Rochedale South is the perfect place to raise a family. Just 20km from the city, it has easy access to North, South, East and West, via a network of freeways, all within handy reach of the suburb. A busway station provides quick and easy public transport in all directions and includes express buses routes for business people wanting quick transport to work.
There are amazing sporting facilities, generous parks and recreational facilities, busways with access to the city and south, and convenient well-equipped shopping centres.
This lovely community is nestled in amongst plenty of farmland, backing on to koala reserves, with some of the best schools in Brisbane. There are plenty of medical and specialist facilities close by, as well as many professional businesses located throughout the suburb.
House blocks are generally large (from 600sqm upwards), with modern homes and quality roads. Neighbouring suburbs are Springwood, Underwood, Kuraby, Eight Mile Plains and Rochdale.
Rochedale South has a friendly community spirit where neighbours catch up at the letterbox or for street barbeques. There are plenty of parks to walk the dog or take the kids to play with purpose-built bike tracks and picturesque pathways through bushland and parks.
Rochedale South was officially gazetted in July 1979 and lies to the south of Priestdale Road. The suburb of Rochedale is in Brisbane City. Rochedale was the name of the homestead built by the Roche family who settled in the area in 1868. Their property stretched from the current Rochedale School, north to Ford Road and east to Priest Gully. They also owned the site of Redeemer College. The family grew grapes and had a citrus orchard. After World War I the area was turned over to small crop farming and in the 1930s they moved into dairying. A repatriation hospital operated in Grieve Road after World War I. The Rochedale State School was established in 1931. Despite requests for a post office in the 1920s, it was not established until 1947.
Much of the land in Rochedale South was originally owned by Robert Grieve and William Underwood and during the mid-1970s it was suggested that the area be renamed Langford, after Colonel Langford who owned some of William Underwood’s property from the early 1930s. Colonel ‘Sam’ Langford retired to his home on the Springwood estate after World War II and subdivided his land into 40 and 60 acre lots. He lived on Sunningdale Avenue and continued to grow pineapples. Local residents rejected the proposed name change in the late 1970s, but in the early 1990s, the prospect of a name change was again on the agenda following the Brisbane City Council’s proposal to build a massive waste dump in Gardiner Road, Rochedale. Some locals suggested the name change to avoid the connotations associated with living near a major dump. The move was defeated.
The region began to be subdivided for housing in the mid to late 1960s. Strathlands shopping Centre opened in 1970, with a new Woolworths store added to the centre in 1974. St Peter’s Catholic School began in 1976 and the church was consecrated in 1978. Rochedale South Primary School opened in 1979. Redeemer Lutheran College opened in 1980. Rochedale State High School opened in 1983. Two major projects were instigated in 1986; construction of the water tower and the approval for Ikea to proceed.