Escape the city atop beautiful Mt Gravatt and take your family to explore a suburb where heritage meets modern living.”
Mt Gravatt is one of the most famous landmarks in the Greater Brisbane Area. Overlooking the city, the view follows the wandering Brisbane River to its outer reaches beyond the airport and out to the Pacific Ocean.
Historically, Mt Gravatt started out as an extension of the Moreton Bay Penal Colony commanded after its namesake, Lieutenant George Gravatt, an officer in the British Army. The first settlers in the Mt Gravatt area were mostly of German descent and settled there due to the expansion of Logan Road linking West Brisbane to the southern suburbs.
Many of these German families were industrious; the Stiegmann family established a large winery, while the Glindemann Family established the Highfield Dairy. Many of the buildings from these historical families and their industries can still be seen around the Mt Gravatt area, giving an obvious “feel” of Mt Gravatt’s heritage. Modern day Mt Gravatt encompasses both the “old” and the “new” in a perfect balance.
Mt Gravatt itself has been named an environmental reserve with its popular lookout enjoying 360 degree views from Beenleigh to the Brisbane CBD and stretching out past the Brisbane airport. Taking approximately one and a half hours, you can also relax with a bushwalk and take in the picturesque flora and fauna surrounding Mt Gravatt. Enjoy a coffee or a meal inside the recently constructed café on a balcony overlooking the exquisite views of Brisbane, even more beautiful at night.
Spoil yourself in the multicultural eating establishments in the Mt Gravatt area tasting the fine flavours of Italian, Vietnamese, Indian and many more to satisfy any eater. When you have finished dining, relax at any of the three bars in close proximity.
Regular family activities in the Mt Gravatt area include a Farmers and Flea market held every Sunday between May and September at the Mt Gravatt Showgrounds. Also, the Garden City Library also caters for the younger traveler, with many different events aimed for those aged under 15 years old to enjoy.
From relaxed bushwalking to a romantic evening, Mt Gravatt is the perfect destination to escape the city without having to travel far for your Brisbane experience.
Mansfield is a suburb of Brisbane, Australia, situated approximately 11 kilometres south-east of the CBD. It is located in the region of the city which is now colloquially known as the “Bible Belt” due to the large number of people who have settled there to be close to Fundamentalist Christian schools and churches.
It was named in 1967, after the Queensland governor of the time Sir Alan Mansfield. The suburb has a moderate Greek presence with over 3% of the population speaking Greek as a first language.
The suburb has an agricultural past, consisting mainly of dairy cattle and sheep grazing. Original fencelines can still be found in remaining pockets of bushland. There was also light development of industries related to agriculture, such as wool processing and scouring. Also, the quarry once located on Ham and Wecker Roads excavated large amounts of sandstone used throughout some of the historic landmarks of Brisbane,
such as the Brisbane City Hall.
Recently reopened, the “Rock Arena” at the Mansfield Tavern was in its heyday a popular venue for touring musical acts and has starred such acts as The Offspring, Hunters & Collectors, Madness, Hoodoo Gurus, The Angels and great British rock band The Cult.
Large portions of Mansfield were originally constructed as government housing estates, however these have progressively been replaced by more modern private residences. Due to the increasing unavailability and expense of land closer to the CBD, the area is currently experiencing a period of socio-economic growth and renewal.
There is a medium-sized industrial estate situated in the northern part of the suburb, in which an Australia Post mail delivery centre is located.
Mansfield has regular bus services to the CBD and to the Westfield Garden City shopping centre at Upper Mount Gravatt.
Arguably the greatest asset of the Mansfield area is its remaining pockets of bushland and parklands. The largest public park in Mansfield, Broadwater Park, is a reasonably large open space with barbecue areas and children’s play equipment. Adjoining this parkland is a large bushland reserve which follows the course of Bulimba Creek (a tributary of the Brisbane River).
The small university town of Nathan is a tranquil location to experience Brisbane.
The small community of Nathan, in Brisbane’s south western regions, is nestled in between the suburbs of Coopers Plains, Mt Gravatt and Salisbury. Known as the home of the Griffith University Nathan Campus, it is also home to a great expanse of beautiful unperturbed bush land that surrounds the hilltop campus.
Prior to being named after Sir Matthew Nathan, a former Governor of Queensland, the Nathan area was inhabited by local Indigenous peoples. At present, this Indigenous population has dwindled to 1% of a 1549 strong population and now hosts 30% of non-Australians as part of its population.
Nathan has remained sparsely populated due to the picturesque nature of this mainly academic suburb. Within the University’s campus grounds Eucalypt forests, Leptospermum and Banksias are scattered throughout the surrounding park areas associated with not only the University, but also the Queensland Sport and Athletics Center, which hosted the opening ceremony for the 1982 Commonwealth Games.
The serene locations of the Toohey Forest Conservation Park and the Mt Gravatt Cemetery, located within the boundaries of Nathan, offers visitors a tranquil respite from the hustle and bustle of Brisbane’s busy day to day activities.
Macgregor is a suburb in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Its postal code is 4109. Most of Macgregor is in the Queensland state electorate of Sunnybank, with only the northern tip of Macgregor in the state electorate of Yeerongpilly. The suburb of Macgregor was named after William MacGregor who was the Governor of Queensland from 1909 until 1914.
Macgregor, like its surrounding suburbs, incorporates a very diverse multicultural community. Macgregor contains two public schools – MacGregor State High School and Macgregor State School (a primary school). The High School, opened in 1969 with nine teachers and 203 students, became notable on 4 November 1973, when a tornado struck the school, creating hundred of thousands of dollars worth of damage and requiring the rebuilding of much of the school. It now has approximately 1800 students. The Primary School was established in 1972 and currently has approximately 2000 students and 50 staff members.
Moorooka / Moorvale
Moorooka was originally founded as a stop-over for journeys from Brisbane south (Logan and Albert river valleys) and south-west (Ipswich and beyond). The area was occupied by the Australian Aboriginal Jagera tribe before European settlement. The area was probably a hunting ground with plentiful food and water. There was also reportedly a Bora ring, which older residents of the area recall being shown. The word Moorooka is an indigenous word, either meaning ‘iron bark’, referring to the numerous iron bark trees in the area, or ‘long nose’, referring to Mt Toohey at the suburb’s periphery.
The principal Moorooka shopping district on Beaudesert Road, known as Moorvale, features over 100 businesses from takeaways to restaurants and coffee shops, discount stores, newsagents, dry cleaners, locksmiths, second hand and pawn shops, and a new range of businesses that serve the African community including food and groceries, hair salons, furniture shops, and halal butcheries.
Moorvale is also known for its extensive Woolworths Supermarket, at the northern end of the shopping district, which was opened in 1972 and was the largest Woolworths in Queensland at the time. On the South end of Moorooka near the AFL club and Moorooka State Primary School located off Beaudesert Road is Pizza Hut, Shear Image Hair & Beauty.
Many of the houses are pre-war Queenslanders (on posts, with simple one floor, wooden construction), with small apartment blocks scattered through the suburb. As with many older suburbs of Brisbane, Moorooka is becoming gentrified, with many older homes now being either renovated and extended or replaced by more modern buildings. There are prime real estate areas on the top of hills, with views to the Great Dividing Range over Archerfield in the south, Seventeen Mile Rocks to the west, Mount Coot-tha, St. Lucia, Indooroopilly to the north-west and the city to the north.
“Visit Sunnybank and step into Asia”
From an Aboriginal dwelling and a Scottish farm to an exotic shopping and dining hub, Sunnybank is an exciting place to experience Brisbane.
Originally inhabited by the Aboriginal Jagera people, present day Sunnybank is vastly different from the original township of Sunnybank. Farmed by a Scottish family and then overtaken by the Brisbane railway line, the 1980s influx of Asian immigrants to Sunnybank propelled it into a thriving business community, with many local restaurants and businesses owned and operated by Asian members of the local Chamber of Commerce.
The fertility of the soil attracted the Jagera people to the area and later, the 4.4 squared kilometres which forms the boundary of Sunnybank, provided settlers with rich farming land, as well as an abundance of natural materials to build a community. From 1950, Sunnybank developed into a farming area with prosperous poultry and fruit farms with a large variety of gardens.
Woolloongabba is an inner suburb of Brisbane, Australia located 4 km south of the Brisbane CBD. Experts are divided regarding the Aboriginal meaning of the name, preferring either ‘whirling waters’ (woolloon and capemm) or ‘fight talk place’ (woolloon and gabba). The locals refer to the suburb as The Gabba.
Because the area was low-lying and swampy, it was known as the One Mile Swamp. Although this name appears to be unofficial, it was in common use until the early 1890s.
The suburb is home to the Brisbane Cricket Ground (known as “The Gabba”) and the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Woolloongabba has many apartment buildings due to river views and the suburb’s proximity to the Brisbane central business district and South Bank Parklands. The Norman Hotel is a local landmark that has served customers since 1890.
The Pacific Motorway in Woolloongabba Park Road railway station and Mater Hill and Woolloongabba Busway Station provide access to public transport. The Pacific Motorway cuts through the suburb with an exit south into Vulture Street and a Stanley Street exit for vehicles heading north.
Coorparoo is a southern suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, located approximately four kilometres from the city. Surrounding suburbs include Camp Hill, Holland Park, Greenslopes, East Brisbane, Norman Park and Seven Hills.
The Coorparoo Aboriginal Clan lived south of the Brisbane River and generally camped along creeks. Their name comes from Kulpurum, which was the word for Norman Creek or a tributary of it. They continued to occupy watercourse campsites after white settlement, but other clans from the region began to move into South Brisbane. In 1846 there were reports of Aborigines raiding produce along Norman Creek. In 1853, there was a fight between Ningy Ningy, Bribie Island, Amity Point, and Logan peoples at Norman Creek. A visitor in 1855 reported many camps and fishing spots between Stones Corner and the mouth of Norman Creek. In 1959 an eighty-year-old woman told of frequent corroborees on the banks of the creek in Norman Park. Corroborees were also held at a little creek that crossed Norfolk Street.
Coorparoo was named by the residents at a public meeting on 22 March 1875. The name Coorparoo comes from the Aboriginal name for Norman Creek. This had been translated as both place of the mosquito and peaceful dove. The Shire of Coorparoo was formally proclaimed in 1888. Estate map of the Seville Estate, Cavendish Road, Coorparoo, Brisbane, Queensland, 1888 . On 17 June 1856, ten farms were sold from the Parish of Bulimba near Stones Corner. Investors bought all but two of them. The next year James Warner surveyed land on the other side of the road for a second land auction. Samuel Stevens donated two acres of his property near the junction of Cavendish and Old Cleveland Roads for use of a school. He declined the offer of naming the area “Steven’s Town” and on 22 March 1875, a meeting of local residents at the Wecker’s house resolved that the ‘name of the locality, together with the proposed primary school, should be Coorparoo’.
Coorparoo is home of the Eastern Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club who play their home games at Langlands Park. Langlands Park regularly hosts training sessions for the Queensland and Australian Rugby League teams when they are playing in Brisbane. The Brisbane Lions train during the week at Giffin Park, also in Coorparoo.
Coorparoo has a range of distinctive homes, buildings and sites of interest, including:
Spanish Mission Revival homes along Cavendish Road. This was a popular inter-war house style introduced from California.
Ridgelands (1880s), built for the Blundell family Cardington (1880s) located at the corner of Norfolk Street and Cavendish Road. This residence was built by Thomas Howling who had purchased the allotments from early settler George Harden.
Barston Place (1880) on Norfolk Street, built for Scottish born James Burstall and named after his birthplace.
Coorparoo Shire Hall (1892) located at the corner of Cavendish Road and Halstead Street. The building is now owned by the Coorparoo RSL Club and is now known as the Coorparoo School of Arts.
Restored Tram Post located at the corner of Old Cleveland and Cavendish Roads.
Hatherton (1886). This elite residence was built for Reubin Nicklin who previously residence was called Langlands. Reubin and his wife Jane were drowned in the RMS Quetta disaster in 1890. The house has subsequently been extensively renovated and changed and is known as the “Queen Alexandra Home” having been used as a Methodist Home for children, teaching classrooms for the local TAFE College and more recently as a community centre.
Chatsworth (1888), built for William Evans who worked at Stewarts of Stones Corner. Chatsworth Road is named after this residence.
Langlands (1883), built for Reubin Nicklin. This building is located in the grounds of the present Villanova College and is the oldest surviving masonry residence in Coorparoo.
Kirkland House Grand Colonial Queenslander (1883), built in circa 1880, this grand colonial Queenslander located on Kirkland Avenune is one of the oldest restorated houses that wrotes a history in Coorparoo.
Kirkland Avenue. An affluent tree lined street offering sweeping panoramic views of the Brisbane CBD.
South Brisbane is an inner city suburb of Brisbane, Australia on the southern bank of the Brisbane River, directly connected to the central business district by the Kurilpa, Victoria and Goodwill bridges and 15 minutes by car to Comfort Inn & Suites Robertson Gardens. South Brisbane Railway Station and Southbank Railway station link directly with Coopers Plains Railway station where you can take a 5 minute Taxi to the Hotel. Alternatively, the next rail stop is Banoon, and it is a 2km trip North East to the Hotel. Buses run from the QEII Bus Stop 200m from the Hotel Entrance.
Modern public transport services include suburban train stations at South Brisbane and South Bank and South East Busway stations at Cultural Centre, South Bank, and Mater Hill. CityCat ferry services link South Brisbane to other riverside suburbs.
The area, along with West End and Highgate Hill, is known as Kurilpa (Water Rat) to the local indigenous people, and remains important in indigenous life. Musgrave Park has been, for many years, a place of congregation for the Murri peoples of south-east Queensland. It is the site of a bora ring that has been buried.
European settlement commenced with the first land sales in 1843, followed by the development of wharves along the bank of the Brisbane River. Commercial buildings and hotels developed around the Russell Street area. By the 1850s there were over 100 residences in the area.
The suburb was previously heavily industrialised. Its regeneration began when it was selected as the location of World Expo ’88, which was built on former wharves and industrial land. Following Expo ’88, South Bank Parklands was built on the former Expo site. South Brisbane has emerged as a fashionable, high density, modern residential area, given its proximity to the city centre and good public transport links.
The South Bank precinct in South Brisbane contains many notable attractions.
The South Bank Parklands are one of Brisbane’s most popular tourist attractions. The parklands are home to many restaurants and cafés, as well as landmarks such as the Queensland Conservatorium, the Wheel of Brisbane, the Nepal Peace Pagoda, Streets Beach, and the Grand Arbour. Approximately 11,000,000 people visit the South Bank Parklands each year
The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre contains 24 meeting and event spaces, including four exhibition halls with a combined area of 20,000m² and an auditorium capable of seating 8,000. The venue has received 107 industry awards, making it the most awarded convention centre in Australia. The centre has also been ranked among the top three convention centres world-wide by the Association Internationale des Palais de Congres (AIPC).
Queensland Maritime Museum
The Queensland Maritime Museum is located next to the Goodwill Bridge at the southern end of the South Bank Parklands. It houses a two level exhibition building, a library, a dry dock, a lighthouse and several retired vessels.
The Queensland Cultural Centre consists of:
·The Queensland Performing Arts Centre,
·The Queensland Museum and Science Centre,
·The Queensland Art Gallery,
·The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art,
·The State Library of Queensland
The South Bank campus of Griffith University includes the Queensland Conservatorium and the Queensland College of Art and the Griffith Film School.
The Southbank Institute of Technology spreads over several blocks between the railway line and Merivale Street.
Is the primary international airport serving Brisbane and South East Queensland. It is the third busiest Australian airport by aircraft movements. The airport services 26 airlines flying to 42 domestic and 28 international destinations, in total amounting in more than 21.8 million passengers who travelled through the airport in 2013. 22km away from Comfort Inn & Suites Robertson Gardens; 30 minutes by car.
Brisbane Airport is a major hub for Virgin Australia, and a secondary hub for both Qantas and its low cost subsidiary Jetstar. Tigerair Australia also opened a base at Brisbane Airport on 11 March 2014. Brisbane has the third highest number of domestic connections in Australia following Sydney and Melbourne. Other airlines, namely QantasLink, and Alliance Airlines also conduct maintenance at their respective facilities at the Airport. The airport has international and domestic passenger terminals, a cargo terminal, a general aviation terminal and apron, as well as two runways. BrisbaneAirport is accessible from the central business district by the Gateway Motorway and the Airtrain rail service, which is linked to the Citytrain suburban network. The new Airport Link motorway now connects the Brisbane CBD and the airport.
The Brisbane central business district (CBD), officially gazetted as the suburb of Brisbane City and colloquially referred to as ‘the city’, is the heart of the state capital of Queensland, Australia.
It is located on a point on the northern bank of the Brisbane River. The triangular shaped area is bounded by the Brisbane River to the east, south and west. The point, known at its tip as Gardens Point, slopes upward to the north-west where the city is bounded by parkland and the inner city suburb of Spring Hill to the north. The CBD is bounded to the north-east by the suburb of Fortitude Valley The C.B.D. is a 15 minute drive on the South East Freeway from Comfort Inn & Suites Robertson Gardens and great public transport takes you directly to the heart of the City.
The Brisbane central business district is an area of densely concentrated skyscrapers and other buildings, interspersed by several parks, such as Roma Street Parklands, City Botanic Gardens and Wickham Park. It occupies an area of 1,367 km². The City is laid out according to a grid pattern surveyed during the city’s early colonial days, a feature typical of most Australian street patterns. As a general rule, the streets aligned northwest-south east are named after male members of the House of Hanover, while the northeast-south west aligned streets are named after female members. Queen Street was the central roadway, that was turned into a pedestrian mall. It forms the pivotal axis for the grid of roads within the district.
The Brisbane central business district was built on a spur of the Taylor Range with the highest spot in the suburb being Wickham Terrace. North Quay is an area in the CBD that was a landing point during the first European exploration of the Brisbane River.
Brisbane’s tallest buildings are Soleil at 243 metres, Aurora Tower at 207 metres, Riparian Plaza at 200 metres, 111 Eagle Street at 195 metres, and Infinity, at 262 metres, which was completed in 2014.
The Brisbane CBD is one of the major business hubs in Australia. The City contains many tall office buildings occupied by organisations, businesses and all three levels of government that have emerged into a number of precincts. The areas around the Queen Street Mall and Adelaide Street is primarily a retail precinct. A legal precinct exists around the various court buildings located around the intersections of George Street and Adelaide and Ann Streets.
By road, four bridges connect the CBD with the southern bank of the Brisbane River: the Captain Cook Bridge, the Victoria Bridge, the William Jolly Bridge and the Go Between Bridge. The Story Bridge connects Fortitude Valley with Kangaroo Point and provides access to the city from the southern bank. The Captain Cook Bridge connects the Pacific Motorway, south of the river, with the Riverside Expressway, which runs along the south western edge of the city. Heading under and bypassing the CBD is the Clem Jones Tunnel.
By bicycle and foot, the Goodwill Bridge allows cross river access to South Bank.
The Brisbane central business district is the central hub for all public transport services in Brisbane. Bus services are centred on the Queen Street Bus Station and King George Square bus station. Suburban train services pass through Central railway station, and Roma Street railway station. Roma Street also serves as the terminus for long distance and country services. The central business district is served by various city ferries. Brisbane’s City Cat high speed ferry service, popular with tourists and commuters, operates services along the Brisbane River between the University of Queensland and Brett’s Wharf, stopping at several CBD wharves.
The Brisbane Riverwalk, a pedestrian and cyclist pathway, adjoins the central business district along the river bank.
South Bank is Brisbane’s premier lifestyle and cultural destination. Located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, its 17 hectares of lush parklands, world-class eateries, stunning river views and hundreds of delightful events all year round make it the perfect place to relax and unwind. So much to see and do from the man made beach and swimming pools to the Epicuriouis Gardens, ferry rides, and entrance to the cultural district at South Brisbane. Find out what’s on by visiting www.visitbrisbane.com.au/south-bank