Forest Lake is stationed 19 kilometres south of the CBD and is flanked by Ellen Grove, Richlands, Doolandella and Heathwood. The suburb has easy access to the Logan Motorway down south and the Centenary Highway to the east.
The suburb started the ‘Master Planned Community’ initiative and had won multiple awards due to its astonishing design. The lake sitting in the middle of the suburb is surrounded by walking tracks, cycle paths and hectares of parkland – allowing its residents to enjoy a beautiful and leafy environment.
Population: The suburb has a total population of 22,426 as per the 2011 census. 51.9% of which are females and 48.1% males, with a median age of 33 years old – 4 years below the Australian median age at the time.
Lifestyle and People (Top 5):
Established Couples & Families – 23.2%
Maturing Couples & Families – 17.8%
Older Couples & Families – 14.2%
Maturing & Established Independence – 10.0%
Independent Youth – 18.8%
Income ($/week): The average income of an individual living in Forest Lake is $712 a week. An average household, on the other hand, has a median income of $1,597 a week.
Employment Profile: The percentage of Forest Lake’s labour force consists of 65.4% full-time workers and 24.2% part-time workers, with an unemployment rate of 5.6%.
Train – Residents have easy access to trains in and out of Forest Lake, with the Richlands Train Station nearby and a stop at Forest Lake Boulevard taking you to the city on a relaxing 30-minute ride.
Bus – Another option for commuters is to take the bus going in and out of the suburb. Forest Lake has multiple bus stops within its premises, connected to multiple routes by TransLink.
Private Vehicle – Being connected to major roads grants Forest Lake’s residents an easier drive around the suburb, and providing a quick drive to the city and other nearby areas.
Forest Lake State School, Forest Lake State High School and Grand Avenue State School covers the suburbs primary and secondary academic needs. Aside from these state schools, people living in Forest Lake have the option to send their children to St. John’s Anglican College as well.
Clubs and Sports
Aside from multiple connected walkways and bike tracks all over the suburb, Forest Lake is also filled with various sports clubs, restaurants, fitness centres and a pool. Sports enthusiasts have a wide variety of sports clubs to choose from – ranging from rugby, football, baseball, swimming and more.