Postcode: 4034 | Distance to CBD: 20 km
Welcome to Boondall
Boondall's biggest drawcard is the Brisbane Entertainment Centre (BEC). Not only is it a great place to see international musicians, shows and sporting events, it's also a bit of a secret picnic area. There is a lovely lake to have a barbecue, with good facilities provided. During the week it's a quiet suburban oasis but when a performer is playing the carparks are often full to capacity and crowds flock in on the train. The suburb is also lucky enough to be home to the extensive Boondall Wetlands Park. The Environmental Centre hosts various events and has boardwalks through the park. You can even canoe along the creek which winds towards Moreton Bay. It's a superb spot to observe migratory birds, some of which have flown all the way from Siberia.
Boondall is also home to Nudgee College, a long-established private school, featuring beautiful heritage buildings. Boondall locals have easy access to the Sunshine Coast with the Gateway Motorway nearby and there is both a Boondall and North Boondall train station. Boondall is also the only place on the northside where you can strap on ice skates (at IceWorld) or see a game of ice hockey or curling.
Boondall is about 20km from Brisbane’s CBD. Over 45% of households in this area are comprised of couples with children, 35% are couples without children and 17% are single parent families. Stand alone house account for 93% of all dwellings in this area, and townhouses account for a further 5%. You’ll find new, brick and tile homes in this area as well as older timber and tin dwellings. The area is green and leafy, with a very relaxed atmosphere.
There’s local shopping at Sue’s Korner on Sandgate Road and Banyo Village on St Vincents Road. And it’s only a short drive to Deagon Plaza and Sandgate Shopping Complex.
Debbie says: I love the natural bush and wetlands area. It's fantastic to be so close to the city and have this wonderful environmental area.
20 km north-east of the Brisbane CBD.
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall Wetlands, Boondall rail station
Boondall is located about 20km north of the Brisbane CBD and is home to a mix of young families and retirees. Boondall offers residents affordable housing, with easy access to modern facilities and leisure activities. For this reason it is not uncommon for residents to look to upgrade their homes within the immediate area. Facilities such as hospitals, schools and shops are readily available. Nearby Chermside offers residents access to two hospitals and a major shopping centre featuring all major retailers, restaurants and a cinema/entertainment complex. Residents also have easy access to Toombul Shoppingtown.
Leisure facilities around Boondall include plenty of bike and walk ways, picnic and barbecue spots near lagoons and wetlands. Musical and stage shows are easily accessible at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. Schools in Boondall are supplemented by numerous schools in Zillmere and Sandgate catering to both primary and secondary-aged children.
Public transport is also accessible with three train stations in the vicinity (Virginia, Boondall and Zillmere) and city express bus services running at regular intervals. Major roads such as Gympie Road or Sandgate Road put the commute to Brisbane city at around 20 to 25 minutes. The Gold Coast and Sunshine coasts are both easily accessible via the Gateway Motorway. The majority (90 per cent) of housing in Boondall is single unit detached dwellings or houses as opposed to units and townhouses.
The Jagera and Turrbal groups occupied land in the Brisbane and Ipswich areas. The exact boundaries are not known, however, the Turrbal generally occupied the area north of the Brisbane River. Both groups had closely related languages which are classified as belonging to the larger Yaggera language group. The area has a rich indigenous history. Evidence of Aboriginal occupation can be found in a bora ring at Nudgee Waterhole and in sites of special importance at Dinah Island, near Boondall Wetlands. Boondall is an Aboriginal word meaning cunjevoi which is a large succulent plant that grows in wet, poorly drained areas.
Thomas Dowse purchased land near the mouth of Cabbage Tree Creek in 1853. In 1866 St Vincent Orphanage owned 3000 acres of land which embraced the Wetlands and Nudgee Beach. Cattle were grazed on the area by the Sisters of Mercy who ran the orphanage. In 1923 the name Boondall was given to the local railway station and this name was adopted for the suburb. Prior to this the area had been known as Cabbage Tree.
The large parcel of land owned by the Sisters of Mercy remained in their hands until they sold it to the Brisbane City Council. It was earmarked by Council for major redevelopment but the portion encompassing the Boondall Wetlands was saved by community action and eventually declared a Reserve.
Ken McEwan, Brian Hutchinson and Laurie Jeays are remembered for holding a public meeting in 1985 to form the Bramble Bay Consultative Committee. The committee fought to save the Boondall Wetlands and to overturn a decision to dredge Cabbage Tree Creek to build a large marina and an eight-story building on the foreshore.
Lily Ferguson was one of the few white people to live on Dinah Island, opposite Boondall Wetlands. Her family moved to the Island when she was ten in about 1923. Lily lived in a hut where her father grew pineapples and watermelons and fished.
The Boondall Entertainment Centre was built in 1986 by Brisbane City Council. It has been established in a landscaped park of lakes and Australian native trees and plants. The Centre is an adaptable entertainment space that can accommodate sporting, ice skating, theatrical or large musical events. 18 Aboriginal art totems have been erected at the Boondall Wetlands. In 1996 six Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people participated in a job skills program under the direction of artist Ron Hurley. The cast aluminum totems symbolise aspects of Aboriginal culture in Boondall Wetlands.
Reference: BRISbites, 2000