Welcome to Nundah
Library, train station, parks, public and private schools, markets, shops and cafes - Nundah is a suburb that offers locals a lot. It’s changed considerably and developed more of a village atmosphere since Sandgate Road was diverted under the town centre and into a tunnel. It's good to browse amongst the small stores that sell retro clothes, handcrafted art and fashion or have a tea at Queenies Traditional Tea House. The collection of old charity shops have been replaced with new shops and services, including a major supermarket but the Centro Toombul Shopping Centre is also close.
There are churches and private schools on the hills to the west of the town, along with blocks of apartments. Some lovely streets, with Queenslander style homes, lead down to the green space of Kalinga Park. Nundah was once home to German missionaries and the heritage listed Nundah Cemetery is Queensland's oldest surviving cemetery.
Nundah is about 8km from Brisbane’s CBD. Over 33% of households in this area are comprised of couples with children, 41% are couples without children and 20% are single parent families. Stand alone house account for 41% of all dwellings in this area, and units account for a further 45%. There are many older, timber homes in this area, many of which have been renovated. There are also plenty of modern townhouses and units.
Toombul Shopping Centre is your nearest major shopping mall, but there are good local shops on Junction Road and also on Sandgate Road.
Christopher says: Suburban feel with cosmopolitan overtones. The sense of community and locality to Nundah Village and the airport. Timber and tin houses, and the Nundah village area is set to bloom into something to rival Stones Corner, Wilston, or Rosalie.
8km north-northeast of the Brisbane CBD.
Nundah Village shopping strip, Westfield Shoppingtown Toombul, Albert Bishop Park, Nundah and Toombul train station
Nundah is located eight kilometres north-northeast of the Brisbane CBD and has seen an increase in buyer demand as a result of higher prices in the inner city suburbs. The area has seen a progression of residents from retirees and older residents to young families and couples.
Residential development has been slowing and new buyers have been opting for renovating older homes. Renovation activity has also had a positive effect on property prices as the whole suburb has effectively seen a significant makeover in the last few years. Given its relative close proximity to Brisbane, the airport and major transport routes, the suburb has also seen the growth of medium density units. However, the majority of residential properties (70 per cent) in the suburb remain single unit dwellings (houses).
Local amenities add to the suburb's attractiveness. There are a number of state and private schools in neighbouring suburbs catering for both primary and secondary school children. The closest hospital, Royal Brisbane Hospital is only 15 minutes away. Westfield Shoppingtown at nearby Toombul services residents with major retail and supermarket outlets, while the Lutwyche shopping centre is also close by. A bit further out to the north on Gympie Road is Westfield Shoppingtown at Chermside.
The Sandgate Road Nundah bypass has dramatically improved the main shopping strip in Nundah, also known as Nundah Village. Nundah has numerous parks, bike and walkways as well as Scout and Girl Guide associations. Kedron Brook runs through Nundah, Hendra and Wooloowin and has walking and biking paths running alongside.
Residents also have access to excellent public transport services with the northern train line running through the area and Albion, Wooloowin, Eagle Junction, Toombul and Nundah train stations all close by. Regular bus routes also make getting into and out of the city easy for Nundah residents. Brisbane's domestic and international airports are easily accessible by car or the skytrain.
The area has a rich indigenous history. Evidence of Aboriginal occupation can be found in a bora ring at Nudgee Waterhole and in sites of special importance at Dinah Island, near Boondall Wetlands.
Lutheran missionaries arrived at Nundah in 1838 with the purpose of ministering to the Aborigines. They were granted 259 hectares of land. The missionaries named their settlement Zion and the stream dividing the property Kidron. The area was later known as Zion Hill (now the Walkers Way area at Toombul) and Kedron Brook.
The first mail service passed through the suburbs of Banyo, Northgate, Nundah (German Station) and Nudgee to Sandgate by coach in 1858. In 1862-63 a bridge over Zillman’s Waterholes at Nundah was constructed. The railway to Sandgate, stopping at Nundah was opened on 10 May 1882. The area developed once the train line was in place.
Anna Frederika Bage (1883 – 1970), better known as Freda Bage, has given her name to Bage Street, Nundah. Anna started her teaching life as a junior demonstrator in biology after gaining a Bachelor of Science in 1904. She later taught at the University of Melbourne in 1907-09. She became a lecturer in charge of biology at the University of Queensland from 1913 and Principal of the Women's College 1914-46.
She is commemorated at the Women's College by the Freda Bage room. She loved cars and was a well-known driver; she was also President of the Queensland Women’s Hockey Club for 6 years. She was awarded an OBE in 1941.
Toombul Shire Hall at Nundah was constructed in 1891 for the Toombul Divisional Board. Following the introduction of the Local Government Act of 1902 the Board became the Toombul Shire Council in 1903. The Hall consisted of Shires Offices and community meeting space until Toombul Shire was absorbed into Brisbane City Council following the creation of Greater Brisbane in 1925.
In 1838 The First Free Settlers Monument was erected to commemorate the arrival of the German Immigrant Missionaries who were the first free settlers within the area of Moreton Bay, later to become Queensland. In 1988 a German Australian Friendship Plaque was unveiled during the German Australian Pioneer Week (QLD) to mark the 150 years since their arrival.
Reference: BRISbites, 2000