Hawthorne - Stunning Riverside Living In Brisbane's Inner East

Hawthorne Brisbane History


Hawthorne is a quiet, riverbend suburb in Brisbane with a rich history dating back to the mid 1800’s. Less than 5km from the CBD, here you’ll be accustomed to an easier pace of life, away from the hustle and bustle – but with incredible views of the Brisbane River.

The name ‘Hawthorne’ originates from Hawthorne bushes that were planted in the area between the 1850s and 1860s by settler Mr William Baynes. It was also at this time in which Brisbane saw major growth in their transport system including the Brisbane ferry and tram which helped the population of the Hawthorne area to grow. Hawthorne has developed numerous public transport options for residents and visitors to use – including but not limited to the City Cat and nearby train station (Morningside).

Hawthorne also has some incredible landmarks still standing from its origins, including the 1940s Hawthorne Cinema Complex, which at the time homed one of the largest cinema screens in Brisbane. Additionally, Hawthorne has several gorgeous parks to enjoy such as the central Hawthorne Park which has plenty of green space, a local sporting club and pub eatery (the Morningside Panthers) and two large oval spaces for recreational use with a walking trail on the circumference.

For secondary education, local girls in the Hawthorne area can attend Lourdes Hill College, an independent girls’ college in the heart of Hawthorne that sports spectacular river views. Additionally, other close-by schools include Sts Peter and Paul’s School in Balmoral, Norman Park Primary School in Norman Park or Morningside State School in Morningside, all within a close radius of Hawthorne.

Hawthorne history flourishes in the present day, notably with the heritage-listed site on 28 Gordon Street, which is home to the Hawthorne Ferry Terminal and Hardcastle Park. Here is a great spot to enjoy stunning views of the Brisbane River, go for walks/runs, have a picnic and enjoy the simple life in Hawthorne.

Hawthorne has a vast history in Brisbane and is a beautiful place to visit and call home!


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