Redland City, also called the Redlands, is the local government area of South East Queensland facing Stradbroke Island across Moreton Bay, to the east and south-east of Brisbane. From being a shire, Redlands became a city on 15 March 2008.

Residents of Redland City enjoy a relaxed coastal lifestyle, great community values, and dazzling cultural and natural attractions, from museums and art galleries to the bush and beaches.

Redlands comprises of several suburbs and localities. These are:

The Redlands has everything a thriving city has to offer – it is the gateway to the beautiful Moreton Bay and the Bay islands; a great community spirit; a diverse flora and fauna that is one of its major attractions, and most importantly, massive potential for investments. It is just 35 minutes away from Brisbane (Australia’s third largest city) and offers easy access to the Port of Brisbane, as well as the airports in Brisbane and Gold Coast.

Key Demographic Features

Compared to the rest of Queensland, Redlands has a low unemployment rate. Its population has been consistently growing relative to South East Queensland (SEQ). The age profile is dominated by young, middle-aged and aged demographics. Redlands also has a large number of middle income earners compared to adjacent areas in SEQ.

Population – According to the 2011 Census, Redland City’s population was 143,628 people. The population growth was 1.3% between 30 June 2010 and 2011, versus 1.4% for SEQ and 1.1% for Queensland. The population is expected to increase to 188,471 people by 2031.

Employment – The resident workforce is estimated at 68,000, with 35,500 jobs provided locally.

Age Profile – Redland City comprises a large number of children aged five to 19 years old, older adults aged between 45 and 74 years, and elderly people aged more than 75 years.

Middle Income Earners – There is a significant number of middle income earners in Redland City, with 65% of household incomes totalling between $15,600 to $130,000 per year.

Doing Business in Redland City

Redland City is ideally located for export and trade-oriented businesses, as it is just 28 km from Brisbane Airport and 25 km from the Port of Brisbane.

It is a desirable location to live, work and play and its skilled workforce enjoys a full community life, with easy access to a range of amenities, education and sporting facilities, plus a lush natural environment. In 2012, Redlands was awarded Queensland’s Most Sustainable City.

The major industry sectors in the region are construction, manufacturing, retail, healthcare and social assistance, wholesale trade and education and training. The business precincts in Redland City are Cleveland, Capalaba and Redland Bay, which serve different industry sectors and deliver economic and employment growth in the area.

Local employment is expected to increase to over 490,000 jobs by 2031, up by 38% from 35,500 jobs in 2011.

Redland City is being positioned to attract investment. The total investment value for projects in the region until 2020 is around $235 million. Healthcare and social assistance industry, mainly retirement village homes or aged care facilities, comprise 60% of the top 10 projects by value; 20% are for education and training industries; and 20% are for mixed-used projects.

There are many investment opportunities that are available throughout Redland City. The Redland City Council offers various financial and regulatory incentives to attract investments for residential projects and CBD (central business district) precincts.


There is an extensive network of road, rail and ferries plus cycling and walkways.

An integrated network services all major mainland residential and event precincts, plus North Stradbroke Island, Coochiemudlo Island and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands. This makes moving around the area easy and provides links to Greater Brisbane and its air, sea and rail infrastructure.

Through this network, Redlands has:

Direct access to the Gateway Motorway and the Australia Trade Coast hub, plus several links in and out of the city

Local bus trips over 31 routes across the city, operated by TransLink. Two additional services run from Capalaba to Garden City (Mt Gravatt) and Capalaba to QEII Hospital

Link to major transport routes, including the Carindale-Brisbane bus corridor, South Eastern Busway corridor and Cleveland rail line corridor

Direct rail access from Cleveland to Brisbane Central Station; there are five stations in Redland City on the 35.9 km Cleveland line; and integrated bus-to-train transfers are available in Cleveland and Birkdale

Extensive pedestrian and cycling links throughout the Redlands


Residents of Redlands have access to acute medical services at Redland Hospital in Cleveland. This facility is shared with the Mater Private Hospital Redland, which is ranked as one Australia’s best hospitals. Aged persons can receive high care services at Redland Residential Care.


A number of world-class educational facilities are located in the Redlands, including the Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE and the Nazarene Theological College.

Redland City has 11 high schools, five of which are private; and 26 primary schools, eight of which are private.


The major shopping centres are found in Capalaba, Cleveland, Birkdale and Victoria Point, with Capalaba and Victoria Point both featuring cinemas. Every week in Cleveland, there is a Sunday Market where you can buy handmade goods and enjoy the sunshine and Redlands Lifestyle.

Filmmaking Opportunities in the Redlands

The Redlands has earned the reputation as a film-friendly city. The Redland City Council has passed several policies to promote film production. The diversity of locations meets various filming requirements and its proximity to the CBD and Brisbane Airport make it a convenient production base. The ideal places to shoot movie scenes in the Redlands are Cleveland Point, North Stradbroke Island, Mount Cotton and Coochiemudlo Island.

Recent Movies that have been filmed in the Redlands area:

  • Unbroken
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • A Heartbeat Away
  • Wanted Down Under
  • Pirates of the Caribbean (Dead Men Tell No Tales)

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