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Acacia Ridge - Willawong

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Acacia Ridge - Willawong is 7,693, with a population density of 4.48 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Acacia Ridge - Willawong is bounded by Oxley Creek, the Archerfield Airport, Mortimer Road, Beatty Road, Kerry Road, Beaudesert Road, Weaver Street, Gay Street and Beenleigh Road in the north, Bradman Street, Landseer Street, Jackson Road, Ingram Road, Learoyd Road and the Brisbane-Sydney railway line in the east, the suburb of Pallara, Brookbent Road and a line running continuous of Brookbent Road in the south, and Blunder Creek in the west.

Name origin

Acacia Ridge is named for the acacia or wattle trees which thickly covered the ridge area during early settlement. Willawong is named from an Aboriginal word meaning "creek junction".

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1860s. The first subdivision took place in the 1880s, however the area remained mainly bushland until the post-war years. Significant development took place from the 1960s, spurred by the establishment of the General Motors Holden vehicle assembly plant and public housing construction. The population has increased slightly since the mid 1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area.

Land use

Acacia Ridge - Willawong is a residential and industrial area, with some commercial areas, and substantial undeveloped areas in the south and west.

Major features

Major features of the area include Acacia Marketplace, Elizabeth Street Shopping Centre, Archerfield International Speedway, Acacia Leisure Centre, Iceworld Ice Skating Rink, Acacia Sports Complex, C.A. Sullivan Park, Norma Croker Park, Willawong Golf Club Driving Range, SkillsTech Australia (Acacia Ridge Campus) and a number of schools.