Bellara, Queensland

Coordinates: 27°03′34″S 153°08′54″E / 27.0594°S 153.1483°E / -27.0594; 153.1483 (Bellara (centre of suburb))
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Bribie IslandQueensland
Bellara is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°03′34″S 153°08′54″E / 27.0594°S 153.1483°E / -27.0594; 153.1483 (Bellara (centre of suburb))
Population3,225 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density977/km2 (2,530/sq mi)
Area3.3 km2 (1.3 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)City of Moreton Bay
State electorate(s)Pumicestone
Federal division(s)Longman
Suburbs around Bellara:
Pumicestone Channel Banksia Beach Woorim
Pumicestone Channel Bellara Woorim
Pumicestone Channel Bongaree Bongaree

Bellara is a suburb of Bribie Island in the City of Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Bellara had a population of 3,225 people.[1]


Bellara is on the western side of Bribie Island, adjacent to the Pumicestone Channel (26°56′47″S 153°04′30″E / 26.9463°S 153.0751°E / -26.9463; 153.0751 (Pumicestone Channel)) which separates the island from the mainland Queensland. Bribie Island Bridge connects Bellara and Bongaree (27°04′06″S 153°08′52″E / 27.0682°S 153.1479°E / -27.0682; 153.1479 (Bribie Island Bridge (island side))) to Sandstone Point on the mainland.[3]

There is a long sandy beach called Sylvan Beach (27°03′38″S 153°08′24″E / 27.0606°S 153.1399°E / -27.0606; 153.1399 (Sylvan Beach)) along the coast of the suburb extending north to Banksia Beach and south to Bongaree.[4][5]


The name Bellara was approved by the Queensland Place Names Board on 1 July 1961. It is an Aboriginal word meaning good. [2]

In the 2011 census, Bellara recorded a population of 3,157 people, 51.4% female and 48.6% male.[6] The median age of the Bellara population was 54 years, 17 years above the national median of 37. 77.2% of people living in Bellara were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 6.5%, New Zealand 3.9%, Scotland 1.1%, Germany 0.7%, Netherlands 0.6%. 92.6% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.4% French, 0.3% Tagalog, 0.3% German, 0.3% Italian, 0.2% Serbian.[6]

In the 2016 census Bellara had a population of 3,225 people.[1]


There are no schools in Bellara. The nearest government primary schools are Banksia Beach State School in neighbouring Banksia Beach to the north and Bribie Island State School in neighbouring Bongaree to the south. The nearest government secondary school is Bribie Island State High School, also in Bongaree.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Bellara (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Bellara – suburb in Moreton Bay Region (entry 45492)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Mountain ranges beaches and sea passages - Queensland". Queensland Open Data. Queensland Government. 12 November 2020. Archived from the original on 25 November 2020. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Sylvan Beach – beach in Moreton Bay Regional (entry 33025)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  6. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Bellara (Caboolture Shire) (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 June 2008. Edit this at Wikidata

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