Bald Hills, Queensland
Harold Kielly Park with ABC Radio Tower
|Population||5,965 (2011 census)|
|• Density||429.1/km2 (1,111/sq mi)|
|Area||13.9 km2 (5.4 sq mi)|
|Location||17 km (11 mi) from Brisbane|
|LGA(s)||City of Brisbane|
|State electorate(s)||Sandgate, Aspley|
Bald Hills is a largely residential suburb. It is mostly surrounded by bushland, but in the last few years some of the bush areas have been cleared to make way for new residential areas. It also borders onto the Bald Hills Flats – a large flood plain on the western side of the suburb that is used for cattle grazing. The South Pine River flows through the flood plain and forms the western border of the suburb. The South Pine River converges with the North Pine River and the combined flow, Pine River, forms the northern border. Along the banks of Pine River within Bald Hills is a large environmental park called the Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve. The Pine River empties into Bramble Bay, between Redcliffe and Brighton.
In the 2011 Census the population of Bald Hills is 5,965, 51.3% female and 48.7% male.
The median/average age of the Bald Hills population is 35 years of age, 2 years below the Australian average.
79.1% of people living in Bald Hills were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 3.8%, England 3.4%, Philippines 0.9%, Fiji 0.8%, Scotland 0.7%.
88.8% of people speak English as their first language 0.8% Hindi, 0.6% Tagalog, 0.4% Tongan, 0.4% Spanish, 0.3% Arabic.
The suburb is named after the two small hills in the South Pine River Valley floor.
Land sales around the Bald Hills Railway Station were advertised in April 1886. At the time the journey from Brisbane was described as " after travelling across the Downfall and Cabbage Tree Creeks, the traveller arrives at a long stretch of road, at the extremity of which rises a lofty knoll, round the brow of which the road winds, when the Bald Hills are reached."
Bald Hills State School opened on 24 September 1866.
The most prominent structure is the Bald Hills Radiator, the ABC's 198 metre tall AM radio transmission tower located on the eastern side of the suburb.
Bald Hills is the home of the Bald Hills-Lawnton Lions Cricket Club, as well as Ridge Hills United Football Club.
Bald Hills has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
There are two schools in the suburb :
- Bald Hills State School, a state primary school
- St Paul's School, an Anglican co-educational private school from Prep to Year 12
Bald Hills is also home to the breeding and training centre for Guide Dogs for the Blind Association of Queensland.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Bald Hills (Qld)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
- "Bald Hills (entry 46574)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
- The Brisbane Courier Saturday 10 April 1886 - The Railway Estate
- ""B"". Opening and closing dates of Queensland schools. Queensland Government. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
- "Hoop Pines (entry 19465)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bald Hills, Queensland.|
- Bald Hills: Queensland Places
- Bald Hills State School website
- "Bald Hills". BRISbites. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 20 July 2008.
- "Bald Hills". Our Brisbane. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 20 February 2008.
- Sandgate (Bald Hills) cemetery, Bracken Ridge
- Bald Hills State School
- "Local History - Bald Hills". Australian Broadcasting Commission. 6 May 2009.