Moorooka is a suburb of 8,576 people in the Queensland capital city of Brisbane. Bordering with Toohey Forest Park, it is seven kilometres south of Brisbane’s central business district (CBD). The suburb is centred on the junction of Ipswich and Beaudesert roads and was originally founded as a stop over for journeys from Brisbane south (Logan and Albert river valleys) and south-west (Ipswich and beyond).
The area was occupied by the Australian Aboriginal Jagara Tribe prior to White settlement. The area was probably a hunting ground with plentiful food and water. There was also reportedly a Bora ring, which older residents of the area recall being shown.
The suburb has mixed uses – large areas, particularly in the elevated eastern side of the suburb are residential. The lower, western side of the suburb is dominated by retail, particularly motor vehicle dealerships along Ipswich Road, light industry and warehouses.
As with many older suburbs of Brisbane, Moorooka is becoming gentrified, with many older homes now being either renovated and extended or replaced by more modern buildings. There are prime real estate areas on the top of hills, with views to the Great Dividing Range, over Archerfield in the south, Seventeen Miles Rocks to the west, Mount Coot-tha, St. Lucia and Indooroopilly to the north-west.