Lowood, Queensland

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Post office
Lowood is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°28′0″S 152°35′0″E / 27.46667°S 152.58333°E / -27.46667; 152.58333Coordinates: 27°28′0″S 152°35′0″E / 27.46667°S 152.58333°E / -27.46667; 152.58333
Population3,336 (2011 census)[1]
LGA(s)Somerset Region
State electorate(s)Lockyer
Federal Division(s)Blair
Localities around Lowood:
Clarendon Patrick Estate Wivenhoe Pocket
Rifle Range Lowood Vernor
Tarampa Tarampa Glamorgan Vale

Lowood is a town and locality in the Somerset Region in south-east Queensland, Australia.[2][3] The town is on the Brisbane River, 66 km (41 mi) west of the state capital, Brisbane, and 31 km (19 mi) north of Ipswich.


Lowood was established as the first terminus of the Brisbane Valley branch railway in 1884 and the town grew from the subdivision around the new station. The name is derived from the "low woods" of brigalow in the Lowood area, as opposed to the taller trees elsewhere in the Brisbane Valley. Lowood Post Office opened on 15 October 1888 (a receiving office had been open from 1884).[4]

In 1919, 27 building sites in Morningside Estate were advertised for auction by Kavanagh & Smith Auctioneers.[5] The auction was for resubs 1 to 27 of sub 5 of resub 1 of subs 1A & 3 of resub 2 of sub A of portion 319 (Tarampa).[6] A map produced to advertise the auction shows Morningside Estate is on Peace Street and is close to Lowood Railway Station, the hospital and the state school.[6]

The Lowood public library opened in 2000.[7]

Intact but abandoned Lowood railway station - the railway line and grassed area are now the Jean Bray Carpark.

At the 2006 census, Lowood had a population of 1,010.[8]

In the 2011 census, Lowood had a population of 3,336 people.[1]

Due to its proximity to Brisbane and Ipswich, Lowood is becoming an area for hobby farmers and residential commuters. Nearby Lake Wivenhoe is a popular place for activities such as boating and fishing.

Heritage listings[edit]

Lowood has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


During World War II, an airfield called Lowood, which was actually located at Mount Tarampa, was the site of a military airfield operated by the Royal Australian Air Force. No. 71 Squadron operated from the airfield during 1943, conducting coastal patrol and naval convoy escort missions. After the war, the airfield was converted into a motor-racing circuit, the Lowood Airfield Circuit, and operated for 20 years, the highlight hosting the 1960 Australian Grand Prix.[10] The airfield no longer exists, but a small memorial marks its previous location.[11]


Following the withdrawal of the railmotor service to Toogoolawah in 1989, a substitute bus service to Ipswich was introduced by Queensland Rail (QR). Two services are in the morning and return services are in the late afternoon. Time tables are available from QR.


The Somerset Regional Council operates a public library at the corner of Michel and Main Streets.[12]

The Lowood branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at 106 Main Street.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Loowood". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 July 2015. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Loowood (entry 20197)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Loowood (entry 44894)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  4. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Advertising". Queensland Times. LX (10, 296). Queensland, Australia. 22 February 1919. p. 11 (DAILY.). Retrieved 26 November 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ a b "Morningside Estate 1919". hdl:10462/deriv/207314. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ "Public Libraries Statistical Bulletin 2016-17" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. November 2017. p. 15. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  8. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Lowood (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 October 2007.
  9. ^ "Dental Surgery (entry 600496)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  10. ^ Australian Grand Prix - The 50-race history, 1986, pages 256 to 266
  11. ^ Oz at war - Amateur historian site -Retrieved 2 November 2006.
  12. ^ "Lowood Library". Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Branch Locations". Queensland Country Women's Association. Retrieved 26 December 2018.

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