Bardon, Queensland

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Bardon sunrise.jpg
Looking southwest over Bardon at sunrise towards Mount Coot-tha
Population 9,256 (2011)[1]
 • Density 1,653/km2 (4,280/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4065
Area 5.6 km2 (2.2 sq mi)
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
(The Gap Ward; Toowong Ward)
State electorate(s) Mount Coot-tha
Federal Division(s) Brisbane, Ryan
Suburbs around Bardon:
St Johns Wood Ashgrove Red Hill
The Gap Bardon Paddington
Mount Coot-tha Toowong Auchenflower

Bardon is an inner suburb of the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[2] It is located approximately 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) west of the Brisbane CBD. Bardon is a leafy residential suburb, much of which nestles into the foothills of Mount Coot-tha.


The suburb of Bardon was originally known as 'Upper Paddington', until it was defined then renamed by the Ithaca Town Council in 1925[3][4] after 'Bardon', the villa built by Joshua Jeays in 1863 and named for Bardon Hill in his native Leicestershire, England.[2] The house now forms part of the campus of St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, The Drive, Bardon.[5]

Rainworth locality amalgamation into the suburb of Bardon[edit]

Originally there was a house with large lands on Boundary Street, Rosalie (now Toowong), called "Rainworth" owned by Sir Augustus Charles Gregory, Qld Surveyor-General; it was named after the town of Rainworth near his birthplace in Nottinghamshire, England. [source] After his death in 1905, the house and land were sold. [source] In the 1918 and 1925 the land was sold off for housing; see the 1925 land sale. The Rainworth Estate comprises land between Boundary Road and Rainworth Road south to Birdwood Street (formerly Heussler Terrace) and includes the streets of Barton Street, Dudley Street, Nestor Street (now gone), Osman Street (then Margaret Street), Rouen Road, Runic Street, and Vimy Street. The name persists through a school and local businesses. Although to this day, this locality name seems to be in such common use that they may not be lost at all, as many residents still associate their residence locations with this former locality name.[6]

The suburb is characterised by stand-alone houses on separate lots, which make up 89% of the housing stock in Bardon.[1]

Bardon is located in the foothills on the eastern side of Mount Coot-tha, and is characterised by ridges separated by steep gullies. Some major streets generally follow the ridgelines, including Simpsons Road and Macgregor Terrace. The side streets connecting to these ridge-line roads are among Brisbane's steepest. Ithaca Creek, a tributary of Enoggera Creek, drains the eastern side of Mount Coot-tha and flows through the suburb in a generally north-easterly direction.

Heritage listings[edit]

Bardon has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


In the 2011 Census the population of Bardon is 9,256, 52.8% female and 47.2% male.

The median/average age of the Bardon population is 36 years of age, 1 year below the Australian average.

79.7% of people living in Bardon were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 4.5%, New Zealand 2.6%, United States of America 0.9%, South Africa 0.8%, Scotland 0.7%.

90.7% of people speak English as their first language 0.8% Italian, 0.6% German, 0.6% French, 0.5% Spanish, 0.4% Dutch.


Adjoining Bardon is Fernberg which serves as Government House, Queensland, the official residence of the Governor of Queensland in the suburb of Paddington.[10]

The suburb is home to the Wests Panthers rugby league club, Wests Juniors Leagues Club (a rugby league club) and Brisbane Irish Rugby Football Club. These sports teams are located in Purtell Park where home matches are played. Club facilities are undergoing refurbishment as of 2007. In 2012 Voices of Birralee moved their headquarters to Purtell Park and have set up a vibrant community arts hub. There are now 400 children and young people who rehearse there weekly. Bowman Park in Bardon is home to the Bardon Latrobe Junior Soccer Club, one of the oldest football clubs in Brisbane, and the West Brisbane Cricket Club. The park, formerly known as the 'Cobbler's Flats', was named after prominent Queensland Labor politician, David Bowman (1860-1916),[11] as were the adjacent David Avenue[12] and Bowman Parade.[13]

Local schools include St Joseph's Catholic primary school, Bardon State School on Simpsons Rd, Rainworth State School on Boundary Road and Ithaca Creek State School on Lugg Street.

A small neighbourhood convenience shopping centre and various other shops and restaurants are located in and around Macgregor Terrace.


Bardon is well served by several Brisbane Transport bus services, including the 385 BUZ service, the cross-town Great Circle Line [Route 598/599],as well as several all-stops services to the city [Route 375-Bardon/City/Stafford City/City/Bardon].

Tram tracks on Macgregor Terrace, Bardon, circa 1929

Prior to 1968, Bardon was serviced by a tram line which terminated at Morgan Terrace [Route 75]. The bus route has been extended from Morgan Terrace, past the Bardon State School, to terminate at Carwoola Street approximately 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) further out towards Mount Coot-tha.

Bardon is located on Metroad 5, a major north/south arterial that serves as a western bypass of Brisbane. Metroad 5 is known (from north to south) as Jubilee Terrace, Macgregor Terrace, an expressway-grade Boundary Road (1990s) and Rouen Road through the suburb.

Three major roads from the west and north converge on Macgregor Terrace, in addition to two major roads from the east and south, resulting in traffic congestion in peak periods. The Queensland Department of Main Roads is currently investigating three options for upgrading Macgregor Terrace and Jubilee Terrace, two of which will result in properties being resumed.[14]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Bardon (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 July 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "Bardon (entry 47846)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Brisbane Courier 30 September 1925
  4. ^ Brisbane Courier 1 October 1925
  5. ^ "Bardon House". The State of Queensland (Environmental Protection Agency). 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  6. ^ "Towns, suburbs & localities". Renamed Places in Queensland. Kerry Raymond. 
  7. ^ "Rainworth (entry 15057)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  8. ^ "Bardon House (entry 14828)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  9. ^ "Oogarding (entry 16810)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  10. ^ The Office of the Governor, Queensland. "Gov House - Contact Us". Retrieved 15 January 2009. 
  11. ^ Australian Dictionary of Biography
  12. ^ Brisbane UBD
  13. ^ Streets of Brisbane
  14. ^ "MacGregor/Jubilee Terrace Planning Study". The State of Queensland (Department of Main Roads). 10 June 2008. Archived from the original on 27 July 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2008. 

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Coordinates: 27°27′40″S 152°58′29″E / 27.4612°S 152.9748°E / -27.4612; 152.9748