The large suburb of Rocklea is located approximately 9 kilometres south of the Brisbane CBD. This suburb has an approximate area of 9.1 squared kilometres and is a mostly industrial suburb. Rocklea is surrounded by the neighbouring suburbs of Tennyson, Moorooka, Salisbury, Corinda, Oxley, Archerfield and Coopers Plains. Many main roads go through or border the suburb of Rocklea including the Ipswich Motorway, Sherwood Road, Granard Road, Beaudesert Road, Fairfield Road, Ipswich Road, Boundary Road, Ashgrove Road, Marshall Road and more. Oxley Creek borders the western boundary of the suburb The suburb was named after the Rocky Water Holes which could be found around Oxley Creek. Despite the suburbs industrial look these days, the area was actually very good farming land, and settlement was evident with the opening of a hotel, church, and post office from about 1862 to 1874. Rocklea’s name wasn’t originally adopted until 1884 with the construction and opening of the railway. The area had become a dairying district as well as some experimental silk production in the 1870s. The South Coast railway opening coincided with the building of the Rocklea primary school. Developments continued throughout the years and military bases were converted into housing and estates into what the suburb is today.
Family Friendly Suburb
Despite the area being taken up with industrial land, the majority of the rest is residential and is a beautiful place for families to live in. There are many schools within both Rocklea and the surrounding areas including Rocklea State School, Sherwood State School, Christ The King Catholic Primary School, Graceville State School, Milpera State High School, St Joseph’s Catholic School Corinda, Saint Aiden’s Anglican Girls School, Saint Aiden’s Junior School, Corinda State High School, Corinda State School, Oxley State School, Glenala State High School, Inala State School, Western Suburbs State Special School, Durack State School, Australian International Islamic College, Acacia Ridge State School, Our Lady Of Fatima Catholic Primary School, The Murri School, Coopers Plains State School, Saint Pius X Catholic Primary School, Salisbury State School, Brisbane Christian College, Moorooka State School, Saint Brendan’s Catholic Primary, Yeronga State School, Yeronga State High School, Queensland Pathways State College and more.
There are also a number of great parks within the area of Rocklea for the whole family to enjoy. Some of these include Cambridge Street Park, Dollis Street Park, Elmes Road Park, Erncroft Place Park, Fauna Parade Park, Freney Street Park, Granard Street Park, Kookaburra Park, Short Street Park and Stable Swamp Park which contain excellent facilities such as barbecues, bikeways, picnic areas, playgrounds, off leash dog area, basketball half court, path networks, cricket nets, rugby league facility and more.
Rocklea is perhaps most famous for its hosting of the Brisbane markets which is known for its fresh fruit and vegetables, and flowers as well as some other stuff. The markets were originally held in Roma Street but moved to Rocklea in 1964 and now occupy an 100 hectare site.
Although some may say that Rocklea is not a good suburb to live in because it is predominantly industrial, residents of the suburb say the opposite; that residents benefit from that fact. Rocklea is in close proximity to lots of popular areas and provides easy access to just about everywhere. Residents have described Rocklea as a tucked away little gem that easily gets overlooked because of its industrial nature in some parts of the suburb. There are cafes, gyms, yoga facilities, nature walks and so much more within this suburb’s borders; it has just about everything you could want and need. With the area looking to continue to develop, it is just going to get even better as time goes on.
Rocklea, like many other Australian suburbs, is quite culturally diverse and welcoming of everyone. Census data has revealed that approximately 60.5% of Rocklea residents were born in Australia which is somewhat lower than the Australian average. The next most common countries of birth included New Zealand, England, India, China, and Russia. The data also revealed that approximately 69.4% of Rocklea residents only spoke English at home. The next most common languages spoken included Russian, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Tamil, and Arabic. This multiculturalism is what brings such a welcoming and friendly aura to the community and neighbourhood. Residents have said that the neighbourhood is a strong factor as to why this suburb is the perfect place that they do not want to move from. The people are very friendly and kind which can be hard to find in some neighbourhoods.
Residents describe Rocklea as the perfect place to live; it is close to everything, easily accessible, and a great neighbourhood feel that cannot be passed up. Whether you are looking to sell, buy, rent or invest in this area, get into contact with the team here at Reval Estate Agents for some unforgettable service.