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Indooroopilly Golf Club, Indooroopilly, Queensland
Indooroopilly is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 12,242 (2016 census)
 • Density 1,774/km2 (4,590/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4068
Area 6.9 km2 (2.7 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location 7.8 km (5 mi) from Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) City of Brisbane (Walter Taylor Ward)
State electorate(s)
  • Maiwar
  • Moggill
Federal Division(s) Ryan
Suburbs around Indooroopilly:
Mount Coot-tha Taringa St Lucia
Chapel Hill Indooroopilly Yeronga
Fig Tree Pocket Chelmer Graceville

Indooroopilly is a riverside suburb west of the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Indooroopilly had a population of 12,242 people.

Name derivation and history

StateLibQld 1 137791 Flood damage to Indooroopilly Rail Bridge, 1893
1st Railway Bridge, flood damaged, Indooroopilly, 1893
Indooroopilly ferry crossing the Brisbane River, 1906
Ferry crossing, Indooroopilly, 1906
StateLibQld 1 162267 Unveiling of Indooroopilly's war memorial, 1921
Unveiling of War Memorial, Indooroopilly, 1921
StateLibQld 1 150883 Indooroopilly ferry crossing the Brisbane River, 1935
Ferry crossing and Walter Taylor Bridge under construction, Indooroopilly 1935

Indooroopilly is a corruption of either the local Aboriginal word nyindurupilli, meaning 'gully of the leeches' or yindurupilly meaning 'gully of running water'. Locals often shorten the name to "Indro".

The traditional owners of the Indooroopilly area are the Aboriginal Jagera and Turrbal groups. Both groups had related languages and are classified as belonging to the Yaggera language group.

The area was first settled by Europeans in the 1860s and agriculture and dairying were common in the early years. The parish was named in the late 1850s, and the first house was built in 1861 by Mr H C Rawnsley. The arrival of rail in 1875 and completion of the Albert rail bridge across the Brisbane River to open the Ipswich rail line the following year spurred the development of Indooroopilly. The 1893 Brisbane flood destroyed the original Albert Bridge, and its replacement was opened in 1895. A lead-silver mine was established on an Indooroopilly property in 1919 and extraction continued until 1929 when the mine became unprofitable. Today the University of Queensland operates the site as an experimental mine and teaching facility for engineering students (the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre). The landmark Walter Taylor Bridge across the Brisbane River was completed in 1936. The first stage of Indooroopilly Shoppingtown opened in 1970.

Indooroopilly was the location for Australia's principal interrogation centre during World War II. The three interrogation cells at Witton Barracks are the only cells remaining in the country.


In the 2011 census, Indooroopilly had a population of 11,670 people; 50.9% female and 49.1% male. The median age of the Indooroopilly population was 29 years of age, 8 years below the Australian median. The most notable difference is the group in their twenties; in Indooroopilly this group makes up 28.5% of the population, compared to 13.8% nationally. Children aged under 15 years made up 13.9% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 10.2% of the population. 60% of people living in Indooroopilly were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%. The other top responses for country of birth were China 3.7%, England 3.2%, New Zealand 2.5%, India 2.1%, Malaysia 1.8%. 70.4% of people spoke only English at home; the next most popular languages were 6.3% Mandarin, 2.2% Cantonese, 1.7% Arabic, 1.2% Korean, 0.9% Spanish. The most common responses for religion in Indooroopilly were No Religion 29.7%, Catholic 20.6%, Anglican 13.1%, Uniting Church 5.1% and Buddhism 3.1%.


The suburb is designated as a regional activity centre.


Indooroopilly boasts significant commercial, office and retail sectors and is home to Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, the largest shopping centre in Brisbane’s western suburbs. The suburb is popular with professionals and a large number of university students from the nearby University of Queensland campus in St Lucia. The housing stock consists of a mix of detached houses and medium density apartments. There has been a trend towards increasing small lot and townhouse development in the suburb in recent years. Nevertheless, many post-war homes and iconic Queenslanders have also been restored. Brisbane City Council regulations to preserve the 'pre-war' look of Brisbane discourage destruction of many of Brisbane's Queenslanders and buildings. It is one of the Brisbane City Council's proposed Major Centres.


Moggill Road is the main thoroughfare, connecting Indooroopilly to Toowong and the city via Coronation Drive (inbound), and Chapel Hill and Kenmore (outbound). The Western Freeway also serves the suburb. Indooroopilly is well connected by public transport. There is a bus interchange adjoining the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, where Brisbane Transport operates services to the CBD, university and other western suburbs. Indooroopilly railway station provides frequent services to the Brisbane CBD, Ipswich, Richlands and Caboolture.


There is a café and restaurant precinct along Station Road between the shopping centre and railway station as well as to the east of the railway station. There are two cinema complexes in Indooroopilly, the Eldorado cinemas on Coonan Street and Event Cinema Megaplex inside Indooroopilly Shopping Centre. This cinema complex once had 8 cinemas, now it boasts 16. It is the major cinema complex in the Western Suburbs. Indooroopilly youth organisations include the Indooroopilly Scout Group including Rovers and Indooroopilly Girl Guide District Indooroopilly is also home to one of Brisbane's oldest Soccer Football Clubs, Taringa Rovers. The Indooroopilly Golf Club is a 36-hole championship course offering members and guests a variety of competition and social golf.

Heritage listings

Chapel of St Peter's Lutheran College
The Chapel of St Peter's Lutheran College, 2014

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


Indooroopilly State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at the corner Moggill Road and Russell Terrace (27°30′01″S 152°57′55″E / 27.5003°S 152.9654°E / -27.5003; 152.9654 (Indooroopilly State School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 989 students with 66 teachers (60 full-time equivalent) and 34 non-teaching staff (20 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

Indooroopilly State High School is a government secondary (7-12) school for boys and girls at Ward Street (27°30′02″S 152°59′02″E / 27.5005°S 152.9840°E / -27.5005; 152.9840 (Indooroopilly State High School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 1,834 students with 153 teachers (141 full-time equivalent) and 65 non-teaching staff (44 full-time equivalent). It include a special education unit.

Holy Family Primary School is a Catholic primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Ward Street (27°30′00″S 152°58′48″E / 27.4999°S 152.9800°E / -27.4999; 152.9800 (Holy Family Primary School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 250 students with 23 teachers (15 full-time equivalent) and 16 non-teaching staff (10 full-time equivalent).

Ambrose Treacy College is a Catholic primary and secondary (4-10) school for boys at Twigg Street (27°30′27″S 152°58′01″E / 27.5075°S 152.9669°E / -27.5075; 152.9669 (Ambrose Treacy College)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 851 students with 66 teachers (60 full-time equivalent) and 82 non-teaching staff (57 full-time equivalent).

Brigidine College is a Catholic secondary (7-12) school for girls at 53 Ward Street (27°30′02″S 152°58′49″E / 27.5005°S 152.9804°E / -27.5005; 152.9804 (Brigidine College)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 807 students with 66 teachers (64 full-time equivalent) and 47 non-teaching staff (33 full-time equivalent).

St Peters Lutheran College is a private primary and secondary (Prep-12) school for boys and girls at 66 Harts Road (27°30′21″S 152°58′58″E / 27.5059°S 152.9828°E / -27.5059; 152.9828 (St Peters Lutheran College)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 1,992 students with 188 teachers (175 full-time equivalent) and 144 non-teaching staff (118 full-time equivalent).

The Japanese Language Supplementary School of Queensland Japanese School of Brisbane (ブリスベン校 Burisuben Kō), a weekend Japanese school, holds its classes at Indooroopilly State High School. The school offices are in Taringa.

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