Highvale, Queensland

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Highvale is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°22′25″S 152°48′43″E / 27.3736°S 152.8119°E / -27.3736; 152.8119 (Highvale (centre of locality))Coordinates: 27°22′25″S 152°48′43″E / 27.3736°S 152.8119°E / -27.3736; 152.8119 (Highvale (centre of locality))
Population1,766 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density72.08/km2 (186.7/sq mi)
Area24.5 km2 (9.5 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)Moreton Bay Region
State electorate(s)Pine Rivers
Federal division(s)Dickson
Suburbs around Highvale:
Mount Glorious Cedar Creek Cedar Creek
Mount Nebo Highvale Samford Valley
Enoggera Reservoir Jollys Lookout Wights Mountain

Highvale is a rural residential locality in the Moreton Bay Region, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Highvale had a population of 1,766 people.[1]


The area is the headwaters of the South Pine River. In the north and west of the locality the elevation rises to heights greater than 500 m above sea level along the D'Aguilar Range. Highvale is positioned at the base of Mount Nebo and Mount Glorious.

The land use is a mix of rural residential living and grazing on native vegetation. Most of the land on the steep slopes of the D'Aguilar Range is not used.[3]


The locality was originally called Highlands after a property called "The Highlands", developed as a model dairy farm. It was bought in 1919 by Queensland Government to develop as banana farms for a soldier settlement.[2][4] In 1924 the Postmaster-General's Department wanted to erect a telephone line to the area but objected to the name Highlands as there was already another place with that name and Highvale was chosen as the replacement.[5]

Highlands State School opened on 7 February 1921. It was renamed Highvale State School in 1943. It closed on 29 January 1968.[6] The school was at 876 Mount Glorious Road (27°22′43″S 152°48′28″E / 27.3785°S 152.8078°E / -27.3785; 152.8078 (Highvale State School (former))).[7][3]

In the 2011 census, Highvale recorded a population of 1,545 people, 50.2% female and 49.8% male.[8] The median age of the Highvale population was 40 years, 3 years above the national median of 37. 75.5% of people living in Highvale were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 10.4%, New Zealand 3.4%, South Africa 1.2%, Germany 0.6%, Netherlands 0.5%. 93.4% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.6% Hungarian, 0.6% Italian, 0.4% German, 0.3% Japanese, 0.3% Thai.[8]

In 2015, the Samford Area Mens Shed opened at the entrance to the show grounds.[citation needed]

In the 2016 census, Highvale had a population of 1,766 people.[1]


There are no schools in Highvale. The nearest primary schools are Samford State School in Samford Village to the east and Mount Nebo State School in neighbouring Mount Nebo to the west. The nearest secondary school is Ferny Grove State High School at Ferny Grove to the south-east.[3]


Highvale is home to an active horse riding community with local tracks and many horse-centric events occurring annually, including riding for the disabled.[citation needed]

Despite the name, the Samford Showground is in Highvale. Also known as Denis Goodwin Reserve, it is at 40 Showgrounds Drive (27°22′11″S 152°49′15″E / 27.36976°S 152.82072°E / -27.36976; 152.82072 (Samford Showgrounds)).[9]

Highvale has an active Baháʼí Faith community, which offers children's classes in the local village aimed at increasing youth involvement in the community as well as spiritual growth and self-awareness.[citation needed]


The Samford Show is held annually in July at the Samford Show grounds[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Highvale (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Highvale – locality in Moreton Bay Region (entry 50232)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  4. ^ "THE HIGHLANDS". The Brisbane Courier. No. 22, 660. Queensland, Australia. 13 September 1930. p. 9. Archived from the original on 18 February 2021. Retrieved 18 February 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "SAMFORD". The Brisbane Courier. No. 20, 650. Queensland, Australia. 29 March 1924. p. 11. Archived from the original on 18 February 2021. Retrieved 18 February 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  7. ^ "Queensland Twenty Chain series sheet 2539" (Map). Queensland Government. 1952. Archived from the original on 26 May 2022. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  8. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Highvale (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 October 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  9. ^ "Building points - Queensland". Queensland Open Data. Queensland Government. 17 November 2020. Archived from the original on 25 November 2020. Retrieved 25 November 2020.

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

  • "Highvale". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland.
  • "The Highlands". The Brisbane Courier. No. 22, 660. Queensland, Australia. 13 September 1930. p. 9 – via National Library of Australia.