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Population 1,875 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 4306
Location 28 km (17 mi) WSW of Brisbane GPO
  • City of Brisbane (Pullenvale Ward)
  • Ipswich
State electorate(s) Electoral district of Ipswich West
Federal Division(s) Division of Ryan
Suburbs around Chuwar:
Kholo Kholo Mount Crosby
Muirlea Chuwar Karana Downs
Tivoli North Tivoli Karalee

Chuwar is a suburb of both Ipswich and Brisbane in South East Queensland, Australia. It is 6 kilometres (4 mi) north of the Ipswich central business district, 32 kilometres (20 mi) west of Brisbane by road. The suburb is known for its leafy streets and solid brick homes which line Allawah Road, Landsdowne Way and Brodzig Road.


Colleges Crossing underwater at Chuwar
Colleges Crossing underwater at Chuwar during the 2011 floods

Chuwar has a number of amenities including a service station, a produce store, two churches, a motorcycle track and a veterinary surgery. There is a shopping centre with a major supermarket in the neighbouring suburb of Karalee. The suburb's two churches are Chuwar Baptist Church, which runs a yearly community day called the Street Party, and Rivers of Life Christian Church, which operates the Tivoli Drive In Theatre & Community Events Centre and market stalls. Chuwar includes the residential Karana Gardens Estate.

Chuwar includes Colleges Crossing, a popular park and river crossing on the Brisbane River with walking trails, lookouts, and clean water for swimming and fishing.


Chuwar is accessible by road with Mount Crosby Road directing traffic directly to Ipswich and Karana Downs, and the Warrego Highway routing traffic to Brisbane and Toowoomba.


In the 2011 census, the population of Chuwar was 1,875, 49.7% female and 50.3% male. The median age of the Chuwar population was 34 years, 3 years below the Australian median of 37. 82.6% of people living in Chuwar were born in Australia. Other main countries of birth were England 4.9%, New Zealand 2.7%, South Africa 1.7%, Scotland 0.8%, and United States of America 0.4%. 95.3% of people spoke only English at home; the next most popular languages were, 0.5% Afrikaans, 0.3% Tagalog, 0.3% German, 0.3% Dutch, and 0.2% Portuguese.

Proposed Kenmore Bypass

The Kenmore Bypass, also known as the "Western Freeway Extension" and the "Moggill Pocket Sub-Arterial", is a proposed motorway to run from the Western Freeway at Fig Tree Pocket to the Warrego Highway at Chuwar, connecting the suburbs of Karalee, Anstead, Pullenvale and Kenmore, to divert traffic from the Ipswich Motorway and Moggill Road.

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