St Lucia ia 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) southwest of the Brisbane CBD. The suburb sits on a peninsula, bounded on the north, east and south by a bend in the Brisbane River. The eastern third of the suburb is occupied by the main campus of The University of Queensland. The flat area on the northern side is primarily medium to high density residential including numerous high-rise apartments on the river-front. The more hilly area in the centre and south is mainly low-density residential. The south-west is occupied by the Saint Lucia golf links.
St Lucia is mainly a residential suburb and is generally regarded as one of the most affluent suburbs in Brisbane. For many years it was the third most expensive suburb behind Hamilton and Ascot.
The area was originally part of Indooroopilly and later part of Toowong. Originally known as Indooroopilly Pocket, for a short time it was called Toowong South and part of the area was hived off as Lang Farm.
Sugar plantations were established in the area in the 1860s. , born in St Lucia in the West Indies, purchased the Coldridge Plantation in 1882 and renamed it St Lucia Sugar Plantation. It was subdivided in 1883 for housing and the name was transferred to the subdivision.
Toowong Mixed State School opened on 10 October 1870. It was renamed Indooroopilly State School in 1879 and then Indooroopilly Pocket State School in 1888. It was renamed Ironside State School in October 1904 after the neighbouring estate of John Dunmore Lang.
St Lucia has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- 12 Upland Road: Great Court, University of Queensland
- 38 Upland Road: Union College
- 99 Sir Fred Schonnel Drive: Vida and Jayne Lahey's House
- 396 Swann Road: Langer House
St Lucia is home to a diverse range of individuals. Typically, the student population of St Lucia is high, especially in dwellings in the immediate vicinity of the university, but the suburb is also home to wealthy professionals and families. Houses and apartments in close proximity to the Brisbane River typically attract price tags in the millions.
The median age of the St Lucia population was 23 years, 15 years below the Australian median. Children aged under 15 years made up 8.6% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 8.3% of the population. The most notable difference was in the group aged between 15–24 years; in St Lucia this group comprises 47.2% of the population, compared to 12.8% nationally.
46.2% of people living in St Lucia were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 66.7%; the next most common countries of birth were China (9.9%), Malaysia (5.9%), Singapore (3.6%), England (2.6%), and Indonesia (2.5%). 55.1% of people spoke only English at home; the next most popular languages were Mandarin Chinese (14.0%), Malay (3.4%), Indonesian and Cantonese (2.4% each), and Vietnamese (2.1%).
In St Lucia, just over half of all households (50.1%) were family households, 21.7% were single person households and 28.3% were group households. The median weekly household income was $1,385, similar to the national median of $1,438.
The University of Queensland is the main attraction of St Lucia, with the university, and residential colleges covering a large proportion of the suburb. The University gives public access to their swimming pools, tennis courts and other amenities, although a fee will be charged when using some of these facilities. The Schonell Theatre host many performances that members of the public can buy tickets to go and see.
Several small shopping precincts are located throughout the suburb but otherwise the suburb is residential. With the main precinct being a strip of stores that runs along Hawken Drive, This particular strip is home to the local IGA Supermarket, many international restaurants, a medical centre, dentist office and a post office/news-agency. With Friday nights being the most popular time for these restaurants as many of the residents like to eat out.
St Lucia Golf Links is an 18-hole pay-and-play public golf course located on the corner of Indooroopilly Road and Carawa Street. The golf course is one of Brisbane's oldest and has hosted several Queensland Open and PGA tournaments. The layout suits golfers of all levels.
Ironside State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 2 Hawken Drive ( In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 1,086 students with 73 teachers (66 full-time equivalent) and 32 non-teaching staff (20 full-time equivalent).).
By Bus, St Lucia can be accessed from the western suburbs and Brisbane CBD, with routes terminating at the University of Queensland. There is also a NightLink service, a safety initiative which provides buses with security on board all night Fridays and Saturdays. The Eleanor Schonell Bridge, a dedicated bus/pedestrian/bicycle bridge, connects the University with Dutton Park and carries buses from the southern suburbs, CBD and Royal Brisbane Hospital to the Lakes Bus Station on St Lucia campus.
By Bicycle, St Lucia has bicycle routes that utilise the residential streets between the University of Queensland and Toowong.
By Road, St Lucia has three major thoroughfares which all lead to the University of Queensland. These are Swann Road, Sir Fred Schonell Drive and The Esplanade.
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