Forestdale, Queensland

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Logan CityQueensland
Forestdale Drive Forestdale.jpg
Forestdale Drive, 2014
Forestdale is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°39′50″S 153°00′06″E / 27.6638°S 153.0016°E / -27.6638; 153.0016Coordinates: 27°39′50″S 153°00′06″E / 27.6638°S 153.0016°E / -27.6638; 153.0016
Population2,531 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density415/km2 (1,075/sq mi)
Area6.1 km2 (2.4 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)Logan City
State electorate(s)Algester
Federal division(s)Wright
Suburbs around Forestdale:
Heathwood Larapinta Parkinson
Greenbank Forestdale Hillcrest
Greenbank Greenbank Boronia Heights

Forestdale is a suburb of Logan City, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Forestdale had a population of 2,531 people.[1]


Forestdale is bounded to the west by the Brisbane-to-Sydney railway line and by Johnson Road to the north.[3]

Oxley Creek flows through the suburb from the south-west (Greenbank) to the north (Heathwood/Larapinta).[3]

Forestdale is named as such due to the lack of tree clearance compared to surrounding suburbs, although the risk of bushfire is greater than its neighbouring suburbs.[citation needed] "Forest" is from the modern day English word meaning a dense growth of trees and "dale" is originated from Middle English meaning a man who lived in the valley.[4] The suffix is a reference to Robin Hood, an archer according to medieval folk tales. Many of the streets in the suburb are named after characters from Robin Hood stories.[5]

Apart from substantial areas of reserve land, some market gardening, retail and minor pockets of farmland destined for development, Forestdale is residential in nature. Most houses are large and sit on extensive blocks of land.


Forestdale is a subdivision of and previously part of Browns Plains.

In the 2011 census, the population of Forestdale was 2,520, 48.6% female and 51.4% male.[6] The median age of the Forestdale population was 39 years, 2 years above the national median of 37. 71.4% of people living in Forestdale were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 6.3%, New Zealand 3.5%, Taiwan 1.9%, Vietnam 1.4%, South Africa 1.2%. 81.7% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 2.7% Mandarin, 2.3% Vietnamese, 1.4% Spanish, 1% Cantonese, 1% Greek.[6]

In the 2016 census, Forestdale had a population of 2,531 people.[1]


There are no schools in Forestdale. The nearest primary schools are in neighbouring Boronia Heights and nearby Regents Park and Browns Plains. The nearest secondary schools are Forest Lake State High School (in Forest Lake), Stretton State College (in Stretton), Browns Plains State High School (in Browns Plains) and Park Ridge State High School (in Park Ridge).[3]

Greenwood Lakes[edit]

The Greenwood Lakes wetland with high conservation values is found in Forestdale. Visitors to the park may undertake bushwalking, walk the dog, bird watching and use the picnic tables, boardwalk and viewing platform provided.[7] A large lakes and terraced banks along Oxley Creek were created by commercial sand extraction operations in the area.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Forestdale (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Forestdale – suburb in City of Logan (entry 45265)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  4. ^ Surname Meanings and Origins Archived 20 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Forestdale History". Archived from the original on 16 February 2008. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  6. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Forestdale (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 March 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  7. ^ a b "Greenwood Lakes". Logan City Council. Archived from the original on 14 September 2014. Retrieved 14 September 2014.

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