The outer southern suburb of Rochedale is located seventeen kilometres south east of the Brisbane CBD. It takes up an approximate area of 15.4km2 and is surrounded by the neighbouring suburbs of Mansfield, Mackenzie, Burbank, Wishart, Eight Mile Plains, Rochedale South, and Priestdale. Many main roads run through or border the area of Rochedale. Rochedale’s western boundary is partially aligned with the Gateway Motorway and Bulimba Creek. Other main roads include the Pacific Motorway, Mount Gravatt-Capalaba Road, Gardner Road, Rochedale Road, Ford Road, Miles Platting Road, Underwood Road, Priestdale Road, and more. Both Rochedale and Rochedale South were originally known as Rochedale. This suburb was named after the Roche family who settled in the area after moving to Australia from Ireland in 1860. The Roche family built a homestead in 1868 which they called Rochedale. Many explorers passed through the area during convict settlement, but it wasn’t until 1865 that the first settlers started farming in the area. Residential development took off in Rochdale during the 1960s and many estates were built. Quite a few of the street names within the area are named after families of early settlers such as Rhonda Street and Davey Street.
One of the first major developments for Rochedale as a suburb, was the establishment of Rochedale State School at the intersection of Miles Platting Road and Rochedale Road in 1931. As well as this, the Rochedale dump began its operations in 1991 and, since 2004, a waste to energy facility has been generating electricity. Since 2009, Rochedale has experienced a major growth in residents over the next fifteen to twenty years due to the Rochedale Urban Community Development where Rochedale saw bush and farm lands turned into housing estates. Blocks of land within the area vary in size and is a factor that attracts many to its real estate. This provides prime real estate opportunities for everyone, no matter what they are looking for.
Great for Families
Rochedale is great suburb to raise a family in. There are many great schools within the suburb as well as in neighbouring suburbs. These include Rochedale State School, St Peter’s Primary School, Rochedale State High School, Redeemer Lutheran College, Eight Mile Plains State School, Rochedale South State School, Sinai College, Mount Petrie State School, Citipointe Christian College, Mansfield State Primary School, Mansfield State High School, Brisbane Adventist College, Wishart State School, St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School, and many more.
Not only is Rochedale home to some great schools, but it is also home to some fantastic parks and recreational facilities. Some of these parks include Ken Vanstone Park, Cockatoo Place Park, Kookaburra Circuit Park, Miles Platting Road Park, Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road Park, Pask Family Park, Prebble Street Park, Priestdale Road, Redfers Avenue Reserve, Rochedale District Sports Park, Strawberry Fields Place, and Wallaby Parade Park. All of these parks have some great amenities including picnic areas, barbeques, pathways, playgrounds, off leash dog areas, and more. The Rochedale District Sports Park is also home to the Mt Gravatt District Horse and Pony Club. As well as this, the eastern part of Rochedale that backs onto the Priest Gully has been set up with a wildlife corridor to preserve the local flora and fauna. Not many suburbs take initiative to preserve their local wildlife, but Rochedale is a suburb that takes pride in their initiative.
Travelling to and from Rochedale is an easy and seamless task and the area’s transport system is an aspect that attracts many to the suburb. Although there are no railway lines nearby, the area is serviced by the Mt Gravatt Bus Service who provides public transport services to Rochedale and its surrounding areas. As well as this, the Eight Mile Plains bus station along the South East busway is located on Rochedale’s western boundary and is serviced by express buses going to Brisbane City and bypassing Garden City and other major suburbs. The Eight Mile Plains bus station also provides free parking for commuters. This is great for any university students. For people that prefer to drive to places themselves, the Pacific Motorway allows for quick access to the City and the Gold Coast, and the Gateway Motorway provides means for quick access to the Sunshine Coast and the Logan Motorway for more inland suburbs.
Like many Australian suburbs, Rochedale is a very multicultural area and has a very friendly and welcoming community. Results gathered from census data revealed that approximately 65% of Rochedale residents were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth included Taiwan, England, New Zealand, Italy, and the United States of America. The census data also revealed that the percentage of people living in Rochedale who only spoke English at home was approximately 72%. The next most popular languages spoken included Mandarin, Italian, Greek, Cantonese, and Punjabi.
This culturally diverse area that caters for all different lifestyles is an area that is never short of prime real estate opportunities. If Rochedale sounds like the place for you, contact Reval Estate Agents for all things buying, renting, and selling.