The residential areas of Nathan are located on the western boundary as well as student accommodation on the Griffith University campus. Nathan was one of three suburbs around Mount Gravatt that was named after Queensland governors. It is named after Queensland Governor Sir Matthew Nathan who served as the Governor of Queensland from 1920 to 1926. He gained considerable approval from the public due to him serving as the Chancellor of the University of Queensland from 1922 to 1926. Most of the area of Nathan was reserved for public purposes and many facilities were built such as the Mount Gravatt Cemetery in 1918 and the Toohey Forest Park in 1938. The Toohey Forest Park was purchased by the Brisbane City Council from James Toohey’s descendants who the park is named after. James Toohey was a settler who had owned large areas of land from Tarragindi to Mount Gravatt between the years of 1865 and 1872.

This suburb wasn’t named until 1967, having originally been a part of Mount Gravatt. Two years before this, the Queensland Government decided on a new university in the original cemetery reserve and was set to be called Griffith. Griffith University opened in 1975 and had a total of 451 students over four study areas. Today, the Nathan campus accommodates over 13,000 students over a wide range of study areas. Nathan is also home to the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre which, in 1982, hosted the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games. Currently, the Queensland Academy of Sport uses the stadium’s facilities.


Nathan Harbours Great Real Estate

There is some prime real estate located within the suburb of Nathan that is perfect for both families and independents alike. Many students are attracted to the area due to the suburb being home to Griffith University. However, it is also a great spot for families. In fact, a study showed that the most common types of people living in Nathan are older couples and families, maturing and established independence, and independent youth. Although there are no schools within the suburb of Nathan, surrounding suburbs have some high quality schools. These include Robertson State Primary School, St Thomas Moore College, Sunnybank Primary School, Sunnybank State High School, Sunnybank Special School, Macgregor State School, Macgregor State High School, Upper Mt Gravatt Primary School, Saint Bernards School, Clairvaux Mackillop College, Mount Gravatt State High School, Mount Gravatt State Primary School, Saint Agnes Catholic Primary, Holland Park State High School, Marshall Road State School, Wellers Hill State School, Moorooka State School, St Brendan’s Catholic Primary, Brisbane Christian College, Salisbury State School, St Pius X Catholic Primary School, Coopers Plains State School, and many more.

This area is an area which is in high demand and this could be due to the lifestyle and atmosphere that the community has created. It is a quiet neighbourhood and is surrounded by lots of greenery which is an aspect that attracts many to the area. As well as this, the area is under renewal. Many of the old 80s style houses are being renovated to give the suburb a more modern feel and boost real estate value. Blocks of land vary in size throughout the area. The most popular are the larger sized blocks of land that back onto Toohey Forest Park. This simple fact provides residents with a sense that makes them feel as if they are living miles away from the city when in actual fact, the Brisbane City is a mere ten to twenty minute drive away. Residents also love the proximity Nathan provides to suburbs like Tarragindi where they receive benefits of all the shops and quirky cafes.



Nathan, like most Australian suburbs, is a multicultural area. Census data revealed that approximately 65% of Nathan residents were born in Australia while the next most common countries of birth included New Zealand, China, England, India, and Germany. The data also revealed that approximately 76% of people living in Nathan spoke only English at home. The next most common languages included Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, and Hindi.

Nathan is a quiet and friendly neighbourhood that offers many perks. Although most of the suburb is taken up by the university and Toohey Forest, among other things, Nathan harbours some prime real estate. Contact the team here at Reval Estate Agents for expert advice and guidance, whether you are looking to buy, rent or sell within the area.

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