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Bowen Hills
The Old Museum, former home of the Queensland Museum and later, home of many community groups including the Queensland Youth Orchestras
Bowen Hills is located in Queensland
Bowen Hills
Bowen Hills
Location in Queensland
Population 3,226 (2016 census)
 • Density 1,900/km2 (4,900/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4006
Area 1.7 km2 (0.7 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location 3.3 km (2 mi) NNE of Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
(Central Ward)
State electorate(s) McConnel
Federal Division(s) Brisbane
Suburbs around Bowen Hills:
Windsor Albion Albion
Herston Bowen Hills Newstead
Spring Hill Fortitude Valley New Farm

Bowen Hills is an inner north-eastern suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census Bowen Hills had a population of 3,226 people.


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View of Bowen Hills c. 1883
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Suburb in flood, 1893

Bowen Hills was occupied by the indigenous Turrbal people, who named it Barrambin and it was a main campsite for the region. The area where the Exhibition and hospital stand was named Walan (Woolan), meaning Bream (fish). Early European settlement named the area York's Hollow "...which was all wild bush, and was a great fighting ground for the blacks". Barrambin was an important location for "kippa-ring" or initiation ceremony. Tribes from the coast would travel here to have their "kippa's" (young men) initiated.

In the mid-twentieth century Bowen Hills was well known as the location of the Cloudland dance hall. Cloudland's domed structure on top of a hill was a prominent landmark on Brisbane's northside. Cloudland was controversially demolished in 1982 to make way for an apartment development.

In 1886, William Perry, a local businessman built Miegunyah House. The gracious Victorian era home remains intact today as a museum hosting historical talks and themed exhibitions.

In the 2010s a number of new residential apartment complexes were constructed in the area, with a range of retail outlets catering to the growing population.


In the 2016 census, Bowen Hills recorded a population of 3,226 people, 45.6% women and 54.4% men.

The median age of the Bowen Hills population was 30 years of age, 8 years below the Australian median.

49.0% of people were born in Australia. The next most common country of birth was New Zealand at 3.9%.

59.5% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 4.8% and Spanish 3.2%.

The most common response for religion was No Religion at 38.3%.

Heritage listings

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

Recreational facilities

Taringa vs Wests Perry Park 1930s
Taringa vs Wests Australian rules football match at Perry Park, Bowen Hills in the 1930s

The Twelfth Night Theatre, with live theatre, is in Bowen Hills. Many well-known actors have appeared in plays at the Twelfth Night Theatre, including Derek Fowlds, John Inman, Jon English and Drew Forsythe.

The Old Museum, in Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, was the former location of the Queensland Museum until the museum's move to the Queensland Cultural Centre during the 1980s. The building is now home to the Queensland Youth Orchestras and provides rehearsal and performance space for many other community music and arts groups. A major feature on the Brisbane calendar of events, the Royal Queensland Show (the Ekka), is held each year at the Brisbane Exhibition Grounds at Bowen Hills.

Bowen Park is a small public pleasure garden with a long history dating back to 1863.

Perry Park Stadium is a sports ground, mostly used for soccer.


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Inner City Bypass (2021)

By train, Bowen Hills Station is also one of Queensland's busiest railway stations with all Queensland Rail City network services on all lines, including express trains, stopping there; many services in peak periods terminate at Bowen Hills. Bowen Hills is home to a large Queensland Rail maintenance and stabling depot.

By road, The TransApex infrastructure plans for Brisbane has several interconnections in Bowen Hills. The Clem Jones Tunnel (Clem7), Airport Link Tunnel and Inner City Bypass all have an entry/exit point in Bowen Hills and connect with each other at a spaghetti intersection.


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Virgin Village, the past Virgin Australia Holdings head office in Bowen Hills

Virgin Australia Holdings, including Virgin Australia; and associated airlines Virgin Australia International Airlines (formerly V Australia) and Virgin Samoa (formerly Polynesian Blue); had their head office in Virgin Village in Bowen Hills until September 2020, when it was moved to South Brisbane. In 2008 1,000 employees had worked at Virgin Village, which opened on 17 October 2008. In addition Sunstate Airlines, which operates under the QantasLink banner, has its head office in Bowen Hills.

The headquarters of Brisbane's two newspapers, The Courier-Mail and The Sunday Mail, are located on Campbell Street, Bowen Hills.

There are a growing number of retail outlets trading from and primarily catering to residents in the developing urban renewal area.


There are no schools in Bowen Hills. The nearest government primary schools are Brisbane Central State School in neighbouring Spring Hill to the south-west and Ascot State School in Ascot to the north-east. The nearest government secondary schools are Kelvin Grove State College in Kelvin Grove to the west and Kedron State High School in Kedron to the north.

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