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Redland CityQueensland
Capalaba 2018.jpg
Intersection opposite Capalaba Park, 2018
Capalaba is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 17,333 (2016 census)
 • Density 926.9/km2 (2,401/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4157
Area 18.7 km2 (7.2 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) Redland City
State electorate(s) Capalaba
Federal Division(s) Bowman
Suburbs around Capalaba:
Chandler Birkdale Alexandra Hills
Burbank Capalaba Alexandra Hills
Burbank Sheldon Thornlands

Capalaba is an urban locality in the City of Redland, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census Capalaba had a population of 17,333 people.


StateLibQld 1 107908 Bridge over Tingalpa Creek, Brisbane, 1936
An early bridge across the Tingalpa Creek, connecting the City of Brisbane and Shire of Redland, circa 1936.

The name of Capalaba is believed to be derived from the Indigenous Yugarabul word for the ringtail possum, a marsupial native to the area.

European settlement began in the 1850s, led by farmers, lumberjacks, and sawmill operators. The region soon became important in the overland trade link between the settlements of Brisbane and Cleveland. Crossings and bridges over Tingalpa Creek were established to facilitate such transport.

The suburb grew into the 20th century, becoming a major source of freshwater for the then Redland Shire in the 1960s, due to the construction of the Leslie Harrison Dam. This prompted further population growth, and the introduction of commercial and industrial areas still present today.

Capalaba West was a related suburb located on the opposite side of Tingalpa Creek, rendering it part of Brisbane rather than the Redlands. It retained the Capalaba name until 2010, when it became incorporated into the Brisbane suburb of Chandler.


In the 2016 census, the population of Capalaba was 17,333, an increase from 16,644 in the 2011 census, of whom 50.4% were female and 49.6% were male. The median age of the Capalaba population was 37 years old, 1 year below the national median of 37.

74.4% of people living in Capalaba were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand (6.6%), England (4.4%), South Africa (1.0%), the Philippines (1.0%), and India (0.9%). 87.7% of people speak English as their first language; the next most common languages were Mandarin Chinese (0.6%), Hindi, Tagalog, Italian, and Greek (all 0.5%).

Leslie Harrison Dam from Allambee Crescent
Tingalpa Reservoir, formed by Leslie Harrison Dam, viewed from a residential street of Capalaba. Mount Petrie can be seen in the background.


Capalaba Library
The entrance to the Capalaba Library, located between the Capalaba Park and Capalaba Central shopping centres, adjacent to the Capalaba bus station.

Major commercial and educational features of Capalaba include:

  • Capalaba Park Shopping Centre
  • Capalaba Central Shopping Centre
    • Event Cinemas movie theatre
  • Capalaba State College
    • The College Markets (formerly Chandler Markets)
  • Coolnwynpin State School
  • St Luke's Catholic Parish School
  • Capalaba Library
  • Redland City Council Chambers
  • Redlands IndigiScapes Centre (environmental education centre)
  • Capalaba bus station
  • Leslie Harrison Dam on Tingalpa Creek


The Capalaba bus station connects the suburb to much of the Redlands and Eastern Brisbane. Services to Garden City bus station and the adjacent Upper Mount Gravatt busway station are operated by Mt Gravatt Bus Service, on behalf of TransLink. The suburb is also connected west to Carindale bus station and the Brisbane central business district, north to the Cleveland railway line, and east to Victoria Point bus station, through bus routes operated by Transdev Queensland on behalf of TransLink.

TransLink's Eastern Busway is planned to extend from UQ Lakes to Capalaba, but currently only reaches Langlands Park busway station in Coorparoo.

Capalaba is also the terminus for major roads crossing Tingalpa Creek from the City of Brisbane, including Old Cleveland Road and Mount Gravatt-Capalaba Road/Mount Cotton Road, both connecting directly to the Gateway Motorway.

Sporting clubs

  • Capalaba Sports Club
  • Capalaba District Junior Rugby League Football Club (aka the Capalaba Warriors)
  • Capalaba Football Club (formerly the Capalaba Bulldogs), who play in the National Premier Leagues Queensland


Coolnwynpin State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 6 Telaska Court (27°32′46″S 153°12′15″E / 27.5462°S 153.2042°E / -27.5462; 153.2042 (Coolnwynpin State School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 427 students with 34 teachers (31 full-time equivalent) and 27 non-teaching staff (19 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

St Luke's Catholic Parish School is a Catholic primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 45 Degen Road (27°32′57″S 153°11′46″E / 27.5493°S 153.1960°E / -27.5493; 153.1960 (St Luke's Catholic Parish School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 333 students with 25 teachers (20 full-time equivalent) and 14 non-teaching staff (9 full-time equivalent).

Capalaba State College is a government primary and secondary (Early Childhood-12) school for boys and girls at School Road (27°32′11″S 153°11′23″E / 27.5364°S 153.1898°E / -27.5364; 153.1898 (Capalaba State College)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 783 students with 77 teachers (71 full-time equivalent) and 45 non-teaching staff (33 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

Turning Point Positive Learning Centre is a specific-purpose primary and secondary (5-10) school at School Road (27°32′11″S 153°11′23″E / 27.5364°S 153.1898°E / -27.5364; 153.1898 (Turning Point Positive Learning Centre)). It is a school for children who require support beyond that of a conventional classroom with a goal of either returning the child to a conventional classroom or undertaking vocational training.

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