Calamvale, a fairly large suburb lying approximately 20 km south of Brisbane, has grown significantly over the past few years. Very conveniently located for schools and shops, it attracts young professional families. Stretton, Algester and Sunnybank Hills are neighbouring suburbs. The main road, Beaudesert Road, runs through Calamvale where buses regularly run to take commuters to Brisbane or to link passengers to the train service that operates in the neighbouring suburbs.
The Calamvale suburb was named after James Calam (pronounced Caylam), who was one of the early Australian settlers. He died in 1946 at the age of 85 and he is buried in the family plot at Cooper’s Plains Cemetery in Calamvale. A property management Calamvale search shows that over the past few years this suburb has developed tremendously in both residential and commercial areas.
In the 1976 census, Calamvale’s population was 776, but at the 2006 census, the population had grown to almost 11,000. This suburb is poised for substantial, continued growth, especially for couples with young children. According to the 2001 census, 67% of the houses were occupied by the owners and the remainder were rented. Real estate Calamvale has continued to grow since the 2001 census.
Schools and retail stores, including several shopping centres, are conveniently situated in this pretty suburb. The Calamvale Community College comprises a secondary and primary school. The Stretton State College is also close by with an enrolment of over one thousand students. The Calamvale Special School provides education for children with individual needs. Working mothers with young children are also catered for, with three childcare centres in the area.
Calamvale is in the region of 7 km2, of which nine open parks take up 1% of the whole area. Also, the Karawatha Nature Reserve, which is nearby in Karawatha and Stretton, is 770 hectares of forest and bushland and is protected from development within the area. Walking enthusiasts will enjoy the reserve’s 9 km walking trails. The forest, which includes a wetland, is home to various species that are in danger of becoming extinct.
Sport has not been forgotten with facilities that cater for various popular sporting interests. It is also home to the Calamvale Leopards Junior Australian Football Club. This football club has grown immensely since it first began its journey in 2000.