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Bulimba is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 6,843 (2016 census)
 • Density 2,360/km2 (6,100/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4171
Area 2.9 km2 (1.1 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location 9.0 km (6 mi) NE of Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
(Morningside Ward)
State electorate(s) Bulimba
Federal Division(s) Griffith
Suburbs around Bulimba:
Hamilton Hamilton Hamilton
Newstead Bulimba Morningside
Teneriffe Hawthorne Balmoral

Bulimba is a suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census Bulimba had a population of 6,843 people.


Bulimba is reportedly a Turrubal word used by the Coorparoo clan meaning 'place of the magpie lark'. The same word is the origin of the nearby Bulimba Creek, and of the Bulimba Reach on which the suburb is located.


Bulimba was originally inhabited by the Turrubal people, who have lived in the area for at least 20,000 years. The area now known as Bulimba was called Tugulawa, by its indigenous inhabitants.

In the 1820s Bulimba was settled as a farming district, with residential subdivision commencing in the 1880s land boom. Until around 1910 the area on the opposite (north) side of the Brisbane River was also called Bulimba, that area since being called Teneriffe or New Farm.

Bulimba State School was built in 1938. It was designed by architect Gilbert Robert Beveridge to accommodate 512 students.

Heritage listings

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


CityCat ferry services stop at Bulimba's two ferry wharves located on Oxford Street and Apollo Road while a Cross River service to Teneriffe ferry wharf stops at Oxford Street. Bulimba is also serviced by Brisbane Transport buses, on route numbers 230, P231 and 232.


The 2016 Census recorded 6,843 residents in Bulimba, of whom 51% were female and 49% were male. The median age of the population was 37, 1 year younger than the Australian average.

68.2% of people in the census were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were England 6.4% and New Zealand 3.8%. 82.6% of people spoke only English at home. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 33.8%, Catholic 23.6% and Anglican 16.3%.


In 2016, Bulimba had 4673 registered vehicles and 829 registered businesses.


Bulimba Golf Club has a 9-hole golf course in Quay Street (27°26′40″S 153°03′05″E / 27.4445°S 153.0514°E / -27.4445; 153.0514 (Bulimba Golf Club)).

Brisbane Sailing Squadron is at 128 Quay Street beside the Brisbane River (27°26′41″S 153°03′04″E / 27.4446°S 153.0510°E / -27.4446; 153.0510 (Brisbane Sailing Squadron)).

The Bulimba Sports Club is the home of the Riverside Rebels rugby union club.

Despite its name, the Morningside Scout Group holds meetings and activities at Balmoral Park.

Despite its name, Bulimba Memorial Bowls and Community Club is in neighbouring Balmoral. It offers competitive and social lawn bowls.

Other sporting facilities in the area include the Bulimba Women's Hockey Club, Bulimba Cricket Club, Brisbane 18 Footers Sailing Club, and Southside Eagles Football Club.


Bulimba State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Oxford Street (27°27′11″S 153°03′54″E / 27.4531°S 153.0650°E / -27.4531; 153.0650 (Bulimba State School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 848 students with 59 teachers (51 full-time equivalent) and 35 non-teaching staff (21 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

Sts Peter and Paul's School is a Catholic primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 33 Alexandra Street (27°27′32″S 153°03′50″E / 27.4590°S 153.0640°E / -27.4590; 153.0640 (Sts Peter and Paul's School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 653 students with 41 teachers (36 full-time equivalent) and 30 non-teaching staff (20 full-time equivalent).

There is no secondary school in Bulimba. The nearest government secondary school is Balmoral State High School in neighbouring Balmoral to the south-east.

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