Hawthorne: Perfect Meeting of Old and New

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Hawthorne, a Brisbane suburb located 6.5 km east of the CBD, borders the Brisbane River. This walkable suburb has plenty of Queenslander style homes on large blocks, giving it a traditional family atmosphere.

It is an underrated suburb though it boasts of a wholesome lifestyle and green, leafy environment. Hawthorne exudes old-world appeal, with heritage buildings located along tree-lined streets.


Total Population: 4989 (2016 Census)

  • Median Household Income ($/weekly): $2101
  • Median Age of Persons: 33
  • Average Household Size: 2.6

Property Statistics

  • Dwelling Type – Separate house: 74.8%
  • Homes fully owned: 24.2%
  • Being purchased through home loan mortgage – 34.1%
  • Rented – 41.5%
  • House median sale price – $1,190,000 (as of Jan 2021)
  • Median rent per week (House) – $650 (as of Jan 2021)


Heritage Listings

hawthorne cinemaA number of heritage-listed sites are located in Hawthorne, including:

  •      Brethrens Meeting Room
  •      Hawthorne Ferry Terminal and Hardcastle Park
  •      Lourdes Hill College
  •      The former Hawthorne Presbyterian Church
  •      Hawthorne Cinema

Shopping, Entertainment and Recreation

The main thoroughfare, Hawthorne Road, is filled with assorted types of cafes, dining places, boutiques and gourmet food shops.


Further boosting its quaint charm is the heritage-listed Hawthorne Cineplex, known for affordable movies and easy parking. Opened in the 1940s, it features a large curved screen as well as two smaller screens. It is part of the Cineplex Australia chain of movie houses.


Hawthorne Garage, with its distinct vintage flatbed truck on its front yard, is not just your ordinary local grocer. It also offers gourmet deli products and fresh produce, and coffee, flowers, and more.

Along the leafy street of Riding Road are dotted with many stores where you can buy trendy designer items, or second-hand bargains.


Hawthorne is home to the Morningside Panthers Football Club. Crowds gather regularly at the Jack Esplen Oval and Hawthorne Park.


There are numerous parks in Hawthorne, namely:

  • Barton Road Pocket Park
  • Hardcastle Park
  • Hawthorne Park

Located at the heart of the suburb is Hawthorne Park, where residents and visitors can enjoy a green haven and lots of space to play and have a picnic and BBQ.


Hawthorne has one school: Lourdes Hill College, a Catholic secondary school for girls, located at 86 Hawthorne Rd. Opened in 1916, it sits atop the Hawthorne Hill overlooking Brisbane city.


The suburb is serviced by bus, ferry and train.

  • Train: Less than 2 km away from Hawthorne is the Morningside railway station, which services the Brisbane CBD and Cleveland via the Queensland Railway City network.
  • Bus: There are two bus routes servicing Hawthorne: Nos. 230 and 232. These buses offer access to the Brisbane CBD and a number of suburbs including Fortitude Valley, Bulimba, Cannon Hill, and more.
  • Ferry: CityCat provides services from the Hawthorne Ferry Terminal to the CBD, South Bank Parklands and other suburbs on the CityCat network. Located at the heart of Hardcastle Park, ferries arrive every 15 minutes or so.

Living in Hawthorne

Some of the most beautiful views Brisbane has to offer can be viewed from your home in Hawthorne – from direct river frontage to grands views of the city skyline and the Story Bridge.

Hawthorne is neighbours with popular inner suburbs, including Bulimba, New Farm and Tenerife. It also offers a view of the verdant parklands, like the waterside Hardcastle Park, which gives scenic views of New Farm and Tenerife.

It is highly recommended for families, due to its popular schools, family-friendly parks and community sporting clubs.

It is a quiet community that also appeals to established independents, couples and professionals who are seeking the right balance of vibrant suburban living and proximity to the amenities of Brisbane City.