St Lucia is an exclusive inner suburb of Brisbane, Australia 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) southwest of the Brisbane CBD. The suburb sits on a peninsula, bordered on all three sides by the Brisbane River. St Lucia is a mainly residential suburb and is generally regarded as one of the most affluent suburbs in Brisbane.
St Lucia and the Brisbane River
The University of Queensland is the primary focus of St Lucia, with the university, and residential colleges covering a large proportion of the suburb. Ironside State School which was opened in 1870 is located on Hawken Drive and is the only primary school in the suburb. Several small shopping complexes are located throughout the suburb but otherwise the suburb is residential. St Lucia Golf Links is an 18 hole pay-and-play public golf course located on the corner of Indooroopilly Road and Carawa Street, St Lucia. The golf course is one of Brisbane's oldest and has hosted several Queensland Open and PGA tournaments. The layout suits golfers of all levels.
St Lucia is very centrally located and is only a short trip to Mt Coot-tha fro great vewis of Brisbane and bush-walking, Paddington for funky cafes and restaurants, Brisbane City for shopping, Southbank for sightseeing, the Gallery of Modern Art and the museum and science centre and Fortitude Valley for something a little bit alternative.
Eleanor Schonell Bridge
By Bus, St Lucia can be accessed from the western suburbs and Brisbane CBD, with routes terminating at the University of Queensland. There is also a NightLink service, a safety initiative which provides buses with security on board all night Fridays and Saturdays. The Eleanor Schonell Bridge, a dedicated bus/pedestrian/bicycle bridge, connects the University with Dutton Park and carries the 109 bus route from George Street in the city to the Lakes Bus Station on St Lucia campus.
By Ferry, The CityCat stops at two terminals in St Lucia, the Guyatt Park CityCat Terminal and University of Queensland Terminal.
By Bicycle, St Lucia has bicycle routes that utilise the residential streets between the University of Queensland and Toowong.
By Road, St Lucia has three major thoroughfares which all lead to the University of Queensland. These are Swann Road, Sir Fred Schonell Drive and The Esplanade.