Moorooka is a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland and is located seven kilometres south of the Brisbane CBD. It covers an area of approximately 4.1km2 and is surrounded by the neighbouring suburbs of Yeronga, Annerley, Tarragindi, Yeerongpilly, Salisbury, and Rocklea. As well as this, a section of Moorooka’s eastern boundary runs adjacent to Toohey Forest Park. Many main road run through or border the suburb of Moorooka. These include Ipswich Road, Beaudesert Road, the Ipswich Motorway, Muriel Avenue, Evans Road, Tarragindi Road, Mayfield Road, Hamilton Road, Fegen Drive, and more. The Brisbane River is close by, situated just west of Moorooka in the neighbouring suburbs. Moorooka is a mixed use suburb. It has large areas, particularly on the eastern side, that are residential while parts of the western side are dominated by retail, especially vehicle dealerships along Ipswich Road as well as light industry and warehouses. This area is popularly known throughout Brisbane as the ‘Magic Mile.’
Rich with History
Moorooka was originally founded as a stop-over point for journeys from Brisbane south such as Logan and Albert River valleys, and south west such as Ipswich and suburbs beyond. It is mainly a post-World War II suburb, and its name is thought to be derived from an Aboriginal word referring to iron bark trees due to the numerous amounts of iron bark trees that were once in the area. The name ‘Moorooka’ was thought to be first used as the official name for the railway station that was opened in 1887. Before the area was known as Moorooka, the district was known as Rocky Water Holes and Rocklea East. Moorooka was a part of the Yeerongpilly local government division before the opening of the railway line in 1885, and was a completely rural area. In the 1860s, there had been cotton and sugar cane grown in the area as well as some general farming in later years. The closest place of settlement had been Rocky Water Holes or Rocklea along Ipswich Road.
Developments continued within the area, mainly along Hamilton Road. Some of these included a hall in 1887, a post office in 1891, churches and places of worship and much more. In the 1920s, the north east area of Moorooka, known as Clifton Hill, was a soldier settlement. Moorooka began to become dotted with houses and a set of local shops were built on Beaudesert Road away from the station in 1925. Prompted by the Progress Association, the Moorooka Primary School was opened in 1929 on Beaudesert Road, in the middle of the emerging suburb. In 1930, the uniform gauge railway line was constructed and involved a transhipping point. During the war, there was industrial and munitions activity at this point as well as in Rocklea. Many returned servicemen’s housing and numerous estates filled Moorooka quickly.
As well as this, and perhaps the most important part of Moorooka’s history is that before European settlement, the area was occupied by the Australian Aboriginal Jagera tribe. It is believed that the area was most likely a hunting ground with plentiful amounts of food and water.
Prime Real Estate
Moorooka is home to some prime real estate with an eclectic mix of homes. Many houses within the area are pre-war Queenslanders, most built on posts with a simple one floor design and beautiful wooden construction, as well as small apartment blocks and units which are scattered throughout the suburb. This mix of housing provides the suburb with a feel not many other Australian suburbs can harness. Like many of the other older suburbs in Brisbane, Moorooka is being gentrified and renewed. Many of the older homes are now being renovated and extended or are being replaced by more modern buildings which will only add to the real estate value. Moorooka has areas atop of hills where the real estate is highly sought after. This is due to many of the houses having views overlooking the Great Dividing Range over Archerfield in the south, Seventeen Mile Rocks to the West, Mount Coot-tha, St Lucia, Indooroopilly to the north-west, as well as views of the Brisbane City to the north.
This renewal of a once rural suburb has led to an influx of families from both near and far. Although the real estate is a large factor that attracts many to the area, Moorooka’s endless amount of quality amenities is also a factor. The kindergartens and schools that service the area as well as educational facilities in the surrounding suburbs, are a large part of the attraction for families. The two main schools are Moorooka State School and St Brendan’s Catholic Primary. This is as well as Griffith University in the nearby areas for tertiary study. Moorooka’s principal shopping district, known as Moorvale, is an amenity that attracts all. It features over one hundred businesses ranging from takeaways and restaurants to discount stores to drycleaners to jewellery shops to grocery stores to hair salons and many more great facilities. The public transport system going to and from Moorooka is one of the best. The railway line extending to the Gold Coast forms part of the suburb’s border and trains on the Beenleigh line stop at the Moorooka station. Buses also service the area, running to various locations such as the City, Garden City, Rocklea, Acacia Ridge, Sunnybank and more.
Moorooka is just about the perfect place for anyone to live in and opportunities can be snatched away fast. If you are looking to buy, rent or sell in this area, contact Reval Estate Agents for expert advice and guidance.