The name ‘Coorparoo’ was chosen as the suburb name in 1875 at a public meeting after it was previously known as Four Mile Camp. The name of Coorparoo is believed to be derived from an Aboriginal word describing Norman Creek. The area is located on the eastern side of Norman Creek which is a southern branch of the Brisbane River. In the post-European era, the main access point to the Coorparoo area was by crossing over Norman Creek. A bridge was built in 1856 and this coincided with land subdivision sales that became semi-rural estates. In response to the increasing urbanisation, a second bridge was opened in 1886 and two years later, the Coorparoo Shire was formed. This new shire included the areas of Stones Corner as well as parts of Holland Park and Camp Hill. In 1889, the Cleveland railway line was opened and ran through the northern part of the Coorparoo Shire.
Many other facilities like churches and sporting associations were opened in the following years. As well as the railway line, an electric tram service began in 1902, running along Logan Road to Stones Corner, and was upgraded and extended to run along Cleveland Road in 1914. This was followed by more land subdivisions and more estates were built. Many of the houses were high-set Queenslanders. With continued urbanisation and developments, the population in Coorparoo Shire doubled during the years of 1911 and 1921.
Coorparoo is no doubt a great place to raise a family. Coorparoo has an abundance of great schools within the area but also in neighbouring suburbs. These include Coorparoo Secondary College, Coorparoo State School, Villanova College, Xavier Special School, Our Lady of Mt Carmel School, St James Primary School, Loreto College Coorparoo, Anglican Church Grammar School, and more. This suburb is also fairly close to the University of Queensland St Lucia Campus and Griffith University’s Southbank Campus but is also a short ride to the Queensland University of Technology.
Not only does Coorparoo have great educational facilities, but it is also home to an array of sporting organisations and establishments. As well as having smaller local clubs, Coorparoo is the home for the Eastern Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club which is based at Langlands Park. This club is known for its participation in the Queensland Cup and its affiliation with the NRL. Langlands Park also regularly hosts training sessions for both the Queensland and Australian Rugby League teams when their games are in Brisbane. Another major sporting facility is located at Giffin Park which is home to an AFL facility. This facility holds the Brisbane Lions training during the week.
There are an abundance of parks and recreational activities within the suburb of Coorparoo. These include Eric Sivell Park, Eva Street Park, Giffin Park, Gladstone Street Park, Holdsworth Street Park, Kanumbra Street Park, Leicester Street Park, Majestic Park, Moorhen Flats, Satellite Street Park, Stanley Street East Park, Temple Street Park, The Common Park, Trundle Park, Wembley Park, Wills Street Park, Wynola Park and many more. These parks offer a variety of facilities such as playgrounds, bikeway networks, practice cricket nets, off leash dog areas, fitness stations, habitat restorations sites, netball facilities, shared pathway networks, barbeques, exercise equipment, picnic areas, skate parks, designated drone launching areas, basketball half courts, rebound walls, rehabilitation sites, fitness circuits, circuit paths, cricket facilities, flying fox roosting sites and more.
Coorparoo, as a suburb, is still growing and undergoing developments, meaning that the market demand for houses, units, apartments, and townhouses will continue to increase. Other urban developments include the demolishment of the old Myer Department store that was located on the corner of Old Cleveland Road and Cavendish Road in 2015. This was done to make way for three residential towers that included commercial development on the lower floors. This development is known as Coorparoo Square which opened in 2017 and includes a cinema, supermarkets as well as specialty retailers and cafes. Under this development, there will be a void for the Eastern Busway Station. Coorparoo has a high demand market that will only continue to become more and more competitive which is a statement on how great the suburb is. Coorparoo’s top three types of residents are independent youth, maturing and established independence, and established couples and families.
Due to Coorparoo’s close proximity to the Brisbane City, the suburb is a sought after location for professionals who are after shorter commute times. Coorparoo is made up of generous units and apartments as well as charismatic houses, some being graced with exceptional city views. There are even still some double-storey post-war homes that are great for families.
Coorparoo can undeniably provide the perfect home for just about everyone, whether you’re an independent youth or a couple wanting to start a family. Reval Estate Agents can provide you with the information and guidance needed on this exciting journey. Contact our team to ensure that you are starting with a foot in the right direction.