It was the first Master Planned Community within the City of Brisbane.
Forest Lake was considered instrumental in the creation of affordable housing within Australia. The development was the first modern-day community to contain small lot product, a first during its time. The master-planned community contained retail, commercial, educational, residential, retirement, and recreational uses. The entire community is linked by an extensive network of pedestrian and cycle paths, which are integrated into the large open-spaced network.
Forest Lake lies within the Brisbane City Council municipality and is approximately 24.59 kilometres (15.28 mi) from the Brisbane central business district. It adjoins the suburbs of Doolandella, Inala, Richlands and Heathwood. It successfully mixes wildlife with residential development.
The Forest Lake Shopping Centre (formerly Forest Lake Village Shopping Centre) is located in Forest Lake.
The Forest Lake development consists of a series of neighborhoods known as villages. Each village was marketed separately and features an entry statement. These villages are; Woodvale Village, Parkland Village, Homestead Village, Lavender Court, Banksia Village, Pine Village, Lakeside Village, Settlers Village, The Chase, The Woods, Brooklands, Hillbrook Village, The Point, Greentree Pocket, Jetty Walk, Centennial Park, College Park, Creekwood, Creekwood Pocket, Chain of Ponds, Jubilee Crossing, The Cascades, Sanctuary Pocket, Sanctuary Point and The Peninsula. There is also a retirement village called The Terraces and an apartment precinct adjoining the Forest Lake Shopping Centre called Prima on Grand.
The centrepiece of Forest Lake is an $8.9 million, 10.9 hectare man-made recreational lake, with a perimeter of 2.7 kilometres (1.7 mi). $1.8 million was spent on the dam wall, outlet structure and boulevard embankment. It has an average depth of 2.6 with a 300 to 600 mm around the safety ledge, deepening to 4 metres in the centre. The volume of the lake is 310,000 cubic metres or 269 Olympic sized swimming pools. Surrounding the lake is 3.5 kilometres of pedestrian and cycleways and 8 hectares of adjacent parkland. It was completed and opened in 1994.
A homestead was built by Henry Farley in the late 1870s on a site that is now Homestead Park (Michael (Stumpy) Durack. The surrounding area became part of "Archerfield Station". In the 1930s it was destroyed by fire, although it has been said that termites caused a great deal of damage to the structure beforehand.). It was a substantial building of two-stories and timber construction. In 1881 the homestead and surrounding property were purchased by
During World War II, there was a command post of the Darra Ordnance Ammunition Depot in the area now Forest Lake. This depot was the largest ordnance depot in the South West Pacific Area. On 31 August 2005 the Richlands-Inala History Group erected an honour stone in Homestead Park, the site of the command post, commemorating the ammunition depot and the American army camps in Inala and Wacol nearby. In 1990, construction of the master planned community commenced by Delfin Lend Lease. In 1991, Forest Lake was officially launched by the then Premier of Queensland, Wayne Goss. The development lasted until 2006, when the last block of land was sold.
Forest Lake State School opened on 1 January 1994.
Forest Lake College (College Avenue Campus) opened in 1994.
By 1998 the suburb had 10,100 residents.
The master planned community which was created by Delfin Lend Lease was so successful, that in the latter years of the development, up to 40% of new homes sold were purchased by existing residents. (David Keir, Project Director 1996-2000).
Grand Avenue State School opened on 1 January 1999.
Forest Lake State High School opened on 1 January 2001.
As the first Master Planned Community within the City of Brisbane, Forest Lake won numerous awards for its design and Delfin, the developer of Forest Lake, was absorbed into Lend Lease in 2001. Now operating as Delfin Lend Lease, they are developing the adjacent Springfield Lakes Master Planned Community.
Forest Lake College (Alpine Place Campus) opened on 2002.
Forest Lake had a population of 20,900 residents, as of February 2006.
In 2011, Forest Lake College was renamed St John's Anglican College.
In 2011, the lake experienced a blue-green algae (cyanobacterial) bloom, causing some concern to local residents. A local councillor advised people to not enter the water due to the high toxicity levels from the algae bloom. The algae bloom occurred again in 2017.
Forest Lake State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Kauri Place ( In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 865 students with 69 teachers (59 full-time equivalent) and 38 non-teaching staff (26 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.).
Grand Avenue State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Cnr Centennial Way & Grand Avenue ( In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 1225 students with 90 teachers (78 full-time equivalent) and 46 non-teaching staff (30 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.).
Forest Lake State High School is a government secondary (7-12) school for boys and girls at High Street ( ). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 1485 students with 121 teachers (117 full-time equivalent) and 57 non-teaching staff (43 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.
St John's Anglican College (formerly Forest Lake College) is a private primary (Prep-6) and secondary school (7-12) for boys and girls. It operates two campuses: a primary campus at Alpine Place ( ) and a secondary campus at College Avenue ( ). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 927 students with 80 teachers (69 full-time equivalent) and 63 non-teaching staff (43 full-time equivalent).
Sports include: Australian rules football, rugby union, netball, baseball, basketball, tennis, swimming, water polo, triathlon, cricket and athletics.
Transport for Brisbane operates 5 routes that serve stops in Forest Lake:
- 100: to Brisbane City via Inala, Ipswich Road and South East Busway[note 1]
- 101: to Oxley Station via Inala and Richlands Station
- 118: to Brisbane City via Heathwood, Logan Motorway and Upper Mt Gravatt (Garden City)[note 2]
- 460: Heathwood to Brisbane City via Richlands Station and Indooroopilly
- 463: to Goodna Station via Ellen Grove
- 534: to Springfield Station and to Browns Plains Bus Station
In the 2011 census, Forest Lake recorded a population of 22,426 people, 51.9% female and 48.1% male. The median age of the Forest Lake population was 33 years of age, 4 years below the Australian median. 61% of people living in Forest Lake were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were New Zealand 7.9%, England 4.7%, Vietnam 3.1%, India 1.8%, South Africa 1.6%. 73.6% of people spoke only English at home; the next most popular languages were 5% Vietnamese, 1.6% Samoan, 1.4% Sinhalese, 1.3% Mandarin, 1.2% Hindi.
According to the 2016 census, Forest Lake includes the largest Sri Lankan Australian community of any suburb in Queensland, numbering 344 individuals and making up 1.5% of the suburb's population.
- 1991 - Royal Australian Planning Institute (QLD): Award for Excellence in Planning
- 1991 - Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management: Annual Award - Homestead Village Design
- 1992 - Queensland Association of Landscape Industries: 1st Prize (Commercial One Landscaping) - Forest Lake Sales and Information Centre
- 1994 - Urban Development Institute of Australia: Queensland Award for Excellence - Marketing
- 1994 - Urban Development Institute of Australia: Queensland Award for Excellence - Urban Design
- 1995 - Case Easrth Awards Queensland: Category Two Award - Forest Lake
- 1995 - Case Easrth Awards Queensland: Category Three Award - Forest Lake
- 1996 - Urban Development Institute of Australia: Queensland Awards for Excellence - Environment
- 1996 - Institute of Engineers (QLD): Engineering Excellence Award - Environment
- 1998 - Urban Development Institute of Australia: Queensland Awards for Excellence - Premier Award
- 1999 - Urban Development Institute of Australia: National Awards for Excellence - Community Creation
- 2000 - Urban Development Institute of Australia: Queensland Awards for Excellence - Community Creation
- 2002 - Urban Development Institute of Australia: Queensland Awards for Excellence - Master Planned Community
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- This route is designated as a BUZ route.
- This route only runs during peak-hour and a Rocket service
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