Stretton, Queensland

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Stretton Karawatha forest.jpg
Track into Karawatha Forest at Stretton
Stretton is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°37′25″S 153°04′05″E / 27.6236°S 153.0680°E / -27.6236; 153.0680 (Stretton (centre of suburb))Coordinates: 27°37′25″S 153°04′05″E / 27.6236°S 153.0680°E / -27.6236; 153.0680 (Stretton (centre of suburb))
Population4,334 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density963/km2 (2,494/sq mi)
Area4.5 km2 (1.7 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location22 km (14 mi) S of Brisbane GPO
LGA(s)City of Brisbane
(Calamvale Ward)[2]
State electorate(s)Stretton
Federal division(s)Oxley
Suburbs around Stretton:
Sunnybank Hills Runcorn Kuraby
Calamvale Stretton Karawatha
Drewvale Drewvale Karawatha

Stretton is a southern suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[3] In the 2016 census, Stretton had a population of 4,334.[1]


Stretton is 17 kilometres (11 mi) from the Brisbane Central Business District, and borders the suburbs of Calamvale, Sunnybank Hills, Karawatha, Kuraby, and Drewvale.

The northern part of Stretton includes several hills, but the land flattens out towards the south. The southern part has more vegetation, as it joins Karawatha Forest to the south-east and the Calamvale Creek wetlands on the south-west.


In the early 19th century, the area and many of today's suburbs around the Sunnybank area were part of a vast area known as Coopers Plains. In 1861, Governor Bowen declared a wide area that included Eight Mile Plains to Stretton as a Brisbane Agricultural Reserve.[4] This agricultural reserve was originally used as a source of timber, but when it was found to be good farming land, settlers quickly turned it into farms that produced sought-after fruit, vegetables, and poultry.

A military map from 1922 shows only four houses in the area that is now Stretton.

Stretton was gazetted as a suburb of Brisbane in 1972, and was named after George Stretton, a settler, postmaster and hotelier at Browns Plains in the 1870s.[5][6]

Stretton State College opened on 1 January 2006.[7]


In the 2016 census, Stretton had a population of 4,334.[1]

More than 65 per cent of households in Stretton are couples with children, 22 per cent are couples without children, and 10 per cent are single-parent households.[when?] In 1989, there was controversy regarding the sale of land to Asian investors,[8] and there is a large Asian population in the suburb today. With rare exceptions, the dwellings in Stretton are stand-alone houses – generally modern, brick and tile. Houses in the north-west corner of Stretton include many huge, multi-storey mansions.

In the 2011 census, the population was 4,067 (51.5% female and 48.5% male). The median age was 36 years, 1 year below the Australian median.[citation needed]

41.6% were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%. The next most common countries of birth were China 7.1%, Taiwan 7%, New Zealand 4.1%, Hong Kong 4% and India 3.1%. 41.4% of people spoke only English at home. The next most popular languages were 16.2% Mandarin, 11.3% Cantonese, 3.3% Vietnamese, 2.9% Hindi and 2.4% Korean.

In the 2011 census, the weekly median household income in Stretton was $1,843, compared to the national median of $1,234. This difference is also reflected in real estate, with the median mortgage payment being $2,400 per month, compared to the national median of $1,800.


Stretton State College is a government primary and secondary (Prep-12) school for boys and girls at 226 Illaweena Street (27°38′22″S 153°03′13″E / 27.6395°S 153.0537°E / -27.6395; 153.0537 (Stretton State College)).[9][10] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 2,590 students with 196 teachers (180 full-time equivalent) and 101 non-teaching staff (71 full-time equivalent).[11] It includes a special education program.[9]


Stretton is home to Hope Christian Assembly, a multicultural Pentecostal Church affiliated with Australian Christian Churches which holds services at Stretton State College.[12]

In addition to small local shops, Calamvale Village on Kameruka Street and Sunnybank Hills Shopping Centre on Hellawell Road provide basic shopping. Westfield Garden City at Upper Mount Gravatt is a larger shopping centre nearby.[13]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Stretton (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Calamvale Ward". Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 4 February 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Stretton – suburb in City of Brisbane (entry 47002)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Stretton History". Archived from the original on 28 January 2004. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Stretton". Queensland Places. Archived from the original on 24 March 2019. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Browns Plains" (PDF). Logan City Council Libraries. Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 April 2019. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  7. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  8. ^ "Stretton". Archived from the original on 12 February 2008. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  9. ^ a b "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Stretton State College". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  11. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2018". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 May 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 December 2008. Retrieved 25 November 2008.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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