Woolloongabba is a growing suburb close to the Brisbane CBD. Undergoing a lot of change at the moment, the Woolloongabba area is becoming one of the most sought-after by professionals and families due to the growing nightlife and restaurant scene, the great schools, the Gabba, and its proximity to the CBD and quite a few workplaces.
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Things we love…
- Woolloongabba is close to quite literally everything residents need, which is convenient for residents: farmers markets, the CBD, workplaces – it’s all close by.
- The Gabba is right there! Enjoy the atmosphere of the Brisbane Lions home games, concerts, and more throughout the year.
But remember that…
- With the Cross River Rail station under construction, there may be a little more congestion than normal on the roads due to closures
- Stanley Street can be a little busy during peak hours, but that is easing as the years go by.
Location & Transport
The M1 Freeway runs through Woolloongabba, and Logan Road and Ipswich Road, two major suburb routes that each carry four lanes of traffic, also run through the suburb. Woolloongabba is extremely well serviced in terms of road access, but also very busy due to this.
Public transport, in general, is excellent. With the major transit routes running through the suburb a bus stop to the city is never very far away. The Buranda train station is the only train stop in the suburb but the Park Road and Dutton Park Stations are nearby. If you’re going into the CBD by train, it should take around 15 mins. With the new Cross River Rail station in Woolloongabba only minutes away, this new connection to the city will let residents get to Albert Street in less than two minutes. The project should be complete in 2024.
The Woolloongabba busway station has recently finished construction, and it will get residents to the city in around 10 minutes.
Woolloongabba is increasingly becoming known as the place to go for fun, new restaurants and cafes. The eclectic suburb is also home to a number of well-known stores that sell everything from second-hand furniture to limited-edition wines.
Surrounding suburbs include Coorparoo, East Brisbane and Highgate Hill – leading into West End. Woolloongabba is home to the Princess Alexandra Hospital, located on Ipswich road, conveniently next to Dutton Park station. The hospital is a major employment hub for the area and is also a teaching hospital. The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital is also very close to the suburb, so all in all, it has excellent health services.
The other defining feature of Woolloongabba is The Gabba, one of Australia’s most iconic sporting venues. A cricket and AFL venue, it is popular and used in most months of the year, and is home to the Brisbane Lions. The Gabba is also set to get an upgrade over the coming years, which will be very exciting for both hard-core fans and residents alike.
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There is a lot of developments going up in Woolloongabba right now. The Cross River Rail is one of the biggest constriction projects in Brisbane currently, with the new 10.2 kilomtre rail line set to connect Dutton Park to Bowen Hills. The Woolloongabba station is one of the most important in the new development, as it will provide both improved access to The Gabba Stadium and the suburb’s local entertainment district, but will also become a major transport hub for the area. The massive platform is set to be one of the biggest in the state at a whooping 220 metres long, in order to meet future capacity requirements.
Including the Cross River Rail (which every Brisbanite is excited about), there is the Gabba stadium refurbishment has entered the final stages of planning. The new Woolloongabba bikeway has recently been completed as well, which is great for cyclists and pedestrians in the area.
Technically, there are no schools within Woolloongabba itself – although there are a number very close by. Residents can send their children to over 20 schools within 5 kilometres (although most are far closer than that).
In terms of state primary schools (Prep to Year 6), children can go to Burunda State School, which is one of the few primary schools that teaches philosophy, or Dutton Park State School, well-known for the kindness of its students. In regards to state high schools, Brisbane State High School is less than 10 minutes drive away, and it is well-regarded as one of the best schools in the state.
There are also a number of private schools in the area. This includes Anglican Church Grammar School (better known as Churchie), an all-boys school that runs from prep to year 12. There is also St. Laurence’s College, another all-boys school.
If you (or your child) is persuing tertiary education, both the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and the Griffith University Southbank campus are within two kilometres of Woolloongabba. There are around 80,000 students which attend these universities