Image: Red Hill’s iconic cinema

Red Hill is an inner northern Brisbane suburb that doesn’t come with all the hustle and bustle that you would expect when living so close to the CBD. Brimming with history, neighbourly friendliness, quaint cafes and boutiques and lots of green spaces, Red Hill is a walkable neighbourhood that is invigorated and community minded. This truly unique pocket of Brisbane has much to offer those living here or thinking of moving here, including a lion share of exceptional, heritage Queenslander properties alongside beautiful contemporary homes.

Located only three kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD and a hop-skip-and-a-jump from some of Brisbane’s premier private schools, it is no wonder Red Hill is a popular suburb for professionals and families with children. Just a short stroll, drive, or bus ride to the city, living in Red Hill is all about convenience and the best of inner-city living.

Named after its steep hills and red soil and rocks, Red Hill is one of Brisbane’s oldest and most sought-after suburbs. No matter your circumstances or requirements, you will enjoy living in Red Hill and the comfortable, breezy lifestyle it has to offer.

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Homes of Red Hill

Families and professionals love the fusion of homes on offer in Red Hill. You will find elegantly restored Worker’s Cottages as well as character-filled Queenslander homes. Those who prefer a more modern aesthetic will also find renovated and newly built homes that are havens of elegance and luxury. Homes of Red Hill sit on wide and narrow hilly, quiet residential streets, one of the most famous being Zig-Zag Street, the namesake for the Nick Earls’ book written about life in Red Hill in the 1990s.

Quality Schools

Families in Red Hill have an array of top schools to choose from in the catchment area:

  • Ithaca Creek State School
  • Petrie Terrace State School
  • Red Hill Special School
  • Kelvin Grove State College
  • Brisbane Grammar School
  • Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School
  • St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace

Despite being an inner-city suburb, many of Red Hill’s homes are located on generous allotments. Mixed in with these large sized properties is a smattering of old and new low-rise townhouses and apartments.

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Our Red Hill Suburb Profile Shows Why We Love Red Hill

Red Hill is one of Brisbane’s desirable suburbs in which to live for so many reasons.

Here is why we love it so much:


The commute time to the city is around 5-10 minutes and the airport is a mere fifteen minutes away via the nearby Inner-City Bypass. Locals are conveniently placed when it comes to transport options with numerous bus lines connecting Red Hill to Brisbane city. Red Hill is close to major arterial roads and tunnels making it easy to connect to the main roads leading to the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.

Boutique Stores, Cafes, Dining, Entertainment and Galleries

Red Hill has plenty of charming cafes and boutiques for locals and visitors to enjoy, including, One Eighty Six Espresso Bar, Steamtrain Espresso, Gramps Café and Little Red Providore – all serving up excellent coffee and occupying character-filled Queensland cottages. Other delightful gems exclusive to Red Hill include: Le Coin – a French bistro, La Pinsa – an Italian restaurant, Couverture & Co – a chocolate boutique, and a much-frequented local favourite, Botanica – a gourmet providore specialising in sophisticated salads and gluten free baked goodies.

When it comes to entertainment, locals can walk to their very own heritage cinema, Red Hill Cinema, which has a colourful history having previously been an open-air cinema, a music venue, and a roller skating rink. First opened in 1912 it was restored in 2019 and is now a much-loved 5-screen cinema offering a luxury screening experience. Locals looking for lively action can catch up with friends at The Normanby Hotel, a 130-year-old restored pub or for a casual dinner there is the famous Broncos Leagues Club.

For art collectors, the Red Hill Gallery offers a selection of ever-changing artworks for locals and visitors to acquire. The gallery has been operating since 1986 and is housed in an historical Queensland building that is over 120 years old.

Great Neighbours

And if all those options aren’t enough, Red Hill locals also have all the added shopping, dining and entertainment offerings of neighbouring Paddington and the city on their doorstep! You can walk to cafes, restaurants and boutiques on Given Terrace and Enoggera Terrace, Spring Hill and the city from Red Hill. See our suburb profile on Paddington to find out more.

Abundance of Green Spaces

Red Hill has the good fortune of being blessed with large expanses of green space for families and fitness enthusiasts to enjoy. Being located so close to the city it is really quite surprising that this suburb could be so leafy and green. Red Hill boasts Gilbert Park – home and training ground of the Brisbane Broncos and Woolcock Park and Sensory Playground to name a couple.

Locals have access to a scenic 7km family friendly return bike ride or walk from Woolcock Park though to Banks St Reserve Newmarket (link to Newmarket suburb profile) on a bike path that traverses through wooded glades, parklands, picnic spots and playgrounds. Ithaca Creek runs through Red Hill and provides a biodiverse environment for natural wildlife and residents to enjoy. Further up the road is Roma Street Parkland – the world’s largest subtropical garden and one of Brisbane’s premier parks with 16 hectares of scenic gardens.


The streets of Red Hill are alive with amenities which gives this suburb a fantastic walkability rating. Its walkability to dining, shopping, entertainment, schools, green spaces, neighbouring Paddington and the Brisbane city make it an ideal suburb to call home.

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If you loved our Red Hill suburb profile, check out our suburb profiles in the neighbouring suburbs, Paddington and Bardon.