Eight Mile Plains is located 14 km from Brisbane central business district and is a suburb belonging to the Brisbane City Council. Neighbouring suburbs are Wishart, Upper Mount Gravatt and Underwood.
Eight mile plains is placed in close proximity to the entry of the Pacific Motorway (M1) which is the freeway running North to Brisbane and South to the Gold Coast. Westfield Garden City shopping complex is just a stone’s throw from the suburb.
Closer to Upper Mt Gravatt, there are higher density unit and townhouse developments. Further south in the suburb there are predominantly family homes in quiet leafy streets.
Shopping, restaurants and entertainment are all handy destinations for Eight Mile Plain residents, who enjoy the cosmopolitan lifestyle the suburb has to offer.
Brisbane Technology Park, which is an initiative of the Queensland Government developed to provide a catalytic environment for established and emerging knowledge-intensive, technology-based companies opened in 1986. The park is located on a 33.5-hectare (83-acre) site that is only 12 minutes from the Brisbane CBD. The Queensland Clunies Ross Centre for Science and Industry opened at the Technology Park in 1997.
Dominant natural features of the area include Bulimba Creek. Before settlement the area was home to a diverse range of plants and animals. There are also areas of remnant bushland in the suburb and a small number of market gardens.
The name of the Aboriginal clan formerly occupying this area is uncertain. According to one source they are likely to have been the Chepara clan of Eight Mile Plains who spoke Turrbal. The Yerongpan of Oxley Creek who are said to have claimed the area from Brisbane to Ipswich. Another source claims they were the Yagarabal, who ranged from Brisbane to the Logan River and west to Moggill Creek. The Aborigines used a trail which later became Logan Road. This trail bisected many creeks including the Mimosa Creek and Bulimba Creek watercourse. Eight Mile Plains has two primary schools: Eight Mile Plains State School and Warrigal Road State School, which sits off Warrigal Road which is one of Eight Mile Plains’s and Runcorn’s main road. The term “Warrigal” actually means “Dingo” in the local Aboriginal language
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