The name Dutton derives from the Queensland Minister for Lands, Charles Boydell Dutton, who served from 1883 to 1887. In 1884, he also created the recreation reserve which is known as ‘Dutton’s Park.’ Dutton Park’s development was slow because of the difficult terrain as well as a large portion of the suburb being surveyed by government reserves. There were some major developments however that helped put Dutton Park on the map. The Boggo Road Gaol opened in 1883 and served as a holding place for the prisoners that were to be transported to St Helena Island. However, it housed over three hundred prisoners by 1989. Both the female and male sections of the gaol were closed in 1989 and 1992 respectively. The South Coast railway line was built in 1884 which included a station at Dutton Park and in 1886, the Dutton Park State School opened. The suburb was serviced by electric trams between 1901 and 1969.
A large portion of the suburb is dominated by Dutton Park. The park includes a large recreation area as well as a public cemetery. The South Brisbane Cemetery, also known as the Dutton Park Cemetery, was reserved in 1866 and is the oldest surviving municipal cemetery in Brisbane. There are also a number of other parks in the area that are great for family days out. Some of these parks include the Boggo Road Gaol Park, Brier Street Park, Dutton Park, Grair Park, Ovens Head Reserve, Rosecliffe Street Park, and more. These parks also have a range of amenities and facilities including barbeques, basketball half courts, bikeways, pathway networks, off-leash dog areas, outdoor fitness and exercise stations, a kick-a-bout space, picnic areas, playgrounds, shared pathways as well as a war memorial and a meeting place for the Dutton Park Scouts.
There are also a number of great quality schools within the area as well as the surrounding areas. Some of these schools include Saint Ita’s Primary School, Dutton Park State School, Junction Park State School, Buranda State School, St Joseph’s Parish School, East Brisbane State School, Saint Laurence’s College, Somerville House, Brisbane State High School, West End State School, and many more. As well as primary and secondary schools, there are also a number of tertiary educational facilities. Some of these include the University of Queensland St Lucia campus located right next to Dutton Park over the river, the Griffith University Queensland College Of Art and Tafe Brisbane both located in South Brisbane, and the Queensland University of Technology Gardens Point campus is across the river from South Brisbane.
Another major amenity in close proximity to Dutton Park is the Gabba, which holds many major events throughout the year including the AFL, a variety of cricket tournaments, and even concerts. It is also the home of the Brisbane Lions. Perhaps the suburbs best amenities is the prime real estate the suburb is home to. There is no doubt as to why Dutton Park is such a popular area for home owners and renters alike. This area gets nearly double the visits per property than the Queensland average and there is no wonder why.
Getting to and from the suburb of Dutton Park is easy and seamless with the Pacific Motorway in very close proximity to the suburb. As well as this, there are many other major roads as well as a variety of options for public transport. There are many Brisbane Transport bus routes that serve the suburb along Gladstone Road and Annerley Road, most routes serving the City. The suburb has become a major hub for the Brisbane City Busway with the opening of the Dutton Park Place busway station located on the Eleanor Schonell Bridge, as well as the opening of the Boggo Road Busway. The suburb is also well serviced by trains. It I served by the Dutton Park Railway Station which is situated on the Beenleigh and Ferny Grove line.
Dutton Park is arguably one of the best Brisbane suburbs. If this sounds like the place for you, contact the team here at Reval Estate Agents for help in finding your perfect home.