How St Lucia Golf Links and
Hillstone came to be.
Hillstone St Lucia and hundred acre bar stand on the foundations of a very old house called Hillstone. The story of this house (and us) begins with the enterprising Englishman William Dart.
William was a wheelwright and coachbuilder who, after turning 20, decided to create a new life for himself. His solution was to immigrate to Australia in the 1850s. Within a couple years of arriving in Brisbane, he was growing cotton, bananas and a family (he had 8 children) on the Brisbane River flats. This was near where the university boatshed now stands.
Later, in the 1880s, William built a grand house for his wife and children and named it Hillstone. It served his family well until, 40 years later, it became the first clubhouse for the Indooroopilly Golf Club. This club was the predecessor of the rooms and terraces that we still have here today. However, in 1985 the Indooroopilly Golf Club moved to Long Pocket, so the area became St Lucia Golf Links, a public golf course with its own reception centre.
The original clubhouse is heritage listed along with Hillstone’s Mango Tree, an iconic centrepiece and focal point of all those in attendance at a Hillstone event. We invite you to take a step-by-step trip down our memory lane and explore the detailed history of our Home on the Hill below.