is a suburb of Brisbane
which is located 7 km west of the Brisbane central business district
Name derivation and history
Indooroopilly is a corruption
of either the local Aboriginal
, meaning 'gully of the leeches' or yindurupilly
meaning 'gully of running water'.
Locals often shorten the name to "Indro"
The traditional owners of the Indooroopilly area are the Aboriginal Jagera and Turrbal groups. Both groups had related languages and are classified as belonging to the Yaggera language group.
The area was first settled in the 1860s and agriculture and dairying were common in the early years. The parish was named in the late 1850s, and the first house was built in 1861 by Mr H C Rawnsley. The arrival of rail in 1875 and completion of the Albert rail bridge across the Brisbane River to open the Ipswich rail line the following year spurred the development of Indooroopilly. The 1893 flood destroyed the original Albert Bridge, and its replacement was opened in 1895. A lead-silver mine was established on an Indooroopilly property in 1919 and extraction continued until 1929 when the mine became unprofitable. Today the University of Queensland operates the site as an experimental mine and teaching facility for engineering students (the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre). The landmark Walter Taylor Bridge across the Brisbane River was completed in 1936. The first stage of Indooroopilly Shoppingtown opened in 1970.
Indooroopilly boasts significant commercial, office and retail sectors and is home to Indooroopilly Shopping centre, the largest shopping centre
in Brisbane’s western suburbs. The suburb is popular with professionals and a large number of university students from the nearby University of Queensland
campus in St Lucia
. The housing stock consists of a mix of detached houses and medium density apartments. There has been a trend towards increasing small lot and townhouse development in the suburb in recent years. Nevertheless, many post-war homes and iconic Queenslanders
have also been restored. Brisbane City Council
regulations to preserve the 'pre-war' look of Brisbane
discourage destruction of many of Brisbane's Queenslanders
and buildings. It is one of the Brisbane City Council's proposed Major Centres.
Moggill Road is the main thoroughfare, connecting Indooroopilly to Toowong
and the city via Coronation Drive (inbound), and Chapel Hill
(outbound). The Western Freeway
also serves the suburb. Indooroopilly is well connected by public transport
. There is a bus interchange
adjoining the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre
, where Brisbane Transport
operates services to the CBD, university and other western suburbs. The Indooroopilly railway station
provides frequent services to the CBD and beyond. Public Transport being the major transport that teenagers rely on in this area makes Indooroopilly bus station the major meeting place from all over the Western Suburbs.
There is a thriving café and restaurant precinct along Station Road between the shopping centre and railway station as well as to the east of the railway station. There are two cinema complexes in Indooroopilly, the Eldorado cinemas
on Coonan Street and Birch Carroll and Coyle
Megaplex inside Indooroopilly Shopping centre. This cinema complex once had 8 cinemas, now it boasts 16. It is the major cinema complex in the Western Suburbs. Indooroopilly youth organisations include the Indooroopilly Scout Group
including Rover Scout
and Indooroopilly Girl Guide District