Town by town snapshot Carisbrook

September 30, 2023 BY

This three-bedroom Carisbrook home sold recently for $385,000.

Carisbrook is approximately 122.4 square kilometres and has two parks covering nearly 4.7 per cent of total area.

The population in 2016 was 1136 and by the 2021 Census had grown to 1192 showing anincrease of 4.9 per cent in the area during that time.

Carisbrook is a rural township on the Pyrenees Highway and the Castlemaine to Maryborough railway line, eight kilometres east of Maryborough.

Reputedly Carisbrook’s name came from ‘Carrie’s Brook’, named after Caroline Bucknall, the daughter of E.G. Bucknall, an early local pastoralist.

However, before the town was surveyed in 1851 there was a police camp and lock up named Camp Carisbrook, implying that the name could have had another origin.

There were pre-existing Carisbrook’s in New Zealand and the Isle of Wight.

Carisbrook was toward the edge of the Maryborough goldfields, but a good water supply underpinned its prosperity.

Local landowners Joyce and Simson opened a flour mill in 1856 and the first store opened in 1853 with an Anglican church and school starting in 1855.

There were bakeries, a brewery, four hotels, brickyards and several stores when Carisbrook was proclaimed a borough on 7 August 1857.

A railway station was originally opened when the line was constructed in 1874

Carisbrook competed with Maryborough for a few years for district leadership, but Maryborough’s centrality in the goldfields gave it prosperity that was unavailable to predominantly agricultural Carisbrook.

On 1 October 1915, when the borough’s population was fewer than 1000, it was united with Tullaroop Shire.

The area’s agricultural economy kept the town’s population from falling under 300, and civic works such as tree planting and improvement of reserves took place.

The Housing Commission opened a mobile homes factory in Carisbrook in 1950 and in 1982 a leisure centre was opened, providing a venue for several indoor sports.

CoreLogic data indicates that the predominant age group in Carisbrook is 60-69 years with households being primarily childless couples and are likely to be repaying on average $1092 per month on mortgages.

In general, people in Carisbrook work in a labourer occupation.



On 1 October 1915, when the borough’s population was fewer than 1000, it was united with Tullaroop Shire.


Population: 1192

Male: 51%

Female: 49%

Median age: 45

5-year population change: 4.9%

House median value: $394,000

Change in Median Price: (5yrs) is 69.9%

Median asking rent per week: $235

Average length of ownership: 9 years

Owner occupiers: 85%

Renters: 15%


House median sale price:

June 2023: $425,000

June 2022: $439,500

June 2021: $367,000

June 2020: $315,000

June 2019: $252,500


House sales per annum:

Period ending June 2023: 16

Period ending June 2022: 18


Land median sale price:

June 2023: $173,000

June 2022: $176,000


Land sales per annum:

Period ending June 2023: 3

Period ending June 2022: 13