Carina is a Brisbane suburb, located 7 km from the CBD.
The Aboriginal tribe Murris, most likely the Jagera, was the original inhabitants of the area. The suburb’s name was derived from a property on Creek Road built in the 1850s. The estate was owned by Ebenezer Thorne, who named it after his daughter, Kate Carina.
Carina is mostly a residential suburb, leafy with plenty of parks and recreational facilities, and close to schools, cafes, restaurants and shops. It offers an easy link to the Gateway Motorway if you are going to the airport, the Sunshine Coast or the Gold Coast. It is close to the city, but has a more relaxed and peaceful vibe, making it ideal for established or growing families. The houses are a mix of Queenslander’s, post-war homes and architect designed townhouses.
Its neighbouring suburbs are Carindale, Carina Heights, Cannon Hill and Camp Hill.
Leisure and Shopping
Some of the parks and reserves located within in suburb include Belmont Recreation Reserve, Ian Page Park (formerly Springvale Place Park), Joe Bradfield Centre Park, Preston Road Park (Turwan) and Seven Hills Bushland Reserve.
The Joe Bradfield Centre Park is home to the Carina Library, Carina Senior Citizens Club, Our Place Carina Outside School Hours Care, as well as a playground and facilities for various sports.
Preston Road Park offers a canoe ramp, picnic facilities, dog off-leash area, fitness station, multi-use court, picnic area, and wood and electric barbeques, playground, skate facility and more. The Clem Jones Centre (a large sporting complex), and a Brisbane City Council bus depot are both situated on Creek Road. In addition, the Carina Tigers Rugby League Football Club calls the suburb home.
Aside from the varied local shop and the Carina North Shopping Centre, the suburb is just 5 minutes away from Westfield Carindale and 2 minutes from the Cannon Hill Shopping Complex.
Population: 10,301 (2011 Census)
Median age: 34 years old
Average household size: 2.5
Top 5 Resident Lifestyles in Carina
Older couples and families
Maturing and established independence
Established couples and families
Maturing couples and families
Top 5 Occupations of Residents
Clerical and administrative workers
Technicians and trades workers
Homes fully owned – 28.3%
Being purchased through home loan mortgage – 32.3%
Rented – 37%
House median sale price – $485,000
Median rent per week – $375
St Martin’s Catholic Primary School
Carina State School
Mayfield State School
San Sisto College
Carina is serviced by three radial bus corridors: Richmond Road along its northern border, Meadowlands Road-Stanley Road centrally, and Old Cleveland Road along its southern border.
The area is also served by three limited-stops bus routes along the Creek Road corridor, which connects major metropolitan centres across Brisbane. These routes service Meadowlands, Carina Depot, Carina North, and Old Stockyards express stops.