Wynnum, Queensland

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Bay Terrace, Wynnum.jpg
Wynnum CBD
Coordinates 27°26′37″S 153°10′25″E / 27.443694°S 153.173618°E / -27.443694; 153.173618Coordinates: 27°26′37″S 153°10′25″E / 27.443694°S 153.173618°E / -27.443694; 153.173618
Population 12,229 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4178
Location 16 km (10 mi) from Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
State electorate(s) Lytton
Federal Division(s) Bonner
Suburbs around Wynnum:
Lytton Lytton Moreton Bay
Wynnum West Wynnum Moreton Bay
Wynnum West Manly West Manly

Wynnum is a suburb located on the shores of Moreton Bay in Brisbane, Australia, about 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) east of the CBD. Although Wynnum is situated next to the ocean, the shoreline is covered in mangroves and aromatic mudflats which makes it unsuitable for swimming at low tide. Next to the Wynnum Wading Pool which has a playground and Water Park and the Wynnum Jetty, there is a man-made beach called Pandanus Beach.


Street in Wynnum, c. 1889.

The area was sparsely settled until the arrival of the railway in the late 1880s, but then grew fairly rapidly. The former Wynnum Shire Council was created in 1902, and twelve years later Wynnum became a municipality with its own town council and the right to elect a mayor. The Wynnum Town Council was absorbed into the enlarged City of Brisbane in 1925.[2]

The suburb has traditionally boasted a country town atmosphere, but new residential development is resulting in significant population growth and changing demographics. The area is now marked by a mix of character housing and modern housing.


In the 2011 census, the population of Wynnum was 12,229, 51.1% female and 48.9% male.

The median age of the Wynnum population was 40 years, 3 years above the Australian median.

73.7% of people living in Wynnum were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were New Zealand 6.2%, England 5.3%, Philippines 0.9%, Scotland 0.8%, South Africa 0.5%.

88.9% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.5% Tagalog, 0.4% German, 0.4% Vietnamese, 0.3% Filipino, 0.3% Spanish.

Heritage listings[edit]

Wynnum Hall

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

These examples are from the Queensland Heritage Register. Additional sites are listed on the Brisbane City Council Heritage Register and the Australian Heritage Database.


Wynnum railway station


Wynnum is served by three stations on the Cleveland railway line. Wynnum North railway station, Wynnum railway station and Wynnum Central railway station provide access to regular Queensland Rail City network services to Brisbane and Cleveland.


The Wynnum district has several primary schools and two public high schools - Wynnum State High School and Brisbane Bayside State College.


It also has an extensive range of long established sporting clubs, such as Wynnum Seagulls Rugby League Club, Wynnum Golf Club, Wynnum District SC (Wolves FC Soccer Club - since 1921), Wynnum Manly District Cricket Club, Wynnum Bugs Rugby Union Club, , Bayside United Soccer Club and Wynnum Vikings Australian Rules Football Club. Wynnum Esplanade hosts Wynnum parkrun every Saturday - a free weekly 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) walk/run which attracts many participants. Recreational clubs include the Wynnum Manly Leagues Club and the RSL. The Wynnum foreshore is a popular swimming and picnic spot for Brisbane families especially at weekends.

Wynnum Soccer Football Club 1929

Notable residents[edit]

Olympic swimming medallist Samantha Riley, Totally Wild television host Stacey Thomson and Australian Idol host Kyle Sandilands are originally from Wynnum. Quentin Bryce, the serving Governor General of Australia, was educated at Moreton Bay College, Wynnum. The Right Reverend Dr Keith Rayner, former Archbishop of Melbourne and Anglican Primate of Australia, was Rector of Wynnum from 1963-69.[9]

Population growth[edit]

Census date Population
1891 0683
1911 2320
1921 8357
1933 12,905
1954 18,479
Wynnum and Lota
1961 22,007
1971 24,064



  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Wynnum, Qld (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Mangroves to Moorings Revisited, Myrtle Beitz, 2005
  3. ^ "Mount Carmel Convent (entry 601730)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Waterloo Bay Hotel (entry 601729)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Wynnum Wading Pool Reserve (entry 602040)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Wynnum Fire Station (former) (entry 602143)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Wynnum Ambulance Station (former) (entry 601778)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Nazareth House (entry 601391)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Fishers of Men, A History of the Anglican Church of Saint Peter's Wynnum, PD Hughes and T Hogan, 1999
  10. ^ Queensland places

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