Just 13 kilometres north of the Central Business District of Brisbane, the suburb of Aspley can be found. It is only half an hour drive from the CBD which makes it a potentially accessible suburb for those interested in living in this part of Brisbane. Aspley is a suburb on flat ground and with surrounding hills on its eastern and southern sides.
Exploration of this place came soon after the free settlement in Brisbane in the year 1842. The route by which aboriginals have began to create is up to this date known as the “Old Northern Road”. Following that, other aboriginal tracks branched eastward from the Old northern Road which later came to be known as the ‘Albany Creek Road’ and the ‘Gympie Road’.
Population: Aspley has a recorded population of 12, 594 residents according to the 2011 census. The percentage of the females in the total population reaches to 52.4% while the males have a percentage of 47.6%. Around that time, the median or average age of the population is 40 years old.
Lifestyles and People (Top 5):
Older Couples and Families – 21.3%
Elderly Singles – 13.6%
Established Couples and Families – 13.2%
Maturing Couples and Families – 11.1%
Older Independence – 9.5%
Income ($/weekly): An individual living in Aspley in 2011 has a median income of $659 per week while an average household has a weekly income of $1,371.
Employment Profile: The unemployment rate in Aspley is 4.8% only. Those who belong to the labour force at that time (2011 census) result to a percentage of 61.2% with full time employment and 28.0% are with part time employment.
Bus – The suburb of Aspley is being serviced by TransLink with the Aspley Bus Station found at the Hypermarket Shopping Centre. Several bus routes are available for commuters. The Zone 4 of the TransLink Integrated Public Transport System is where Aspley belongs to.
Others – In order to give residents more access to public transport, in 2008, Personalized Public Transport was introduced in the form of a Black & White ‘MaxiTaxi’. Resident-commuters can catch it in the Hypermarket every 20 minutes or so and it also picks up passengers along the way and back again.
The first ever school to serve Aspley residents was the Little Cabbage Tree Creek School established in 1890. In 1963, Aspley State School opened under such name as it was originally known as the Zillmere State School. Just about that time (1960s) in order to address the growing need for school amongst residents, Aspley East State School was also built and later on became one of the largest and most popular schools on the north side of Brisbane. Other schools include St. Dympna’s and Craigslea State School.
Clubs and Sports
Perhaps the biggest presence one will ever find in this suburb is The Aspley Hypermarket which was originally built by ‘Pick ‘n Pay’, a South African company. In 2012, Kmart opened to take the place of a large-scale retail outlet in the centre which permanently closed. The first Coles superstore in Queensland also opened here in the same year. Aspley is home to several sidewalk shops as well predominantly in the area of Gympie Road. Aspley Village Shopping Centre also opened at Robinson Road in 2008.
Aspley Hornets is the Australian Football Club which you will find in this suburb. It is located at Graham Road. This suburb is also home to the Aspley Devils Rugby League Club found at Kirby Road.