The suburb of Parkinson is located on the southern municipal boundary of the City of Brisbane about 19 km south of the city centre. Parkinson borders Logan City’s suburbs of Browns Plains and Hillcrest. Named in 1972 after Henry Parkinson, a railway engineer, the suburb was developed extensively in the early 1990’s and has experienced strong population growth in recent years.
A number of neighbourhoods with prestigious streets have replaced the once semi-rural and rural land in the area. 96% of homes are free-standing, with modern brick and tile homes on reasonably sized blocks. The area benefits from little crime and an active Neighbourhood Watch initiative.
The Brisbane-Sydney railway line forms part of the western boundary of Parkinson before it continues along through the Parkinson Bushland and Gilder State Forest. The residential development in Parkinson began along the northern boundary, with estates being built on either side of the Sheep Station Gully linear park. A watercourse flows through the park northwards through Algester towards Oxley Creek.
Over 62% of homes in Parkinson are occupied by couples with children, 28% of homes are occupied by couples without children and 8% of homes are occupied by single parent families. Parkinson is a popular suburb for families, with schools available in the nearby suburbs of Algester and Calamvale. These include Algester Primary School, St Stephens School, the Calamvale Special School and Calamvale Community College. Private lessons are also offered by tutors in Parkinson. Sports and recreational facilities available in Parkinson include
The Parkinson Plaza offers residents a great shopping venue on the corner of Nottingham and Algester Roads. For variety, other local shopping destinations abound. There’s Algester Court on Silkwood Street and Calamvale Village on Kameruka Street, as well as Garden City Shoppin Centre on the corner of Logan and Kessels Road in Upper Mt Gravatt and Sunnybank Plaza close by. Both have cinemas and entertainment arcades. The neighbourhood of Inala is a bit further away but because of its multicultural influences the local shopping centre offers an amazing array of Asian produce.