Chuwar, Queensland

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Chuwar is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°34′06″S 152°47′49″E / 27.5683°S 152.7969°E / -27.5683; 152.7969 (Chuwar (town centre))Coordinates: 27°34′06″S 152°47′49″E / 27.5683°S 152.7969°E / -27.5683; 152.7969 (Chuwar (town centre))
Population2,244 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density252.1/km2 (653/sq mi)
Area8.9 km2 (3.4 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location28 km (17 mi) WSW of Brisbane GPO
State electorate(s)Ipswich West
Federal division(s)Blair
Localities around Chuwar:
Kholo Mount Crosby Karana Downs
Muirlea Chuwar Karalee
North Ipswich Tivoli North Tivoli

Chuwar is a town and suburb of Ipswich in the City of Ipswich and a locality of the City of Brisbane in South East Queensland, Australia.[3][4][5] In the 2016 census, the suburb of Chuwar had a population of 2,244 people.[1]


Chuwar is 6 kilometres (4 mi) north of the Ipswich central business district, 32 kilometres (20 mi) west of Brisbane by road. The suburb is known for its leafy streets and solid brick homes which line Allawah Road, Lansdowne Way and Brodzig Road.


The town takes its name from the parish, which in turn was named in October 1848 by surveyor James Warner. The origin of the name was not recorded by Warner but it has been suggested that it was the Aboriginal name for the district or a corruption of it.[3]

On Friday 23 June 1876, the Kholo Bridge across the Brisbane River to Kholo (27°33′54″S 152°44′51″E / 27.5650°S 152.7476°E / -27.5650; 152.7476 (Kholo Bridge)) was officially opened. Due to a period of heavy rain, the river was swollen and the deck of the new bridge was 3 feet (0.91 m) below the surface of the river. Determined to have a first official crossing of the bridge, a group of men pulled a buggy containing a "courageous lady" across the submerged bridge and Mrs Foote smashed a bottle against a bridge post and named the bridge. A banquet followed the ceremony.[6]

In the 2011 census, the suburb of Chuwar had a population of1,875 people.[7]

In the 2016 census, the suburb of Chuwar had a population of 2,244 people.[1]

Heritage listings[edit]

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


Colleges Crossing underwater at Chuwar during the 2011 floods

Chuwar has a number of amenities including a service station, a produce store, two churches, a motorcycle track and a veterinary surgery. There is a shopping centre with a major supermarket in the neighbouring suburb of Karalee. The suburb's two churches are Chuwar Baptist Church, which runs a yearly community day called the Street Party, and Rivers of Life Christian Church, which operates the Tivoli Drive In Theatre & Community Events Centre and market stalls. Chuwar includes the residential Karana Gardens Estate.

Chuwar includes Colleges Crossing, a popular park and river crossing on the Brisbane River with walking trails, lookouts, and clean water for swimming and fishing.


Chuwar is accessible by road with Mount Crosby Road directing traffic directly to Ipswich and Karana Downs, and the Warrego Highway routing traffic to Brisbane and Toowoomba.


In the 2011 census, the population of Chuwar was 1,875, 49.7% female and 50.3% male.[7] The median age of the Chuwar population was 34 years, 3 years below the Australian median of 37. 82.6% of people living in Chuwar were born in Australia. Other main countries of birth were England 4.9%, New Zealand 2.7%, South Africa 1.7%, Scotland 0.8%, and United States of America 0.4%. 95.3% of people spoke only English at home; the next most popular languages were, 0.5% Afrikaans, 0.3% Tagalog, 0.3% German, 0.3% Dutch, and 0.2% Portuguese.[7]

Proposed Kenmore Bypass[edit]

The Kenmore Bypass, also known as the "Western Freeway Extension" and the "Moggill Pocket Sub-Arterial", is a proposed motorway to run from the Western Freeway at Fig Tree Pocket to the Warrego Highway at Chuwar, connecting the suburbs of Karalee, Anstead, Pullenvale and Kenmore, to divert traffic from the Ipswich Motorway and Moggill Road.


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Chuwar (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Pullenvale Ward". Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 12 March 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Chuwar – town in City of Ipswich (entry 48213)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Chuwar – suburb in the City of Ipswich (entry 45037)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Chuwar – locality in the City of Brisbane (entry 41382)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  6. ^ "COUNTRY NEWS". The Week. II (27). Queensland, Australia. 1 July 1876. p. 9. Archived from the original on 23 December 2021. Retrieved 23 December 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Chuwar (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  8. ^ "Mount Crosby Pumping Station Complex (entry 650236)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 28 April 2021.

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