Bulimba is reportedly a Turrubal word used by the Coorparoo clan meaning 'place of the magpie lark'.[5] The same word is the origin of the nearby Bulimba Creek,[6] and of the Bulimba Reach on which the suburb is located.[7]

Bulimba was originally inhabited by the Turrubal people, who have lived in the area for at least 20,000 years.[8] The area now known as Bulimba was called Tugulawa, by its indigenous inhabitants.[9]

In the 1820s Bulimba was settled as a farming district, with residential subdivision commencing in the 1880s land boom. Until around 1910 the area on the opposite (north) side of the Brisbane River was also called Bulimba, that area since being called Teneriffe or New Farm.[10]

Bulimba State School was built in 1938. It was designed by architect Gilbert Robert Beveridge to accommodate 512 students.[11]

Heritage listings
Bulimba has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Bulimba House (34 Kenbury Street)[12]
Bulimba ferry wharf (Oxford Street)[13]
Bulimba Memorial Park (129 Oxford Street)[14]
St John the Baptist Anglican Church (171 Oxford Street)[15]
Bulimba State School (261 Oxford Street)[16]
Since the 1930s, Norman R Wright & Sons have operated a shipyard in Bulimba that has built many of the Transdev Brisbane Ferries.[17]

CityCat and CityFerry services stop at Bulimba's two ferry wharves; located on Oxford Street and Apollo Road. Bulimba is also serviced by Brisbane Transport buses, on route numbers 230, P231 and 232.

The 2011 Census recorded 5,941 residents in Bulimba, of whom 50.2% were female and 49.8% were male. The median age of the population was 36; 1 year younger than the Australian average.[1]

69.6% of people living in Bulimba were born in Australia, with the next most common countries of birth being England (7.6%), New Zealand (4%), Scotland (1.3%), USA (1.2%), and South Africa (1%). 86.5% of people spoke English as their first language, while the other most common responses were Italian (0.8%), German (0.7%), Spanish (0.7%), French (0.5%), and Greek (0.5%).[1]

Clubs and sports
Sporting facilities in the area include the Bulimba Par 3 Golf Course, Bulimba Sports Club, Vic Lucas Park, and Memorial Park.[18] The Bulimba Sports Club is the home of the Riverside Rebels rugby union club.[19]


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