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St Lucia
St Lucia surrounded by the Brisbane River
Population 11,195 (2011 census)
 • Density 3,290/km2 (8,500/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4067
Area 3.4 km2 (1.3 sq mi)
Location 6 km (4 mi) from Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) City of Brisbane (Walter Taylor Ward)
State electorate(s) Indooroopilly
Federal Division(s) Ryan
Suburbs around St Lucia:
Toowong West End Highgate Hill
Taringa St Lucia Dutton Park
Indooroopilly Yeronga Fairfield

St Lucia is a suburb within the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) southwest of the Brisbane CBD. The suburb sits on a peninsula, bounded on the north, east and south by a bend in the Brisbane river. The eastern third of the suburb is occupied by the main campus of The University of Queensland. The flat area on the northern side is primarily medium to high density residential including numerous high-rise apartments on the river-front. The more hilly area in the centre and south is mainly low-density residential. The south-west is occupied by the Saint Lucia golf links.

St Lucia is mainly a residential suburb and is generally regarded as one of the most affluent suburbs in Brisbane. For many years it was the third most expensive suburb behind Hamilton and Ascot and is still one of the top five most expensive suburbs in Brisbane today.


StateLibQld 1 263004 Estate map of Princess Bridge Estate, St. Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland, 1885
Estate map of Princess Bridge Estate, St. Lucia

The area was originally part of Indooroopilly and later part of Toowong. Originally known as Indooroopilly Pocket, for a short time it was called Toowong South and part of the area was hived off as Lang Farm. Sugar plantations were established in the area in the 1860s. William Alexander Wilson, born in St Lucia in the West Indies, purchased the Coldridge Plantation in 1882 and renamed it St Lucia Sugar Plantation. It was subdivided in 1883 for housing and the name was transferred to the subdivision.

St Lucia is a green, leafy suburb with a variety of housing including apartment complexes and detached Federation styles and Queenslanders.

Historical houses

The Pink Palace, St Lucia

St Lucia has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

  • 12 Upland Road: Great Court, University of Queensland
  • 38 Upland Road: Union College
  • 99 Sir Fred Schonnel Drive: Vida and Jayne Lahey's House
  • 396 Swann Road: Langer House

Although never heritage-listed, one of St Lucia's most iconic homes was once the so-called The Pink Palace at 272 Swann Rd until it was demolished in 2015.


St Lucia is home to a diverse range of individuals. Typically, the student population of St Lucia is high, especially in dwellings in the immediate vicinity of the university, but the suburb is also home to wealthy professionals and families. Houses and apartments in close proximity to the Brisbane River typically attract price tags in the millions.

In the 2011 census, St Lucia had a population of 11,195 people; 50.7% female and 49.3% male.

The median age of the St Lucia population was 23 years, 14 years below the Australian median. Children aged under 15 years made up 8.0% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 7.5% of the population. The most notable difference was in the group aged between 15–24 years; in St Lucia this group comprises 46.7% of the population, compared to 13.3% nationally.

52.5% of people living in St Lucia were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were China 5.6%, Malaysia 4.9%, Singapore 4.1%, England 3%, Vietnam 1.9%. 63.8% of people spoke only English at home; the next most popular languages were 9.9% Mandarin, 2.9% Cantonese, 2% Malay, 1.9% Vietnamese, 1.7% Indonesian.

The most common response for religion in St Lucia was No Religion 32.2%, followed by Catholicism 18.0%, Anglicanism 11.9%, Islam 5.3% and Buddhism 5.3%.

In St Lucia, just over half of all households (50.2%) were family households, 24.1% were single person households and 25.7% were group households. The median weekly household income was $1,315, similar to the national median of $1,234.


The University of Queensland is the main attraction of St Lucia, with the university, and residential colleges covering a large proportion of the suburb. Ironside State School which was opened in 1870 is located on Hawken Drive and is the only primary school in the suburb. Several small shopping precincts are located throughout the suburb but otherwise the suburb is residential. St Lucia Golf Links is an 18-hole pay-and-play public golf course located on the corner of Indooroopilly Road and Carawa Street, St Lucia. The golf course is one of Brisbane's oldest and has hosted several Queensland Open and PGA tournaments. The layout suits golfers of all levels.


Eleanor Schonell Bridge, Brisbane, 2007-01-31
Eleanor Schonell Bridge

By Bus, St Lucia can be accessed from the western suburbs and Brisbane CBD, with routes terminating at the University of Queensland. There is also a NightLink service, a safety initiative which provides buses with security on board all night Fridays and Saturdays. The Eleanor Schonell Bridge, a dedicated bus/pedestrian/bicycle bridge, connects the University with Dutton Park and carries buses from the southern suburbs, CBD and Royal Brisbane Hospital to the Lakes Bus Station on St Lucia campus.

By Ferry, The CityCat stops at two terminals in St Lucia, the Guyatt Park CityCat Terminal and University of Queensland Terminal.

By Bicycle, St Lucia has bicycle routes that utilise the residential streets between the University of Queensland and Toowong.

By Road, St Lucia has three major thoroughfares which all lead to the University of Queensland. These are Swann Road, Sir Fred Schonell Drive and The Esplanade.

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