Deception Bay, Queensland

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Deception Bay
Moreton BayQueensland
Deception bay 02.jpg
Residential area in Deception Bay
Population 19,672 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4508
Location 32 km (20 mi) N of Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) Moreton Bay Region
State electorate(s) Murrumba
Federal Division(s) Petrie
Suburbs around Deception Bay:
Burpengary Burpengary East Moreton Bay
Burpengary Deception Bay Moreton Bay
Narangba North Lakes Rothwell

Deception Bay is a suburb in Moreton Bay Region, Queensland, Australia.[2] It is approximately 32 kilometres (20 mi) north of Brisbane CBD in the south-eastern corner of the bay of the same name which separates the Redcliffe Peninsula and Bribie Island.

The name Deception Bay is often abbreviated to D-Bay. This term, D-Bay was mainly used by outsiders, organisations or recent arrivals to The Bay. The suburb was previously plagued with crime and high unemployment during the 1980s and 1990s as it was populated with one of the most concentrated social housing in Queensland by the government of the day; however community problems subsided after 2001 due to development and population growth in the area.[3]

Deception Bay is also the name of a small bay in the west of Moreton Bay, south of Pumicestone Passage and north of the Redcliffe Peninsula. In the north of the bay at Beachmere is where the Caboolture River and Burpengary Creek meet the ocean. It was named in 1823 by Lt John Oxley, who thought the bay was a river and because of his mistake and the shallowness, named it Pumice Stone River; he later changed the name to Deception Bay.[4]


In the 2011 Census the population of Deception Bay is 19,672, 51.1% female and 48.9% male.

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

73.6% of people living in Deception Bay were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 6.7%, England 4.2%, Philippines 1%, Samoa 1%, Scotland 0.4%.

86.3% of people speak English as their first language 2.1% Samoan, 0.3% Tagalog, 0.3% Filipino, 0.3% Hindi, 0.2% Mandarin.


The area was once large parcels of land supporting dairying and farming and, while some large blocks remain today, most have been subdivided to provide housing for a growing community.

At the Deception Bay Beachfront Pathway

In the past few years, the beachfront area has received a major re-design, under the urban renewal programme of the Queensland Government. The suburb also contains a new development area, North Rise. Bayswater Resort is a resort currently under construction in the Moreton Downs Estate. Neighbouring suburbs include Rothwell, Narangba and North Lakes.

A notable resident of Deception Bay was Dr Joseph Bancroft, a pioneer in experimenting in native plants for their health properties and, through his meatworks, in the preservation of meat, fish and vegetables. His son, Thomas, carried on the tradition with some work in cultivating cotton and castor oil. A rough-hewn pyramidal block of granite stands today on the foreshore highlighting the achievements of these two doctors, and the streets around Dr Bancroft's home, Joseph Street and Bancroft Terrace, are named in his honour.

Local residents are proud of the contribution the Bancroft Family made to the early development and progress of Deception Bay. Mrs Bancroft's bath, on the foreshore of the bay, can be visited.

On 15 March 2008, Deception Bay became a suburb of a new super council, Moreton Bay Region. Deception Bay divided into two divisions, with the area of the suburb falling north of Deception Bay Road becoming a part of Division 2.

The suburb has one major high school, Deception Bay State High School, and three primary schools. There is one Catholic Primary School Christ the King catholic Primary School. Many local children attend school outside the immediate area.

Heritage listings[edit]

Deception Bay has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Deception Bay (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Deception Bay (entry 45408)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  3. ^ D-Bay wants a name change | The Courier-Mail
  4. ^ "Deception Bay (bay) (entry 9563)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Deception Bay Sea Baths (entry 19631)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 

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Coordinates: 27°12′S 153°02′E / 27.200°S 153.033°E / -27.200; 153.033