Suburb History

Bulimba originally extended well east of the present day suburb. The name Bulimba is believed to be derived from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘place of the magpie lark.’ Bulimba was a farming settlement by the 1860s and included a school, and a church. The main town was reached by river and one of the families owned a rowing-boat service. Many developments happened within the next couple of years including the establishment of a post office, cemetery, and a brewing company. The local government for Bulimba was established in 1880 and extended from Woolloongabba to Moreton Bay. In 1889, the opening of the Brisbane to Cleveland railway line through the Bulimba region ensured steady increases in population in Wynnum as well as east of Norman Creek. In 1886, Bulimba Village was actually serviced by a vehicular steam ferry that connected with the Newstead horse-tram service which, in the late 1890s, was electrified. The extension of the tram service led to the building of a number of residential estates in the 1920s.

By the end of the interwar years, Bulimba was a mature suburb. The eastern part of the suburb next to the river was reserved for army purposes. The establishment of the City Cat river transport in 1996 made accessing central Brisbane quicker and easier and subsequently, the suburb was ranked the number one growth area in 2001. This allowed for an increase in house prices, with residents attracted to the river views.


Family Friendly Neighbourhood

Bulimba is a very family friendly neighbourhood and is a great place to raise a family. There are many excellent schools not only within the area, but around the area as well. These include Bulimba State School, Lourdes Hill College, Morningside State School, Saints Peter and Paul’s School, Balmoral State High School, Cannon Hill Anglican College, Hamilton State School, Ascot State School, Saint Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ School, Holy Spirit School, and many more.

As well as great schools, Bulimba is full of some excellent parks and places of recreation. Some of these parks include Bulimba Memorial Park, Bulimba Riverside Park, Johnston Park, Love Street Park, Merry Street Park, Myuna Street Park, Portside Place Park, Stuart Street Park, Taylor Street Park, Tugulawa Park, Vic Lucas Park, Waterline Crescent Park and many more. These parks have some great features including a cultural heritage site, playgrounds, barbecues, off leash dog areas, outdoor fitness and exercise stations, picnic areas and shelters, shared pathways, a fishing facility, Riverwalk, a half court, sailing precinct and many more. Many of the parks are home to some incredible recreational clubs including Bulimba Guides, Bulimba Senior Citizens Clubhouse, Southside Eagles soccer and cricket facility, Bulimba Junior Sports Club facility, Bulimba Par 3 Golf Course and more.


An array of amenities

There is no shortage of amenities located within Bulimba. Oxford Street is the suburb’s main shopping and eating strip that is loved by all, residents and neighbours alike. There is an endless amount of restaurant options in Bulimba. Transport going to and from Bulimba is excellent. Not only are there buses but also the CityCat and ferries which are a great way to travel to and from work.

Bulimba is no doubt a great place to live. Due to the suburb being bordered on two sides by the Brisbane River, the summer heat is chased away regularly by afternoon breezes. The real estate located in Bulimba is top notch. Many houses take advantage of having the river so close and are donned with broad verandas and balconies. Bulimba is mainly made up of renovated Queenslanders, colonial and post war homes as well as apartment blocks. Bulimba is conveniently located close to the city, but it still upholds its village atmosphere. This cements the fact that Bulimba is a place for professionals and families alike. Residents say they love Bulimba’s village charm and it is one of the things that attracted them to the area in the first place. On weekends, Bulimba attracts people from all over Brisbane for a coffee, a shop, and a bite to eat. 

Bulimba is one of the best suburbs in Brisbane and there is no question as to why. It is in a convenient location with no shortage of amenities and is suited for everyone. But most of all, it is full of prime real estate. Visit Reval Estate Agents for a team that will provide you with your forever home.

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