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Hawthorne is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 4,989 (2016 census)
 • Density 3,120/km2 (8,100/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4171
Area 1.6 km2 (0.6 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location 6.5 km (4 mi) E of Brisbane CBD
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
(Morningside Ward)
State electorate(s) Bulimba
Federal Division(s) Griffith
Suburbs around Hawthorne:
Teneriffe Bulimba Balmoral
New Farm Hawthorne Morningside
New Farm Norman Park Morningside

Hawthorne is a suburb of the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Hawthorne had a population of 4,989 people.


Hawthorne is named after the hawthorne bushes that were planted in the 1850s and 1860s by the original settler William Baynes.


Hawthorne started as a farming district in the 1860s, and was gradually subdivided as Brisbane grew. This was helped by the introduction of ferry and tram services.


The 2011 Census recorded 4,775 residents in Hawthorne, of whom 50.5% were female and 49.5% were male. The median age of the population was 33; four years younger than the Australian median.

71.3% of people living in Hawthorne were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%. The other most common countries of birth were England (5.1%), New Zealand (3.9%), Scotland (0.9%), the United States (0.9%), and South Africa (0.8%). 88% of people only spoke English at home, while the next most commonly spoken languages were Spanish (0.8%), Greek (0.7%), French (0.6%), Japanese (0.4%), and Italian (0.4%).


The Hawthorne Cinema complex, on Hawthorne Road, is a classic theatre, opened in the 1940s it contains a large curved screen - one of the largest in Brisbane, as well as 2 smaller screens. It is part of the Cineplex Australia chain of cinemas, also including the Balmoral, Southbank and the (newly opened) Victoria Point cinema complexes. Hawthorne is home to several parks, and has numerous public transport options and a CityCat stop. Lourdes Hill College is an independent girls college in the heart of Hawthorne, that opened in 1916.

StateLibQld 1 120292 Aerial view of the Brisbane River and the riverside suburb of Hawthorne, 1947
Aerial view of Hawthorne taken in 1947

Heritage listings

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


Hawthorne is well serviced by public transport with Bus, CityCat and close proximity to Morningside railway station. Hawthorne is located in zone 2 of the TransLink integrated public transport system.


Hawthorne is located under 2 km (1.2 mi) away from Morningside railway station, which provides Queensland Rail City network services to the Brisbane CBD and Cleveland.


Hawthorne is serviced by two bus routes, the 230 and the 232. Each bus route provides access to the Brisbane CBD, Fortitude Valley as well as other suburbs listed below.

Bus Routes:
230 - Bulimba, Riding Rd, Gabba, South Brisbane, City, Valley
232 - Cannon Hill, Balmoral, Bulimba, East Bris, Valley, City


The Hawthorne ferry wharf provides CityCat services to Brisbane CBD, South Bank Parklands, and other suburbs on the CityCat network.


Lourdes Hill College is a Catholic secondary (7-12) school for girls at 86 Hawthorne Road (27°28′12″S 153°03′32″E / 27.4699°S 153.0589°E / -27.4699; 153.0589 (Lourdes Hill College)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 1,234 students with 87 teachers (86 full-time equivalent) and 69 non-teaching staff (57 full-time equivalent).

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