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Wandering by water-encircled Chelmer's neat homes set back from tree-lined streets, it is difficult to imagine that this solidly middle-class suburb was once part of a chain of sugar plantations that dominated both banks of the Brisbane River on the south-eastern fringes of the fledgling Queensland capital city.

Colonial Brisbane's flourishing cane industry, however, was brought to its knees by a succession of freakishly cold winters in the 1870s which forced farmers to turn to dairy farming and mixed crops for their livelihood.

As the population grew and demand for houses mounted, sub-division of the farm holdings along this part of the river began in the 1880s.

Today's residents take intense pride in their suburb and Laurel Avenue was voted the best street in Brisbane in 1999. A couple of Chelmer"s parks are on the banks of the Brisbane River and one, Taylor Bridge Reserve, offers playground, picnicking and BBQ facilities.

Chelmer: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Graceville Memorial Park


Graceville Memorial Park is better recognised for cricket ovals, complete with grandstand similar to the WWI memorial grandstand at Bulimba, yet it offers its own tributes to heroism, living and man-made.

Prior to the then Sherwood Shire's war memorial unveiling in November 1920, 52 bunya pines and cotton trees were planted along Plumridge and Appel streets, commemorating its war dead, 51 soldiers and one nurse. They were among 265 enlisted local men and seven nurses.

A 5.5 metre high cenotaph, created by AL Petrie with a copper scroll made by Norwegian craftsman Ernest Gunderson, was unveiled by Lieutenant Edwin Maurice Little of Corinda, a blind and maimed returned soldier. The polished grey granite column set on a light grey granite pedestal is crowned by a polished ball, etched with a map of Australia and the word 'ANZAC'.

An avenue of bauhinias, cabbage tree palms and Chinese elms was planted either side of a drive from Oxley Road leading to the memorial within the park reserve. A single line of figs and camphor laurels continued west from the memorial towards Appel Street.

The reserve has been officially known as Graceville Memorial Park since 1926. Plaques commemorating subsequent conflicts have been added.




173 Oxley Road
Graceville, QLD, 4075

Located 0.4K from Chelmer

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary


Recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary, with over 85 years of experience and 130 koalas. In 2015 Lone Pine was inducted into the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame for five consecutive years of excellence.

Interact with 100 species of Australian animals, with hands-on experiences and presentations. Hand-feed kangaroos and wild lorikeets, or get cuddly with a beautiful koala. Lone Pine is also home to two platypus, residing in a AUD1 million exhibit, who will entertain you with their playful antics.

Relax and take in the beautiful surroundings, while you use the free wi-fi which is available all throughout the park. Wireless phone charging stations are also available for customer use at no charge. Three new bloggers areas are now open, providing guests with comfortable seating, USB power stations and free, high speed wi-fi.

Unwind with an organic coffee in the "Koala Forest" surrounded by 40 koalas, or catch the action in the Bird of Prey Free Flight Show! You can also enjoy a real Australian outback farm experience at the daily Sheepdog and Sheep Shearing Show, performed by experienced award-winning sheepdog handlers and their loyal dogs.




708 Jesmond Road
Fig Tree Pocket, QLD, 4069

Located 2.3K from Chelmer

Perrin Park


Perrin Park is a local park with great facilities for kids. Located in the inner-city suburb of Toowong, there are bicycle tracks, picnic areas, a rebound wall and a playground with a pedal powered cars on on a circular track. There is also an area for dogs to be let off their leashes.




56 Josling Street
Toowong, QLD, 4066

Located 2.9K from Chelmer

Brisbane Lookout Mount Coot-tha


Brisbane will come at you with riverside vistas around almost every corner, but it takes a short drive from the city centre and a few twists and turns up Sir Samuel Griffith Scenic Drive to find the city's best angle.

Brisbane Lookout Mount Coot-tha provides a remarkable vantage point to view Brisbane and beyond.
Set amongst beautifully manicured gardens and nestled in the natural bushland of Brisbane Forest Park, is the Summit Restaurant and Bar, Function Centre, Kuta Cafe, Gift Shop and Observation Deck. Interpretive facilities pointing out well-known Brisbane landmarks are located on the observation deck. On a clear day, you can take in striking views of Brisbane City and right out to Moreton Bay. By night, the spectacle switches on with the city lights and star-lit skies.

There are also a handful of bushwalks around the vicinity of the Lookout. Take the Aboriginal Track down to Slaughter's Falls and keep your eye out for some original Aboriginal art. Mt Coot-tha is also scattered with picnic areas fully equipped with gas barbecues.





Sir Samuel Griffith Drive,
Mt Coot-tha Lookout
Mount Coot-tha, QLD, 4066

Located 3.7K from Chelmer

UQ Art Museum


The University of Queensland (UQ) was one of the first universities in Australia to acquire works of art and to use bequest funds for this purpose. With over 3,500 works, The UQ Art Collection is one of Queensland's most significant public art collections. The Collection comprises works by Australian artists from the colonial era to the present, and the Nat Yuen Collection of Chinese antiquities. In addition, The UQ Art Museum is developing the National Collection of Artists' Self Portraits, the only collection of its kind in Australia.

The UQ Art Museum presents a dynamic program of exhibitions designed to provoke enquiry and to explore a wide range of issues relevant to UQ academic life and the broader social life of our audiences. These exhibitions, predominantly contemporary in focus, are diverse in content, form and cultural context.






University Drive,
The James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre,
University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD, 4067

Located 4.0K from Chelmer

UQ Antiquities Museum


The UQ Antiquities Museum has on display a broad range of ancient artefacts stemming from Western Asia, Egypt, and the Greek and Roman worlds. The collection features over 7,000 original objects, and provides a comprehensive surrey of ancient Mediterranean antiquities, spanning almost 4,000 years of history. The Antiquities Museum is open to school students of all ages, interest groups and private individuals, and enhances study of the ancient world.

Members of the public are welcome to visit the Museum between the hours of 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday.




Third Floor Michie Building,
University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD, 4067

Located 4.0K from Chelmer

The University of Queensland


The University of Queensland (UQ) is a public university located in state of Queensland of Australia. Founded in 1909, it is the oldest and largest university in Queensland and the fifth oldest in Australia. The main campus is located in the suburb of St Lucia, southwest of the Brisbane City Central Business District. The University of Queensland is a member of the Australia's Group of Eight, and the international research-intensive universities network Universitas 21. UQ is colloquially known as a "sandstone university" and is ranked among the top universities in Australia and the top one per cent in the world.

The 114-hectare St Lucia Campus features gardens, public walkways, bike tracks and three large lakes. This creates a beautiful environment for visitors and attracts dozens of bird species and native wildlife such as possums and brush turkeys.

The university also plays host to a number of museums, including The James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre Art Museum. Today, with more than 3,000 artworks, the University's Art Collection is Queensland's second largest public art collection.




University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD, 4067

Located 4.0K from Chelmer

Toowong Memorial Park


Toowong Memorial Park, home to Western Districts Rugby Football Club, can be packed with spectators in season, unaware of historic tributes just metres from the footy oval, towards Brisbane River.

Parliamentarian EM Macartney officially opened Toowong Memorial Park on 7 September 1918 in honour of the 101 locals who enlisted in WWI. Decorative wrought iron memorial gates were erected to mark the park's official opening.

Beyond, on the summit of a ridge, is the 12 metre high Toowong Soldiers' Memorial, unveiled by Governor Sir Matthew Nathan on 2 July 1922. A fluted column with a Queensland marble drinking fountain at its base, surrounded by carved wreaths and swags, this memorial's base provides a valuable roll call of local involvement, naming all who enlisted on three marble slabs.

A commemorative avenue of palms was planted in 1918. A large section was relocated in 1993 to run parallel to Sylvan Road from the car park, curving gently towards the memorial gates.

Dawn ANZAC Day services proceed along this avenue, gathering at a more recent RSL memorial cairn, inside the gates.




65 Sylvan Road
Toowong, QLD, 4066

Located 4.2K from Chelmer

Chelmer: Events

Brisbane International


Brisbane International presented by Suncorp has established itself as a highlight of Queensland's summer events calendar. Queensland tennis fans experience first-hand, the excitement as some of the biggest names in world tennis descend on Queensland Tennis Centre, turning on eight days of heart-stopping action and entertainment.

Grand Slam Champions Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Samantha Stosur, Marin Cilic, Victoria Azarenka and more have all played in recent years. The most recent Brisbane champions were Milos Raonic (CAN) and Victoria Azarenka (BLR) in 2016.





Event Dates
2017
      1st Jan
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      6th Jan
      7th Jan
      8th Jan


190 King Arthur Terrace,
Queensland Tennis Centre
Tennyson, QLD, 4105

Located 3.3K from Chelmer

Isuzu Queensland Open


The Isuzu Queensland Open will be played in August at the Brisbane Golf Club, one of the most historical host venues on the PGA Tour of Australasia. In its 91st year, the Queensland Open has seen the likes of Greg Norman, Stuart Appleby, Norman Von Nida, Peter Senior and Ian Baker-Finch win the TB Hunter Cup.



Event Dates
2016
      20th Oct
      21st Oct
      22nd Oct
      23rd Oct


70 Tennyson Avenue
Yeerongpilly, QLD, 4105

Located 3.5K from Chelmer

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