Our Area


In 1888, the Bulimba area was described as ‘a small township about four miles distant from the City’. Today, it is the bustling centre of cosmopolitan lifestyle and incredible property growth.

The first land purchase of the area was made by David and Mary McConnell in 1849, and the 1920s-1930s saw a great boom with land prices tripling as the tramline came to Balmoral and Bulimba.

The area remained semi-industrial and residential until the 1980s when the number of businesses began to decline, as it became a popular new housing area.

Maryanne Birch Real Estate has witnessed first hand the magnificent development of the area around Bulimba, Balmoral, Hawthorne, Morningside and Norman Park since our establishment in 1987. We always endeavour to share our knowledge and experience of our area with our clients, and have compiled below a shortlist of some great features of the area.

Oxford Street

Oxford Street, Bulimba is the hub of convenience and chic, making it a popular meeting place for locals and visitors alike. Here you will find an eclectic mix of bars, restaurants, cinemas, boutiques and the Bulimba Memorial Park.


Hawthorne River Avenues

The majestic River Avenues and prestigious riverfront properties make Hawthorne and idyllic residential neighbourhood.



Gateway Bridge

The elevated position of many Balmoral properties yields district and Gateway views, while still maintaining convenience to transport facilities and shopping precincts. The Gateway Bridge links highways for the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.


Brisbane CBD

The Brisbane City is only 3-5km away from our area, and public transport services are extremely efficient. So many properties around Bulimba, Balmoral, Hawthorne, Morningside and Norman Park have stunning views of the City skyline, contributing to the high value of our area.



The Brisbane CityCats are a fleet of Catamarans providing a brilliant public transport alternative on the Brisbane River, from Bretts Wharf to the University of Queensland, St Lucia. They are extremely popular for both midweek work commuters, and leisurely weekend rides.



There are so many great places to shop around our area. For stylish fashion, try the boutiques of Oxford Street. There are numerous shopping villages in all suburbs for grocery shopping and general services. Also, Westfield Carindale and the Queen Street Mall are only short trips away.



There are many great public and private schools around the inner eastern area, many with great history – such as Bulimba State School which was opened in July 1866 with Mr John Jones Brown as the first head master.


Golf Club

The Bulimba Golf Club is located at the bottom of Quay Street, Bulimba. It is a 9 hole, par 3 course suitable for golfers of all ages and levels. The club also features bar, gaming, dining and function facilities.


Yacht Club

The 18 Footers Sailing Club was officially formed in 1921, and is located in McConnell Street, Bulimba. Their Clubhouse deck overlooks the Brisbane River, directly opposite Kingsford Smith Drive.


Brisbane Airport

The Brisbane International and Domestic Airport is only a short car drive or convenient train ride away from our area. The Direct Factory Outlet shopping warehouse is located just before the airport for great shopping bargains.