Wacol, Queensland

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Wolston Park Hospital.jpg
Population 2,957 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4076
Location 18 km (11 mi) from Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
State electorate(s) Electoral district of Inala
Federal Division(s) Division of Oxley
Suburbs around Wacol:
Bellbowrie Riverhills Darra
Moggill Wacol Richlands
Goodna Gailes Forest Lake

Wacol is a suburb of Brisbane, Australia. According to the 2011 census, a total of 2,957 people lived within the boundaries of Wacol. The suburb is located on the east bank of the Brisbane River, 18 kilometres (11 mi) south-west of the Brisbane central business district, on the Brisbane-Ipswich railway line.


In the 2011 Census the population of Wacol is 2,957, 19.3% female and 80.7% male.

The median/average age of the Wacol population is 35 years of age, 2 years below the Australian average.

76.5% of people living in Wacol were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 5.2%, Indonesia 2.9%, England 2.7%, Vietnam 1.2%, Fiji 0.6%.

19.5% of people speak English as their first language 1% Vietnamese, 0.5% Spanish, 0.3% Serbian, 0.3% Italian, 0.3% Mandarin.


Wolston House was opened in 1852. Still intact today the building is the only surviving early Brisbane River settlement.[2] The building was planned to be demolished however the National Trust of Queensland intervened to save the building. Major conservation work was undertaken.

The suburb played host to the American military during World War II, who constructed Camp Columbia in 1942; after the war, control of the facility was transferred to the Australian government for use as a migrant reception and training centre.

Heritage listings[edit]

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


Wacol is home for jail inmates at the Brisbane Correctional Centre (previously known as Sir David Longland Correctional Centre), Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre, Brisbane Youth Detention Centre (10-17 year olds), the Brisbane Women's Correctional Centre and the Wolston Correctional Centre. The The Park Centre for Mental Health, formerly known as the Wolston Park Hospital, has acted as an institution for the mentally ill since 1865.[5] In December 2011, the RSPCA moved from their premises in Fairfield to Wacol.[6] There is also a significant industrial park located in the area.


The Ipswich Motorway crosses the suburb. A major upgrade of the road was completed in 2010.[7] The Logan Motorway connects to the Ipswich Motorway in the south of the suburb.

Wacol railway station provides access to regular Citytrain services to Brisbane, Ipswich and Rosewood via Ipswich.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Wacol (Brisbane City) (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Cook, Penny (2006). Discover Queensland Heritage. Corinda, Queensland: Pictorial Press Australia. p. 32. ISBN 1876561424. 
  3. ^ "Wolston Park Hospital Complex (entry 15115)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  4. ^ "Wolston House (entry 15114)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  5. ^ "A Walk Through Time". State of Queensland. 2 September 2005. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  6. ^ James Kelly (9 December 2011). "RSPCA closes Fairfield shelter". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Ipswich Motorway upgrade: Wacol to Darra". Department of Transport and Main Roads. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 

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Coordinates: 27°35′S 152°56′E / 27.583°S 152.933°E / -27.583; 152.933