Coopers Plains, Queensland

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Coopers Plains
Coordinates 27°34′13″S 153°02′14″E / 27.5703°S 153.0372°E / -27.5703; 153.0372Coordinates: 27°34′13″S 153°02′14″E / 27.5703°S 153.0372°E / -27.5703; 153.0372
Population 4,208 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4108
Location 11 km (7 mi) from Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
State electorate(s) Sunnybank
Federal Division(s) Moreton, Oxley
Suburbs around Coopers Plains:
Rocklea Salisbury Nathan
Archerfield Coopers Plains Robertson
Acacia Ridge Sunnybank Hills Sunnybank
Houses being built at Coopers Plains, 1952

Coopers Plains is an outer suburb of Brisbane, Australia. It is 11 kilometres (7 mi) south-west of the CBD.


The locality was originally called Cowper's Plains. It was named by John Oxley after Dr Henry Cowper, Assistant Surgeon-in-Charge at the Moreton Bay Settlement from 1823 to 1832.[2][3] An convict settlement was established at Cowper's Plains in 1828. The name was corrupted and by 1860 the area was known as Cooper's Plains.[4] By 1877 it was known as Coopers Plains.[5] The first post office opened in 1876.

Coopers Plains remained rural until the 1940s. The United States Army built a barracks adjacent to the railway station 1942, which after the war became the Australian Army s Damour Barracks.


In the 2011 Census the population of Coopers Plains is 4,208, 49% female and 51% male.

The median/average age of the Coopers Plains population is 34 years of age, 3 years below the Australian average.

57% of people living in Coopers Plains were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were India 6.2%, China 5.3%, New Zealand 2.9%, Philippines 2.2%, England 2.1%.

61.9% of people speak English as their first language 6% Mandarin, 3.2% Cantonese, 2% Vietnamese, 1.6% Hindi, 1.3% Punjabi.


Coopers Plains railway station on the South Coast railway line (now the Beenleigh line) opened in 1885.

There are several bus routes running through Coopers Plains - 120 (City - Garden City), 135 (City - Parkinson), 123 (Sunnybank), 598 and 599 (Great Circle Line), 124 and 125. Coopers Plains is also very close to Griffith University Nathan Campus.


The Health and Food Sciences Precinct (HFSP), at the Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services (QHFSS) campus, was opened in 2010, and would include the Queensland Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases (QCEID).[6] The precinct is a research facility for the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, CSIRO, and Queensland University through the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI).[7]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Coopers Plains (Brisbane City) (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 February 2008. 
  2. ^ "Early Moreton Bay. Some Place Names. How They Originated.". The Brisbane Courier. 29 September 1923. p. 19. 
  3. ^ E.S. Jackson (1929). "Henry Cowper, Surgeon and his times". Proceedings of the Australian Medical Congress: 198-202. 
  4. ^ . The Moreton Bay Courier. 17 January 1860. p. 2.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Coopers Plains". The Brisbane Courier. 27 August 1877. p. 6. 
  6. ^ "'Super Foods’ Health and Food Sciences Precinct Opens". Ministerial Media Statement, August 2010. Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Queensland Government. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Health and Food Sciences Precinct". Science in Queensland. Queensland Government. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 

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