Kenmore Hills is 13.0 kilometres by road from Brisbane City. Although the northern part of the suburb is on the foothills of Mount Coot-tha, there is only one named peak in the suburb: Carver Hill in the south-east at 70 metres (230 ft) above sea level.
Kenmore Hills originally formed part of Brookfield, but in 1975 the name was changed to Kenmore Hills, based on the nearby suburb of Kenmore.
The nearest primary schools are Chapel Hill State School in neighbouring Chapel Hill to the east, Kenmore State School in neighbouring Kenmore to the south, and Brookfield State School in neighbouring Brookfield to the west. The nearest secondary school is Kenmore State High School in Kenmore.