Travelling about 15 kilometres south of Brisbane, Queensland, you will be enthralled by the sight of Acacia Ridge, a suburb whose name was derived from the dominantly flourishing Acacia trees in this area. Post-war dwellings still in existence within the area serve as reminder of the lives of many servicemen during World War II when they have finally come home to their families. This particular suburb is part of the federal electorate of Moreton.
Being in Acacia Ridge would give you that busy yet homey kind of feel. Primarily residential, this suburb serves as a good home for families where everything you need is within easy access. The eastern part of the suburb is also home to many industries whereby creating that rather heavy industrialized scenery.
The recorded population of Acacia Ridge in 2011 totalled to 6,925 residents. Females are 50.1% while males are 49.9%. This suburb has a recorded median age of 34 years old – younger by three years when compared to the average Australian.
- Income ($/weekly): The median weekly income of an individual in Acacia Ridge is about $442. The household, on the other hand, has a weekly median income of $1,602.
- Employment: Of the total number of employed residents of Acacia Ridge in 2011, 58.7% have full time employment while 25.8% have part time employment. Unemployment rate is 9.6%.
- Lifestyles and People (top 5): Residents, when broken down into how lifestyles fare will give you about 15.0% being established couples and families, 14.8% being older couples and families, 13.4% being independent youth, 13.3% being maturing couples and families, and 9.8% being elderly singles.
One of the features that gave fame to Acacia Ridge is the fact that it is home to one of the largest train freight yard in Queensland. You can expect this suburb to be with a rather active freight and shipment business going on and about.
Going around the suburb is convenient, with TransLink buses servicing several routes at particular times in a day. Roads like Watson and Mortimer are covered by some routes. Other routes also include streets like Elizabeth, Bellamy and Mitchell. There are also dedicated lanes and bicycle friendly roads around if you want to enjoy the view of the suburb while getting fit.
If you are thinking of sending your kids to school in Acacia Ridge, know that it is with several wonderful options for you. From kindy up to TAFE, appropriate educational venues are open for your kids to choose from. Among the list are Acacia Ridge Early Years Centre and Kindergarten, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School, Watson Road State School, Acacia Ridge State School, Aboriginal & Islander Independent Community School, and TAFE Queensland Skills Tech.
If you fancy taking walks or having picnics with the family, Acacia Ridge is home to parks like the Acacia Ridge Caravan Park and the Grenier Park. You and your family can enjoy quality time together, combining play and relaxation.
Sports enthusiasts are also likely to find a good place to spend their free time. There is the Souths Acacia Bowls Club which is a Lawn Bowls Club at Brandon Park Reserve, Mortimer Road. The Acacia Ridge Soccer Club is also near the area. If ice skating is your passion, you would be glad that Acacia Ridge is home to one of the skating rinks you will hardly find everywhere else in Brisbane. You can check out Iceworld Olympic Ice Rinks for some skating actions.