Bellbowrie, Queensland

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Check Point at the intersection of Moggill and Birkin Roads in Bellbowrie.jpg
Check Point at the intersection of Moggill and Birkin Roads in Bellbowrie, 2011
Population5,462 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density958/km2 (2,482/sq mi)
Area5.7 km2 (2.2 sq mi)
Location17 km (11 mi) from Brisbane GPO
LGA(s)City of Brisbane
(Pullenvale Ward)[2]
State electorate(s)Moggill
Federal Division(s)Ryan
Suburbs around Bellbowrie:
Anstead Anstead Pinjarra Hills
Anstead Bellbowrie Riverhills
Moggill Moggill Moggill

Bellbowrie is a suburb of the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[3] Bellbowrie lies 17 kilometres (11 mi) west-southwest of Brisbane's city centre. It is a rapidly developing semi-rural area due to Brisbane's growth heading in a westwards direction.


Bellbowrie is on the northern bank of the Brisbane River. Moggill Road, which bisects the suburb, is a main thoroughfare for traffic passing from Ipswich to central Brisbane. Commuters may use the Moggill Ferry to gain access to Moggill Road as an alternative to the Centenary Highway. Neighbouring suburbs include: Moggill, Pullenvale, Pinjarra Hills and Anstead.

The streetscape in Bellbowrie benefits from the provision of underground power and there are few power poles to be seen.

Bellbowrie is part of the Pullenvale Ward for Brisbane City Council Elections as well as the seat of Moggill for state elections and the seat of Ryan for federal elections.


In the 2011 census, Bellbowrie recorded a population of 5,462 people; 51% female and 49% male.[1]

The median age of the Bellbowrie population was 40 years of age, higher than the national median of 38. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 20.7% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 13.5% of the population.[1]

64.0% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were England 9.3%, South Africa 4.7% and New Zealand 3.3%. 85.7% of people only spoke English at home.[1]

The most common responses for religion were No Religion 32.4%, Catholic 19.5%, Anglican 15.9% and Uniting Church 7.3%.[1]


The initial subdivisions in the area were commenced in the early 1970s. Development slowed in the aftermath of the 1974 Brisbane flood which saw much of the eastern, lower-lying areas of the suburb badly inundated with water. Since the construction of the Wivenhoe Dam in the 1980s the fear of floods was reduced and development increased. Many acreage owners are subdividing their properties and as a consequence, significant areas of bushland are being cleared. Several new housing estates began development in 2001 on land that used to be pineapple farms.

In the 2011 Brisbane floods, the Brisbane River rose significantly and some small areas of Bellbowrie were flooded. However, of greater concern was the inundation of access roads to the area, isolating a number of suburbs including Bellbowrie including the loss of electricity and telecommunications and a shortage of food with the supermarket inundated. The Uniting Church acted as an evacuation centre for those whose homes were flooded and as a communal food bank which received supplies of necessities via helicopter.[4][5][6]

Moggill Cemetery[edit]

Moggill Cemetery is located on the eastern side of Moggill Road, Bellbowrie in subdivision 2 of portions 7 & 8, County of Stanley, Parish of Moggill. In March 1851, the original land owner, Joseph Lewis, purchased portions 7 & 8. It is believed portions 7 & 8 was used as church graveyard, circa 1855, only clues remain as to the exact location of the associated, possibly Methodist, chapel. George Mounser, who accidentally drowned at Moggill on 4 March 1855, is assumed to have been the first person buried in the graveyard.

In 1865, the land was sanctioned as a Cemetery. In June 1921, the Governor, Sir Matthew Nathan, ordered that the cemetery be permanently reserved and placed under the control of trustees: John Anstead, John Bird, Maurice William Doyle, Norman Charles Robert Sexton and Frederick Charles Sugars (Government Gazette, 25 June 1921, p 2011). In February 1922, the land was resumed by the Crown (Certificate of Title, no. 270863).In July 1930, the Governor, Sir Thomas Herbert Goodwin, passed control of Moggill Cemetery over to the Brisbane City Council (Government Gazette, 21 July 1930, p. 42).[7][8]


Bellbowrie has an abundance of recreational facilities such as many off-leash areas for dogs to play in. The suburb also borders the Brisbane River and some residents have boat ramps in order to access it.

Bellbowrie is serviced by a weekly visit of the Brisbane City Council's mobile library service in the Bellbowrie Shopping Plaza carpark, off Birkin Road.[9]


There are two schools in the area: Moggill State Primary School and Pullenvale State Primary School.

Social organisations[edit]

A number of community groups are active in the area, including:

  • Rural Environmental Planning Association Inc.
  • Rural Environmental Planning Association Inc.[10]
  • Moggill Girl Guides[11]
  • Moggill Scout Group[12]

Bellbowrie is part of the 'Tyakunda Scout District', Tyakunda being an Aboriginal word meaning 'land of the rolling hills'[1]. The local Scout group is called "Moggill Scout Group", and is named so as Moggill was the original name of the area.

The Moggill branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at the Bellbowrie Community Church at 3077 Moggill Road.[13]

Sporting clubs[edit]

The Bellbowrie Sports & Recreation Club Inc., known locally as the "sports & rec" or "the club", located in Sugarwood Street, is the home ground of several sporting clubs:

The Bellbowrie Sports & Recreation Club Inc. [2] also has a skate park, cricket nets and a multiple use tennis and basketball court (which is no longer left open for all hours access and free public use).

A Brisbane City Council public swimming pool,[18] by award-winning architects bureau^proberts[19] is located in Sugarwood Street and hosts the Bellbowrie Swimming Club.[20]


  1. ^ a b c d e Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Bellbowrie (State Suburbs)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 April 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Pullenvale Ward". Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 12 March 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Bellbowrie (entry 41503)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  4. ^ Calligeros, Marissa (15 January 2011). "Residents of 'forgotten suburbs' vent anger". Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 28 June 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Floodwaters recede to reveal ugly aftermath". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 January 2011. Archived from the original on 30 October 2016. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  6. ^ Hurst, Daniel (5 May 2011). "Flood supply efforts 'obstructed'". Brisbane Times. Archived from the original on 15 April 2018. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  7. ^ Brisbane City Council Historic Cemeteries Archived 14 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 24 September 2010
  8. ^ Bruce Sugars Local History of Moggill Archived 27 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 24 September 2010
  9. ^ "Mobile library services". Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  10. ^ Rural Environmental Planning Association Inc Archived 6 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Australia, Girl Guides Queensland. "Girl Guides Queensland". Archived from the original on 9 March 2018. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Moggill Scout Group". Archived from the original on 23 July 2017. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Branch Locations". Queensland Country Women's Association. Archived from the original on 26 December 2018. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  14. ^ Bellbowrie Hockey Club Inc. Archived 4 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 17 September 2010
  15. ^ Moggill Football Club Inc. Archived 17 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 17 September 2010
  16. ^ Moggill Cricket Club Archived 2 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 17 September 2010
  17. ^ Moggill "Mustangs" Junior Australian Football Club Archived 24 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 17 September 2010
  18. ^ Brisbane City Council Swimming Pools Archived 12 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 17 September 2010
  19. ^ "BELLBOWRIE SWIMMING POOL GETS A PGH MAKEOVER | Indesignlive". Indesignlive | Daily Connection to Australian Architecture and Design. 2 February 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  20. ^ Bellbowrie Swimming Club Archived 18 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 17 September 2010

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Coordinates: 27°34′S 152°53′E / 27.567°S 152.883°E / -27.567; 152.883