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Oxford Street, the main thoroughfare of Bulimba
Population 5,941 (2011 census)
 • Density 2,830/km2 (7,300/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4171
Area 2.1 km2 (0.8 sq mi)
Location 4 km (2 mi) NE of Brisbane CBD
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
(Morningside Ward)
State electorate(s) Bulimba
Federal Division(s) Griffith
Suburbs around Bulimba:
Teneriffe Hamilton Hamilton
Teneriffe Bulimba Balmoral
East Brisbane Hawthorne Morningside

Bulimba is a suburb of Brisbane, Australia. It is located 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) north-east of the CBD, on the southern bank of the Brisbane River, and borders Balmoral, East Brisbane, Hawthorne, and Morningside. The 2011 Australian Census recorded a population of 5,941 in the suburb.

The suburb is home to several Army Cadet Units – 12 ACU and 161 Aviation Detachment at Bulimba Barracks on Apollo Road.


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:

  • Bulimba House (34 Kenbury Street)
  • Bulimba ferry wharf (Oxford Street)
  • Bulimba Memorial Park (129 Oxford Street)
  • St John the Baptist Anglican Church (171 Oxford Street)
  • Bulimba State School (261 Oxford Street)


CityCat and CityFerry services stop at Bulimba's two ferry wharves; located on Oxford Street and Apollo Road. Bulimba is also serviced by Brisbane Transport buses, on route numbers 230, P231 and 232.


The 2011 Census recorded 5,941 residents in Bulimba, of whom 50.2% were female and 49.8% were male. The median age of the population was 36; 1 year younger than the Australian average.

69.6% of people living in Bulimba were born in Australia, with the next most common countries of birth being England (7.6%), New Zealand (4%), Scotland (1.3%), USA (1.2%), and South Africa (1%). 86.5% of people spoke English as their first language, while the other most common responses were Italian (0.8%), German (0.7%), Spanish (0.7%), French (0.5%), and Greek (0.5%).

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