A close 5 km to the Northside of Brisbane’s CBD, Newmarket (4051) is mainly residential with older post-war homes of traditional Queensland style. However, because of its proximity and easy access to Brisbane, younger people are increasingly moving in resulting in increased medium density townhouse and unit development. Originally, in the late 1800s, Newmarket was the site of livestock sale yards. Urbanisation followed Kelvin Grove Road into the area and was reinforced with a rail service displacing the livestock yards. Remnants of cattle tracks can still be seen, as can the chimney of the now demolished brickworks opened in 1912.
Newmarket has regular easy access to both the city and surrounding suburbs via rail and bus and is intersected by major arterial roads. Newmarket also has several schools, parks, bikeways, a swimming pool, and sporting ovals home to soccer, football and baseball clubs. A major shopping centre has been opened recently complete with banks, post offices, supermarkets, cinemas, and retailers and the historic hotel opened in 1897 has been restored.
As of 2011, newmarket’s population was 4500, their average age is 32 years. About 82% were born in Australia or New Zealand with a notable 2% from India and about 1 % from China. English was spoken primarily at home, 2% also speak Mandarin and/or Italian.