If you’re researching a move or property investment on the Southside of Brisbane, undoubtedly you’ve come across Wishart. This suburb has gone from strength to strength over the years, and for good reason. It’s beautifully located, with easy connections to the rest of the city, the airport and major transport arterials. It has amazing amenities, is easy to get around and boasts large block sizes and spacious homes.
The Henry Wong Team® has been selling real estate in Wishart, QLD, 4122 for a number of years now. Henry grew up in this area and knows the suburb and its real estate market inside out. We’ve put together this blog post as a Wishart guide, a reference point where you can find handy information on the suburb and what you can find here. Of course, if you have any further questions, you know who to call. In the meantime, let’s take a look at what makes this suburb special.
Wishart Location and Accessibility
When it comes to location Wishart was always perfectly primed for growth given its proximity to Brisbane city. Just 15-kilometres southeast of the CBD, it’s also close to the airport, the Bayside, the ever-popular Westfield Garden City and of course other major Brisbane attractions like Southbank and the Gabba.
Road: Wishart is perfectly positioned with easy access to both the Pacific and the Gateway Motorways. This makes travel to both the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coasts an easy undertaking. Similarly, professionals can commute to work in Brisbane very easily from here. In fact, on a good run you can reach the city centre in around 15-minutes.
Bus: Wishart is easily accessed by bus because of its proximity to the South East Busway. The busway stops at Upper Mount Gravatt next to the Garden City shopping complex, and from there goes into the city centre on its own dedicated route separate to normal traffic. It’s easy to get a bus from Wishart to the busway and then on into the city, or vice versa. There are buses on all the main roads in the city, including Newnham Road, Mount Gravatt Capalaba Road, Ham Road and Wishart Road.
Wishart’s History, Culture and Demographics
Wishart first emerged as a suburb in the 1960’s and was originally known as Mount Gravatt South. The name was changed in 1967, with a nod to an early European settler. Since then it has grown into the desirable place to live it represents today, a well-planned and comfortable modern suburb.
To give you an idea of the demographics of Wishart, here are some statistics from the last census:
Total population: 10,700
Median age: 39
University educated: 21.3%
Full time workers: 57.2%
Part time workers: 32.4%
Culturally, Wishart is typically representative of the south of Brisbane in that it incorporates a variety of cultures living harmoniously together. Here are some statistics to illustrate the range of cultures in the suburb:
Country of Birth:
Both parents born overseas: 43.5%
Top Spoken Languages (other than English):
Geography and Home Style of Wishart
There are a range of styles of property in Wishart, as you’d expect, with everything from houses, townhouses and apartments represented.
Having initially been developed in the 1960’s, some of the original properties are starting to show their age. These are mostly brick and weatherboard homes, built on large blocks, the size of which are part of the attraction of living in Wishart. These days most of these properties have been updated to a modern standard and aesthetic, and in some cases completely knocked down and rebuilt.
Wishart is a leafy suburb, known for its tree-lined streets and serene, family-friendly atmosphere. Bulimba Creek flows down the one boundary of Wishart, and much of the parkland and green space in the area is centred around that.
When it comes to schools in Wishart, there are a number of exceptional government and private schools that leave you spoiled for choice. Some are in Wishart, and some are close by and easily accessed in neighbouring suburbs. Let’s take a look at what schools are available for families moving to the area:
Wishart State School: This is a co-ed government primary school on Morella Street. It has 901 enrolments and 105 staff and is renowned for excellent academic standards and a range of extra-curricular activities. The well-equipped campus is technologically advanced, making use of computers in all the classrooms and electronic whiteboards. A large oval is complemented by a heated swimming pool, tennis courts and an adventure playground.
Mansfield State School: A co-ed government primary school found at 174 Ham Road in Mansfield, this school has 1196 students and 117 staff. The school follows a vision of creating curious, engaged learners; creative, critical thinkers and caring, active citizens. They do this by providing a safe and innovative space for their students to explore and be empowered; to learn how to lead and learn how to be respectful. You can be assured your child is in excellent hands when it comes to academics and extra-curriculars.
Mansfield State High School: sitting on the corner of Broadwater and Ham Road, MSHS is a large co-ed government secondary school of 3137 students and 286 staff. Widely regarded as being one of the leading state secondary schools in Brisbane, it consistently ranks in the top 10 Queensland state high schools. The campus is remarkably well equipped with a wide range of advanced facilities.
St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School: On 388 Newnham Road in Wishart sits St Catherine’s, a co-ed Catholic primary school with 505 students and 56 staff. This parish based primary school offering inclusive and quality education, with a spirit of outreach to the marginalised. Excellent facilities, skilled staff and a healthy focus on sports make this a superb place to send your kids for a well-rounded education.
Brisbane Adventist College: This co-education Christian college caters for prep to year 12, and is located at 303 Broadwater Road in Mansfield. With 584 students and 79 staff, it offers a personalised level of care for each child, allowing them to thrive and learn in a constructive and supportive Christian environment.
Citipointe Christian College: A co-ed Christian college, Citipointe is found at 322 Wecker Road in Carindale. A large school of 1711 kids and 249 staff, it covers prep to year 12, offering an ongoing commitment to excellence in academics that has seen their reputation grow and grow.
There is ample green space and plenty of parks in Brisbane, so if you enjoy a walk, some fresh air or just reconnecting with nature then you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied. Parks you’ll find here include:
Delavan Street Park: In this lovely park on Delavan Street you’ll find a walking path, a playground and a picnic area.
Wishart Community Park: This well-equipped park boasts plenty of space and a range of amenities. It’s home to the Bulimba Creek Lagoon, there are electric barbeques, a picnic shelter, a bikeway and walkway, a half-court basketball area, a playground and plenty of car parking.
Boorabin Picnic Ground: This is a favorite park of Wishart residents, particularly dog owners who can enjoy the Stackpole Dog Park and Agility Area. There’s also barbeques here, a picnic area, a rebound wall, a pathway and a car park. It’s wheelchair accessible too.
Berkshire Crescent Park: This popular park has a basketball half court, barbeques, a dog off-leash area, a picnic area and a playground.
Other parks in the suburb include Banning Street Park, Catania Street Park, Coora Street Park, Frinton Street Park, Koola Street Park, Merrick Street Park, Mindona Rotary Park, Pindari Crescent Park, Shillington Place Park and Wishart Nature Reserve.
Residents of Wishart are blessed to have easy access to two of Brisbane’s finest shopping centres, Westfield Garden City and Westfield Carindale. There are multiple other shopping centres within easy reach. Here are the details:
Westfield Garden City: Located on the corner of Logan and Kessels Road in Upper Mt Gravatt, this premier shopping centre has everything you need. Grocery stores, boutique shops, restaurants, banks and other amenities, cafes, bars and cinemas all help make this one of Brisbane’s favourite centres.
Westfield Carindale: Similar in size and facilities to Garden City, Westfield Carindale is found at 1151 Creek Road. Approximately a 10-minute drive from Wishart, it has over 450 specialty stores and nearly 6000 car park spaces.
Wishart Shopping Village: Conveniently located at 590 Mount-Gravatt Capalaba Road, this shopping centre has a grocery store, bottle store, dentist, Domino’s Pizza and other fast food outlets. There’s a service station right next door too.
Civic Fair: Located at 280 Newnham Road, these shops include a pharmacy, Food Works, TAB, a dentist, hairdresser and much more.
Wishart Square: Next door to Civic Fair at 290 Newnham Road is Wishart Square. Here you’ll find, amongst other things, dentist and a physio.
Here are some actual reviews of Wishart from residents who live there, as found on the Homely website.
“Quiet, clean and in close proximity to the city, highways and public transport.”
“Clean, green and well-established Suburb.”
“Lovely suburb. Close to highways, city and major shopping centres.”
“Wishart is a great place to live.”
Wishart Census Statistics: https://quickstats.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2016/quickstat/SSC33132
Wishart Reviews: https://www.homely.com.au/wishart-brisbane-brisbane-queensland