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The Gap
Walton Bridge Reserve at The Gap
Population: 16,063 (2004) [1]
Postcode: 4061
Coordinates: 27°26′38″S 152°57′11″E / 27.44389°S 152.95306°E / -27.44389; 152.95306 (The Gap, Queensland)Coordinates: 27°26′38″S 152°57′11″E / 27.44389°S 152.95306°E / -27.44389; 152.95306 (The Gap, Queensland)
Area: 12.2 km² (4.7 sq mi)
LGA: Brisbane City Council,
The Gap Ward [2]
State District: Ashgrove
Federal Division: Ryan
Suburbs around The Gap:
Upper Kedron Upper Kedron Enoggera
Enoggera Reservoir The Gap Ashgrove
Brookfield Mount Coot-tha Bardon

The Gap is a leafy and hilly suburb of Brisbane, in Queensland, Australia, located approximately 8 km west of the Brisbane CBD.



The Gap suburb is sited on an extinct volcano.

The Gap derives its name from its geographical location of being on foothills in a valley (i.e. the gap between hills). The suburb, The Gap, is located between Mount Coot-tha and Enoggera Hill (both Mount Coot-tha and Enoggera Hill form part of the Taylor Range) as well as Mount Nebo.


First settled by the Pengelly family in 1860, The Gap was originally heavily forested. Timber felling was the first industry in the area, and with the removal of the timber the area was turned over to farming. Following World War I the area was broken up into smaller farms for returned servicemen, many of whom farmed poultry and dairy cattle. Many of these farms were too small to be commercially successful.

Masons pickle factory used to be located to the east of the Ashgrove Golf Course. A gold mine was located near the entrance to Payne Road Primary School. The billabong between The Gap State High School and Payne Road Primary School used to be a favourite swimming location and over the years has been home to turtles, eels and platypus. It was named Shepherd's Pool after it was reported a Uruguayan shepherd was killed by aborigines early in the 1800s. His unmarked grave is in the vicinity.

There used to be a toll gate located on Waterworks Road near what is now the entrance to Brisbane Forest Park.

Severe storm

The Gap was severely affected by a major storm on the afternoon of 16 November, 2008. A microburst hit The Gap with extremely high winds, causing many trees to fall onto homes and major roads, as well as causing many houses to lose their roofs.[3][4]. The Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, toured the suburb (which he likened to a "war zone"), on 18 November, accompanied by the Premier of Queensland, Anna Bligh, State Member for Ashgrove, Kate Jones, and the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Campbell Newman. Also touring the suburb to survey the storm damage was the Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson.Kevin Rudd pledged Commonwealth support for residents affected by the disaster and the State Government is also providing financial assistance for storm victims.[5][6][7][8] [9][10][11]

Brisbane City Council commented that there are water exemptions for cleaning up debris from the storm, and that extra garbage collections will take place specifically to collect rotten food following long-lasting power loss to storm victims.[12]

Debris from the storm was so extensive that bus services to The Gap were disrupted on Monday, 17 November, 2008 (the day following the storm), with buses terminating at West Ashgrove instead of entering The Gap.[13]


At the entrance to Brisbane Forest Park

The district was later subdivided into blocks of land for housing estates. The recreational activities of inhabitants of the suburb are well catered for, with many facilities including many sporting clubs (Soccer, Squash, Tennis, Athletics, Swimming and Golf etc) and there are a number of lush green parks.

The Gap is also where the main entrance to the Brisbane Forest Park is located. A major bushland area in Brisbane's west, Brisbane Forest Park has many Australian wildlife species, including marsupials, birds, fish and reptiles. Brisbane Forest Park also has an information and wildlife education centre.


The suburb has a small shopping village (which extends from Walton Bridge Reserve to The Gap State High School and Payne Road State School). There are also churches of many faiths, as well as a local Police Station in the suburb. Ashgrove Fire Brigade, which is at West Ashgrove, is also in close proximity to The Gap.

The Enoggera Dam is also located on the edge of The Gap.


Travel to, and within, The Gap is by road. As well as private vehicles, The Gap has a good public bus service. The main arterial road through The Gap is Waterworks Road, which heads east through the suburbs St Johns Wood, Ashgrove and Red Hill and then, as Musgrave Road, it continues to Brisbane city. Waterworks Road was widened, from two lanes to four lanes, along the 8 km stretch of road between The Gap and Red Hill between July 1999 and December 2003. Total cost was $50 million.


The primary and secondary schools in The Gap include:

  • The Gap State High School (public state school)
  • The Gap State School (public state school)
  • Hilder Road State School (public state school)
  • Payne Road State School (public state school)
  • St Peter Chanel Primary School (independent school)


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics
  2. ^ The Gap Ward
  3. ^ "SEQ Severe Thunderstorm and Microburst at The Gap". Australian Government: Bureau of Meteorology.  
  4. ^ Video footage of the storm
  5. ^ Ironside, Robyn; Trent Dalton and Natascha Schwartz (18 November, 2008). "Floods to follow brutal storm". The Courier-Mail (Brisbane).,23739,24666657-952,00.html. Retrieved 18 November, 2008.  
  6. ^ "Brisbane storm areas like war zone: PM". Yahoo! News.  
  7. ^ "Photo of Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, and Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh, surveying the storm damage at The Gap". The Courier-Mail.,23816,5035850-17382,00.html.  
  8. ^ "Photo of storm damage at The Gap". The Courier-Mail.,23816,5035825-17382,00.html.  
  9. ^ "Another photo of storm damage". The Courier-Mail.,23816,5035854-17382,00.html.  
  10. ^ "The Courier-Mail", Wednesday, November 19, 2008
  11. ^ "The Western Echo", November, 2008
  12. ^ "North West Brisbane Community Newsletter", Friday, 21 November, 2008
  13. ^ "Brisbane Times" 17 November, 2008

Photos of The Gap

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