Jindalee is a western suburb of Brisbane, Australia 12 km (7 mi) south-west of the Brisbane CBD, and is a part of the Centenary suburbs. At the 2016 Australian Census, the suburb recorded a population of 5,319. It is bordered by the Brisbane River to the north. The Aboriginal meaning for Jindalee is “bare hills”. Jindalee was the first of a series of suburbs originally called the “Centenary” suburbs, as planning for them commenced in 1959, the year of Queensland’s centenary.
Prior to development the area had been largely used for grazing and dairy farming, however it was developed as part of the Hooker Centenary Project, beginning in 1960. The 8th Australian Scout Jamboree was held in 1967 to 1968 in the south-western corner of Jindalee, in the area which eventually was subdivided and became a suburb in its own right – Jamboree Heights.
The 1974 floods caused large-scale damage to Jindalee, including inundation of many houses, as well as severe damage to the Centenary Bridge. A gravel barge rammed into the upstream side, blocking the floodwaters and raising real fears that the bridge would collapse. The barge was partly sunk using explosives to reduce the floodwater pressure on the bridge. When the floodwater receded the barge was refloated and beached downstream to be cut up for scrap. The damage sustained by the bridge required its partial closure for repairs. For two years after the floods, the bridge was reduced to a single lane. The bridge was duplicated in 1980, providing two lanes each way.
Jindalee is accessible via the Centenary Highway. Some bus routes service the suburb, namely:
- 450 – City – Riverhills : CityXpress via Cultural Centre, Toowong, Indooroopilly, Jindalee, Mount Ommaney, Middle Park and Westlake (Weekends) (BT)
- 453 – City – Mount Ommaney : CityXpress via Cultural Centre, Toowong, Indooroopilly and Jindalee (Weekdays) (BT)
- 456 – City – Mount Ommaney : Rocket via Milton, Western Freeway and Jindalee (Weekdays – Peak Hours only) (BT)
- 457 – City – Riverhills : City Precincts via Coronation Drive, Western Freeway, Jindalee, Mount Ommaney, Middle Park and Westlake (Weekdays – Peak Hours only) (BT)
- 458 – City – Mount Ommaney : City Precincts via Coronation Drive, Western Freeway and Jindalee. (Weekdays – Peak Hours only) (BT)
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). “Jindalee (State Suburb)”. 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
- “Jamboree Ward”. Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
- “Town To Be Built”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 November 1961. Retrieved 25 November 2017.