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Bald Hills
BrisbaneQueensland
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Harold Kielly Park with ABC Radio Tower
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Population 6,502 (2016 census)
 • Density 504.0/km2 (1,305/sq mi)
Established 1857
Postcode(s) 4036
Area 12.9 km2 (5.0 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
(Bracken Ridge Ward)
State electorate(s)
  • Sandgate
  • Aspley
Federal Division(s) Petrie
Suburbs around Bald Hills:
Strathpine Murrumba Downs Griffin
Brendale Bald Hills Bracken Ridge
Bridgeman Downs Carseldine Fitzgibbon

Bald Hills is the northernmost suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census Bald Hills had a population of 6,502 people.

Geography

Bald Hills is a largely residential suburb. It is mostly surrounded by bushland, but in the last few years some of the bush areas have been cleared to make way for new residential areas. It also borders onto the Bald Hills Flats – a large flood plain on the western side of the suburb that is used for cattle grazing. The South Pine River flows through the flood plain and forms the western border of the suburb. The South Pine River converges with the North Pine River and the combined flow, Pine River, forms the northern border. Along the banks of Pine River within Bald Hills is a large environmental park called the Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve. The Pine River empties into Bramble Bay, between Redcliffe and Brighton.

Demographics

In the 2016 census Bald Hills recorded a population of 6,502 people, 50.8% female and 49.2% male. This indicates an increase of 9% or 537 in population since the 2011 census.

The median age of the Bald Hills population was 36 years of age, 2 years below the Australian median of 38. 76.7% of people living in Bald Hills were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 66.7%; the next most common countries of birth were New Zealand 4%, England 3.4%, Philippines 1.8%, India 1.7%, Fiji 0.7%. 88.8% of people spoke only English at home; the next most popular languages were 0.9% Tagalog, 0.6% Punjabi, 0.6% Spanish, 0.5% Telugu, 0.5% Hindi.

The most common ancestry backgrounds of at least one of the parents for Bald Hills residents were English 27.5%, Australian 26.9%, Irish 7.9%,Scottish 7.7% and German 4.5%.

The median weekly incomes for residents of Bald Hills that are aged 15 years and over is reported to be $725 which is higher than the Australian and Queensland personal incomes (at $662 and $660 respectively). This wealthier than average income is reflected in a higher than average household income for residents of this suburb. In Bald Hills, median household income is $1,584, compared to $1,438 in Australia and $1,402 in Queensland.

History

The suburb is named after the two small hills in the South Pine River Valley floor. The first land sales in the area occurred in 1857. Land sales around the Bald Hills railway station were advertised in April 1886. At the time the journey from Brisbane was described as "after travelling across the Downfall and Cabbage Tree Creeks, the traveller arrives at a long stretch of road, at the extremity of which rises a lofty knoll, round the brow of which the road winds, when the Bald Hills are reached". Bald Hills State School opened on 24 September 1866.

Landmarks

StateLibQld 1 259711 Erection of the Bald Hills radio transmitter, 1942
Erection of the Bald Hills radio transmitter, 1942
StateLibQld 1 259723 Preliminary supports for the new radio transmitter mast at Bald Hills, 1942
Preliminary supports for the radio transmitter mast at Bald Hills, 1942

The most prominent structure is the Bald Hills Radiator, the ABC's 198 metre tall AM radio transmission tower located on the eastern side of the suburb. Bald Hills is the home of the Bald Hills-Lawnton Lions Cricket Club, as well as Ridge Hills United Football Club.

Heritage listings

Bald Hills has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Facilities

Bald Hills is also home to the breeding and training centre for Guide Dogs for the Blind Association of Queensland.

Transport

Bald Hills railway station provides access to regular Queensland Rail City network services to Brisbane and Springfield Central, as well as Kippa-Ring. There are also many buses serving the area. The suburb is crossed by both Gympie Road and the northern end of the Gateway Motorway. The southern end of the Bruce Highway is located here as well.

Brisbane City Council runs a Personalised Public Transport (PPT) service in Bald Hills. Personalised Public Transport (PPT) is a low-cost hail and ride service that helps connect residents to their local transport hubs. This service runs Monday to Friday, except public holidays. Maximum journey time one-way is 15 minutes.

There are over 50 Translink bus stops around Bald Hills that provide a number of regular bus services with connections running to Brisbane CBD, Redcliffe and beyond.

Education

Bald Hills State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 2156 Gympie Road (27°19′12″S 153°00′24″E / 27.3200°S 153.0068°E / -27.3200; 153.0068 (Bald Hills State School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 621 students with 42 teachers (38 full-time equivalent) and 29 non-teaching staff (17 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

St Paul's Anglican School is a private primary and secondary (Prep-12) school for boys and girls at 34 Strathpine Road (27°18′59″S 153°00′15″E / 27.3164°S 153.0042°E / -27.3164; 153.0042 (St Paul's School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 1206 students with 96 teachers (90 full-time equivalent) and 73 non-teaching staff (64 full-time equivalent).

There is no government secondary school in Bald Hills. The nearest government secondary schools are Bracken Ridge State High School in neighbouring Bracken Ridge to the east, Pine Rivers State High School in neighbouring Strathpine to the north-west, and Aspley State High School in Aspley to the south.

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