Bethania, Queensland

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Logan CityQueensland
Bethania sign.jpg
Albert Street, 2014
Population4,590 (2011 census)[1]
Location30 km (19 mi) from Brisbane CBD
LGA(s)Logan City
State electorate(s)Waterford
Federal Division(s)Forde
Suburbs around Bethania:
Loganlea Meadowbrook Tanah Merah
Loganlea Bethania Loganholme
Waterford West Waterford Edens Landing

Bethania is a suburb of Logan City, Queensland, Australia.[2] It is situated on the main Beenleigh railway line and lies south of the Logan River. The lower lying areas near the river occasionally suffer floods.[3]

A separate branch railway leaves the South Coast railway line at Bethania and runs to Beaudesert. It has been out of commission since August 2004.


The Logan River and lower grazing lands prone to floods seen from Meadowbrook, 2013

In the 2011 census, Bethania recorded a population of 4,590 people, 53.3% female and 46.7% male.[1] The median age of the Bethania population was 41 years, 4 years above the national median of 37.[1] 68.7% of people living in Bethania were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 6.6%, New Zealand 6%, Scotland 1.4%, Philippines 0.9%, Germany 0.9%.[1] 86.9% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.8% Spanish, 0.5% German, 0.5% Hindi, 0.4% Tagalog, 0.3% Samoan.[1]


Bethania Lutheran Church and bell tower, 2005

Bethania was founded by Germans during the 1860s and is home to many different nationalities. By 1866 a small township had developed. It is believed the name is derived from Bethany, the biblical village in Israel.[2][4]

A Lutheran church was built in 1864 made from slabs on what is now the railway line. A cemetery was established beside the church with graves from 1866. In 1872 the present church was built close to the first church (27°41′29″S 153°09′41″E / 27.691361°S 153.161392°E / -27.691361; 153.161392 (Bethania Lutheran Church)). The road to the church became known as Church Road.[5]

The first railway bridge was destroyed by flood in 1887. A new concrete, steel and timber bridge lasted until 1972 when it was replaced by a pre-stressed concrete bridge.[4]

The suburb was affected badly by the 1974 Brisbane flood. Duck Island became part of the suburb when part of the river was silted up.[4] Sand and gravel has been mined from the alluvial deposits in recent years.

Heritage listings[edit]

Bethania has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Bethania has one school, Bethania Lutheran Primary School, which opened on 27 January 1976.[6]


Bethania railway station provides access to regular Queensland Rail City network services to Brisbane and Beenleigh.


  1. ^ a b c d e Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Bethania (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 April 2013. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Bethania (entry 47854)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Natural Hazard (Flood) Management Areas - Overlay Map OM17-1" (PDF). Gold Coast City Council. 2008. Archived (PDF) from the original on 5 December 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Howells, Mary (2003). Logan River Tinnie Trail. Logan City Council. pp. 42, 70–72. ISBN 0975051903.
  5. ^ a b "Bethania Lutheran Church (entry 600002)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 16 April 2014.

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Coordinates: 27°41′S 153°10′E / 27.683°S 153.167°E / -27.683; 153.167