Postcode: 4012 | Distance to CBD: 9
Welcome to Wavell Heights
Known by locals as "Wavell", this suburb is quite large, stretching from Nundah, north past Chermside and east to Northgate. With various pockets, the housing changes from modest post-war houses near Chermside to brick contemporary houses built in the 1970s and 80s. There are high streets with easterly views and some that enjoy full views of the city skyline. Chermside and Toombul Shopping Centres are close by and it's handy to Brisbane Airport too. The Keith Boden Wetlands in Cressey Street are home to waterbirds and this natural oasis replaces what used to be a drain that flooded regularly. The large Shaw Estate Park in the same area is very popular with walkers and cyclists.
Wavell Heights is about 9km from Brisbane’s CBD. Over 39% of households in this area consist of couples with children, and another 39% are of couples without children. Stand-alone houses make up over 94% of the dwellings in this area, and units account for just over 4%. This is an older, well-established suburb and has a mix of housing styles. You’ll find chamferboard homes and Queenslanders along side brick houses.
There are local shops on Shaw Road and also on Hamilton Road. Aspley Hypermarket is only a short trip away if you’re after all the variety a large shopping mall offers.
Linda says: The character of the older houses fills you with a sense of yesteryear. Early morning walks in the beautiful Kalinga Park places you in a fabulous mindset to begin your day, everyone you pass has a smile in their stride. Wavell Heights - there's no place like home!
9 km North of the Brisbane CBD.
Some elevated positioning, easy access to Gateway Motorway
Located just nine kilometres north of the Brisbane CBD, Wavell Heights is elevated in some parts offering lucky homeowners glorious views of Brisbane. An established suburb, Wavell Heights has a mix of housing styles including old chamferboard homes and Queenslanders. Demand for housing in the area has seen the construction of some new higher density developments.
Like many of its surrounding suburbs Wavell Heights is attracting buyers with its excellent local amenities and easy access to the city and coastal areas.Residents are within 15 minutes of the Gateway Motorway and have a daily commute of around 15 to 20 minutes along Sandgate Road to the city. Although Wavell Heights does not have a train station (closest is Nundah), its regular bus service to the major shopping centres and the heart of Brisbane City make travel in and around the suburb a breeze for residents.
Westfield Shoppingtown in Chermside is the major retail anchor for residents in Wavell Heights. Its recent refurbishment makes it one of the most popular shopping complexes in Brisbane. Also close by is Westfield Shoppingtown Toombul, Wavell Bowls Club and the Kedron Wavell RSL - one of the largest in Queensland. Along with several local parks, Downfall Creek, which borders part of Wavell Heights, provides good walk and bike ways. Wavell Heights is also close is the bay-side suburb of Sandgate (a 20 minute drive away) providing an ideal place for residents to escape to on the weekend for family picnics.
Wavell Heights Primary School, Wavell High School, and Our Lady of the Angels Primary School within the suburb's boundaries are supplemented by a variety of public and private schools in neighbouring suburbs such as Geebung, Kedron and Nundah. Hospital services are also close at hand with Holy Spirit Hospital recently completed on the grounds of the Prince Charles Hospital in Chermside
The Jagera and Turrbal groups occupied land in the Brisbane and Ipswich areas. The exact boundaries are not known, however, the Turrbal generally occupied the area north of the Brisbane River. Both groups had closely related languages, which are classified as belonging to the larger Yaggera language group. The Wavell Heights 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. Aboriginal tribes from as far as Northern NSW travelled to the Bunya Mountains stopping at Zillmann’s Waterholes on their way.
In 1941 Brisbane City Council requested that the area commonly known as West Nundah be recognised as Wavell Heights. It was named after Field Marshall Lord Wavell who was the Commander-In-Chief of the Allied Forces in the Middle East during World War 11.
After this War, returned servicemen settled in the area which had been a sparsely populated area of pineapple and diary farms. War Service and Housing Commission homes were built which created a population explosion in the area.
Wavell Heights State School was opened in 1948 and in the same year the Progress Association built a community centre, which incorporated a hall, boy scout and girl guide huts, a kindergarten, tennis courts and bowling green.
Mr Keith Boden has been the driving and guiding force behind the Neighbourhood Centre operated by the Wavell Heights Neighbourhood Society in Edinburgh Castle Road. The society and the centre continue to provide a real community benefit to the residents of Brisbane.
Keith has now retired from being the honorary manager of the centre. The Council has agreed to name the area around Council's Stormwater Quality Improvement Devices at Cressey Street (where the trees and vegetation are becoming established and ducks and birds are already calling it 'home') the 'Keith Boden Wetlands'.
Our Lady of the Angels Primary School was officially opened in 1950. The Presentation Sisters had been invited to take up teaching duties. The site of ten acres was purchased by Archbishop Duhig in 1921 from a German farmer. Archbishop Duhig sold a portion of the land, which enabled him to build the first church in 1937. He went on to purchase a further five acres with ‘a view of Nudgee College’. This completed the present day Catholic site of about eight acres. The new school comprised three classrooms above the church and one at the back of the church.
Reference: BRISbites, 2000