Located just 2 km from Brisbane, Woolloongabba (4102) was originally called One Mile Swamp because it was low lying and swampy. Today it is home to the Brisbane Cricket Ground and the Princess Alexandra Hospital.
Between 1884 and 1969, Woolloongabba was a significant hub for trains travelling south across the Brisbane River. Horse-drawn trams also operated from 1885 until 1897 when they were replaced by electric trams which were closed down in 1969. Today the suburb is well served by both regular train and bus services. It is also bisected by the Pacific Motorway.
In 1942 a Coca-Cola bottling plant was built in Woolloongabba to meet the demands of US defence force personnel, and later the local market. A hotel, the Norman was opened in 1890. More recently, due to its proximity to Brisbane’s CBD and South Bank Park, Woolloongabba has undergone an urban revival with the rapid development of high-density apartment blocks.
In 2011, 4800 people lived in Woolloongabba, their average age is 31 years. Apart from Anglo-Australian, the suburb is very multicultural with residents from India, China, and Korea with Vietnamese, Cantonese, Greek, and Mandarin are spoken alongside English at home.