On the Northside, just 7 km from inner city Brisbane and with sweeping views of both the city and along the Brisbane River, Hamilton (4007) is a leafy hilly suburb characterised by large, expensive, prestigious homes and mansions such as the Toorak House. Hamilton residents earn more taxable income than any other Queenslander. This has always been the case, even from its earliest beginnings – it has always been inhabited by old established wealth as opposed to the new fast money of other inner suburbs such as Paddington.
Its first hotel was built by Gustavus Hamilton from whom the suburb acquired its name. Hamilton has been home to many famous people including Charles Kingsford Smith. More recently, the wharves alongside the Brisbane River have been redeveloped as Portside into an international cruise ship terminal serving several large cruise liners a week as well as an extensive commercial and high rise development. The area is well served by motorways, bus and city cat along the Brisbane River to readily access Brisbane and surrounding suburbs.
In 2011, 4700 people lived in Hamilton, their average age is 39 years. Most are Anglo-Australian, although there is a notable minority from Ireland, India and United States. English is spoken primarily at home with Italian and Mandarin in a minority.