The charming suburb of Wilston, located about 3km North of the Brisbane CBD, has an air of the old – with classic-styled buildings renovated to perfection – alongside the fresh, breezy styles and modern architecture of professionally designed houses on Wilston Hill.
The Wilston Village Cafés along a 200m section of Kedron Brook Road are popular with local residents and visitors to the area and provide an outdoor dining delight with around 11 or so restaurants to choose from that are easily accessed by regular buses and a Railway Station on the Ferny Grove line. It can sometimes be difficult to find parking in busy times. Breathtaking views of Brisbane city from upper streets in Wilston have made this hub of early urban renewal projects a lively suburb of choice for many professionals, including past Premier Peter Beattie and medical professionals who enjoy Wilston’s close proximity to the Royal Brisbane Hospital.
Nearness to sporting and recreational facilities like Downey and Ballymore Parks and leisure parks and walkways along Enoggera Creek add to Wilston’s appeal. There are a number of sporting clubs in Wilston, including Wilston North’s Junior Cricket Club, the Wilston Grange Australian and Fortitude Valley Rugby League Football Clubs, the St Andrew’s Ladies’ Hockey Club as well as other clubs including the Grange Bowls Club, Lococo Tennis, DAT Racing (Triathlon) and Wilston Crocs (Swimming) Clubs. Shopping is convenient in local stores and other larger shopping centres including Lutwyche Shopping Centre, Newmarket Road in nearby Windsor and those at Stafford and Brookside being a comfortable drive away.
Dwellings in the area range from stand alone houses, accounting for 72%, to units in blocks of variable size, accounting for 23% of homes in Wilston. 46% of dwellings are home to couples with children and 37% are home to couples with no children. Wilston State, St Columba’s Primary, and St Benedicts College are some of the local schooling facilities available to residents of Wilston. Other local leisure facilities include yoga classes and the EE Studios Dance School in Newmarket that services the Wilston area.
From the early establishment of Wilston House in 1876 and humble beginnings in the 1920’s and 1930s including the construction of clusters of workers’ cottages, Wilston is now a sought after district in Brisbane.