The green leafy suburb of Birkdale, which faces the Waterloo Bay inlet on Moreton Bay, is 19 km east of the Brisbane CBD. It was named by William Thorn, an early settler of adjacent Thorneside, after his birthplace in Devonshire, England.
A suburb in the Redland Region, Birkdale extends from Tingalpa Creek in the west, the boundary with Brisbane, to Wellington Point in the east. The north is Thorneside and Waterloo Bay, and to the south is Capalaba and Alexandra Hills.
One of Redland’s waste transfer stations is located in Birkdale, at 537-609 Old Cleveland Road East. Free of charge to residents, this facility promotes recycling items such as cardboard and green waste, and is used for the proper disposal of hazardous substances.
Birkdale is a great place to live and work given the easy access to schools, public transport, a superb network of cycleways, foreshore parks and reserves.
Key Demographic Data
Population – The population was 13,795, according to the 2011 Census. 54.1% are registered married; 37.6% are not married; and 8.3% are in a de facto relationship. The average household size is 2.8.
Age Profile – The average age of the population is 39, 2 years higher than the Australian average.
Income Profile – The median household income ($/weekly) is 1463.
Employment Profile –41.2% are employed, working full-time; 31.2% are not in the labour force; and 20.1% are employed, working part-time. Of those employed, 17.9% are clerical and administrative workers; 17.2% are professionals; 16.1% are technicians and trades workers; 10.2% are in sales; 11.1% are managers; and 27.5% are in other occupations.
Citytrain services to Brisbane and Cleveland can be accessed via the Birkdale railway station. Bus route 254, operated by TransLink, services the area.
It has easy access to the Gateway Motorway leading to the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.
Like many of the neighbouring bayside suburbs, Birkdale is highly sought after and is the lifestyle of choice for many would-be residents. It is a treasure trove of nature-based destinations, amazing sceneries, beautiful swimming beaches, water activities, golf, fishing, and numerous alfresco cafes and restaurants.
It is a friendly, family oriented area close to the waterfront. It features a canal style housing development called the Aquatic Paradise, a major shopping precinct found near Aquatic Paradise and a retirement village named Wellington Manor. Birkdale Fair features a Woolworths, cafes, cinema, medical centre, and more. Plus there’s also Birkdale Gardens shopping centre.
What’s more, Wellington Point Reserve is close by and the shops and business hub of Capalaba are a 5-minute drive. Good cafes and restaurants are easily accessible in Wellington Point and Cleveland.
Birkdale has great schools, namely Birkdale State School and Birkdale South State School, and plenty of day care centres.