Postcode: 4034 | Distance to CBD: 12 km
Welcome to Geebung
Geebung in Brisbane's north is an interesting suburb of contrasts. Some of the suburb is industrial and the rest residential and there are lots of parks and recreational areas nearby. From Geebung it's only a short drive to bayside Sandgate and being so close to Gympie Road, Geebung is conveniently situated for residents heading up the north coast. The suburb is well served by trains, schools and shops with major shopping centres close by at both Chermside and Aspley.
Geebung is about 12km from Brisbane’s CBD. Over 41% of households in this area consist of couples with children, 39% consist of couples without children and 15% are single parent families. Stand-alone houses make up over 98% of the dwellings in this area. Geebung is an older suburb, and the housing styles reflect this. You’ll find timber and tin Queenslanders and workers cottages – some still in need of renovation.
Geebung shopping precinct is on Newnham Road and has your everyday needs covered. Aspley Hypermarket is only a short trip away if you’re after the variety offered by a large shopping mall.
Craig says: It is one of the most beautiful suburbs, green and quiet and close to everything.
12 km north of the Brisbane CBD.
Industrial precinct, Downfall Creek, 7th Brigade Park, easy access to Gateway Motorway, Geebung rail station.
Located within a 12km radius of the Brisbane CBD Geebung is surrounded by Virginia, Boondall, Zillmere, Chermside and Wavell Heights. Like its neighbouring suburb of Virginia, Geebung is a mix of industrial centres and residential housing. With close access to employment the area has become a mix of young and established families and retirees. The excellent facilities in and around the area have seen the popularity of Geebung and its surrounding suburbs remain high.
Facilities such as hospitals, schools and shops are readily available. Chermside offers residents access to two hospitals and a major shopping centre featuring all major retailers and a restaurant and cinema complex. Leisure facilities around Geebung include plenty of bike and walk ways, picnic and barbeque especially along Downfall Creek in 7th Brigade Park. Spots near lagoons and wetlands are also available in neighbouring Boondall. Musical and stage shows are also close by at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Boondall. Numerous private and public schools accommodating both primary and secondary aged children complement St Kevin Primary School and Geebung Primary School.
Public transport is also good with two railway stations (Sunshine and Geebung) within the suburb's boundaries. City express bus services also run at regular intervals. Major roads such as Gympie Road or Sandgate Road put the commute to the city at around 30 minutes. The Gold Coast and Sunshine Coasts are also easily accessible via the Gateway Motorway. Excellent local amenities coupled with good public transport and a reasonable proximity to the city is attracting buyers to Geebung and resulting in good price growth.
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 and the suburb’s name is a corruption of the word Geebong which was given to the fruit of the native persoonia tree. Aboriginal tribes from as far as Northern NSW traveled to the Bunya Mountains stopping at nearby Zillmann’s Waterholes on their way.
JL Ward settled in the area in 1865 establishing a brick factory , however, development increased with the construction of the North Coast railway line in 1888. In 1920 the Geebung Progress Association formed and State enterprises purchased parcels of land to establish state enterprises and the soldier settlement scheme in the area. The Geebung Memorial Hall opened in 1923. In 1928 the pipes were laid to provide water to the suburb, prior to this residents had relied on tank water.
Frank Sleeman married Norma Robinson in 1945. Norma was the daughter of the owners of the Geebung Corner store. Once married Frank and Norma lived in the suburb for some time. Frank Sleeman became an alderman and then the Brisbane Lord Mayor, holding office from 1976 – 1982. Frank Sleeman is acknowledged as an outstanding soldier, a successful sportsman and businessman, and is best remembered as the Lord Mayor who helped set up Brisbane for the Commonwealth Games. The Chandler Sports Complex honours his name.
The Geebung Baptist Church was formed in November 1923. Originally the church members met in the Memorial Hall in Geebung until the 14th of March 1925, when the first church building was opened by the President of the Baptist Association Rev.T.U. Symonds. The church is one of the oldest continuously functioning Baptist Churches in Queensland. The current Church was opened on the 11th October 1969. Downfall Creek is a long standing landmark in Geebung. In earlier times an 18 foot springboard was located at the Creek. During the Second World War there was an army camp at Chermside and outdoor movies were screened at Blackwood Road, Florence Park Geebung.
Reference: BRISbites, 2000