Hornibrook Bridge towards Brighton, 2007
|• Density||1,306/km2 (3,383/sq mi)|
|Area||6.9 km2 (2.7 sq mi)|
|Location||19 km (12 mi) from Brisbane CBD|
|LGA(s)||City of Brisbane,
At the 2011 Australian Census the suburb had a population of 9,012. Brighton features mostly suburban housing. The large nursing home Eventide, run by the Queensland Government, is within Brighton.
Brighton was also home to the World War II barracks of the RAAF Air Training School between December 1940 to May 1946 and was built on reclaimed land. After this time it became The Eventide Nursing Home. More than 700 patients were transferred from Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island to the facility. It was announced in late 2012 that the nursing home will close because ensuring the aging buildings complied with building codes was uneconomic.
The Brighton Hotel
The main pub in Brighton is the Brighton Hotel located along Beaconsfield Terrace. An early settler, Captain William Townsend, bought the Brighton Hotel and used it as his home and, once sold in 1893, it was used as an orphanage. It resumed being a hotel in 1912.
Three primary schools are located within Brighton; Brighton State School, Nashville State School and St. Kieran's Primary School. The northside Autistic Children's Therapy Centre is also located in Brighton.
Brighton has a wonderful woodland wetland protected by the local government. This natural reserve is made up of three woods; namely Goodenia Woods, Pimelea Woods and Dianella Woods. The land is so called a wetland as it fills with water during heavy rain which flows into a small tidal creek, Copold Creek, that flows under one of the main roads of Brighton, Beaconsfield Terrace, and then leads to Bramble Bay between 15th and 16th Avenues.
Brighton is a desirable Brisbane suburb due to both the ease of public transport, such as the train service from nearby Sandgate, and also the bayside esplanade. This peaceful parkland esplanade follows the coast between the Houghton Highway bridge and Sandgate. The esplanade is used by walkers, cyclists and families. Brighton's beach is used by kite surfers and also walkers during low tide. The road that follows the esplanade is called Flinders Parade named after the navigator Captain Matthew Flinders who was the first European to discover the area in order to establish a penal colony for Lord Brisbane, Governor of New South Wales.
All three bridges that have connected City of Brisbane to Redcliffe City commenced at their southern end at Brighton and at their northern end at Clontarf. The first bridgeHornibrook Bridge has been closed and is now mostly demolished. Currently there are two bridges, Houghton Highway and Ted Smout Memorial Bridge.
Brighton has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Brighton, Queensland". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
- "Eventide to lose residential aged care". Northside Chronicle (Quest Newspapers). 18 October 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
- "Hornibrook Highway Bridge (entry 16010)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
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