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Suburb sign at Tamarind Street, Inala
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Population 14,849 (2016 census)
 • Density 2,357/km2 (6,100/sq mi)
Established 1946
Postcode(s) 4077
Area 6.3 km2 (2.4 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location 22.1 km (14 mi) SW of Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
(Forest Lake Ward)
State electorate(s) Inala
Federal Division(s) Oxley
Suburbs around Inala:
Darra Oxley Durack
Richlands Inala Durack
Forest Lake Forest Lake Doolandella

Inala is a suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Inala had a population of 14,849 people.


Following World War II there was a shortage of 250,000 houses across Australia. In Queensland alone over 4,000 families were living in makeshift dwellings of tin, calico and canvas. State and Commonwealth Governments responded by making housing a priority.

The history of Inala started as Serviceton suburb, the establishment of which was a meeting held in a Brisbane RSL Hall in May 1946. A group of ex-servicemen, led by Harold (Hock) Davis, were seeking affordable accommodation for their families during the post-war housing shortage. The Serviceton Co-operative Society was formed and they purchased 480 hectares of flood-safe land, which was then divided amongst the shareholders, giving them 800 square meters each. In 1949–1950 the Queensland Housing Commission purchased Serviceton, comprising approximately 850 acres (3.4 km²) of land, from the faltering Serviceton Housing Co-operative. The Housing Commission subsequently annexed another 200 acres (0.8 km²) to the suburb and changed its name to Inala in 1953 to avoid postal confusion with another Serviceton in South Australia.

Inala was planned as a satellite town set on a broad high, gently sloping ridge about 18 kilometres (11 mi) from the Brisbane General Post Office. The development of the housing designs for the estate coincided with the emergence of architectural modernism in Australia. The innovative designs of young southern architects such as Robin Boyd, Roy Grounds and Harry Seidler featured the efficient use of space with minimal ornamentation, utilisation of new materials and techniques, and above all design simplicity, while striving to build solid houses that would require little maintenance.


Inala was designed and built in Modernist Revival style with elements of Art Deco. It was both aesthetically successful and a practical architectural solution.

The post-war worldwide shortage of building materials coupled with huge demands created the impetus for exploring and using new materials and techniques in Inala. Reinforced concrete was used in the construction of houses and this choice was made because of its strength, reliably and flexibility. Inala also had an advantage of good access to the local cement and concrete, made from washed river sand, and lime that came from coral dredged from Moreton Bay, shipped up the river by barge and crushed at Darra. Concrete was an ideal material for the fashionable Modernist style. Inala houses were situated on raised concrete foundations, framed with hardwood timber and floored with hard-wearing brushbox. Windows were framed with silky oak. The outer walls were constructed of poured concrete approximately 18 cm thick. Internal walls and ceilings were constructed with rendered wire lath. These robust construction techniques also served to minimise maintenance costs and achieve a long life span of the houses.


Located 18 kilometres to the south west of the Brisbane CBD, Inala is considered a gateway to the nearby Wacol and Heathwood industrial estates. Inala Avenue/Poinsettia Street is the main roadway east-west and Serviceston Avenue/Rosemary Street and Blunder Road are the main roads stretching north-south.

Newer estates such as Forest Lake, and industrial estate, Heathwood, can be found to the south; other surrounding suburbs include, Durack, Darra and Oxley to the north; Richlands, Ellen Grove and Wacol to the west; and Willawong, Acacia Ridge, Pallara and Doolandella to the East.


In the 2016 census, Inala recorded a population of 14,849 people, 48.5% male and 51.5% female. The median age of the Inala population was 34 years, 3 years below the Australian median. 45.9% of people living in Inala were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 66.7%; the next most common countries of birth were 19.4% Vietnam, 3.1% New Zealand, 2.0% Samoa and 1.9% England. 39.8% of people spoke only English at home.

According to the 2016 census, Inala has the largest Buddhist community (2,055 people; 13.8%) and the largest Vietnamese Australian community (4,446 people; 30.0%) of any suburb in Queensland.

Suburb amenities, facilities and services

There are several shopping precincts within Inala. Inala Plaza — the “Civic Centre”, which is located on the corner of Kittyhawk and Inala Avenues, is the largest precinct in Inala and serves the ethnically diverse community by offering two major supermarkets, a large amount of various shops and many restaurants. Other shops and restaurants exist in Biota Street located to the north, Skylark Street shops located to the east, and Lavender/Lilac Streets. Richlands Plaza shopping and business centre opened on the border of Inala and Richlands in 2010, and offers a large supermarket, a few adjacent shops and services, cafes and a gym.

Inala has three post offices, numerous medical centres and services, many of which are bulk bill, a library, two community halls, a community art gallery, various churches and a Buddhist temple and monastery.

There are a large number of Government funded community organisations and programs located in Inala, some of these include Inala Youth Service, Inala Community House, Skylarkers, Western Districts Out of Home Care, Western Districts Family Steps, Shared Family Care and The Childcare Access and Equity Resource Support Unit.

Various government services are located within the Inala Plaza precinct and surrounds. These include a Brisbane City Council Library, Department of Communities, Department of Corrective Services and a Centrelink office.

Sport and recreation facilities include a Police Citizens Youth Club gym and fitness centre, a number of Brisbane City Council parks and recreation areas, sport ovals and facilities, and one of the best skate parks in Brisbane. Special pedestrian walkways between residential houses facilitate residents′ access to bus stops, schools, shops and recreational areas.

Inala has a very high percentage of green areas and parks with predominantly native Australian vegetation. The parks and the large amounts of grown native trees through the suburb maintain the natural beauty of Inala, quiet environment and clean air.


Inala Plaza bus station
Bus station at Inala Plaza

Buses conduct services from Inala bus station near the Inala Plaza shopping centre through the Inala suburb, to railway stations nearest to Inala: Richlands, Darra, Oxley, to Forest Lake Village Shopping Centre, Mount Ommaney Shopping Centre, Garden City Shopping Centre, Princess Alexandra Hospital and QEII Hospital. Richlands railway station opened in 2011 and is now Inala's closest rail link, approximately 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from central Inala. Paths for easy pedestrian and bike access from Inala to Richlands station are set in the area development plan. Inala also has bus connections to Salisbury, Moorooka and Coopers Plains railway stations, and to Woolloongabba busway station, South Bank and the Brisbane City via the frequent express bus route 100 that operates from early morning until late night.

Inala has a very good access to Ipswich Motorway, Centenary Motorway and Logan Motorway, and further to Warrego Highway and Cunningham Highway.

Political representation

Charles Strunk (ALP) is the Brisbane City Councillor for the Forest Lake ward which includes Inala. Annastacia Palaszczuk (ALP) is the Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Inala; she became Premier of Queensland in 2015. Bernie Ripoll is the Member of the Australian House of Representatives for Oxley.

Former Inala resident, Joanna Lindgren is an LNP Australian Senator for Queensland; the niece of Neville Bonner AO, Joanna is the first Aboriginal female Senator for Queensland.

Culture and ethnicity

Inala is a vibrant multicultural society boasting more than 20 different nationalities. Big celebrations such as Multicultural Fiesta and Lunar New Year (Tết) are held regularly.

In 2011 Census, 25% of Inala residents stated no religious affiliation. The major religious affiliations are Catholic (24%), Buddhism (14%), Anglican (10%) and other Christian.

Inala has its own not-for-profit community group — “Richlands, Inala and Suburbs History Group” — dedicated to the research of local history and diverse cultural heritage, historical presentations and book publications on the topics of local history, community and culture.

Churches and religious buildings

  • Anglican Church
  • Assemblies of God (Australian Christian Churches)
  • Buddhist Temple Chùa Pháp Quang
  • Buddhist Temple Chùa Phật Đà
  • Christian Reformed Church
  • Citipointe West Church
  • Gospel Hall
  • Inala Church of the Nazarene
  • Methodist Church Of Samoa
  • Saint Mark's Catholic Church
  • Sikh Temple Guru Nanak Gurdwara
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • The Salvation Army
  • The Seventh Day Adventists
  • Uniting Church
  • Vietnamese Catholic Community Brisbane (Cộng Đồng Công Giáo Việt Nam Brisbane)


TAFE college, Inala, 2008

Inala State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Rosemary Street (27°35′12″S 152°58′36″E / 27.5868°S 152.9768°E / -27.5868; 152.9768 (Inala State School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 539 students with 40 teachers (37 full-time equivalent) and 39 non-teaching staff (26 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

Serviceton South State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 59 Lorikeet Street (27°36′21″S 152°58′37″E / 27.6058°S 152.9769°E / -27.6058; 152.9769 (Serviceton South State School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 364 students with 34 teachers (27 full-time equivalent) and 29 non-teaching staff (16 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

Richlands East State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 99 Poinsettia Street (27°35′50″S 152°58′01″E / 27.5971°S 152.9670°E / -27.5971; 152.9670 (Richlands East State School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 555 students with 43 teachers (37 full-time equivalent) and 35 non-teaching staff (22 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

St Mark's School is a Catholic primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 92 Lilac Street (27°35′39″S 152°58′06″E / 27.5941°S 152.9684°E / -27.5941; 152.9684 (St Mark's School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 487 students with 38 teachers (32 full-time equivalent) and 21 non-teaching staff (13 full-time equivalent).

Inala Flexible Learning Centre is a Catholic secondary (7-12) school for boys and girls at 79 Poinsettia Street (27°35′52″S 152°57′59″E / 27.5978°S 152.9665°E / -27.5978; 152.9665 (Inala Flexible Learning Centre)). It is operated by Edmund Rice Education Australia and provides individual educational programs for children who do not engage effectively with mainstream education for a variety of reasons. In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 70 students with 11 teachers (8 full-time equivalent) and 13 non-teaching staff (8 full-time equivalent).

Western Suburbs State Special School is a primary and secondary (Prep-12) school providing special education for boys and girls at Glenala Road (27°35′12″S 152°58′39″E / 27.5868°S 152.9776°E / -27.5868; 152.9776 (Western Suburbs State Special School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 175 students with 48 teachers (43 full-time equivalent) and 65 non-teaching staff (39 full-time equivalent).

There is no secondary school in Inala. The nearest government secondary schools are Glenala State High School in neighbouring Durack to the east and Forest Lake State High School in neighbouring Forest Lake to the south.

Inala also has a campus of the TAFE Queensland at 54 Thrush Street (27°36′10″S 152°58′35″E / 27.6028°S 152.9764°E / -27.6028; 152.9764 (Inala TAFE)).

Notable residents

Former Inala resident, Joanna Lindgren was an LNP Australian Senator for Queensland in 2015 and 2016; the niece of Neville Bonner AO, Joanna is the first Aboriginal female Senator for Queensland.

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