Lota, Queensland

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Foreshore reserve Lota.jpg
Moreton Bay and foreshore reserve, 2014
Population3,256 (2016 census)[1]
Location17 km (11 mi) from Brisbane GPO
LGA(s)City of Brisbane (Wynnum Manly Ward)[2]
State electorate(s)Lytton
Federal division(s)Bonner
Suburbs around Lota:
Wynnum West Manly Moreton Bay
Manly West Lota Moreton Bay
Wakerley Ransome Thorneside
William Duckett White

Lota is an eastern outer coastal suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[3] In the 2016 census, Lota recorded a population of 3,256 people.[1]


Lota is 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) east of the CBD. The south and east of the suburb is dominated by the mudflats and mangrove wetlands of Lota Creek and Waterloo Bay. To the west and north, the land rises towards the heights of Manly and Manly West.

The suburb is of primarily post-war residential make-up but is gradually being developed with modern beachside properties.


Lota, near the foreshore, circa 1935

This part of Moreton Bay was originally occupied by the semi-nomadic Mipirimm subclan of the Quandamooka people. Lota and neighbouring suburb Manly were and continue to be known as Narlung to the Quandamooka people,[4] likely meaning 'the place of long shadows'.[5] The name ningi ningi (meaning 'oysters') may also have been used in relation to the area of Lota near the creek.[6]

Lota was acquired by Irish-born politician and pastoralist William Duckett White in 1860, following sub-division of the lands from Lytton to Fig Tree Point. The first Queensland Premier, Robert Herbert, entered into a partnership with Duckett White for some of the land.[7] The suburb is named after Duckett White's residence, Lota House, built in 1863.[8] Lota House was the heart of a productive estate, with sugar cane and fodder grown on the flats near the creek and orchards planted on higher ground near Macdonald Street.[9] Aboriginal and South Sea Islander people worked the property, camping to the west of Lota House.[10][6] Other major Quandamooka campsites in the area in the mid-1800s were located in Manly and Wynnum.

Duckett White's land was first subdivided in 1911 to the east of the present railway line. The Lota Park Estate, west of the line, was sold in 1918. Lota School of Arts opened on the corner of Alexander and MacDonald Streets in 1927, and played host to dance evenings, film screenings and classes.[11] The Rix-Farmer Memorial Presbyterian Church opened in opposite Lota House Oceana Terrace in 1931. The same year, Great Depression 'relief work' led to the reclamation of land along the Esplanade, and the building of Lota's seawall.[6]

The former St Agnes' Anglican Church on The Esplanade (near Orallo Street, approx 27°28′06″S 153°11′34″E / 27.4682°S 153.19269°E / -27.4682; 153.19269 (St Agnes' Anglican Church (former))) was dedicated on 16 May 1957 by Archbishop Halse.[12] Its closure was approved on 21 January 1994 by Assistant Bishop Ron Williams. The building was moved to Alexandra Hills Parish.[13]

Bayside Uniting Church was established in 1990 in Wondall Road, Manly West, combining four Uniting Churches located at:[14]

  • Ashton Street, Wynnum, a former Methodist Church
  • Kingsley Terrace, Manly, a former Methodist Church
  • Preston Road, Manly West, a former Methodist Church
  • Yamboyna Street, Manly, a former Congregational Church

Due to earlier or later closures, the Bayside Uniting Church also incorporated congregations from:[14]

  • "The Springs" Methodist Church in Manly Road, Manly West
  • Lota Methodist Church in Ambool Street, Lota
  • Lindum Methodist Church at Sibley Road, Wynnum West
  • Hemmant Methodist Church in Hemmant-Tingalpa Road, Hemmant

In the 2011 census, Lota recorded a population of 3,255 people.[15]

In the 2016 census, Lota recorded a population of 3,256 people.[1]

Heritage listings[edit]

Lota House, 2015

Lota has one heritage-listed site.


Lota railway station provides access to regular Queensland Rail City network services to Brisbane and Cleveland. The first line was opened in 1889 through Lota to Cleveland. In 1960, the railway line between Lota and Cleveland was closed, leaving Lota as the terminus until the re-opening of the line in stages between 1983 and 1987.


Lota is home to several key amenities, including Bayside PCYC, Bayside United Soccer Club, Lota State School and Melaleuca Environmental Park. The Lota Foreshore Park (formerly the Lota Camping Reserve) is a large bay-front park that stretches along the eastern edge of the suburb, with playgrounds, barbecuing facilities, boat ramps and a sculpture park. A boardwalk crosses Lota Creek from Whites Road to Chelsea Road in Ransome.


At the local level, Lota is in the Wynnum-Manly ward of the Brisbane City Council, represented by Cr Peter Cumming since March 1994. At the state level, Lota is within the Lytton electorate, a traditionally safe Labor seat, held by Joan Pease. LNP MP Ross Vasta has held the Federal electorate of Bonner since 2010.


Lota State School was opened on 29 January 1952.


In the 2016 census, Lota recorded a population of 3,256 people, 50.4% female and 49.6% male.[1] The median age of the Lota population was 41 years of age, three years above the Australian median. 74.3% of people living in Lota were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 66.7%; the next most common countries of birth were England 7.3%, New Zealand 6.0%, South Africa 1.7%, Scotland 1.3%, Ireland 0.7%. 92.9% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.7% German, 0.4% Mandarin, 0.3% French, 0.3% Dutch and 0.3% Japanese.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Lota, Qld (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 August 2020. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Wynnum Manly Ward". Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 12 March 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Lota (entry 43245)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  4. ^ Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation. 2018. 'Annual Report 2017 - 2018.'http://www.qyac.net.au/docs/17-18AnnualReport.pdf Archived 24 August 2020 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Goodwin, Kathleen (2002). STREETSCAPES OF MANLY ON MORETON BAY: 1890s-1950s (PDF). Brisbane: School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, University of Queensland. p. 36.
  6. ^ a b c Nicholson, Cherrie (2002). Lota - through local eyes : stories of a little-known Brisbane suburb and the people who call Lota home. Lota, Queensland: Self-published. p. 52. ISBN 0-9581241-0-8. Archived from the original on 24 August 2020. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Lota House - Edwin Marsden Tooth Memorial Home | Environment, land and water | Queensland Government". apps.des.qld.gov.au. Archived from the original on 9 March 2020. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  8. ^ Myrtle Beitz (2005) Mangroves to Moorings Revisited: A History of the Wynnum, Manly and Lota District
  9. ^ "Lota | Queensland Places". queenslandplaces.com.au. Archived from the original on 22 March 2020. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Lota House - Edwin Marsden Tooth Memorial Home | Environment, land and water | Queensland Government". apps.des.qld.gov.au. Archived from the original on 9 March 2020. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  11. ^ "Lota School of Arts". The Telegraph. 26 February 1927. Archived from the original on 24 August 2020. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  12. ^ Universal Business Directories (Aust.) Pty. Ltd (1990). UBD street directory. Brisbane. Universal Business Directories (Australia). pp. 15, Map 22 O6. Archived from the original on 24 August 2020. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  13. ^ "Closed Churches". Anglican Church Southern Queensland. Archived from the original on 3 April 2019. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Who We Are". Bayside United Church. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  15. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Lota, Qld (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 October 2013. Edit this at Wikidata
  16. ^ "Lota House - Edwin Marsden Tooth Memorial Home (entry 600247)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013.

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Coordinates: 27°28′S 153°11′E / 27.467°S 153.183°E / -27.467; 153.183