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Ashgrove, with Mount Coot-tha in the distance
Population 12,916 (2011 census)
 • Density 2,306/km2 (5,970/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4060
Area 5.6 km2 (2.2 sq mi)
Location 4 km (2 mi) from Brisbane
LGA(s) City of Brisbane (Enoggera Ward, The Gap Ward)
State electorate(s)
  • Ashgrove
  • Mount Coot-tha
Federal Division(s) Brisbane
Suburbs around Ashgrove:
Enoggera Enoggera Alderley
The Gap Ashgrove Newmarket
Bardon Bardon Red Hill

Ashgrove is an inner suburb in the City of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. It is located approximately 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) north-west of the Brisbane CBD. Ashgrove is an upmarket, leafy residential suburb characterised by its hilly terrain and characteristic Ashgrovian houses built in the early 20th century. While many of the surrounding suburbs have seen an increase in the number of residential apartments built in the past decade, Ashgrove remains predominantly a suburb of detached single dwelling houses, with many old Queenslander homes in the area. It contains the localities of Dorrington and St Johns Wood.


The 2011 census recorded 12,916 residents in Ashgrove, of whom 50.1% were female and 49.9% were male. The median age of the population was 34; 3 years younger than the Australian median.

79.8% of people living in Ashgrove were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%. The other most common countries of birth were England (3.7%), New Zealand (2.7%), the United States (0.7%), Scotland (0.6%), and India (0.6%). 90.1% of people only spoke English at home, while the next most commonly spoken languages were Italian (0.9%), German (0.4%), French (0.4%), Hindi (0.4%), and Mandarin (0.4%).


Ashgrove's native name is 'Kallindarbin' and was originally inhabited by the indigenous 'Turrbal' or 'Duke of York clan'. The main thoroughfare, Waterworks Road, was built on a Turrbal pathway that led to Mount Coot-tha, a place of the 'Honey-Bee Dreaming' and to the Enoggera Reservoir. The first sales of freehold land commenced in 1856, and ceased in 1875 when all available land was sold. Soon after sale of land stopped, the first school (the Ashgrove State School) and post office was established.

St. John's Wood Granite House
"Granite House" in St Johns Wood, 1880

The area remained primarily a farming district until the end of the 19th century, when growth accelerated with the sale of land which housed one of the first homesteads in the area, the 'Granite House' in the area still known as St Johns Wood. In 1920, the tram line was extended from Red Hill, Queensland to Ashgrove, along Waterworks Road, connecting the suburb with the rest of Brisbane. The tram line closed on Monday 5 August 1968.

Tramdrivers and passengers in a Valley Junction tram at Ashgrove in 1923, on the corner of the Glenlyon Gardens housing estate.

In 2006, Ashgrove celebrated 'Ashgrove 150', an event organised by the Ashgrove Historical Society to commemorate 150 years of Ashgrove (1856–2006).

Locality amalgamation into the suburb of Ashgrove

Dorrington (originally named the suburb of Oakleigh until 1946) and St Johns Wood were suburbs in their own right until they were absorbed into Ashgrove in 1975. To this day these locality names are still in common use, as many residents still associate their residence locations with these former names.

Heritage listings

Woodlands, Ashgrove 2
Woodlands, 2015

Ashgrove has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

  • 116 Ashgrove Avenue: Grove Lodge
  • 67 Elimatta Drive: Grantuly (sometimes Grantully)
  • 34 Glenlyon Drive: Glen Lyon
  • 31 Piddington Street: St John's Wood House
  • 24 Woodland Street: Woodlands


Ashgrove (Waterworks Road) - panoramio
Shops along Waterworks Road

Ashgrove contains the neighbourhood of Ithaca, which is the home of the Broncos football club. The suburb contains a variety of multicultural restaurants (Thai, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Modern Australian), numerous cafes, various shopping amenities (including Coles, Aldi and Woolworths supermarkets) and a public library.


Bus – Ashgrove is serviced by multiple council buses running along Stewart and Waterworks Roads into the central business district. Ashgrove is also a stop on the route of the cross-town Great Circle Line (598/599) which links the four major shopping malls of Brisbane.

It also hosts the northern terminus of the route 61 Maroon CityGlider which is one of two high profile, frequent, and long span "CityGlider" services strongly promoted by the Brisbane City Council. This service provides a cross town function linking Ashgrove with Paddington boutiques and cafes, Suncorp stadium, Caxton Street food and pub precinct, King George Square in the City Centre, Southbank Parklands and cultural district, 'The Gabba', Woolloongabba dining and antique district and Stones Corner cafe strip and outlet shopping.

Cycling – Ashgrove contains two major bike shared paths via Ithaca and Enoggera Creeks which provide a pleasant, mostly flat, off-road and backstreets commuter route to the Royal Brisbane hospital and onwards to the City Centre via the inner northern bikeway. Much of the route winds through pleasant treed parklands.

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