Located about 28 km east-south-east of Brisbane City, the Redland City suburb of Thornlands is a growing residential area and an ideal place to raise a family.

It was originally part of the area previously included within Cleveland and was let to Joseph Clarke. Small farmers first started settling in the area when he gave up the lease in 1858. The suburb was named after George Thorn, a major landowner in the area. His lands were subdivided around 1900.

Key Demographic Data

Population – Thornlands has a population of 12,807 as of the 2011 Census.

Age Profile – The average age of the residents is 38 years of age, one year above the Australian average. 65.6% of residents in Thornlands are between the age of 15-65 years; 22.1% are under the age of 5 years; and 12.3% are 65 years and older.

Social Marital Status – 57.5% of people are married, 20.8% are single, 7.0% are divorced, and 2.4% are separated. The average household size is 3.

Income Profile – The median household income per week is $1,704.

Employment – As of 2011, 6,557 of Thornlands residents were employed, of which 65% worked full-time and 34% part-time. The unemployment rate is 4.4%.

The main jobs in the area are 18.1% clerical and administrative workers, 17.2% professionals, 15.7% technicians and trades workers, 13.9% managers, and the rest are sales workers, community and personal service employees, labourers, machinery operators and drivers, and others.

The primary industries locals worked in are 12.2% construction, 11.3% healthcare and social assistance, 11.0% retail trade, 10.6% manufacturing, and the rest are education and training, professional, scientific and technical services, transport, postal and warehousing, and more.

Living in Thornlands

Thornlands is a perfect place for couples and families to set up residence. The streets are quiet and give off a real community vibe.

There is no train line here and only a couple of bus lines. But it is far from isolated and boring. It is located between Cleveland to the north and Victoria Point to the south, so all kinds of amenities are within easy reach, including shops, restaurants, schools, parklands, and more. Another added bonus is that the crime rate is very low. You can leave your car in the drive with the windows down or a door unlocked, and it will still be there the next morning with nothing stolen.

There are local shops are sufficient to meet your basic needs. But if you are looking for more, a quick, 5 minute drive to Victoria Point and there are cinemas, shopping centres, massive warehouses and seaside views. You can ride a water taxi at Victoria Point to Coochiemudlo Island, the place to have a swim or organise a picnic with family and friends.

Ferry Services

There is a vehicular and passenger ferry to Stradbroke Island, run by Stradbroke Ferries.


Thornlands’ schools include Thornlands State School, Faith Lutheran Private College and Carmel College Private Catholic College, plus other schools in surrounding suburbs.


Medical and health services are easily accessible in nearby Cleveland, which is home to Redland Hospital and Mater Private Hospital Redland.

Shopping Centres

Locals can shop at Crystal Water Shopping Centre or go to nearby suburbs for more variety.


Thornlands is home to a number of lovely parks, including Crystal Water Parks, Rushwood Park, William Stewart Park, Primrose Dr Park and Robert Mackie Park.

Real Estate

The suburb is mainly a residential area. 27.6% of homes are fully owned, 49% are in the process of being purchased, and 19.7% of homes are rented.

PJS Accountants has more than 30 years experience with local Thornlands businesses. The team at PJS Accountants has a fantastic connection with local residents, investors, business owners and in depth local knowledge and track record of helping local Thornlands businesses giving them the confidence and expertise to offer additional value and service. For more information about how PJS Accountants can assist with your accounting needs in Thornlands please contact PJS Accountants today.

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