Bracken Ridge


“Family friendly and community-centric lifestyle”

Bracken Ridge is located 18km north of the Brisbane CBD, and just over 4km east of the bayside.
With its family-friendly atmosphere, community-centric lifestyle and multi-use green spaces, Bracken Ridge is an example of how pleasant suburban living can be. A number of new hosting estates are located throughout the suburb. Including The Oaks, Enbrook Heights and the most recent development Sungate Estate. Many of the larger blocks in the area contain family-friendly homes with swimming pools. As the name suggests, Bracken Ridge is generally hilly. A beautiful park and reservoir sit on the highest point of the suburb and offer spectacular views across to Moreton Bay in the east, and the CBD to the south. The area is home to a number of sporting clubs such as the popular Bracken Ridge District Cricket Club, the Bracken Ridge “Roadrunners” Little Athletics Club and the “Ridgettes” netball club. There is also a large Indoor Sports Centre and Aquatic Centre in the suburb. Bracken Ridge is well equipped with shopping options with several shopping strips and a village plaza. Coles and Woolworths are both located in the suburb, as well as a good selection of medical facilities and cafes. Bracken Ridge boasts a number of state and private schools. St Joseph’s primary is rated one of Brisbane’s best. Brisbane North Institute of TAFE also has a local campus in the suburb. There is easy access to several train stations, with direct access to the CBD and lots of parking available. There is also a good bus network supporting the suburb.

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Area Profile

  • Average Age: 40 – 49 years
  • Household Structure: 46.4% Couples with Children | 36.1% Childless Couples | 15.8% Single Parents | Other 1.8%
  • Occupation: Professionals
  • Ownership: 64% Owner Occupiers | 36% Renters
  • Population: 9.5k
  • 5-year population change: 5.2%
  • Land size: 6.2 square kilometres
  • Green spaces: 9, covering nearly 21.7% of the total area

Local School Catchments

  • Bracken Ridge State School [Co-ed] [Government]
  • Norris Road State School [Co-ed] [Government]
  • Bracken Ridge State High School [Co-ed] [Government]
  • St Joesphs Catholic Primary School [Co-ed] [Catholic]
  • St. John Fisher College [Girls] [Catholic]
  • Brisbane North Institute of TAFE, Bracken Ridge Campus

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Bracken Ridge was named after a local property which was apparently set amount a profusion of bracken ferns. Louis Hope was the first European landowner in the area, and he grew sugar cane and other crops. Dairy farming also became an important industry in the area and continued to be the chief rural industry until the suburb became more residential in the late 1960s and 1970s. The first primary school opened in 1957, followed by two more in 1977 and 1978. Secondary schooling arrived with the St John Fisher Catholic College in 1981.

Local Life – See, Do, Experience

Where you will find the locals…

  • Keeping the kids (and adults) active with an endless choice of sports and activities, such as Karate, Netball, Cricket, Volleyball, and Soccer (just to name a few). Many conveniently located at the fun and friendly indoor sports centre
  • Sharing a relaxed family meal at Panama Jack’s Steak & Rib House, steak night or the signature pork ribs are favourite!
  • Enjoying a family day out at the monthly Steam and Electric miniature train days, followed by a Lions Club sausage sizzle or picnic in McPherson park
  • Strapping on their helmets (and knee pads and elbow pads) and taking on the ledges, rails, banks, quarter pipes and unique structures of the Bracken Ridge Skate Park
  • Stargazing or watching some of Brisbane’s most magical firework displays from the elevated position of Bracken Ridge Reserve Park
  • Enjoying the best coffee in Bracken Ridge with friends, whilst the kids keep entertained with their large collection of books and board games
  • Soaking up the sun on the weekends, and exploring the seaside suburbs only minutes away