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Tennyson (Post Code 4105)

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Tennyson is a tiny riverside suburb around 7 kilometres southwest of the Brisbane CBD. Covering just 130 hectares, it’s home to around 1,100 residents (2021 Census). Bounded on 3 sides by water, Tennyson has a stretch of the Brisbane River flowing along its northern boundary. This stretch of Brisbane’s mighty River is known as Canoe Reach. Oxley Creek, and one of its tributaries, flank the southern and western boundaries. Yeerongpilly, with its many amenities, lies to the east.

Although a tiny suburb in terms of residents – there are fewer than 600 dwellings in Tennyson – it does have a stable commercial and industrial sector. In fact, this sector takes up most of the southern half of the suburb . The residential area is mostly located to the northwest of the suburb between King Arthur Drive along the Brisbane River and the railway line that divides the suburb in half.

Although some 70% of Tennyson residents own their home, the remaining 30% are renters. So, it’s a completely feasible place to own a rental property. If you do own, or are looking to own a rental property in Tennyson, check our property management services in Tennyson.

History Of Tennyson, Qld

The land Tennyson now covers is the traditional land of the Turrbal and Jagera First Nations peoples. The first European settlers moved into the area after the colony was opened up to free settlers with the closure of the Morton Bay Penal Settlement in 1842. Courtesy of the water in the area, the land was reportedly covered in thick dense bush at the time.

Despite this, early settlers quickly cleared the land, then called Softstone Pocket, for agriculture and farming. It remained a predominantly agricultural area for some years before being divided into smaller lots and auctioned off in 1888. In 1887, the local railway siding was renamed Tennyson and the suburb followed suit in 1897.

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Transport Options for Tennyson, Qld Residents

Access to major roads is not an issue for people who live in Tennyson. This is a fact which could make it an ideal suburb for a rental property. Over 85% of the suburb’s 1,116 residents do in fact use their cars to travel to and from work. The Ipswich and Pacific Motorways are close by, as are Oxley and Ipswich Roads. The main ‘drag’, King Arthur Drive, runs along the northern side of the suburb adjacent to the River.

There are also regular bus and train services into the Brisbane CBD. Bike paths, and many scenic footpaths follow along the river.

Housing Styles In Tennyson, Qld

Around 55% of the dwellings in Tennyson are houses and 44% are flats or apartments. There are a few terrace and semi-detached houses tucked in there as well. As mentioned earlier, the residential area is located in the top northwest quarter of the suburb with views of the Brisbane River and access to the many outdoor parks and amenities available in and around Tennyson.

Tennyson Qld Demographics

At the 2021 census, the profile of Tennyson’s demographic was predominantly (64%) single professionals and people in management positions. These two employment sectors actually make up around 75% of the demographic and probably explains why housing isn’t cheap in Tennyson!

Tennyson, Qld Housing Prices

Tennyson house prices have risen by a whopping 127% over the past 12 months, and the median Tennyson house price is sitting at $1,835,000. That’s very good news indeed if you already own property in Tennyson because you’ve probably made a substantial return on your investment. If you’re looking to rent out your property, the current average rental for houses in Tennyson is around $620 a week.

For investors looking for an investment property rental unit, these prices are much more stable – with just a 6.38% rise over the past 12 months. Even so, the median unit price in Tennyson is currently $1,250,000.

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Amenities In Tennyson, Qld

Tennyson may be small but it has many excellent amenities nearby. There are parks, gardens, cycle paths, recreation centres, and of course the Queensland Tennis Centre in Tennyson itself. Golfing fans will enjoy living in close proximity to the Brisbane Golf Club and Indooroopilly Golf Club just across the river.


There aren’t any shopping centres located within Tennyson itself, but there are plenty of options nearby. The Station Oxley (Oxley), Indooroopilly Shopping Centre (Indooroopilly), and The Yeronga Village (Yeronga) are all only 10 to 15 minutes drive away. There’s also Graceville Quarter in Graceville, Sherwood Central, and Sherwood Square in Sherwood, Woolworths Moorooka (Moorooka), and the Brisbane Markets in Sherwood.


Unfortunately, local dining out options are limited in Tennyson. However, given that it’s only 7 kms from the CBD and its surrounding suburbs with their huge range of cuisine options, this probably doesn’t matter too much.

Having said that, Tennyson beer lovers don’t have to drive very far at all because there are several fine pubs and breweries right on their doorstep! Check out Helios and Slipstream if you’re keen!

Healthcare Facilities and Services:

The medical and healthcare needs of Tennyson residents are catered for by healthcare facilities in Graceville and Sherwood. The public Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital likewise is a few minutes drive away in Coopers Plains.

Parks and Outdoor Facilities:

Tennyson has access to some great parks, golf courses, and various other outdoor facilities. Topping the list are Ken Fletcher Park and the State Tennis Centre on the river foreshore. The park’s power station and industrial themed playground pays tribute to the site’s former history as a power station. There are also barbeque facilities and plenty of activities to keep the kids happy.

On the opposite side of town, the Simpson’s Playground Reserve, also on the river foreshore, is just across Oxley Creek in Graceville. Graceville also has a health club with a swimming pool.

Schools In Tennyson, Qld

With no schools located within Tennyson itself, school-aged Tennyson residents attend public and private schools in neighbouring suburbs. However, several of these schools are very highly rated.

Primary Education:

Tennyson falls into the Graceville State School catchment area. So, many of the suburb’s primary school aged students attend either this school or heritage-listed Sherwood State School in Sherwood. For parents who prefer a private school, St Sebastian’s Primary School is located in neighbouring Yeronga. St Aiden’s Anglican Girls School (prep to Year 12) is in Corinda to the south whilst St Peters Lutheran College is around 6kms away in Indooroopilly (prep to Year 12).

Secondary Education:

The Barrett Adolescent Centre Special School (Tennyson Special School) caters for children in years 7 – 12 with special mental health requirements. This is the only secondary school actually within Tennyson. Most high-school students attend nearby heritage-listed Yeronga State School as Tennyson falls into its catchment zone. Private school options in the area though include St Aiden’s in Corinda, and St Peters Lutheran College in Indooroopilly.

Tertiary Education:

The University of Queensland at St Lucia is also close to Tennyson.

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