The suburb is bounded by Breakfast Creek to the north, Brisbane River to the east, the northern and western parts of the suburb, centred on Breakfast Creek Road, is predominantly commercial, with the remainder of the suburb, particularly near the river, becoming increasingly residential.
Snapshot of Newstead
Newstead is an inner northern riverside suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Newstead is situated 3.3 kilometres (2.1 mi) north-east of the Brisbane central business district. The suburb is bounded by Breakfast Creek to the north, Brisbane River to the east, the northern and western parts of the suburb, centred on Breakfast Creek Road, is predominantly commercial, with the remainder of the suburb, particularly near the river, becoming increasingly residential.
The suburb takes its name from Newstead House, built and named in 1846 by pioneer grazier Patrick Leslie, which in turn takes its name from Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire, England. The suburb’s present role as an up-market residential suburb belies its industrial past. Timber yards, asbestos works, wharves and woolstores once dominated the eastern side of the suburb. The tall iron structure of the No. 2 gasholder on Skyring Terrace is a remnant of the Newstead Gasworks, which was established in 1887 as Brisbane’s second gas works. The structure, however, was originally located at the Petrie Bight gasworks, where it was erected in 1873. Booroodabin Bowls Club (nicknamed “The Boo”) is on the corner of Breakfast Creek Road and Edmonstone Street.
The pride of the suburb is Newstead House, Brisbane’s oldest existing home, built for pioneer Darling Downs squatter Patrick Leslie in 1846. It is set in superb grounds overlooking the mouth of the creek and is within easy walking distance of the famed Breakfast Creek Hotel – a flamboyant Victorian structure which has been described as ‘the very soul of Brisbane’. Newstead House’s glory days came during the time of the residence of Captain John Clements Wickham, the official resident and magistrate of the Moreton Bay settlement and a noted and gracious host. Wickham had previously been Commander of HMS Beagle and sailed with Charles Darwin. While an admission fee must be paid to visit the house, the gardens (now Newstead Park) are a public park.