Browns Plains, Queensland

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Browns Plains
Logan CityQueensland
Browns Plains Plaza.jpg
Grand Plaza Shopping Centre, 2014
Browns Plains is located in Queensland
Browns Plains
Browns Plains
Coordinates27°39′40″S 153°03′05″E / 27.6611°S 153.0513°E / -27.6611; 153.0513 (Browns Plains (centre of suburb))Coordinates: 27°39′40″S 153°03′05″E / 27.6611°S 153.0513°E / -27.6611; 153.0513 (Browns Plains (centre of suburb))
Population6,309 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,402/km2 (3,630/sq mi)
Area4.5 km2 (1.7 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)Logan City
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)Rankin
Suburbs around Browns Plains:
Parkinson Drewvale Berrinba
Parkinson Browns Plains Berrinba
Hillcrest Regents Park Heritage Park

Browns Plains is a suburb in the City of Logan, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Browns Plains had a population of 6,309 people.[1]

Browns Plains is generally used as a name for both the Browns Plains suburb and the former estates which all utilise the 4118 Postcode Hillcrest, Forestdale, Regents Park and Heritage Park. Browns Plains has been identified in the South East Queensland Regional Plan as an outer city regional centre.[citation needed]


The suburb's western boundary is marked by the Mount Lindesay Highway.[citation needed]

Scrubby Creek, a tributary of Slacks Creek, which is itself a tributary of the Logan River, is the main waterway in the area.[citation needed]


The names Browns Plains became in use as a place name in 1840. The district was mostly used for growing tobacco until the 1950s .[3] The first Cobb and Co coach services were running through Browns Plains as early as 1863.[4]

In 1872, George Stretton operated a post office from his accommodation house in Browns Plains.[citation needed]

Brown's Plains Provisional School opened circa 1878 open on site of Waller Park, only to close due to effects of major drought in 1902.[5]

Greenbank and Browns Plains telephone lines were installed in 1938.[citation needed]

A post office and store opened in 1956, with the post office being named Brownsleigh. The following year Scrubby Creek Bridge was built over Browns Plains Road.[citation needed]

In 1966, Beaudesert Shire employed consultant town planner and architect James Birrell.[citation needed]

Beaudesert Shire gazetted[clarification needed] the old Browns Plains School site as waste treatment plant and refuse depot (now known as Waller Park).[citation needed]

Browns Plains Tavern opened in 1976.[citation needed]

A new post office was opened in 1980 and the name reverted to Browns Plains.[6]

St Bernardine's Catholic School opened on 27 January 1982; it is now within the neighbouring suburb of Regents Park.[5]

Browns Plains State School opened on 24 January 1983.[5][7]

Westpoint Shopping Centre opened in 1984 with Waller Park established that same year.[citation needed]

Browns Plains State High School opened on 29 January 1985.[5][7]

The new Logan West Library, which replaced the old one near the Greenbank RSL, opened in 2003.[8]

In the 2011 census, Browns Plains had a population of 5,574 people.[citation needed]

In the 2016 census, Browns Plains recorded a population of 6,309 people, 50.5% female and 49.5% male.[1] The median age of the Browns Plains population was 32 years, six years below the national median of 38. 59.8% of people living in Browns Plains were born in Australia, slightly lower than the national average of 66.7%. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 9.2%, England 2.1%, Philippines 1.8%, India 1.6% and China 1.3%. 69.7% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 2.8% Mandarin, 1.5% Samoan, 1.3% Hindi and 1.2% Urdu.[1]


Browns Plains State School, 2014

Browns Plains State School is a government primary (Early Childhood-6) school for boys and girls at 1-29 Mayfair Drive (27°40′04″S 153°03′16″E / 27.6677°S 153.0545°E / -27.6677; 153.0545 (Browns Plains State School)).[9][10] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 551 students with 45 teachers (42 full-time equivalent) and 30 non-teaching staff (19 full-time equivalent).[11] It includes a special education program.[9]

Browns Plains State High School is a government secondary (7-12) school for boys and girls in Ivor Street (27°40′12″S 153°03′14″E / 27.6699°S 153.0540°E / -27.6699; 153.0540 (Browns Plains State High School)).[9][12] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 988 students with 88 teachers (84 full-time equivalent) and 47 non-teaching staff (33 full-time equivalent).[11] It includes a special education program.[9]


Acacia Park, 2014

Browns Plains consists of numerous commercial facilities on Browns Plains Road, including the Grand Plaza Shopping Centre, which opened in 1994 and was extended 13 years later. Grand Plaza has 170 specialty stores, Big W, Target, Kmart, Woolworths, Coles, Aldi and an Event Cinema complex.[13]

The Logan City Council operate the Logan West public library at 69 Grand Plaza Drive.[14]

There are a number of parks in the suburb, including:


Browns Plains frequently has visits from the circus and other events on the vacant land in between Waller Park and Forest Glen Park.[citation needed]


Browns Plains Grand Plaza is a terminus for Brisbane City bus services, making it an important transport hub connecting Logan City and Brisbane City bus services.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Browns Plains (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Browns Plains – suburb in City of Logan (entry 47118)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  3. ^ Howells, Mary (2006), Ridge to ridge : recollections from Woodridge to Park Ridge (1st ed.), Logan City Council, ISBN 978-0-9750519-2-4
  4. ^ Starr, Joan. Logan, the man, the river and the city. Tenterfield, New South Wales: Southern Cross PR and Press Services. p. 50. ISBN 0958802114. Archived from the original on 1 December 2021. Retrieved 3 December 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  6. ^ "Browns Plains" (PDF). Logan City Council Libraries. Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 April 2019. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Public Libraries Statistical Bulletin 2016-17" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. November 2017. p. 14. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Browns Plains State School". Archived from the original on 12 March 2020. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  11. ^ a b "ACARA School Profile 2018". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Archived from the original on 27 August 2020. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  12. ^ "Browns Plains State High School". Archived from the original on 11 January 2019. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  13. ^ Grand Plaza website Archived 2 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 13 September 2012.
  14. ^ "Logan West Library". Logan City Council. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Land for public recreation - Queensland". Queensland Open Data. Queensland Government. 20 November 2020. Archived from the original on 22 November 2020. Retrieved 22 November 2020.

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