Opportunity: Woolloongabba

Trendy bistros, historic facades and professional services provide a backdrop to bright lights and sporting events at The Gabba.

Central and accessible

  • Two kilometres from Brisbane’s Central Business District (CBD)
  • Serviced by South East Busway, with Bus Stations at Woolloongabba and Buranda
  • Buranda Train Station within Woolloongabba as well as Park Road and Dutton Park stations at the perimeter
  • Convenient access to neighbouring South Bank
  • Easy busway access to Griffith University
  • Access to University of Queensland via the Eleanor Schonell Bridge (pedestrian, cycle and bus bridge) at Dutton Park
  • Connections to Story Bridge and CLEM7 Tunnel river crossings to the northern suburbs
  • Direct access to M3 Pacific Motorway

Local trends

  • Sporting events
  • Cafés, restaurants and bars
  • Heritage buildings, including the Princess Theatre
  • High rise developments
  • Young professionals and students


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  1. The Gabba – the Brisbane Cricket Ground, commonly known as ‘The Gabba’, home of the Queensland Bulls and the Brisbane Lions
  2. Gabba Village – dining and retail in heritage buildings
  3. Ipswich Road – a main commercial thoroughfare
  4. Logan Road – a main commercial thoroughfare with industry extending out to Denson Street
  5. Locality of Buranda – transport hub with busway, train stations and shopping at Buranda Village
  6. Medical – Princess Alexandra HospitalTranslational Research Institute Australia and the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence

Driving opportunity

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Population growth

Generating additional demand for goods and services


  • One of the fastest growing suburbs in Brisbane, with population projected to grow at more than 4% each year
  • More than 63% of the working age population under the age of 35
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Development activity

Bringing more people to live and work in the area


  • Eighty-seven dwellings approved in the 12 months ending December 2019
  • Trafalgar Lane - $86 million mixed-use development including 147 apartments, laneway retail and commercial offices in Stanley Street
  • South City Square mixed-use development in Logan Road plans to provide more than 1000 residential apartments, hotel, supermarket gym, day-care centre, boutique cafés, restaurants and a cinema
  • Park Central - a $1 billion master-planned transit-oriented development in Buranda proposed to include student accommodation and luxury apartments
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Infrastructure projects

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


  • $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project providing a new station at Woolloongabba at the site of the former Go Print building.  A new pedestrian bridge will provide a seamless connection from the new station to the existing busway and Stanley Street
  • $944 million Brisbane Metro to provide a high-frequency network with metro station at Buranda
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Talented people

Access to a skilled workforce


  • 37% with bachelor degree level of education (compared to 32% for Brisbane Local Government Area)

Who has taken the opportunity?

  • Superfly Funk Eye opened an izakaya (informal Japanese pub) in the Eden Lane dining precinct (2018)
  • Detour opened a 140 seat restaurant in Woolloongabba’s Logan Road precinct (2017)
  • Bly Sky Coffee relocated from Newstead to a newly constructed warehouse space on Lerna Street (2017)
  • Electric Avenue opened a bistro-bar in a heritage building in Logan Road (2017)

Planning frameworks

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Last updated: 6 October 2020

Brisbane City Council acknowledges this Country and its Traditional Custodians. We pay our respects to the Elders, those who have passed into the dreaming; those here today; those of tomorrow.