Chapel Hill (4069)
Located 7 km to Brisbane’s west at the base of Mt Cootha, Chapel Hill (4069) is a leafy, affluent residential suburb with prestigious homes, many built in the 1970s to 1990s on large blocks, extensive parklands and walking tracks. The suburb was originally named for a Methodist chapel built in 1875 which continues as the only church in the suburb. Chapel Hill is also well known for its native bushland backing onto a protected reserve. Currently, Chapel Hill is undergoing an urban revival with many homes being replaced or renovated.
However, there is no high-density unit or townhouse development in the suburb. Nor are there any major shopping centres, although one of Brisbane’s largest, is in Indooroopilly, an adjoining suburb. There are only one school and no private schools, so many children travel some distance to Brisbane private schools. Chapel Hill is well serviced by regular buses and a major arterial road and freeway giving the suburb ready access to Brisbane and surrounding suburbs, and via the Legacy tunnel, a direct commute to the airport.
Chapel Hill is an affluent suburb whose residents tend to be academics, professionals and business people. In 2011, 10200 people lived in Chapel Hill, their average age is 40 years. Most residents were Anglo-Australian with a minority from Malaysia, South Africa and China. English was mainly spoken at home, occasionally accompanied by Malay, Spanish and Cantonese.
With its abundance of walking tracks through bushland preserving native fauna and flora, Chapel Hill attracts weekend tourists for running, hiking, mountain biking and walking dogs in a designated off-leash area. Because it also has great city views it is also a good vantage point for viewing fireworks events and more recently, cycle paths have been extended to link Chapel Hill directly to the city.