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Southern part of Hamilton facing the Brisbane River
Hamilton is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 6,995 (2016 census)
 • Density 2,057/km2 (5,330/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4007
Elevation 10–68 m (33–223 ft)
Area 3.4 km2 (1.3 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location 5.4 km (3 mi) NE of Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
(Hamilton Ward)
State electorate(s) Clayfield
Federal Division(s) Brisbane
Suburbs around Hamilton:
Albion Ascot Brisbane Airport
Albion Hamilton Eagle Farm
Newstead Bulimba Bulimba

Hamilton is an affluent riverside mixed-use suburb in the north-east of the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Hamilton is located along the north bank of the Brisbane River. In the 2016 census, Hamilton had a population of 6,995 people.

In 2013, the suburb had the highest mean taxable income of any in Queensland.


Kingsford Smith Drive plane accident
Accident involving a towed plane on Kingsford Smith Drive in c. 1945

It is believed the first hotel in the district was built by the Gustavus Hamilton (father of Messrs. F. G. Hamilton, barrister, and R. Hamilton, surveyor). Amongst the earlier lessees of the hotel was a Mrs. Warren, who, by coincidence, married another Mr. Hamilton, so that the hotel was occupied by different families of the name Hamilton. The Hamilton Hotel became an easy reference mark in the days when buildings were few in the district, and its name was gradually applied to the whole district.

In Brisbane's early history, Hamilton was the home to many aristocrats and clergy. This suburb is known for being an "old wealth" suburb compared to "new wealth" suburbs in Brisbane such as Paddington, Toowong and Indooroopilly. Many of Brisbane's iconic mansions are found in Hamilton, mainly because the exclusive suburb boasts spectacular views of the entire central business district and other surrounding suburbs.

This district was the birthplace of Charles Kingsford Smith in 1897.

World War I Memorial, Hamilton, Queensland 10
World War 1 memorial, Hamilton, 2013

After World War I, a war memorial was built alongside the Brisbane River. It was unveiled by the Queensland Governor John Goodwin on Sunday 16 August 1931.

During World War II an accident occurred involving a Corsair fighter plane. It had been unloaded from a ship in the river, had its wings folded up and was being towed along Kingsford Smith Drive by a truck when it snagged the tramway overhead and brought them down.

In recent times, a cruise ship terminal has been built in a precinct named Portside; this precinct has then seen substantial commercial and residential development.


In the 2011 census the population of Hamilton was 4,721, 50.4% female and 49.6% male.

The median/average age of the Hamilton population is 39 years of age, 2 years above the Australian average.

70.6% of people living in Hamilton were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 4.4%, England 3.2%, India 1.4%, United States of America 1.1%, Ireland 1%.

83.3% of people speak English as their first language 1.3% Italian, 1.3% Mandarin, 0.9% Cantonese, 0.6% Japanese, 0.6% Greek.


CityCat stops are Bretts Wharf and, since October 2011, Northshore Hamilton. Hamilton is serviced by Brisbane Transport bus routes 300, 301, 302, 303, 305.

Portside Wharf

Portside Wharf is the international cruise terminal, residential and retail development at Hamilton along the bank of the Brisbane River.

Heritage listings

Hamilton Town Hall viewed from Rossiter Parade, Hamilton (6263012710)
Hamilton Town Hall, 2011
Eltham, viewed from Hillside Crescent
Marie Ville (Eltham), viewed from Hillside Crescent, 2012

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

Northshore Hamilton

The development of the Northshore Hamilton project was announced on 27 March 2008 by the Urban Land Development Authority. A concept master plan for Northshore Hamilton was released by Premier Anna Bligh in September 2008. The development covers 304 hectares and is expected to house 13,000 new residents. It includes two kilometres of river frontage which will be open to the public.


Hamilton State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Oxford Street (27°25′58″S 153°04′25″E / 27.4327°S 153.0737°E / -27.4327; 153.0737 (Hamilton State School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 117 students with 12 teachers (7 full-time equivalent) and 10 non-teaching staff (5 full-time equivalent).

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