Redland City, Queensland
Wentworth Drive, 2014
|Population||16,644 (2011 census)|
|Location||19 km (12 mi) from Brisbane GPO|
|State electorate(s)||Electoral district of Capalaba|
|Federal Division(s)||Division of Bowman|
The suburb has large shopping and commercial centres with two malls and a major bus station, as well as light industrial zones surrounded by bushland and residential streets, making it the second most populous suburb in the Redlands. Surrounding suburbs include Alexandra Hills, Birkdale, and Sheldon, also in Redland City, along with Burbank and Chandler (and formerly Capalaba West), which lie within Brisbane.
European settlement began in the 1850s, led by farmers, lumberjacks, and sawmill operators. The region soon became important in the overland trade link between the settlements of Brisbane and Cleveland. Crossings and bridges over Tingalpa Creek were established to facilitate such transport.
The suburb grew into the 20th century, becoming a major source of freshwater for the then Redland Shire in the 1960s, due to the construction of the Leslie Harrison Dam. This prompted further population growth, and the introduction of commercial and industrial areas still present today.
Capalaba West was a related suburb located on the opposite side of Tingalpa Creek, rendering it part of Brisbane rather than the Redlands. It retained the Capalaba name until 2010, when it became incorporated into the Brisbane suburb of Chandler.
In the 2011 Census, the population of Capalaba was 16,644, of which 50.5% were female and 49.5% were male. The median/average age of the Capalaba population is 36 years of age, 1 year below the Australian average.
76.1% of people living in Capalaba were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand (6.1%), England (4.7%), South Africa (1.0%), Scotland (0.9%), and the Philippines (0.6%). 90.3% of people speak English as their first language, with Turkish, German, Hindi, Italian, and Greek each being spoken by 0.4% of the population.
Major commercial and educational features of Capalaba include:
- Capalaba Park Shopping Centre
- Capalaba Central Shopping Centre
- Event Cinemas movie theatre
- Capalaba State College
- Coolnwynpin State School
- St Luke's Catholic Parish School
- Capalaba Library
- Redland City Council Chambers
- Redlands IndigiScapes Centre (environmental education centre)
- Capalaba bus station
- Leslie Harrison Dam on Tingalpa Creek
The Capalaba bus station connects the suburb to much of the Redlands and Eastern Brisbane. Services to Garden City bus station and the adjacent Upper Mount Gravatt busway station are operated by Mt Gravatt Bus Service, on behalf of TransLink. The suburb is also connected west to Carindale bus station and the Brisbane central business district, north to the Cleveland railway line, and east to Victoria Point bus station, through bus routes operated by Transdev Queensland on behalf of TransLink.
Capalaba is also the terminus for major roads crossing Tingalpa Creek from the City of Brisbane, including Old Cleveland Road and Mount Gravatt-Capalaba Road/Mount Cotton Road, both connecting directly to the Gateway Motorway.
- Capalaba District Junior Rugby League Football Club (aka the Capalaba Warriors)
- Capalaba Football Club (formerly the Capalaba Bulldogs), who play in the Brisbane Premier League
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