The Brisbane suburb of Hawthorne is located approximately three kilometres east of the Brisbane CBD. It covers an area of approximately 1.4 squared kilometres and is surrounded by the neighbouring suburbs of Newstead, Bulimba, Balmoral, New Farm, Norman Park, and Morningside. The west boundary of Hawthorne runs along the Brisbane River. There are many main roads running through Hawthorne including Hawthorne Road, Riding Road, Wynnum Road, Barton Road, Gordon Street, Lindsay Street, Balmoral Street, and many more. Originally, Hawthorne started out as a farming district back in the 1860s but was gradually subdivided. However, settlement seemed to centre around Bulimba because it had a ferry service that was connected to a tram service whereas Hawthorne did not have the connecting tram service until 1900. As well as this, other public transport tended to bypass Hawthorne. Urbanisation in the area began about 1916 after a post office and school were established in the area. Hawthorne Road became the main passageway and had several shops, a hall, and a church by 1924.


One of Hawthorne’s most popular amenities is the cinema complex located along Hawthorne Road. Part of the Cineplex Australia franchise, these cinemas attract people from many neighbouring suburbs with its cheap tickets and quality movie screenings. As well as this, they have opened a Hawthorne Deluxe Cinemas across the road from the original cinemas. Although tickets are slightly more expensive, they provide recliner chairs as well as bringing food and drink to you throughout the movie. However, these are just some of the things that Hawthorne has to offer.

Hawthorne is also home to some amazing parks that house some great facilities. Some of the parks include Barton Road Pocket Park, Hardcastle Park, and Hawthorne Park. Some of the facilities include barbecues, a basketball key, playgrounds, picnic areas, shared pathways, a basketball half court, circuit path, an outdoor fitness and exercise circuit, and an AFL facility and field.

There are many ways to get to the suburb of Hawthorne and all are easy and seamless. Along with the many main roads around the area, there are also many public transport options. The area is fairly well serviced by buses, predominantly providing access to the Brisbane CBD, Fortitude Valley and other surrounding suburbs. As well as buses, the Morningside railway station is located under two kilometres away from Hawthorne, providing Queensland Rail City network services, predominantly to the Brisbane CBD and Cleveland. Because the suburb is bordered on the west by the Brisbane River, there is also a ferry as an option for transport. The Hawthorne ferry terminal provides the suburb with CityCat services to the Brisbane CBD, South Bank Parklands, and other suburbs along the river. Overall, Hawthorne is overflowing with great public transport options.


Family Friendly Suburb

There is no doubt that Hawthorne is a great suburb, but perhaps what makes it even better is that it is a family friendly suburb. There are some excellent schools within and around the area. Some of these include Lourdes Hill College, Norman Park State School, Anglican Church Grammar School, Coorparoo Secondary College, Seven Hills State School, Cannon Hill State School, Morningside State School, Balmoral State High School, Saints Peter and Paul’s School, Bulimba State School, Holy Spirit School, New Farm State School, and many more.

Some residents have described Hawthorne as “a beautiful, leafy and family friendly suburb,” which is suitable for professionals, couples, younger and established families alike. Other residents have praised the area for its range of great cafes and restaurants as well as the suburb’s friendly aura and of course, its prime location. As well as this, the area is described as a leafy and green suburb which gives the area some character that all residents love.

Real estate opportunities go by quick in the area due to the high demand market. There are approximately two times the amount of visits per property when compared to the Queensland average. There is no doubt as to why this is such a popular area, especially when it comes to families.


Diverse Demographic

Like most suburbs of Australia, Hawthorne is very multicultural and has a diverse demographic of residents. Census data has revealed that approximately 71.3% of Hawthorne residents were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth included England, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States, and South Africa. The data also revealed that approximately 88% of people living in Hawthorne spoke only English at home while the next most common languages spoken at home included Spanish, Greek, French, Japanese, and Italian. This diverse range allows for a completely welcoming suburb, and that feeling is unbeatable.


Hawthorne is no doubt on the list of Brisbane’s best suburbs, with its prime location, its variety of parks and schools, endless options of public transport, and its overall friendly aura. Reval Estate Agents would be happy to help with any enquiries about the real estate in this suburb so give us a call or send us an email.

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