Westlake, Queensland

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Spring flowering trees in Wendouree Crescent, 2014
Westlake is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°32′56″S 152°54′45″E / 27.5489°S 152.9124°E / -27.5489; 152.9124 (Westlake (centre of suburb))Coordinates: 27°32′56″S 152°54′45″E / 27.5489°S 152.9124°E / -27.5489; 152.9124 (Westlake (centre of suburb))
Population4,368 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,990/km2 (5,140/sq mi)
Area2.2 km2 (0.8 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location18.9 km (12 mi) SW of Brisbane GPO
LGA(s)City of Brisbane
State electorate(s)Mount Ommaney
Federal division(s)Oxley
Suburbs around Westlake:
Pinjarra Hills Pinjarra Hills Pinjarra Hills
Pinjarra Hills Westlake Mount Ommaney
Bellbowrie Riverhills Middle Park

Westlake is a south-western suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Westlake had a population of 4,368 people.[1]


Westlake adjoins the suburbs of Riverhills, Middle Park and Mount Ommaney.[3]


Westlake was developed as part of the Hooker Centenary Project which commenced in 1959.[4] It and the surrounding suburbs such as Jindalee are known as the Centenary Suburbs. It was officially named by the Queensland Place Names Board on 8 January 1973 with its boundaries determined on 11 August 1975. The suburb takes its name from the lake (27°32′46″S 152°54′48″E / 27.5462°S 152.9134°E / -27.5462; 152.9134 (Westlake)) constructed by the development project.[2]

The western part of the original land holdings that became the Centenary Suburbs were part of the Wolston Estate, consisting of 54 farms on an area of 3000 acres, offered for auction at Centennial Hall, Brisbane, on 16 October 1901.[5] Wolston Estate is the property of M. B. Goggs, whose father obtained the land forty years previously in the 1860s and after whom Goggs Road is named.[6] Only three of the farms sold at the original auction.[7]

In 1879, the local government area of Yeerongpilly Division was created. In 1891, parts of Yeerongpilly Division were excised to create Sherwood Division becoming a Shire in 1903 which contained the areas of Wolston Estate. In 1925, the Shire of Sherwood was amalgamated into the City of Brisbane.[8]

Westlake has much riverside properties and in the early 1990s expanded to include the development Westlake Waters with the 'natural lakes'.

As residential expansion occurred, the 1990s also saw the rise of community efforts to preserve riverfront bushland and encourage environmental protection of remnant natural areas. Groups which formed to forge this greater interest in environmental protection include Save Our Riverfront Bushland (1991),[9] Westlake-Riverhills Bushcare Group (1993) and Centenary & District Environment Action Inc (1996).[10]

In the 2011 census Westlake had a population of 4,380 people.[11]

In the 2016 census, Westlake had a population of 4,368 people.[1]


There are no schools in Westlake. The nearest primary schools are Middle Park State School in neighbouring Middle Park to the south and Jamboree Heights State School in Jamboree Heights to the east. The nearest secondary school is Centenary State High School in Jindalee to the north-east.[3]


In the 2011 census, the population of Westlake was 4,380, 49.6% female and 50.4% male.

The median age of the Westlake population was 41 years, 4 years above the Australian median.

62.8% of people living in Westlake were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were England 5.6%, New Zealand 3.5%, South Africa 2.8%, Vietnam 2.4%, Sri Lanka 1.6%.

75.4% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 3.9% Vietnamese, 3.3% Cantonese, 2.6% Mandarin, 1.8% Tamil, 1.2% Hindi.


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Westlake (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Westlake – suburb in City of Brisbane (entry 41943)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Town To Be Built", The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 November 1961. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Plan of the Wolston Estate". 1901. hdl:10462/deriv/252490. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ "SALE OF WOLSTON ESTATE". The Brisbane Courier. LVIII (13, 651). Queensland, Australia. 12 October 1901. p. 4. Archived from the original on 10 October 2020. Retrieved 21 May 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "LATEST NEWS IN BRIEF". The Queenslander. LXI (1353). Queensland, Australia. 26 October 1901. p. 780. Archived from the original on 10 October 2020. Retrieved 21 May 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ Fones, Ralph (1 January 1993). "Suburban conservatism in the Sherwood Shire 1891-1920". UQ eSpace. Archived from the original on 2 March 2020. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Save Our Riverfront Bushland (SORB)". sorb.org.au. Archived from the original on 20 September 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  10. ^ "Centenary and District Environment Action - CDEA Home". cdea.org.au. Archived from the original on 3 August 2020. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  11. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Westlake (Brisbane City) (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 February 2008. Edit this at Wikidata

External links[edit]

  • "Westlake". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland.