Ferny Grove, Queensland

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Ferny Grove
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Ferny Grove is located in Queensland
Ferny Grove
Ferny Grove
Coordinates27°24′10″S 152°55′42″E / 27.4028°S 152.9282°E / -27.4028; 152.9282Coordinates: 27°24′10″S 152°55′42″E / 27.4028°S 152.9282°E / -27.4028; 152.9282
Population5,725 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,507/km2 (3,900/sq mi)
Area3.8 km2 (1.5 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC)
Location15.2 km (9 mi) NW of Brisbane CBD
LGA(s)City of Brisbane (The Gap Ward)[2]
State electorate(s)Ferny Grove
Federal division(s)Ryan
Suburbs around Ferny Grove:
Ferny Hills Ferny Hills Ferny Hills
Ferny Hills Ferny Grove Keperra
Upper Kedron Upper Kedron Keperra

Ferny Grove is an outer north-western suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[3] In the 2016 census, Ferny Grove had a population of 5,725 people.[1]


Ferny Grove is a residential suburb 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north-west of the Brisbane CBD. It has 8 parks covering nearly 13% of the total area. There are three schools and two childcare centres.


The district was originally known as Ferny Flats due to the presence of ferns.[4]

Kedron Upper Provisional School opened on 16 August 1875. On 1 October 1909 it became Kedron Upper State School. In 1940 it was renamed Ferny Grove State School.[5][6]

The construction of the railway line to Dayboro through the district led to the decision on 22 June 1916 to call the railway station in the area Ferny Grove to avoid confusion with a place called Ferny Flats in New South Wales.[4] The suburb takes its name from the railway station.[3]

The Dayboro railway line opened to Mitchelton railway station (the last station for a suburban passenger service) on 2 March 1918 and to Samford on 1 July 1918, so Ferny Grove railway station would have opened within that period.[7]

Before the Second World War, Ferny Grove was mainly known for its pleasant picnic grounds along the banks of Kedron Brook and large areas of forest and fern filled valleys, one of which gives the suburb its name.

Before large-scale residential development, Ferny Grove was primarily industrial, containing a large claypit and tile factory operating south of the railway station. When this factory ceased operation in the 1960s[specify], Ferny Grove was redeveloped for housing.

After the war, while the area was still largely residentially undeveloped, the Brisbane City Council operated a nightsoil sanitation depot beside Cedar Creek. The depot closed in the late 1960s[specify] as more of Brisbane was laid with sewerage infrastructure and the need for nightsoil treatment ended.

The Brisbane Tramway Museum Society was established in 1968, when it became apparent that the Brisbane City Council was preparing to close Brisbane's tram system. In 1972, the former nightsoil site at Ferny Grove was leased to the society to establish the Brisbane Tramway Museum (27°24′26″S 152°56′16″E / 27.4073°S 152.9378°E / -27.4073; 152.9378 (Brisbane Tramway Museum)) which opened in June 1980.[8]

Ferny Grove State High School opened on 29 January 1980.[5]

St Andrews Catholic Primary School opened on 21 July 1985.[5]

Brisbane City Council continued to use the area south of the former nightsoil depot as a large refuse tip until the late 1980s[specify]. Ironically, the ferny grove from which the suburb took its name is no longer there; for, situated at the present site of rubbish dump 40 years old, the grove was buried under a large hill, upon which the City Council operates a waste transfer station (resource recovery centre) and sports playing fields (27°24′39″S 152°56′16″E / 27.4108°S 152.9379°E / -27.4108; 152.9379 (Ferny Grove Resource Recovery Centre)).

In the 2011 census, Ferny Grove recorded a population of 5,609 people.[9]

In the 2016 census, Ferny Grove had a population of 5,725 people.[1]

Heritage listings[edit]

Heritage listings in Ferny Grove include:

  • 85 Mcginn Road: Ferny Grove State School's original school building structure.[10]


Ferny Grove State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Finvoy Street (27°24′10″S 152°55′45″E / 27.4027°S 152.9291°E / -27.4027; 152.9291 (Ferny Grove State School)).[11][12] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 841 students with 62 teachers (56 full-time equivalent) and 33 non-teaching staff (23 full-time equivalent).[13] It includes a special education program.[11][14]

St Andrew's Catholic School is a Catholic primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 89 Hogarth Road (27°24′33″S 152°55′34″E / 27.4093°S 152.9261°E / -27.4093; 152.9261 (St Andrew's Catholic School)).[11][15] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 618 students with 47 teachers (37 full-time equivalent) and 29 non-teaching staff (15 full-time equivalent).[13]

Ferny Grove State High School is a government secondary (7-12) school for boys and girls at McGinn Road (27°24′21″S 152°56′01″E / 27.4057°S 152.9337°E / -27.4057; 152.9337 (Ferny Grove State High School)).[11][16] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 1,741 students with 146 teachers (133 full-time equivalent) and 70 non-teaching staff (51 full-time equivalent).[13] It includes a special education program.[11]


The Ferny Grove railway station (27°24′06″S 152°56′08″E / 27.4017°S 152.9356°E / -27.4017; 152.9356 (Ferny Grove railway station)) is now the terminal of the railway line of the same name. Until 1955 the railway line continued to Dayboro and Ferny Grove was merely a minor station on the line. The line is now supplied with electricity at 25 kV AC. There are many bus routes.


In the 2011 census, Ferny Grove recorded a population of 5,609 people, 50.5% female and 49.5% male.[9] The median age of the Ferny Grove population was 38 years of age, 1 year above the Australian median. 78.8% of people living in Ferny Grove were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were England 5%, New Zealand 2.6%, South Africa 1.7%, Scotland 0.9%, India 0.9%. 91.1% of people spoke only English at home; the next most popular languages were 0.5% Afrikaans, 0.5% Cantonese, 0.4% Punjabi, 0.4% German, 0.3% Spanish.[9]

The population in 1996 was 5,016 people. By 2001 the population was 6,011, with a population growth of 20% over those five years. The predominant age group is 10 – 19 years. Households primarily contain couples with children who repay between $800 and $1000 per month on mortgage. In general, people work as clerks. In 1996, 75% of homes were owner-occupied, compared to 75% in 2001. The Average sale price of houses is $525,000[when?] (15/12/2014).


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Ferny Grove (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "The Gap Ward". Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Ferny Grove – suburb in City of Brisbane (entry 41375)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b BRISbites (2000). "Brisbane Suburb: Ferny Grove - History of Ferny Grove". ourbrisbane.com. Archived from the original on 15 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-10.
  5. ^ a b c Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  6. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  7. ^ Kerr, John (1990). Triumph of narrow gauge : a history of Queensland Railways. Boolarong Publications. p. 224. ISBN 978-0-86439-102-5.
  8. ^ History Brisbane Tramway Museum
  9. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Ferny Grove (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 October 2013. Edit this at Wikidata
  10. ^ "Ferny Grove Primary School original school building structure". Brisbane Heritage Register. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  11. ^ a b c d e "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Ferny Grove State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  13. ^ a b c "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Ferny Grove SS - Special Education Program". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  15. ^ "St Andrew's Catholic School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Ferny Grove State High School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.

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