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Logan CityQueensland
The post office and veterinary surgery, Jimboomba.
Jimboomba is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°50′S 153°02′E / 27.833°S 153.033°E / -27.833; 153.033Coordinates: 27°50′S 153°02′E / 27.833°S 153.033°E / -27.833; 153.033
Population13,201 (2016 census)[1]
Location41 km (25 mi) south of Brisbane CBD
LGA(s)Logan City
State electorate(s)Logan
Federal Division(s)Wright
Localities around Jimboomba:
South Maclean Stockleigh Logan Village
Jimboomba Tamborine
Cedar Grove Cedar Vale Mundoolun

Jimboomba is a town and locality in Logan City, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, Jimboomba had a population of 13,201 people.[1]


The original spelling was Gimboomba, named after a sheep and livestock station based where the township is today, stretching some distance north, east and south to neighbouring areas. Gimboomba is a Gugingin word (the First Australian peoples of the area, of Yugambeh country) meaning place of loud thunder and little rain. A culture trail celebrating First Australian culture is based at a local primary school bearing the name 'Loud Thunder' paying respect to its traditional owners. It was leased for grazing in those days and was taken up by Thomas Dowse during 1845–48. It was then transferred to Sydney publican Robert Rowlands and was later taken up by Andrew Inglis Henderson in 1851 to be used as a sheep run and subsequently for cattle grazing.[4]

Jimboomba railway station (27°49′48″S 153°02′00″E / 27.8300°S 153.0333°E / -27.8300; 153.0333 (Jimboomba railway station)) was on the disused Beaudesert railway line from Bethania to Beaudesert that was established to service the abattoir in Beaudesert.[5] The line opened on 16 May 1888.[6] The line was closed in 1995 and then reopened and operated as a tourist service as far as Logan Village by railway enthusiasts from 1999 until mid-2004. Funds were harder to raise and depleted quickly for the line so it was closed permanently.[7]

Jimboomba Timber Reserve Provisional School opened circa 1899. In 1906 it was renamed Martindale Provisional School. On 1 January 1909 it became Martindale State School. It was in the area of Gittins Road (now in Riverbend, approx 27°50′02″S 152°57′15″E / 27.8340°S 152.9541°E / -27.8340; 152.9541 (Martindale State School)).[8] It closed in 1922.[9] The school building was then relocated to Cedar Grove, where it opened as Cedar Grove State School in 1923. It closed in 1965.[10]

Jimboomba Provisional School opened on 12 May 1890, becoming Jimboomba State School on 1 June 1900.[11][12]

Formerly in the Shire of Beaudesert, Jimboomba became part of Logan City following the local government amalgamations in March 2008.

On 29 September 2017, areas in the east of the locality were excised to create the new localities of Glenlogan and Riverbend and to allow for the expansion of the boundaries of Flagstone and South Maclean.[3]


Payne Bridge over the Logan River, 2011
Old low-level bridge across the Logan River, 2011

Jimboomba is situated on the Mount Lindesay Highway, 40 kilometres (25 mi) south of Brisbane central business district. The western part of Jimboomba is bordered by the new suburb of Glen Logan and the Logan River; the only bridge within the locality is Payne Bridge on Cusack Lane (27°49′14″S 153°00′15″E / 27.82068°S 153.00428°E / -27.82068; 153.00428 (Payne Bridge)). There is a low-level older bridge immediately to the north of Payne Bridge but this cannot be used by vehicular traffic.

The Queensland government's current plan is that Jimboomba will become a major residential and business area within the Brisbane metropolitan region and is Brisbanes southern entrance. The new suburb of Flagstone which is to the west of Jimboomba sometimes gets confused with the townships of Flagstone Creek and Upper Flagstone which are decades-old towns in the Lockyer Valley Region. Flagstone is one of eight suburbs that makes up the Greater Flagstone Priority Development Area, which will house up to 150,000 additional residents in coming decades.


Cattle grazing, dairy farming and hobby farms are the historical industries. However, Jimboomba now has a growing industrial area that provides services for vehicles, irrigation and home-water supplies, produce supplies, light manufacturing and landscape gardening.


It has a large number of services, including a Fire and Rescue (auxiliary) station and permanent ambulance service, a police station, a State Emergency Services depot, domestic shopping, hotel, and medical-dental services.

The Logan City Council operate a public library at 18 - 22 Honora Street.[13]


There are five schools in Jimboomba:[14]

Greater Flagstone urban development[edit]

The suburb of Flagstone started off on the eastern side of the Sydney to Brisbane railway line and has now expanded west over the railway line where the proposed town centre will be constructed. More residential developments are starting in Undullah and will expand north into South Maclean, Monarch Glen, Flinders Lakes, Silverbark Ridge, New Beith and Greenbank. This is known as the Greater Flagstone development area. The total area encompassed by the project is 7,188 hectares (17,760 acres).[20] Final approval for the project was granted in October 2011.[21]


In the 2016 census, Jimboomba recorded a population of 13,201 people, 49.4% female and 50.6% male.[1]

The median age of the Jimboomba population was 34 years, 4 years below the national median of 38.[1]

78.75% of people living in Jimboomba were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 5.2%, England 4.8%, Scotland 0.6%, South Africa 0.6%, Scotland 0.5%, Netherlands 0.4%.[1]

91% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.5% Hmong, 0.3% Cantonese, 0.2% Dutch, 0.2% German, 0.2% Japanese.[1]

Sport and recreation[edit]

A number of well-known sporting teams represent the local area, including the Jimboomba Thunder, the rugby league club that plays home games at Jimboomba Park and the Jimboomba Redbacks AFL club that plays home games at Glenlogan Park. Glenlogan Park is also home to the Jimboomba Cricket Club. The club is represented by The Mad Dogs in the Div 2 competition.

There are large numbers of horses kept on or near residential properties for riding, for pleasure and for competition.

Jimboomba is home to the Jimboomba X Stadium, Jimboomba's own extreme sports outdoor venue. Holding events such as 2014 QLD Supercross Championship, 2015 QLD Stadium X Series & two rounds of the 2015 Australian Supercross Championship, Jimboomba X Stadium is located at Hills International College grounds. The opening round of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship is set to be held at the Jimboomba X Stadium on 17 September.

In popular culture[edit]

In Civilization: Beyond Earth, "Jimboomba" is the default name for the second colony established by the Polystralian faction.


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  2. ^ "Jimboomba – town in Logan City (entry 17200)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Jimboomba – locality in Logan City (entry 50114)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Jimboomba". Logan City Council.
  5. ^ "Jimboomba – railway station in Logan City (entry 17202)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  6. ^ Kerr, John (1990). Triumph of narrow gauge : a history of Queensland Railways. Boolarong Publications. p. 224. ISBN 978-0-86439-102-5.
  7. ^ Jason Koutsoukis (17 February 2005). "PM admits rail line was not viable". The Age. The Age Company Ltd. Retrieved 28 June 2011.
  8. ^ "Jimboomba". Logan City Council. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  9. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  10. ^ "Agency ID 6292, Cedar Grove State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  11. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Agency ID 5355, Jimboomba State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  13. ^ "Jimboomba Library". Logan City Council. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Queensland State and Non-State Schools". Queensland Government. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  15. ^ "Jimboomba SS". Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  16. ^ "Flagstone SS". Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  17. ^ "Flagstone SCC". Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  18. ^ "Emmaus College". Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  19. ^ "私立在外教育施設一覧" (). Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. 9 August 2004. Retrieved on 6 April 2015. "サウスクイーンズランドアカデミー LOT4 JOHANNA ST.JIMBOOMBA,QUEENSLAND 4280 AUSTRALIA"
  20. ^ "Greater Flagstone". Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning. 21 November 2013. Archived from the original on 9 January 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  21. ^ "Greater Flagstone". Logan City Council. Archived from the original on 5 January 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2014.

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