Bulimba is an inner suburb on the south side of Brisbane, 4 kilometers north-east of the Brisbane CBD (central business district). It is on the northern bank of the Brisbane River and borders the suburbs of  Balmoral, East Brisbane, Hawthorne, and Morningside.

Bulimba was originally inhabited by the Yuggara people, who have lived in the area for at least 20,000 years. The suburb reportedly gets its name from a Yugarapul word meaning “place of the magpie lark.” The same word is the origin of the nearby Bulimba Creek and of the Bulimba Reach on which the suburb is located.

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Homes in Bulimba take advantage of the river-aspect, with the majority of homes having broad verandahs, balconies and bay windows. Renovated Queenslanders, colonial and post-war cottages and a few boutique apartment blocks all line the streets of Bulimba, nestled behind large jacaranda and fig trees.

Bulimba’s industrial sites were refurbished into prime residential spaces and the suburb was ranked by REIQ in 2001 as the number one growth area in prices.

Smart Property Investment ranks Bulimba as one of the best performing suburbs in Australia in terms of capital gains. A survey of average capital gains or median home price increase in suburbs across the country shows that Bulimba obtained a 5.8% growth over a ten-year period. A steady increase in median property prices over a five-year period in Bulimba translates to a 4.86% capital gain.

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Suburb overview

The area’s river views, riverside golf course, shopping amenities and proximity to the CBD has made Bulimba an attractive suburb. Oxford Street is Bulimba’s main thoroughfare and is the location of many popular shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, schools and heritage sites.

Close to the city, but with a village atmosphere, Bulimba works for professionals and families. On weekends, neighbours from across Brisbane flock to for a stroll down Oxford Street or a picnic at their many green spaces.

The suburb’s riverside location has given it ease of access to ferries. This has even played an important role in Brisbane’s industrial history. Since the 1930s, Norman R Wright & Sons have operated a shipyard in Bulimba that has built many of the Transdev Brisbane Ferries.

CityCat and CityFerry services stop at Bulimba’s two ferry wharves; located on Oxford Street and Apollo Road. Bulimba is also serviced by Brisbane Transport buses, on route numbers 230, P231 and 232.


Population: 6,843

Families: 1,756

Average children per family: 1.8

Average people per household: 2.5

Median weekly household income: $2,433

Median monthly mortgage repayments: $2,729

Median weekly rent: $485

Market Data (as of the period ending Nov 2019)

Bulimba Table

Dwelling Structure

  • Flat, unit or apartment: 37.6%
  • Separate house: 48.7%
  • Others (semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse) 13.5%

Tenure type

  • Rented: 41.8%
  • Being purchased: 32.1%
  • Others (fully owned) 24%


As Bulimba’s main thoroughfare, Oxford Street is home to some of the best Bulbima has to offer. It is the suburub’s main shopping, eating and meeting strip thanks to the many choices of boutiques, dining spots, playgrounds and pet-friendly parks.

The four heritage-listed sites along Oxford Street are the ferry terminal (1922), the memorial park (1904, 1919) with a fine bandstand, the timber Anglican church (1880-90s), and the State primary school’s interwar brick buildings.

The Brisbane City Council operates a public library on the corner of Oxford Street and Riding Road. Also on Oxford street, you’ll find Balmoral Cinema, one of the oldest cinemas in Brisbane and where tickets and candy bars are at 1999 prices.

Sporting facilities in the area include the Bulimba Women’s Hockey Club, Bulimba Cricket Club, Bulimba Golf Club (9 hole Par 3), Bulimba Sports Club, Brisbane 18 Footers Sailing Club, Brisbane Sailing Squadron, and Southside Eagles Football Club.