Joyner, Queensland

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Moreton Bay RegionQueensland
Lake Samsonvale - panoramio.jpg
Lake Samsonvale at Joyner, 2011
Joyner is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°16′27″S 152°56′18″E / 27.2741°S 152.9383°E / -27.2741; 152.9383Coordinates: 27°16′27″S 152°56′18″E / 27.2741°S 152.9383°E / -27.2741; 152.9383
Population2,844 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density316.0/km2 (818/sq mi)
Area9.0 km2 (3.5 sq mi)
Location23 km (14 mi) NNW of Brisbane GPO
LGA(s)Moreton Bay Region
State electorate(s)Kurwongbah
Federal Division(s)Dickson
Suburbs around Joyner:
Whiteside Whiteside Petrie
Cashmere Joyner Lawnton
Cashmere Warner Bray Park

Joyner is a suburb in the Moreton Bay Region, Queensland, Australia.[2] It is part of the Brisbane metropolitan area. In the 2016 census, Joyner had a population of 2,833 people.[1]


Joyner is located east of, and is contiguous with Lake Samsonvale. The area was originally known as Harrisons Pocket before the modern day adaptation and implementation of the name Joyner.

Essentially, the Joyner area may be considered as one of the numerous sub-catchments of the North Pine River drainage basin. This basin extends from the western ranges all the way to Moreton Bay.

Joyner is 11 kilometres from the sea.

The origin of the name Joyner is from the Joyner family, early settlers in the area.[3]


Prior to white settlement the Joyner area and beyond was occupied by the aboriginal Turbal tribe who survived by hunting and gathering.

William Joyner, from Berkeley, Gloucester, England, arrived in Sydney in 1841, and in 1844 set out with a friend named Mason in a bullock dray, heading north to look for grazing land. He eventually selected 400 square miles south of the North Pine River. That land includes the present day locality of Joyner. William Joyner established the station "Samson Vale" in 1845. A thriving rural community developed thereafter in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

After the pioneering era, the area we now call Joyner, came into contact with several thousand American and Australian troops stationed in the locality to train and prepare, before being sent north to fight the Japanese in the Pacific during WW2.

The next most notable historical event was the establishment of the North Pine Dam, which dislocated farming activities, starting with surveying of the future impoundment in the fifties, and ending when Lake Samsonvale was filled in 1975 flooding numerous farms. This event all but destroyed a thriving rural community that had existed for over 100 years in the North Pine River valley.

In the 2011 census, Joyner had a population of 2,766 people.[4]


The most notable feature of the area is the North Pine Dam and Treatment Plant which supplies a significant volume of potable water to the Moreton Bay Region and Brisbane City utilising water from Lake Samsonvale. The Plant supplies water in the order of 100ML per day.

Joyner is also home to the bus depot of Thompsons Bus Service, which operates bus services mostly in the Pine Rivers District area.


Forgan Road which runs along the eastern shore of Lake Samsonvale, gives access to popular fishing and picnic spots making the area a valuable recreational resource for locals and visitors. Important centres for recreational activities exist at Bullocky Rest and also at Forgan Cove, near the intersection with Samsonvale Road. Forgan Cove has been designated as a zone for paddle craft use by the public on the lake.

Lake Samsonvale is stocked with several native fish species. These facilities have been provided by the South East Queensland Water Board.[5][6]

One Mile Creek more or less bisects Joyner south-west to north-east and enters the North Pine River south of Nelson Road. Pleasant parks have been established along the creek banks in several areas adding to the amenity of the locality.[7]

Joyner is also home to a popular YMCA camp, Camp Warrawee, off Byrnes Road North, and bordered by the North Pine River on the northern and western sides. The camp has been established for many decades and utilises the river for many recreational and youth development activities such as canoeing. The Camp has accommodation for 232.[8]

At the confluence of North Pine River and Sideling Creek off Youngs Crossing Road, a large sand bank forms the basis for a popular swimming and fishing area. This natural feature has been enhanced with facilities provided by Moreton Bay Regional Council.[9]

Although Joyner has few commercial facilities of its own, amenities such as shops, schools, churches, medical clinics etc. are available in the adjoining localities, many right on the Joyner locality boundary.


In the 2011 census, Joyner recorded a population of 2,766 people, 48.8% female and 51.2% male.

The median age of the Joyner population was 34 years, 3 years below the national median of 37.

Of people living in Joyner, 78.7% were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand (5.1%), England (4.1%), South Africa (2.5%), Ireland (0.4%), and Fiji (0.4%).

Of the people 92% spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were Afrikaans (0.8%), Hindi (0.4%), Spanish (0.4%), Samoan, and Italian (0.3%).

A significant proportion of Joyner allotments are larger sized acreage blocks.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "2016 Community Profiles: Joyner (State Suburb)". 2016 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 26 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Joyner (entry 45440)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Pine Rivers other historical topics - Samsonvale Run". Moreton Bay Regional Council. Archived from the original on 3 October 2009. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
  4. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Joyner (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 February 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  5. ^ "Bullocky Rest: Lake Samsonvale". Visit Moreton Bay Region. Archived from the original on 19 April 2018. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Lake Samsonvale". Visit Moreton Bay Region. Archived from the original on 19 April 2018. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Joyner". Queensland Places. Archived from the original on 23 September 2018. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Warrawee". YMCA Camping. 1 January 2018. Archived from the original on 11 September 2018. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Warrawee". YMCA Camping. Archived from the original on 11 September 2018. Retrieved 27 October 2018.

External links[edit]

  • "Joyner". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland.