Located about 9 kilometres east of the Central Business District, Balmoral is one of Brisbane’s inner suburbs. It said to have been named after Queen Victoria’s country residence in Scotland, while others claim it was named after the anglicisation of Baile Mhoireil’, a Gaelic for ‘beautiful residence’ or ‘majestic castle’.
A notable landmark of the suburb is its Balmoral Cineplex, which was a single open-air cinema back in the 1900s. Balmoral Cineplex now offers 6 state-of-the-art screening rooms. Balmoral is a sought-after suburb and features a wide range of homes, including stately residences on Balmoral Hill.
Records from the 2011 census show that Balmoral had a total population of 3,827. The total populace comprises approximately 51.8% females and 48.2% males. The suburb’s median age was 35 years old, 2 years below the Australian median age at the time.
- Income ($/weekly): An average household living in Balmoral had a weekly median income of $2044. The individual median income, on the other hand, was $953 per week.
- Employment: Of the total labour force in Balmoral, 67.0% were employed full time. 24.1%, on the other hand, were working on a part time basis. The suburb had a 3.4% unemployment rate.
- Lifestyles and People (Top 5): Maturing & Established Independence make up the largest percentage of people living in Balmoral (18.2%); followed by Established Couples & Families (16.6%); Older Couples & Families (15.1%); Maturing Couples & Families (12.6%); and Independent Youth (12.3%).
Balmoral has bus stations located at Riding Road near Fifth Ave, Walkers Drive and Lytton Road at Taylor Street, with multiple bus stops within the suburb. Commuting by bus to the city will run through Riding Road, with a bus leaving every few minutes. Another option for commuters is to take the ferry to Brisbane, by going north to the Apollo Road Ferry terminal or going east from Balmoral to Bulimba Ferry Terminal.
Balmoral State High School, the only state school in the suburb, was established in 1958. The school is part of the Gateway Learning Community, and is one of the 25 aerospace schools that offers the Aerospace subject. This has been done in partnership with public and private institutions to help increase the employment of engineers and trained personnels in the regional aerospace industry. The school has a wide selection of sporting, academic and cultural programmes. Among these are the Balmoral State High School Boeing Enterprise Team and Aerospace Studies.
Being one of the inner suburbs of Brisbane, Balmoral is filled with all sorts of facilities. Multiple local shops, community centres and cafes can be found in the area. Not to mention the suburb is bordered by Bulimba, Hawthorne and Morningside, offering even more places to enjoy and relax.