Upper Mount Gravatt
Upper Mount Gravatt is a suburb in Brisbane, to the south of Mount Gravatt. It has increasingly become an important centre in the last 15 years. In terms of infrastructure, Logan Road and the Pacific Motorway run through it, in addition to the South-East Busway.
Together with Indooroopilly in the west, Chermside, on the north-side, and Carindale in the southeast the suburb has been described as a mini-CBD.It contains the State Netball Centre, a major police district station and a regional ATO office.
As such, Upper Mount Gravatt has become one of the major centres outside of the CBD, especially for those who reside on the south of the city. Westfield Garden City, a large shopping centre opened in 1970, is a regional “hub”, containing services and popular restaurants, with a bus interchange and the Upper Mount Gravatt Busway Station immediately below it.
From sheep runs to market gardens, orchards and vineyards to a modern city within a city, Upper Mount Gravatt has travelled a familiar Brisbane path from mid-1850s settlement to the 21st century. Today, the expansive Mt Gravatt commercial and shopping centre is the hub of a large, integrated, regional mix of suburban homes, parkland and educational institutions.
Mt Gravatt and neighbouring Nathan are administrative and learning seats for one of Australia’s largest universities, Griffith, which also has campuses on the Gold Coast, in Logan and in Morningside and Southbank in Brisbane. The Mt Gravatt and Nathan campuses are on the fringe of the wild-life rich Toohey Forest that dominates a large green belt which runs west from Mt Gravatt to Taragindi. The forest park is criss-crossed with bush tracks which the uninitiated walker might find confusing. New visitors, in fact, might be better advised to join one of the Toohey Forest Protection Society’s regular, guided Sunday walks. The supervised walks leave from the Toohey Forest car park on Toohey Road at 7am.