Opportunity: Highgate Hill

Inner-city suburb with river and city views, historic residences, and easy access to events, vibrant local markets and parks.

Central and accessible

  • Two kilometres from Brisbane’s Central Business District (CBD)
  • Frequent bus services including the 196 BUZ
  • Easy connections to South Bank and Dutton Park railway stations
  • Excellent access to West End and South Brisbane
  • Convenient pedestrian, cycle and bus access to the University of Queensland

Local trends

  • Historical homes
  • Apartments with river and CBD views
  • Pockets of shops and cafés
  • Secret laneways and staircases
  • Mix of professionals and students


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  1. Dornoch Terrace – Highgate Hill’s premier address with a mixture of old and new
  2. Gladstone Road – main business area with shops and cafés

Driving opportunity

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Population growth

Generating additional demand for goods and services


  • Expected to grow more than 1% biennially
  • More than 51.5% of the working age population under 35
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Development activity

Bringing more people to live and work in the area


  • The Highgate - 31 three-bedroom and penthouse residences at Dornoch Terrace
  • Sanna - full floor apartments at 138 Dornoch Terrace
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Infrastructure projects

New roads, transit, schools, hospitals and other major infrastructure projects create opportunities for business


  • Pedestrian safety upgrades along Gladstone Road
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Talented people

Access to a skilled workforce


  • 42% with bachelor degree level of education (compared to 32% for Brisbane Local Government Area)

Who has taken the opportunity?

  • Shed 41 Café and Galleria opened in a former upholstery store at the corner of Gloucester and Mabel Streets (2018)
  • Vvaldmeer chose Gladstone Road for its German-inspired café (2017)
  • Lifecycle Garage and Bespoke relocated to Gladstone Road to focus on bike repairs and custom builds (2017)

Planning frameworks

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Last updated: 6 October 2020

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