Moreton Bay, Queensland
|Location||44 km (27 mi) from Brisbane central business district|
|LGA(s)||Moreton Bay Region|
|Federal Division(s)||Fisher, Longman|
Morayfield is a mostly residential area, consisting mainly of low-set brick homes and some semi-rural acreage. The main commercial area is concentrated along Morayfield Road and includes the Morayfield Shopping Centre, which opened in 1997. The suburb is situated in the Burpengary Creek catchment area.
Brisbane man George Raff bought some of the land held by the failed Caboolture Cotton Company, calling it "Moray Field", derived from Raff's native Morayshire in Scotland. It was often written as "Morayfields" and, from 1881, became "Morayfield".
Until the mid-1980s, Morayfield remained a rural area consisting of a small dairy holding and small crop farming enterprises. However, with the population pressure caused by the rapid growth of the greater Brisbane area, it has since suffered to some degree from random or unplanned residential development and rapid population growth. It is a thriving retail and service industry commercial center.
Greg Norman is currently involved in a large-scale plan to radically alter the eastern fringes of Morayfield, with land to the east of the Bruce Highway and south of the Caboolture River is to be turned into medium density residential lots.
In the 2011 Census the population of Morayfield is 19,346, 50.9% female and 49.1% male.
The median/average age of the Morayfield population is 31 years of age, 6 years below the Australian average.
78.8% of people living in Morayfield were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 5.1%, England 3.9%, Scotland 0.6%, Philippines 0.6%, South Africa 0.4%.
90.6% of people speak English as their first language 0.6% Samoan, 0.2% Tagalog, 0.2% Dutch, 0.2% German, 0.2% Italian.
Morayfield has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
Morayfield railway station provides access to regular Queensland Rail services to Brisbane and Ipswich, as well as Caboolture and the Sunshine Coast. Morayfield Road is a major road that passes through both Morayfield and Caboolture, most of the regions shops are situated on this major road, including the Morayfield Shopping Centre.
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