McDowall, about 11km from Brisbane’s CBD, is an established suburb with a mix of large high and low set brick homes catering mostly to established families. New units and townhouses have also been developed recently, many of them attracting local and interstate investors.
McDowall’s good transport network and its access to shops and schools have attracted buyers to the area and have resulted in steady growth over the last five years. Residents are well catered for with a number of local amenities located within McDowall and neighbouring suburbs.
Flockton Street Shopping Village and other local shops in McDowall are complemented by shopping centres in surrounding suburbs including Everton Plaza (featuring a medical centre, and Coles Supermarket), Stafford City Shopping Centre and the AMC Cinemas, Brookside Shopping Centre and Westfield Shoppingtown Chermside.
Mt Maria Junior and Senior Colleges, Hillbrook Anglican School, Everton Park Primary and High Schools and Prince of Peace Lutheran Primary School supplement McDowall Primary School and Northside Christian College.
A feature of the area is the Bunyaville State Forest Park, bordering McDowall along Old Northern Road. The Forest, with restricted vehicle access, provides some excellent walkways and picnic spots for residents. Parkland surrounding Cabbage Tree Creek and The Chermside Hills also provide excellent recreational spots. The local Guides Association meets at Teralba Park in nearby Everton Park.
Public transport in the area is good with regular bus routes servicing local shopping centres and going into the Brisbane CBD. Mitchelton, Gaythorne and Enoggera train stations are the closest to McDowall and are approximately 10 to 15 minutes away.