Considering its proximity to the city heart and its commanding views, Red Hill was not considered a very desirable address when the shire of Ithaca was opened up for sub-division in 1887.
The prime deterrent was the citizenry’s belief that the hill was created for mountain goats. But, after some grading enabled horse-drawn trams to make the top, the value of land surged, and so did the rates, from 1.5 pence in the pound to 7 shillings in the pound.
The view from the top might have changed dramatically with the passage of time, but Red Hill is closer than ever to all the action of modern Brisbane.
Gem among the suburb's reserves is Woolcock Park, which follows a beautiful, tropical stretch of Ithaca Creek. Woolcock's picnic and play areas are surrounded by native bush featuring a dominant stand of eucalypts. The bush is a sanctuary for a range of native animal life including water dragons, birds and nocturnal marsupials.