Priestdale, Queensland

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Logan CityQueensland
Seven-tiered style of Chung Tian Pagoda.jpg
Seven-tiered pagoda of Chung Tian Temple, 2017
Priestdale is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°36′28″S 153°09′59″E / 27.6077°S 153.1663°E / -27.6077; 153.1663 (Priestdale (centre of suburb))Coordinates: 27°36′28″S 153°09′59″E / 27.6077°S 153.1663°E / -27.6077; 153.1663 (Priestdale (centre of suburb))
Population136 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density20.00/km2 (51.8/sq mi)
Area6.8 km2 (2.6 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)Logan City
State electorate(s)Springwood
Federal division(s)Rankin
Suburbs around Priestdale:
Rochedale Burbank Burbank
Rochedale South Priestdale Sheldon
Springwood Daisy Hill Mount Cotton

Priestdale is a suburb in the City of Logan, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Priestdale had a population of 136 people.[1]


Priestdale is bounded to the north-west by Priest Gully (a creek), to the north by Priestdale Road, and to the east by Ford Road.[3]

The suburb is relatively undeveloped with rural residential blocks in the north and north-east. The south and west are undeveloped.[3]

Part of the Daisy Hill Conservation Park (27°36′26″S 153°10′02″E / 27.6073°S 153.1672°E / -27.6073; 153.1672 (Daisy Hill Conservation Park)) extends into the centre of the suburb.[3] The park is a significant habitat for koalas.[4]


The creek Priest's Gully was named during surveys in the early 1860s but the origin of the name is unclear.[5] In 1912 there was a pastoral property called Priestdale of 1,861 acres (753 ha) on the western branch of Tingalpa Creek.[6] In 1916 there was a subdivision called Priestdale Lagoons which created 50 farms of 20 to 40 acres (8.1 to 16.2 ha), advertised as having good timber and ideal for farming fruit, such as pineapples, bananas, pawpaw and custard apples.[7]

On 31 March 1979, the area was officially named and bounded as a locality by the Queensland Place Names Board. It was redesignated a suburb on 31 August 1991.[2]

In 1992, the Chung Tian Temple (translation Middle Heaven) was built in traditional Chinese Buddhist architecture. The location was chosen for its natural bushland setting.[8]

In the 2011 census, Priestdale reported a population of 124 people; 47.6% female and 52.4% male.[9] The median age of the Priestdale population was 43 years of age, 6 years above the Australian median of 37. 77.3% of people living in Priestdale were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were South Africa 3.9%, England 2.3%, Hong Kong 2.3%, Canada 2.3%, New Zealand 2.3%. 92.8% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common language was 4.8% Mandarin.[9]

In the 2016 census, Priestdale had a population of 136 people.[1]


The Chung Tian Temple of Fo Guang Shan is 1034 Underwood Road (27°36′13″S 153°09′04″E / 27.6035°S 153.1510°E / -27.6035; 153.1510 (Chung Tian Temple)). The temple is for the practice of Humanistic Buddhism (the integration of Buddhism into everyday life) and is committed to multicultural diversity and multi-faith harmony. Events and education sessions are held. There are areas for mediation and study. There is a museum, art gallery and a tea room.[8]

There are a number of parks in the suburb, including:

Underwood Park offers a wide array of sporting facilities, picnic and BBQ areas, and a wedding venue.[11]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Priestdale (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Priestdale – suburb in City of Logan (entry 45304)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Daisy Hill Conservation Park". Department of Environment and Science. Queensland Government. 20 October 2009. Archived from the original on 8 March 2020. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Priestdale". Logan City Council. Archived from the original on 21 April 2020. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Advertising". The Brisbane Courier. Queensland, Australia. 3 August 1912. p. 8. Retrieved 21 April 2020 – via Trove.
  7. ^ "Advertising". The Telegraph. Queensland, Australia. 1 July 1916. p. 11 (SECOND EDITION). Retrieved 21 April 2020 – via Trove.
  8. ^ a b "About Temple". Fo Guang Shan. Archived from the original on 2 March 2020. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  9. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Priestdale (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 September 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  10. ^ a b c d "Land for public recreation - Queensland". Queensland Open Data. Queensland Government. 20 November 2020. Archived from the original on 22 November 2020. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  11. ^ "Underwood Park". Logan City Council. Retrieved 21 April 2020.

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