The Southwest Corridor 4075 postcode combines the 4 unique suburbs of Corinda, Oxley, Sherwood and Graceville. They all have in common the railway line and bustling Oxley Road which is a major commuter road for traffic to and from the Shire. The Brisbane River marks the western boundary with the more northern suburbs Chelmer and Tennyson nestling the river’s bend which divides it from Indooroopilly via the heritage listed Albert Bridge.
Corinda is only 8.8kms south west from Brisbane’s CBD. It has beautiful clean, wide leafy streets with lots of great walking paths, a real sense of community about the area and excellent public transport access. Corinda boasts a boutique shopping precinct with Coles, RSL, restaurants and all the necessary conveniences. The train station was recently upgraded to accommodate for the increased growth in this area which was predicted and is now apparent with unit blocks now lining the Corinda skyline. Corinda is such a handy, liveable and commutable suburb and perfect for professionals, young families or semi-retired residents who can leave the car at home and commute to the CBD or any of the business centres along the way. The area is also privileged to have 2 private schools and 2 public schools which is great for the many young families that are now moving into the area.
History – Corinda was predominately a farming community in the early 1860’s. The original family who settled the area was the Francis family. They bought 21 acres of land which extended from the Brisbane River to Franics Lookout (a heritage listed site on Dewar Terrace with a small burial ground of early settlers). Many of the homes around Francis lookout are the original Old style Queenslanders which date back to the colonial period. The municipal library is one of the earliest surviving buildings on the shopping strip built in 1895. The area has many large Bungalow style homes that were built in the 1920’s on the floodplain near Oxley Creek. (Referenced Wikipedia)
Oxley is located approximately 10.8kms from Brisbane’s CBD on the South Western Corridor divided by the Ipswich Motorway. The suburb was named after the explorer John Oxley. Being spread over a much larger area than the rest of the 4075 postcode it’s a mix of larger service providers, industrial land & retail outlets and residential. It is home to: The Qld Police Service Training Academy, Canossa Private Hospital, PGH Bricks and Pavers, 2 highway motels, The Oxley Hotel, a war memorial, Super Amart, The Good Guys, Harvey Norman, Officeworks, McDonalds, Aldi and Woolworths. It also boasts 2 golf courses, a golf driving range, a lawn bowls club, 2 petrol stations and a train station. The area has grown significantly and some of the vacant land and the former Austral Bricks quarry site have been converted to residential estates providing much needed housing to the fast growing suburb. It has a real village feel close to the train station and provides everything for young families’ professionals and retirees.
History – The first land sale took place in Oxley in the year 1851. Oxley had once covered areas as far reaching as Chelmer, Graceville and Corinda and extended further to the south into today’s suburbs of Durack and Willawong. The road to Ipswich defined the suburb’s early advancement and it was a stopover point for the Cobb & Co coach western route. One of the first business to the area was the hotel which provided rest and food for travellers but also had a reputation for drinking and dancing well into the early hours. The first school in Oxley was opened in 1870 followed by the railway station in 1874 which then led to a second subdivision (140 allotments) which was referred to as the Township of Oxley. (Referenced Wikipedia)
Sherwood, named after the Sherwood Forest, England and home to the Aboretum is further north of Oxley & Corinda, 8.3kms south west of Brisbane’s CBD. The Sherwood Arboretum is heritage listed due to its many species and number of trees. It covers 16 hectares with approximately 1,100 trees from 300 species. It consists of parklands with BBQ facilities, playgrounds, wetlands and has extensive frontage to the Brisbane River including a rainforest walk. Similar to Corinda, it contains a village shopping precinct with Woolworths, Coffee Club, small cafes, banks, newsagency and essential services with the Sherwood train station just a short walk from the shopping precinct. The area has experienced extensive growth along Oxley Road, Sherwood Road and close surrounding streets with units and apartments changing the landscape to provide for the growing population to the western corridor. Sherwood is also a very liveable, handy and commutable suburb which is attractive to professionals and growing families. Sherwood is proud to have one of the oldest schools in Queensland – The Sherwood State School, established in 1867.
History – Sherwood like Oxley, was originally a farming community which grew in population and urbanised quickly with Churches, shops and the schools quickly filled by the local growing demographic. Sherwood State School boasts lots of history and still has some of its original timber building. It’s seen 2 x wars and during World War II a first aid, ambulance post and air raid trenches were placed under the buildings. Another one of Sherwood’s heritage listed sites includes the Berry and MacFarlane Monument which was erected in 1902 in memory of 2 young soldiers, Sergeant Robert Edwin Berry & Acting Corporal John MacFarlene who were killed in action in 1902. The Berry family had been well known residents with long origins in the Sherwood district. (Referenced Wikipedia)
Graceville is located 7.8kms southwest of Brisbane’s CBD just further north of Sherwood, with Oxley Creek to the East and the Brisbane River to the North-East and West. Like Oxley, Corinda and Sherwood, Graceville also has its own railway station close to its own village shopping precinct. It’s mainly residential boasting a quiet, leafy suburb, with various styles of homes evident from beautiful Queenslander style and post war homes to affluent riverfront mansions. It also has 2 schools, the Graceville State school and Christ the King which is a private Catholic school and several large family parks and various sporting Clubs. Graceville’s demographic is made up of young families and professionals and retirees.
History – Graceville was named after Grace Grimes, daughter of Samuel Grimes, a former member of Parliament and avid supporter of Ipswich to Brisbane railway. Graceville’s most distinguishable landmark is the Graceville Uniting Church built in 1930 on the corner of Oxley Road and Verney Road East and was built by local contractor Walter Taylor who was responsible for many other local landmarks. Graceville’s heritage listed sites include the Graceville Uniting Church and also the Graceville Memorial Park, the Graceville Railway Station and Beth-Eden at 85 Bank Road. Beth-Eden is a heritage listed villa which was designed by Richard Gailey and building spanned from 1888 to 1910. It’s also known as Rakeevan and Verney. It’s a 2 storeyed rendered brick house overlooking the Brisbane River with late 19th Century timber stables/coach house which was renamed and modified in 1958 for a retirement home. (Referenced Wikipedia)
Beautiful, tranquil and green best describes this sort after, appealing riverside suburb. Just 7kms from Brisbane’s CBD on the bend of the river it triumphs some of the Brisbane’s finest Queenslander style homes fashioning Chelmer as an appealing and prestigious place to live. Laurel Avenue is considered one of the most influential address’s in Brisbane not only for its magnificent homes but also the large portions of the avenue are overhung by large camphor laurel trees which are over 100 years old.
Chelmer also boasts some beautiful large parks including the Gordon Thomson Park, Taylor Bridge Reserve,Faulkner Park and sporting clubs the Sherwood AFL Club & Western Districts Sporting Club & Oxley Sailing Club. It also has 1 school, the Milpera State School, and like the other suburbs in the area it has its own train station and bus services. You’ll see many families enjoying the outdoors in this suburb, it’s very liveable, friendly and community focused. The Albert Bridge and a second bridge joins the railway to Indooroopilly which has provision for bicycles and pedestrians.
History – Chelmer was once known as Oxley Point and Riverton but has now been named after the Chelmer River in the UK. Similar to the other suburbs, settlement of the area was around the 1850’s and the land was mainly utilised for farming. When the railway line was extended from Ipswich during the 1870’s, the area then began to grow and develop. Chelmer also has a number of heritage listed sites including Swain house at 139 Laurel Avenue built in the early 1920’s, a California style Bungalow which has been heritage listed for its aesthetic significance and streetscape and the rare intact form of the house type for the era. Also Heritage listed is the Chelmer Police College former police barracks at 17 Laurel Avenue. It’s also known as the Lady Wilson Red Cross Convalescent Home and Waterton. (Referenced Wikipedia)