Hillcrest lies to the west of Browns Plains and was originally part of that suburb. It is bounded by Johnson Road, Mount Lindesay Highway, the interstate railway and Coronation Road to the south. It was gazetted as a place name in June 1987.
Hillcrest is home to the Logan West Community Centre, which began with the relocation of a house from Jacaranda Avenue Woodridge in October 1982. The house had been used as the headquarters of the Logan and Albert Library Board and then the Burragah Aboriginal Centre. The wineglass water tower was constructed in 1984. The Park Ridge Ambulance Station was officially opened in May 1982 and was located under the wineglass water tower. It employed three officers and had two ambulance vehicles. The Calam Lions Club donated an ambulance vehicle to the service. A temporary fire station was also located here between 1983 and 1986 when a permanent station known as Logan West was built in Orr Court. A new community centre was built in 1988 along with a police station. It was a twenty-four hour station with twelve officers and five detectives at that time. A shop front police office was opened in Grand Plaza in August 2000 and, in June 2002, a $750,000 refurbishment of the police station included the provision of a Juvenile Aid Bureau, a secure holding cell, electronic interview room and finger printing facilities.