Welcome to Bracken Ridge
Bracken Ridge is a relatively new suburb to the north of the CBD, with most development taking place since the 1990s. The saying that Bracken Ridge is a 'family suburb' is backed up by statistical data. The area has more school age children and more people who own, or are on their way to owning their home, than the Brisbane average. Excluding the need for a hospital, it could theoretically be possible to live out your entire life within the boundaries of Bracken Ridge. There are a number of primary schools, John Fisher College and further educational opportunites at the Bracken Ridge campus of the Brisbane North Institute of TAFE. You could live out your golden years at the suburb's retirement resort and buy a plot at the cemetery. If you do feel the desire to leave, Bracken Ridge is situated between two railway lines and the stations of Bald Hills (Caboolture line) and Deagon (Shorncliffe line). Cross the Gateway Motorway and you'll find yourself in the Deagon Wetlands. Head just a little further east and there is the fishing and boating fun of Moreton Bay and Sandgate.
Bracken Ridge is about 20km from Brisbane’s CBD. Over 54% of households in this area consist of couples with children, 30% are of couples without children and 14% are single parent households. Over 96% of the dwellings in this area are stand-alone houses, and townhouses account for a further 2%. Bracken Ridge has a semi-rural, laid-back feel and you’ll find timber and tin older-style homes as well as more modern brick and tile structures in the area.
Gawain Road is a great local shopping area – and a little further afield you’ve got Sandgate Shopping Complex on Brighton Road and Taigum Shopping Centre on Beams Road.
Susanne says: Bracken Ridge is great because of our strong community support system, great schools, great dog off-leash area and park. Still close to the city, with easy trasport via bus or train. Also close to the seaside at Sandgate. We love Bracken Ridge!
20 km north of the Brisbane CBD.
Mainly residential suburb, popular with families, good access to the beach at Redcliffe and the Sunshine Coast
Located approximately 20 kilometres north of the Brisbane CBD, Bracken Ridge first started out as a mix of housing commission homes and potato farms. It has since developed into a thriving suburb featuring a mix of high-set chamferboard homes (early housing) and high-set and low-set brick homes. Bracken Ridge is made up predominantly of single unit dwellings (houses) with relatively few unit and townhouse developments. The suburban lifestyle is popular with families. Vacant land in Bracken Ridge is limited but further subdivisions are occurring. Families in the area are well serviced with a number of schools in Bracken Ridge (two state primary schools and a Catholic primary school) and the surrounding suburbs catering to both primary and secondary school children. The suburb is also home to North Point Institute of TAFE and has easy access to the Carseldine campus of the Queensland University of Technology.
Recreational facilities in the local area include the Bill Brown Cricket Ground, a number of parks, and bike and walk ways. Public transport in the area is also good with regular bus routes supplemented by easy access to the Bruce Highway and the Gateway Motorway. Using the Gateway arterial, Brisbane Airport is only a 15 minute drive. Large retail chains and supermarkets are available at Westfield Toombul and Chermside, both of which are easily accessible by public transport or major roadways. The larger centres are complemented by local shopping villages.
The Duke of York Clan occupied the region to the south of the South Pine River. To the north was the North Pine Clan. Tom Petrie indicated that the Turrbal language was spoken as far north as North Pine, west to Moggil and Gold Creek and south to the Logan. Petrie was a great source of information on Aboriginal people and he marked out many of the roads in the district along existing Aboriginal tracks. He first travelled the Old Northern Road in 1845 when he accompanied Aborigines to the bonyi (bunya) festival in the Blackall Ranges. Tom spoke about the leader of a small fishing tribe who lived near the mouth of the South Pine River. His clan called him Mindi-Mindi, and the whites called him Kabon-Tom. He initially scared Tom Petrie when Tom teased him as a child, but later they became friends. Kabon-Tom lived to be an old man in his nineties.
Others weren't so lucky. The diseases bought by the whites soon had a major detrimental effect on the Aboriginal population. After Tom Petrie was married and was looking for a place to start a cattle grazing property, he went into the area we now know as Petrie. He was accompanied by Dal-ngang the son of an Aboriginal elder, Dalapai he had known since childhood. One of the first things he noticed about the local North Pine Blacks was the smallpox scars on their bodies, and the fact that there were few old people. Disease had taken its toll.
Tom chose a site for his homestead, which he name "Murrumba" meaning good. An area on the river nearby was called "Mandin" meaning fishing nets, as this was a popular local fishing place.
Closer to the Moreton Bay settlement the main camping ground for the Duke of York Clan was the gully through Victoria Park and the Brisbane Exhibition Grounds. This campsite was known as Barrambin. Another popular campsite was Buyuba at Newmarket near Bancroft Park on Enoggera Creek. Enoggera is derived from the word Yowoggera which means corroboree. A burial ground existed there also.
The Bracken Ridge area was originally devoted to farming and grazing. The school opened in November 1957. Urban development in this region began in 1962 when the then Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Clem Jones, signed a $2 million agreement with the Barclay Development Corporation to build a satellite community behind Sandgate. This development initially released 1,600 blocks of sewered land and included 6.8 hectares of parkland. The Housing Commission also subdivided 682 allotments and the first house built on these lots was completed in 1966. A state high school and a Catholic high school; St John Fisher College, were later established.
It is thought that Louis Hope was the first landholder in this district and that he grew sugar cane and other crops. David Laughland Brown and his son John then bought this land, which they named Rose Hill. They owned 81 hectares of land between them. It extended along Telegraph Road between Bald Hills and Denham Street, including the hill on which the reservoir now stands. The Ferguson family, who called their property 'Bracken Ridge', owned the remainder of the suburb.
The St John Fisher College was built on land originally set aside for a seminary. This land had originally been owned by Bishop Quinn in 1861 and was known as Quinn's Estate. This school was constructed after the land was made accessible by the construction of the Gateway Motorway and the Deagon Deviation. In 1978 the decision was made to relocate the senior school of Sacred Heart College at Sandgate to this site. The school opened in 1982. Bracken Ridge is bounded by one of the oldest roads in the district, Telegraph Road, which originally linked Gympie Road to Sandgate, and one of the newest roads, the Gateway Arterial. The latter was constructed as a Bicentennial road project during the 1980s and has been duplicated recently.
Reference: Mary Howell, BRISbites, 2000