Alexandra Hills, a suburb of Redland City, lies between Cleveland and Capalaba. Also popularly called as Alex Hills, it consists mainly of residential areas but also has a number of parkland and conservation areas. It is one of the newest suburbs, having been registered with the Place Names Board in September 1965.
The name was suggested by building company Aspley Homes Pty Ltd in 1963, probably in honour of Princess Alexandra, who visited Queensland in 1959 during the state’s 100th birthday.
Located 24 km from Brisbane’s CBD, Alex Hills is a family-friendly suburb that is close to everything, including shops, cafes and restaurants, schools, transportation, and more.
Key Demographic Data
Population – The total number of residents in Alexandra Hills is 16,728, according to the 2011 Census.
Age Profile – The median age of residents is 35 years. Children aged 0-14 represented 20.8% of the population and people aged 65 years and above accounted for 10.1% of the population.
Social Marital Status – 49.5% of people are married, 34.1% are single, 8.8% are divorced and 3.1% are separated. The average household size is 2.8.
Employment – 8,627 residents were employed as of 2011, 63% of which worked full-time and 34% part-time. The unemployment rate is 5.6%. The major occupations of residents are 18% technicians and trade workers, 17.6% clerical and administrative workers, 13.5% professionals, 11.3% labourers, 11.1% sales workers, and 10.1% are community and personal service workers.
Income Profile – The median household income per week is $1,443.
Alex Hills is a good place to run a small business because it gets lots of passing traffic for being geographically located at the heart of Redlands City.
The major industries residents work in are healthcare and social assistance, retail trade, manufacturing, construction, education and training, public administration and safety, transport, wholesale trade, and accommodation and food services.
The suburb is starting to become a property hotspot, and developments are underway and more are planned.
The median price for houses is $413,088 and the median price for units is $315,271. Prices for houses have increased by 8.06% since 2010 and 1.71% in 2014. The average house is leased for $440 per week while a unit is rented for $345 per week.
Almost all of the dwellings in Alex Hills, or 96.7%, are stand-alone houses, with 22.5% being rented and 49.6% being purchased.
Getting around the suburb and getting to and from the city is easy via regular bus services. Alex Hills is close to the Wellington Point train station, which offers access to the city.
Alexandra Hills is home to a number of good schools, including Alexandra Hills State School, Hilliard State School, Vienna Woods State School, St. Anthony’s Catholic Primary and Alexandra Hill High School. There is also a TAFE (Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE) location in the area.
Alex Hills boasts of a range of shopping facilities, including Alexandra Hills Shopping Centre, which features different kinds of restaurants, specialty shops and supermarkets.
There are several conservation areas in Alex Hills, including the Greater Glider Conservation Area, Hilliards Creek Platypus Corridor, Scribbly Gums Conservation Area and Squirrel Glider Conservation Area.
In addition, there are several parks that you can enjoy including Hanover Drive Park, Valentine Park, Keith Surridge Park (formerly Alexandra Hills Sportsfield), Greater Glider Conservation Area (Reserve 250) and McMillan Road Conservation Area.
Sports is popular in Alex Hills, with several sports clubs calling the suburb home, including Alexandra Hills Bombers Australian Rules Football Club, Alexandra Hills Cricket Club and Meteors Netball Club.
The Alexandra Hills Hotel, called The Alex by locals, is located on the outer edges of the suburb, almost to the borders of neighbouring suburbs Wellington Point and Cleveland. At the top level of the hotel is where you will find the “Squeeze Club,” a weekend nightclub commonly referred to as “The Pit.”