About 15 kilometres up north of Brisbane is the suburb of Boondall. It belongs to the federal electorate of Lilley. Suburbs surrounding it include Nudgee on the east, Taigum and Zillmere on the west. Up its northern part are the suburbs of Deagon, Sandgate and Shorncliffe while the southern boundaries include Banyo, Geebung and Virginia.
The name of Boondall was taken from the Aboriginal word meaning ‘crooked creek’. For a long time this suburb was known as the ‘Cabbage Tree Creek’ perhaps because of the famous creek flowing through its premise. Today, Boondall is known as a residential zone with several young and established families, individuals and even retirees amongst its residents. It is most famous for the 700 hectares of wetlands found here.
In 2011, the census conducted showed a total population of 8,748 residents living in the suburb of Boondall. Its total population divided according to gender reflected about 48.3% females and 51.7% males. Back then, the median age was about a year below that of the average Australian which in other words is 36 years old.
- Income ($/weekly): An average individual living in Boondall comes with a median household income of $592 per week. As for the households, an average one comes with a median income of $1,370 weekly.
- Employment: The suburb of Boondall has an unemployment rate of 5.4% as per the 2011 census. Of all the residents aged over 15 years old who identified as part of the labour force in this suburb, there are 60.8% holding full-time employment while the other 28.0% had part-time employment.
- Lifestyles and People (Top 5): The top 5 lifestyles of the residents of Boondall in percentages are as follows – Older Couples & Families – 20.2%; Established Couples & Families – 17.1%; Maturing Couples & Families – 11.3%; Independent Youth – 11.1%; Maturing & Established Independence – 9.9%.
There is the Boondall railway station in Shorncliffe which is one of the servicing stations in Queensland. Residents as well as visitors departing from or going to the areas of Boondall and Brisbane can check out the trips available here as well as in the other train station which is the North Boondall Station. Public commute in Boondall is convenient because of this.
Some residents prefer riding or driving their own private vehicles though when they want to go around the area of the suburb as it proves to be most convenient of all. There is but minimal traffic unless you find yourself out in the streets during peak hours, which of course is also evident in other suburbs.
Families with kids to send to school find it to be the least of their concern because there is the local school, the Boondall State School. Without a doubt, this is a good choice for students as it is famed for receiving numerous awards already, with the award for their ELF Literacy Program just one of the many. Going further down south of Boondall is also another option they can have – the St. Joseph’s College. It used to be within the boundaries of its neighbouring suburb, Nudgee.
Boondall is also famous for its entertainment with the Brisbane Entertainment Centre just close to the Boondall railway station. Here, families and individuals can enjoy live entertainment shows with one of its more popular musical theatre production – ‘The Man from Snowy River: Arena Spectacular’.
Of course most people who come by the area of Brisbane are well aware of the famed Boondall Wetlands which measures enormously as it has about 1000 hectares of protected area. This wetland is home to animals and birds reaching to more or less 190 species.