Banyo, Queensland

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St Vincents Rd, Banyo - September 2014.jpg
Shopping village in Banyo
Population5,868 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,151/km2 (2,980/sq mi)
Area5.1 km2 (2.0 sq mi)
Location13 km (8 mi) from Brisbane cbd
LGA(s)City of Brisbane
(Northgate Ward)[2]
State electorate(s)Nudgee
Federal division(s)Lilley
Suburbs around Banyo:
Boondall Boondall Nudgee
Virginia Banyo Nudgee
Virginia Northgate Brisbane Airport

Banyo is a northern suburb of the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[3] It is a community split between residential and industrial land usage, the latter being attracted by the accessibility of local transport, including the Gateway Motorway. At the 2016 census Banyo had a population of 5,868 people.[1]


Banyo and the neighbouring suburb Nudgee, with which it is intertwined in many respects, are both rich in local history. This history includes the recent preservation of an Aboriginal Bora Ring. The areas of Nudgee and Nudgee Beach border on the Boondall Wetlands, which is protected by the Brisbane City Council.

Real estate map for sale of residential blocks to the south of Banyo railway station

Banyo has vastly increased the number of its business and industrial parks in recent years due to its close proximity to Brisbane Airport and the nearby Port of Brisbane. Nudgee Road is progressively becoming a commercial hub due to its connection to the Gateway Motorway, with a large service centre and petrol station and with new industrial grounds under construction overlooking the motorway itself.

The Australian Catholic University chose to establish its Brisbane campus on the site of the former Pius XII Seminary. This teamed with Woolworths Supermarkets also setting up residency in the suburb has boosted the Banyo housing market.

A residential estate, 'Couture', has been developed on the site of an old Army depot lying adjacent to the Golden Circle cannery based in next-door Northgate. Another new residential estate, 'Summerlin' has also recently been constructed on a former Hills Hoist manufacturing plant.

Banyo's commercial centre (the area surrounding Banyo railway station) has recently been enhanced following a Brisbane City Council Suburban Community Improvement Project (SCIP).


Originally inhabited by the native Turrbal tribe, the area became known as Clapham Junction once the suburb was settled by Europeans in 1849. It was not until 1897 when it officially adopted the name Banyo, an Aboriginal word which means a hill or ridge. The name was chosen by Commissioner of Railways James Dixon, and was also given to the Banyo railway station. The hill that it was named after no longer exists, having been quarried for the construction of Eagle Farm Airport during World War II.[4]

Nudgee State School opened on 28 June 1875 on Nudgee Road. By 1924 frequent flooding of the school building and growth in the local population led to new school buildings being erected at 453 Earnshaw Road.[5][6] On 31 December 2002 it was closed as part of an amalgamated with Banyo State High School to form Earnshaw State College, which opened in January 2003 from the site of the former high school.[5] "A" Block of the former state school is listed on the Brisbane Heritage Register (27°22′39″S 153°05′06″E / 27.3774°S 153.0849°E / -27.3774; 153.0849 (Nudgee State School)) but is now within the suburb of Banyo, just beyond the boundary with Nudgee.[6]

In 1918 local Anglicans purchased a block of land for £240. St Oswald's Anglican Church was dedicated on 17 February 1929 by Archbishop Gerald Sharp. The church hall was built in 1946.[7][8]

Banyo State High School opened on 2 February 1954 and closed on 31 December 2002.[9] It was reopened in January 2003 as Earnshaw State College, after merging with Nudgee State School, creating a "P-12" college.

The Banyo Library opened in 1981 with a major refurbishment in 2009.[10]

At the 2011 census Banyo had a population of 5,607 people.[11]

At the 2016 census Banyo had a population of 5,868 people.[1]

Land sales[edit]

In June 1884, approximately 600 allotments of "Clapham Junction Estate" were advertised to be auctioned by James R. Dickson & Company, auctioneers. The map advertising the auction states the Estate has magnificent view of the bay, and is located on the Sandgate Line between Toombul and Nudgee Stations.[12][13][14]

In January 1888, the "Croydon Estate" made up of approximately 362 allotments was advertised to be auctioned by James R. Dickson & Company, auctioneers. The map advertising the auction states the Estate adjoins "Clapham Junction Estate" and is close to Sandgate Railway Station.[15][16]

In January 1927, 102 allotments of the "Northgate Extension Estate" were advertised to be auctioned by Edward S. Crawford & Co., property salesmen, in conjunction with John Coleman, auctioneer. The map advertising the auction states the Estate has salubrious sea breezes with the Sandgate to Brisbane bus service that passes handy to the estate and 68 passenger trains daily.[17][18]

In September 1927, a plan of the "Purdy Estate" was drawn up by Ernest C. Henzell and W. Carlyle Henzell, Land Agents. The map advertising the land sale shows the land allotments near Banyo Station.[19]

In September 1928, the "Robinson's Paddock Estate" made up of 81 allotments was advertised to be auctioned by Isles, Love, & Co. Limited, auctioneers. The map advertising the auction states the Estate is handy to the station, schools, churches and stores. water and electric light pass the estate, and it is situated within a few miles of the popular sea beaches of Sandgate, Nudgee and Cribb Island.[20][21]


In the 2016 census, Banyo recorded a population of 5,868 people, 49.7% female and 50.3% male.

The median age of the Banyo population was 37 years of age. 72.2% of people living in Banyo were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 66.7%; the next most common countries of birth were New Zealand 5.3%, India 3.1%, England 2.4%, Philippines 2.0%, China 0.9%.

81.8% of people spoke only English at home; the next most popular languages were 1.6% Punjabi, 1.1% Mandarin, 1.0% Hindi, 0.9% Vietnamese.[1]


Banyo railway station provides access to regular Queensland Rail City network services to Brisbane and Shorncliffe. The 306 bus service operated by Brisbane Transport also goes to the Cultural Centre via Fortitude Valley.[22]

Banyo station has recently[when?] undergone an upgrade. The upgrade included restoring the 100-year-old station building, toilet upgrade, new and improved station furniture and signage, fresh painting and station cleaning.

The Australian Catholic University operates a free bus for students that runs from Toombul to the university via Northgate station and another bus between the university and Westfield Chermside.


The Brisbane City Council operates a public library at 284 St Vincents Road.[23]

St Oswald's Anglican Church is at 9 Froude Street (27°22′30″S 153°04′34″E / 27.3750°S 153.0761°E / -27.3750; 153.0761 (St Oswald's Anglican Church)).[7] The hall is available for community events and operates the local Meals on Wheels service.[8]

Kenani Community Church is at 425 Earnshaw Road (27°22′43″S 153°05′00″E / 27.3785°S 153.0833°E / -27.3785; 153.0833 (Kenani Community Church)).[24] It is part of the Uniting Church in Australia and supports multi-cultural communities to either worship in their own language or share in worship with others. Kenani is the Rotuman language word for Canaan.[25][26]


Despite its name, the Virginia Golf Club is located at Elliott Road, Banyo.[27] Supercars team Triple Eight Race Engineering are based in Banyo.[28]


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  6. ^ a b "Nudgee State School A Block". Brisbane Heritage Register. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
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  8. ^ a b "Welcome to St Oswald's Church Banyo". Anglican Church of Southern Queensland. Archived from the original on 15 September 2020. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
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  10. ^ "Public Libraries Statistical Bulletin 2016-17" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. November 2017. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  11. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Banyo". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 October 2013. Edit this at Wikidata
  12. ^ "Clapham Junction Estate [Banyo] / James R. Dickson & Co., Auctioneers ; Hamilton & Raff, Surveyors". State Library of Queensland. 1884. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  13. ^ "Clapham Junction portions 185, 186, 199, 200 & 201. Parish of Toombul, to be sold by James R. Dickson & Company on the ground". State Library of Queensland. 1884. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  14. ^ "Classified Advertising". The Brisbane Courier. XXXVIII (8, 249). Queensland, Australia. 18 June 1884. p. 8. Retrieved 1 June 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  15. ^ "Plan of the Croydon Estate on the main Sandgate line". State Library of Queensland. 1888. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  16. ^ "Classified Advertising". The Brisbane Courier. XLIV (9, 364). Queensland, Australia. 19 January 1888. p. 8. Retrieved 1 June 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  17. ^ "Northgate Extension Estate John Coleman, Auctioneer ; Edward S. Crawford & Co., Land Agents". State Library of Queensland. 1927. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  18. ^ "Advertising". The Telegraph (16879). Queensland, Australia. 7 January 1927. p. 16 (CITY EDITION). Retrieved 1 June 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  19. ^ "Purdy Estate, Banyo Ernest C. Henzell and W. Carlyle Henzell, Land Agents". State Library of Queensland. 1927. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  20. ^ "Robinson's Paddock [Estate], Banyo being resubs 1 to 81 (& subs A easement) of subs 1 & 2 of portion 224 Parish of Toombul / Isles Love & Co., Auctioneers ; C.F. Bennett, Surveyor". State Library of Queensland. 1928. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  21. ^ "Advertising". The Telegraph (17, 405). Queensland, Australia. 14 September 1928. p. 24. Retrieved 1 June 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  22. ^ TransLink Transit Authority, Bus timetables, archived from the original on 14 November 2010, retrieved 8 July 2013
  23. ^ "Library opening hours and locations". Brisbane City Council. 3 January 2018. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  24. ^ "Find a church". Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod. Archived from the original on 24 October 2020. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  25. ^ "Kenani Community Church". Churches Australia. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  26. ^ "Experiencing grace in Brisbane". Space for Grace. 4 March 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  27. ^ "Virginia Golf Club". Virginia Golf Club. Archived from the original on 14 April 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  28. ^ "Gen 2 rules triggered Triple Eight expansion". Speedcafe. 6 March 2015. Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016.

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Coordinates: 27°22′34″S 153°04′44″E / 27.37611°S 153.07889°E / -27.37611; 153.07889 (Banyo)