Chelmer: A Suburb Offering A Charming Family Lifestyle

tree lined street in Chelmer QLD

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The quiet, leafy inner suburb of Chelmer, located approximately 7 km west of the Brisbane CBD. Bounded by Graceville, this suburb is surrounded by the river. Oxley Road and two railway stations cut across the centre of Chelmer.

Located on the bend of the Brisbane River, you will mostly find low-density housing in Chelmer, including grand Queenslanders as well as the more modern and solid brick homes.


Total Population: 2593 (2016 Census)

  • Median Household Income ($/weekly): $2384
  • Median Age of Persons: 38
  • Average Household Size: 2.8

Property Statistics

  • Dwelling Type – Separate house: 96.4%
  • Homes fully owned: 42.3%
  • Being purchased through home loan mortgage – 37%
  • Rented – 20.7%
  • House median sale price – $1,200,000 (as of Dec 2020)
  • Median rent per week (House) – $750 (as of Dec 2020)

Available Properties in Chelmer & Surrounds

$500 + sleepout inc yard maint
$575 Multiple living Mansfield Catchment

Laurel Avenue is regarded as one of the most prominent addresses in Brisbane because a big section of the avenue is lined by massive camphor laurel trees, some of which are more than a century old. However, the city council has declared the trees as noxious weeds because their roots can damage underground sewer pipes.

Chelmer is close to scenic riverside walkways, local shops, dining places, and highly-regarded private and public schools.

Attractions and Entertainment

Nearby Graceville offers various cafes and restaurants, and shops are in neighbouring Indooroopilly.

swain house on laurel st chelmer qldHeritage Sites

Chelmer is home to several heritage-listed sites, including:

  • Walter Taylor Bridge
  • Chelmer Police College
  • Swain House


Several leafy parks are scattered all over the suburb, where residents can enjoy various outdoor activities.

  • Chelmer Recreation Reserve
  • Gordon Thomson Park
  • Queenscroft Street Park (No. 112 and 132)
  • Taylor Bridge Reserve


The suburb is the home of two football clubs, the Western Magpies Australian Football Club and the Kenmore Australian Football Club, which play in the AFLQ State League and the AFLQ State Association, respectively.

You can also enjoy sailing on the river through the Oxley Sailing Club, with junior classes for children and races for veteran skippers.


The Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE, which offers tertiary education for learning new skills, has a campus in Chelmer.

At the centre of the suburb is the Milpera State High School, a multi-cultural school offering newcomers


Like all the suburbs belonging to the Walter Taylor District, Chelmer offers excellent public transportation with regular bus services and a railway station.

  • Train – It has its own train station, allowing residents easy and direct access to the city and other
    areas of Brisbane. The heritage-listed Walter Taylor Bridge connects it to Indooroopilly.
  • Bus – A bus stop is located along Oxley Road with buses arriving regularly every few minutes. Bus services allow quick travel to Indooroopilly for shopping trips.
  • Cycling – Chelmer is bicycle friendly, with many bike paths along the suburb. A specially designated bridge for pedestrians and cyclists connects to Indooroopilly.

Living in Chelmer

Chelmer is one of Brisbane’s premier suburbs. It offers a genuine community vibe, whether you are residing in the more moderately-priced homes on Oxley Road or the pricier riverside homes on Laurel Avenue.

Residing in Chelmer offers the ultimate in easy suburban living. With friendly neighbours and a clean and green environment, thanks to its many parklands, this suburb is the best place to call home.

The residents of Chelmer are mostly Established couples and families, Older couples and families, and Maturing couples and families.

For people who are buying, or renting, or investing, Chelmer offers the perfect suburban setting without living too far away from the city.