Forest Lake was the first Master Planned Community within the municipality of Brisbane, Queensland. It has won numerous awards for its design. Forest Lake was established in 1991 as Brisbane’s first master planned community, and the last block of residential land in the area was sold in 2006. The estate was so popular with people that lived here that in later stages of development, 40% of new homes were purchased by existing residents – now that’s a ringing endorsement…
Forest Lake’s larger homes, backyards and bike tracks are loved by kids. The area also has three primary schools, two high schools and a number of sporting facilities, playgrounds and parks – which are also very popular with parents.
There are no excuses not to get active in Forest Lake. Residents walk their dogs around the neighbourhood and along bush creeks, and kids learn to ride their bikes in quiet cul-de-sacs. There are local sporting teams to join – AFL, rugby, netball, basketball, cricket, water polo – and plenty of parks, fields, running tracks and pools to play in.
At the centre of the suburb is the lake that gives the suburb its name. Forest Lake (the lake, not the suburb) covers 10.3 hectares, and is surrounded by 3.5 kilometres of walking tracks and cycleways, and 8 hectares of parkland. So, there’s no chance that you’ll ever sit inside on a sunny day – and no reason you’ll ever hear, ‘I’m bored…’.
The suburb is broken up into smaller residential neighbourhoods, each with leafy streets, quiet cul-de-sacs, neat front yards and a neighbourhood entranceway. Houses tend to be single- or double-storey brick homes with three to four bedrooms, with a few wooden colonial-style replicas on the ridges (with occasional city views).
There are also several shopping villages located conveniently across the suburb – so you’ll never have to go far if you run short of milk and bread.
In the 1990s, Forest Lake changed the face of planned communities in Queensland. It is now a well-established and thriving suburb, with excellent facilities for families and a leafy environment that is perfect for family bike rides and or a peaceful stroll.
Forest Lake lies within the Brisbane City Council municipality and is approximately 19 kilometres (12 mi) from the Brisbane central business district. It adjoins the suburbs of Doolandella, Inala, Heathwood, Pallara, Forestdale, Hillcrest, Park Ridge and Algester. It successfully mixes wildlife with residential development.