|LGA(s)||Moreton Bay Region|
Donnybrook is a small village 60 kilometres (37 mi) north of Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, Australia. At the 2011 census, its population was 461. The closest major population centre is Caboolture, 20 kilometres (12 mi) to the west.
The town name was approved by the Queensland Place Names Board on 1 October 1975. The name appears to be derived from a corroboree site, or because of fights amongst oyster gatherers at weekend camps. The town started out as a small fishing community but has since developed into a minor tourist destination.
In 1985, an unsealed road running along the waterfront was named Grant Lane after Robert Grant (1895 – 15 November 1991) for his 90th birthday, a popular local who everyone knew as "Pop". A few years later the road was sealed after he had complained for years of the dust produced by all the passers-by.
Sand mining and sewerage works have recently been proposed for the area.
In the 2011 Census the population of Donnybrook is 461, 48.6% female and 51.4% male.
The median/average age of the Donnybrook population is 53 years of age, 16 years above the Australian average.
87.3% of people living in Donnybrook were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 4.8%, Germany 1.1%, Netherlands 1.1%, Papua New Guinea 1.1%, Wales 0.9%.
93.7% of people speak English as their first language 1.1% Greek, 0% Welsh, 0% Celtic, nec, 0% Irish, 0% Gaelic (Scotland).
There are a number of activities available at Donnybrook. Although commercial fishing many years ago has reduced the quantity and quality of catches, fishing is the most popular, due to its proximity to Pumicestone Passage which opens up in Moreton Bay to the south, and Caloundra to the north. The passage separates Bribie Island from the mainland. It is frequented by dolphins, dugongs and turtles and parts of it have been declared a Marine Park. Mud crabs were once sizeable and in abundance.
Camping and caravan sites are available. Water sports such as sailing and wind surfing are available along the passage, but normally require travelling to Bribie Island.
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