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Mt Gravatt & Surrounds


Mount Gravatt & Surrounds   Suburbs Mt Gravatt (4122) 8.3km to CBD Holland Park (4121) 6.9km to CBD Wishart (4122) 12km to CBD Carina (4152) 6.6km to CBD Carina Heights (4152) 7.4km to CBD Carindale (4152) 9.8km to CBD Mansfield (4122) 10km to CBD   History The Jagera and Turrbal Aboriginal clans had lived around the Brisbane river for a considerable time period before European settlers arrived, but the exact length is hard to pin down. Europeans didn't settle the region until the first convict jail was built in Redclliffe in 1824, but even that was quickly moved to the site of the present-day Brisbane CBD in 1825 after officials realised the natural bend in the river provided a pretty good barrier against escape. Free settlement didn't begin in the Brisbane region until 1842 because the Government initially wanted the jail kept isolated from the wider community. The usual assortment of entrepreneurs and ex-convicts quickly followed and a tow...


Springfield Lakes & Surrounds


  Suburbs Springfield Lakes (4300) 26km to CBD Ipswich (4305) 31km to CBD South Ripley (4306) 31km to CBD Booval (4304) 28km to CBD Augustine Heights (4300) 25km to CBD Brookwater (4300) -km to CBD Camira (4300) 21km to CBD   History The history of the Ipswich area since European settlement in 1827 is quite complex and varied. Situated strategically between urban Brisbane and a rural hinterland, Ipswich rapidly established its hegemony on the basis of wool, coal, transport and industry. The speed with which the town developed and diversified, compared with its string of nearby hamlets, was very rapid. Nevertheless some years such as the 1880s and early 1900s were prosperous and expansive, while others, particularly the 1890s and 1930s, were characterized by stagnation and depression. Greater Springfield located right on Brisbane’s doorstep is Australia’s fastest emerging new city. It drives one of the nation’s fastest urban growth corridors a...


Dayboro Region


  Suburbs Kurwongbah (4503) 28km to CBD Whiteside (4503) 25km to CBD Samford Valley (4520) 20km to CBD Samford Village (4520) 18km to CBD Armstrong Creek (4520) 35km to CBD Dayboro (4521) 35km to CBD Rush Creek (4521) 33km to CBD King Scrub (4521) 38km to CBD   History Settlement of the Pine Rivers region had to await the closure of the Moreton Bay convict settlement in 1842, although some preliminary surveying of the region had already been carried out in preparation for free settlement.  In the middle of 1843, Francis Griffin, by establishing the Whiteside run on the north bank of the North Pine River, became the first free settler to occupy Pine Rivers land. He was joined shortly by other members of the Griffin family. In 1844, James Sibley and Joseph King established the Samsonvale run on the south side of the River. This run was purchased by William Joyner and William Mason during the following year. Nearly th...


Bribie Island


  Suburbs Beachmere (4510) 38km to CBD Ningi (4511) 45km to CBD Sandstone Point (4511) 44km to CBD Bellara (4507) 47km to CBD Bongaree (4507) 46km to CBD Banksia Beach (4507) 48km to CBD Woorim (4507) 47km to CBD   History Prior to European settlement Bribie Island was the home of the Gubbi Gubbi Aboriginal group who used bark canoes, nets for fishing and catching birds and spears for killing the local kangaroos and wallabies. There is also evidence that they used stone traps to catch fish. There is evidence of middens on the coasts of the island. It has been claimed that by 1897 there were no Aborigines left on the island.   The first European to reach with Bribie Island was Matthew Flinders who landed in 1799 to make repairs to his vessel, the Norfolk. At Bribie Flinders saw his first dugong and fired upon some of the Gubbi Gubbi residents on 16 July, 1799. There is evidence that the township of Bongaree was named after Flinders' Aboriginal companion o...


Caboolture & Surrounds


  Suburbs Caboolture (4510) 45km to CBD Upper Caboolture (4510) 40km to CBD Morayfield (4506) 40km to CBD Bellmere (4510) 43km to CBD   History Before the arrival of Europeans the Caboolture district was inhabited by the Gabbi Gabbi Aboriginal group. The area was not settled until 1842 because there was a 50-mile zone around the Moreton Bay penal colony and free settlement was illegal. The Caboolture area was first settled by Europeans in 1842. The first settlers were the Archer brothers who settled near Woodford in September, 1841. The spelling 'Caboolture' was first used in 1848. In 1864 crown land was sold to prospective settlers for £1 an acre. At the time only one sale of 31 acres was recorded. By the mid-1860s the district was settled by timber cutters and pastoralists who, beyond cattle grazing, were growing sugar cane, wheat, maize, corn and cotton with mixed success. The timber cutters had success with red cedar and bunya pines which were sent dow...


Brisbane's Boom Suburbs


In 2016, Brisbane City Council announced the Brisbane Metro concept, a high frequency rapid transport connection designed to cut travel times and reduce CBD bus congestion. The concept was developed to address the current challenges facing Brisbane’s bus network, which has reached capacity at many inner city locations. Brisbane City Council's proposed metro system will eventually be extended to Chermside, Carindale and Springwood, deputy mayor Adrian Schrinner said, as more details of the revised project were revealed. According to the council's plans, the new Chermside line would feed into the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital station, while the Carindale line would feed into the Buranda metro station. The Springwood line would be an extension of the already announced Eight Mile Plains line, along the South East Busway. The revelation came weeks before the business case for Brisbane Metro 1 (between Eight Mile Plains and Roma Street) and 2 (between the University of Queensl...