Although the name has been used traditionally by Aborigines to describe bare hills, Jindalee farmers were still working this land in Brisbane’s south-west until 1959 when it was ear-marked for the city’s first experiment in a large-scale, integrated housing development.
The 1416ha project was largely driven by private enterprise, but the State kicked in $2 million, some of which went toward building the 78m Centenary Bridge across the Brisbane River.
Almost 40 years on, Jindalee and its neighbouring estates such as Mt Ommaney, Sumner and Middle Park, are seen as very close-knit and pleasant communities.
Standouts within the suburb's extensive passive and recreational parkland are Amazon Place and Jindalee Park. Renowned for its skateboard half-pipe, Amazon Place also adjoins one of Brisbane's most popular waterparks, Amazon Aquatic Adventureland. In contrast, Jindalee Park is at the passive end of the park scale with 5ha of forest and open space skirting a tributary of the Brisbane River.