Tingalpa, Queensland

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Population 8,539 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4173[2]
Location 10 km (6 mi) E of Brisbane CBD[3]
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
(Doboy Ward)[4]
State electorate(s) Chatsworth
Federal Division(s) Bonner
Suburbs around Tingalpa:
Murarrie Hemmant Wynnum West
Cannon Hill Tingalpa Wakerley
Carina Belmont Gumdale

Tingalpa is a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is located 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) east of the CBD,[3] and borders Belmont, Cannon Hill, Hemmant, and Manly West.

The suburb has some older style homes built in the post war period – weatherboard and chamferboard post war cottages in particular. Most of the new estates are made up of typically low set and high set brick and tile homes. Previously the land that is now being developed into residential zones was devoted to small farmlets and semi-industrial developments.

The recent developments, which occurred in the last 5 years, are increasing the population and the median house prices of the suburb.

Also convenient is the nearby Murarrie railway station that runs west to the City and east to Manly and the bay. There are also several bus routes from Tingalpa to neighbouring suburbs.


The origin of Tingalpa's name is uncertain. It may be named after Tingalpa Creek, which lies 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east,[3] or be derived from the Turrubal words tangul (meaning 'plant for stupefying fish') and pa (meaning 'place').[5]


Anglican Christ Church. Photo taken in 1906

In 1863 a township site was surveyed on the west side of Tingalpa Creek, where Old Cleveland Road crossed the creek. It was never built on and was known as Old Tingalpa. In 1943 this location was formally abolished. In 1860s a new site was settled called New Tingalpa, away to the north-west.

In 1867 a post office was opened. In the same year a local architect, Richard Suter designed the Gothic (Anglican) Christ church. Which was built in 1868.[3][6] The church and burial ground located on Wynnum rd, east of Bulimba Creek. Both the church and burial ground are heritage listed with Queensland heritage register.

The Royal Mail Hotel was licensed in 1870. This hotel is now named the Tingalpa Hotel. The Tingalpa primary school was opened in 1873.[3][7]

The Wynnum and Manly rd are were the above facilities are roughly located. In 1919 the diggers's war memorial was erected, making this location more prominent.

Royal Mail Hotel at Tingalpa, Brisbane, Queensland Australia. Photo taken in 1893

In 1880 a local government division was established for the Tingalpa area.

The boundaries of this area are "south-east from the intersection of the Pacific Highway and the Mount Gravatt-Capalaba Road, crossing the Tingalpa Creek and ending at Redland Bay."[3] At Mount Cotton the headquarters of the local government were located.

In 1925 the west part of the Tingalpa shire become part of the Greater Brisbane Council. In 1949 the rest of the shire was joined with the Cleveland Shire, becoming Redland Shire

1949 it was noted in the Post Office directory that there are now eight poultry farms and there are fewer dairymen. There was also two motor garages and the Pacific Cafe on Wynnum rd.

In 1998 Christ Church, Tingalpa and its burial ground were listed on the Queensland Heritage Register.[8]

Population growth[edit]

By 1980 the population of Tingalpa had nearly tripled from 1400 people in 1954.[3]

Census Date Population
1881 census 21[3]
1911 census 244[3]
1954 census 1,376[3]
1976 census 3,663[3]
1991 census 4,751[3]
2001 census 8,934[9]
2006 census 8,173[10]
2011 census 8,539[1]


The 2011 census recorded 8,539 residents in Tingalpa, of whom 50.5% were female and 49.5% were male. The median age of the population was 35; 2 years younger than the Australian average.[1]

72.1% of people living in Tingalpa were born in Australia, with the next most common countries of birth being New Zealand (6.9%), England (3.8%), the Philippines (1.4%), Fiji (0.9%), and India (0.8%). 84.5% of people spoke English as their first language, while the other most common responses were Hindi (1%), Greek (0.9%), Tagalog (0.7%), Cantonese (0.7%), and Spanish (0.6%).[1]


Tingalpa has one primary school, Tingalpa State School,[3][11] which currently has around 300 students.

On the first of August 1870 the Board of Education received a letter from Mr. W. Wood, a local farmer in the Tingalpa shire about the necessity of having a school for the district. Funds were raised by the community to buy the original 2 acres and also to build a temporary school located at 1546 Wynnum Road Tingalpa 4173.[11]

On the 1st of August 1873 the Tingalpa school was opened. Mr. Bernard McGouran was the first Head teacher. The school started with 50 pupils on the roll, by June 1874 there were 99 students. The primary reason for enrolling in the early years was to learn to speak English, as the most commonly use language was the local Aboriginal dialect.[11]


Tingalpa features a large amount of parks and bushland. Well known Meadowlands Park and Minnippi Park are located less than 5 minutes drive from Tingalpa. Bulimba Creek passes through these parks on its way to the Brisbane River. Moreton Bay Sports Club is also located at Carmichael Park next to the creek. The venue hosts cricket and Brisbane Premier League matches with 2001 and 2010 grand final winners, and 2011 League Champions Wolves FC.

Tingalpa has bike paths going though their parks and these are part of the extensive bike paths that are throughout Brisbane.


Tingalpa has two small local shopping centres: Twin Parks Shopping Centre located on Wynnum Road, Tingalpa - and one located on Belmont Road, Belmont. There are two large shopping centres within a 10 minute drive; Wynnum Plaza has Kmart, Coles, Woolworths, Dan Murphys, Fitness First and 59 Specialty stores whilst Carindale Shopping Centre features Myer, David Jones and a large selection of specialty shops. Both the Twin Parks and the Cannon Hill shopping centres are only basic centres.

In 2011, one of the first Masters Home Improvement retail outlets in Queensland opened in Tingalpa and is located at the intersection of Wynnym Road and New Cleveland Road.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Tingalpa, Qld (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a postcode". Australia Post. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Tingalpa". Centre for the Government of Queensland. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Doboy Ward". Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Place name details: TINGALPA". Government of Queensland (Department of Natural Resources and Mines). Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  6. ^ past and present of brisbane
  7. ^ belmont history
  8. ^ "Christ Church Tingalpa and Burial Ground (entry 16536)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Tingalpa, Qld (SLA)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  10. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Tingalpa, Qld (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c Tingalpa official school site

Coordinates: 27°28′S 153°08′E / 27.467°S 153.133°E / -27.467; 153.133