Carina, Queensland

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Population 10,301 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 2,289/km2 (5,930/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4152[2]
Area 4.5 km2 (1.7 sq mi)
Location 7 km (4 mi) E of Brisbane CBD[3]
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
(Doboy Ward)[4]
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
Suburbs around Carina:
Seven Hills Cannon Hill Tingalpa
Camp Hill Carina Belmont
Camp Hill Carina Heights Carindale

Carina is a suburb of Brisbane, Australia. It is located 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) east of the CBD,[3][5] and borders Carindale, Carina Heights, Cannon Hill and Camp Hill.

Carina is a mostly residential suburb.[6] The Clem Jones Centre (a large sporting complex), and a Brisbane City Council bus depot are both situated on Creek Road in Carina. The suburb is home to the Carina Tigers Rugby League Football Club.


Carina took its name from an estate on Creek Road constructed in the 1850s. The property belonged to Ebenezer Thorne, and was itself named after Thorne's daughter Kate Carina.[3][5]


Carina was originally inhabited by Murris; most likely the Jagera.[7]

SS Marilu carrying prefabricated houses for the Queensland Housing Commission for Carina from Genoa Italy, June 1952
Italian prefabricated public housing project, 1952

The area was first settled by Europeans in the 1850s, with the land mainly used for farming and timber-getting.[6] Growth occurred during the 1880s and early 1900s,[6] when it was the main place of settlement in the Shire of Belmont.[3] However the area remained mostly rural until after World War II, when the construction of public housing contributed to a rapid population increase in the 1950s and 1960s.[6]

One of the public housing projects in 1952 involved the use of prefabricated houses from Italy.[8] Unfortunately one of the shipments was found to have infestations of the sirex woodwasp and all the timber on board had to be sprayed and fumigated before it could be used.[9]

Between 1954[10] and 1969 the suburb was served by trolleybuses operated by the Brisbane City Council, which ran along Stanley Road, terminating at the intersection of Creek Road. Trams ran along Old Cleveland Road with the service terminating at Carina. The Old Cleveland Road Tramway Tracks are still visible and are listed on the Queensland Heritage Register.[11]


The 2011 Census recorded 10,301 residents in Carina, of whom 52.7% were female and 47.3% were male. The median age of the population was 34; 3 years younger than the Australian average.[6]

71.6% of people living in Carina were born in Australia, with the next most common countries of birth being New Zealand (4.8%), England (3.3%), India (1.3%), South Africa (0.9%), and the Philippines (0.7%). 81.4% of people spoke English as their first language, while the other most common responses were Spanish (1.3%), Cantonese (1%), Italian (0.9%), Mandarin (0.8%), and Greek (0.6%).[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Carina, Qld (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a postcode". Australia Post. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Centre for the Government of Queensland. "Carina". Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Doboy Ward". Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Carina (entry 42562)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Australian Bureau of Statistics. "Carina". Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Williams, Brian. "Secrets of Brisbane's suburbs: C". News Ltd. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "ITALIAN HOUSES.". The Courier-Mail (Brisbane: National Library of Australia). 21 November 1951. p. 3. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "TIMBER PEST IN PRE-FAB CARGO.". Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 19 June 1952. p. 2. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "TROLLEY BUS TO CARINA.". The Courier-Mail (Brisbane: National Library of Australia). 3 November 1954. p. 8. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Old Cleveland Road Tramway Tracks (entry 601839)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 

External links[edit]

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Coordinates: 27°29′09″S 153°06′03″E / 27.48583°S 153.10083°E / -27.48583; 153.10083