Brisbane Markets, which sells wholesale fruit and vegetables to the general public. Most of Rocklea is comprised of the markets, which are open seven days. The suburb is also home to the Department of Primary Industries’ Animal Research Farm and extensive warehouse and light industrial areas. The residential aspect of the suburb is confined to small pockets and consists of older-style houses from the 1950s and 1960s.
Residents can take advantage of the proximity to neighbouring suburbs of Sherwood, Moorooka and Salisbury for retail facilities. The suburb has not seen a great deal of residential development largely because of the demarcation of commercial and industrial sites — the historical median house price reflects this lack of development. In recent years, however, the suburb has seen strong growth as a result of investor interest in lower priced property.