Fig Tree Pocket (4069)
Situated 8 km to Brisbane’s south-west, in a quiet, leafy bend of the Brisbane River, Fig Tree Pocket (4069) is an exclusive affluent residential suburb characterised by large and very expensive homes on acreage blocks and no retail, commercial or industrial activity in the area. Originally named for its Moreton Bay Fig trees, in 1866 a reserve was established to protect one very large fig in particular, which later disappeared in mysterious circumstances. A school was opened in 1871 followed by a post office in 1878. Today, Fig Tree Pocket has several bus services, access to the Western Freeway, is home to a koala sanctuary, and has a boat ramp on the adjacent Brisbane River for water sports. In 2011, Fig Tree Pocket was badly affected by the Brisbane floods because of this proximity to the Brisbane River.
In 2011, 3700 people lived in Fig Tree Pocket, their average age being 39 years. Although most residents were Anglo-Australian, a minority were also from South Africa and the United States, with English being spoken almost exclusively at home.