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Fortitude Valley

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Fortitude Valley is 7,001, with a population density of 50.93 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Fortitude Valley is bounded by Costin Street, Constance Street, Saint Pauls Terrace, Exhibition Street, Gregory Terrace, Brookes Street, the railway line and National Storage in the north, Wickham Street, Ann Street, Chester Street and Harcourt Street in the east, the Brisbane River and Boundary Street in the south, and Barry Parade, Warren Street, Saint Pauls Terrace, Kennigo Street and Gregory Terrace in the west.

Name origin

Fortitude Valley is named after a sailing vessel which brought several of the first settlers to the area.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1850s. Residential and commercial growth took place in the 1880s and 1890s, aided by the extension of the railway line in 1891. Some growth took place in the 1930s and 1940s. Significant development occurred during the post-war years, then the population was relatively stable between the 1960s and the 1980s. Rapid growth took place from the early 1990s, with the population more than trebling between 1996 and 2006, a result of large numbers of new dwellings being added to the area, largely from urban renewal, particularly high density housing.

Land use

Fortitude Valley is a residential, commercial and industrial area which has undergone significant recent redevelopment.

Major features

Major features of the area include Valley Metro Plaza, Emporium Shopping Centre, Brunswick Street Mall, Chinatown Mall, Centro Complex, James Street Market, Cathedral Village Shopping Centre, Homemaker City, Homemaker City North, Australian College of Natural Medicine, Valley Pool, Centenary Place and two schools.