An artist’s impression of the future Victoria Park located in Herston, Brisbane. Victoria Park (also known as Barrambin) when completed, will be an iconic parkland and a natural retreat and urban park for adventure, discovery and reconnection. Image credit: Brisbane City Council.

Herston is a small suburb in Brisbane only 2km2 in size that residents claim is an “inner city secret gem”. For a small suburb it punches well above its weight in terms of amenities, convenience, transport options, green appeal and lifestyle. Residents who are lucky enough to live here are just a mere 2.5km from Brisbane city and walkable to some of the best places in Brisbane. It’s no wonder that real estate in Heston is so tightly held.

There is so much jam packed into this tiny suburb including: the Herston Health Precinct, which includes the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (Queensland’s largest hospital), the Queensland Institute of Medical Research and the Herston Quarter which is a development site set to replace the former Royal Children’s Hospital. 

The suburb of Herston also is home to Ballymore, an iconic Queensland sports venue that has recently been revitalised into a world-class multi-sport facility. Ballymore is the headquarters for Queensland Rugby Union, a new National Rugby Union Training Centre and a stadium with 15,000 seating capacity, which has been an earmarked as a venue for hockey at the Brisbane 2032 Olympics. 

Herston is home to Victoria Park, which is the largest inner-city greenspace in Brisbane with 64 acres of parkland. Formerly a golf course, Brisbane City Council plans to transform it into an iconic parkland for the city. It currently offers parkland as well as a Bistro, Golf Driving Range, Function Centre and Putt-Putt. It is earmarked to be a venue for equestrian cross country and BMX freestyle events at the 2032 Olympics.

If medical, sporting and recreational amenities are simply not enough for one suburb, Herston is also home to various University of Queensland medical campuses.

With all this on offer, it’s no wonder Herston is the perfect place for city workers, medical and academic professionals and students to live. 

Homes in Herston are tightly held and many of the streets are filled with beautiful character Queenslanders and friendly neighbours. When people move into Herston they tend stay for a long time if not forever.

Although Herston is one of Brisbane’s lesser-known suburbs for home buyers it is in good company with more well-known neighbouring suburbs such as Kelvin Grove, Spring Hill, Newmarket, Wilston, Windsor, Bowen Hills, Fortitude Valley and Petrie Terrace.

Herston is a leafy pocket of Brisbane that is interestingly encompassed by lots of nature and lots of development and road networks. As well as having the beautiful parkland space of Victoria Park it has the Enoggera Creek running around it which provides greens spaces and bikeways. If car travel is more your thing than cycling, Herston also has major roads bordering it including the Inner-City Bypass that provide quick access to the city, the airport, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. If you live in Herston you have easy road access to wherever you want to go.

Schools and Higher Education Facilities

Although there are no schools in Herston there are several highly ranked schools nearby including:

  • Kelvin Grove State College (Prep to Year 12)
  • Brisbane Grammar School
  • Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School
  • St Joseph’s Gregory Terrace
  • All Hallows’ School

There are also higher education campuses in Herston including:-

  • The University of Queensland Mayne Medical Centre
  • The University of Queensland School of Dentistry
  • The University of Queensland School of Public Health
  • The University of Queensland Health Sciences
  • The University of Queensland Oral Health Centre

Homes of Herston

Buying a home in Herston Brisbane is no easy task due to the small size of the suburb, low amount of residential streets and the tightly held nature of real estate in the area. If you are lucky enough to own a home in Herston the lifestyle benefits of living here are tremendous. You will find the streets are wide, the trees are mature, and the houses have character. 

Homes in Herston are a mix of charming cottages, Colonial-style homes, renovated Queenslanders, untouched Queenslanders, low-rise older units, duplexes, townhouses and new units. Herston predominantly has a traditional character overlay to maintain character homes so despite all the development happening in Herston, the historically significant homes will remain.

The desirable parts of Heston are in the quiet spots near the green pockets. The less desirable areas are the streets that have flooding risk and the streets that carry some traffic such as Butterfield St and Herston Rd.

Why we love Herston

  • You would not believe how accessible Herston is to Brisbane city. A short 6 minute bus ride and you are there. 
  • It is also super close to Brisbane airport – only a 10-15 minute drive through the Airport Link tunnel.
  • If you live in Herston you have access to the best medical services including Queensland’s largest hospital, the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH).
  • Herston locals have access to large areas of greenspaces, including Victoria Park (Brisbane’s largest inner-city green space with 64 acres of parkland and a venue for the 2032 Olympics) and the connected very large greenspace corridor along Breakfast Creek including Ballymore, Rasey, Downey Park, which offer a wide range of sports activities for adults and children.
  • Herston residents can also enjoy abundant recreation at Wetkin Reserve, Gould Road Park and the Enoggera Creek Bikeway. 
  • Herston is home to Ballymore, an iconic Queensland sports venue that has recently been revitalised and will be a venue for the 2032 Olympics.
  • Herston is close to some of Brisbane’s highest rated government and private schools.
  • Heston has a wonderful community feel that makes for long-term residents.
  • Herston is just a stone’s throw from the Brisbane Showgrounds. 
  • Herston is located near the Northern Busway.
  • Herston will have its own Brisbane Metro station when the Brisbane Metro system is completed.

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With so much going on and on offer in Herston this suburb is most certainly one to watch. Please contact us if you have any questions about Herston or if you need the assistance of an expert buying agent Brisbane we are here to help. We specialise in helping home buyers find and purchase properties in the inner norther suburbs of Brisbane including in Herston.

If you loved our Herston suburb profile, check out our other suburb profiles on nearby suburbs: Newmarket, Wilston, and Windsor.