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Coopers Plains
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Population 5,483 (2016 census)
 • Density 1,305/km2 (3,380/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4108
Area 4.2 km2 (1.6 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location 14.1 km (9 mi) S of Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
(Moorooka Ward)
State electorate(s)
  • Toohey
  • Stretton
Federal Division(s) Moreton
Suburbs around Coopers Plains:
Rocklea Salisbury Nathan
Archerfield Coopers Plains Robertson
Acacia Ridge Sunnybank Sunnybank
Queensland State Archives 1699 Housing Commission Coopers Plains Brisbane October 1952
Houses being built at Coopers Plains, 1952

Coopers Plains is a southern suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Coopers Plains had a population of 5,483 people.


The locality was originally called Cowper's Plains. It was named by John Oxley after Dr Henry Cowper, Assistant Surgeon-in-Charge at the Moreton Bay Settlement from 1823 to 1832. A convict settlement was established at Cowper's Plains in 1828. The name was corrupted and by 1860 the area was known as Cooper's Plains. By 1877 it was known as Coopers Plains. The first post office opened in 1876.

Coopers Plains remained rural until the 1940s. The United States Army built a barracks adjacent to the railway station 1942, which after the war became the Australian Army s Damour Barracks.


In the 2011 census the population of Coopers Plains was 4,208, 49% female and 51% male. The median age of the Coopers Plains population was 34 years of age, three years below the Australian median. 57% of people living in Coopers Plains were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%. The other top responses for country of birth were India 6.2%, China 5.3%, New Zealand 2.9%, Philippines 2.2%, England 2.1%. 61.9% of people spoke only English at home; the next most popular languages were 6% Mandarin, 3.2% Cantonese, 2% Vietnamese, 1.6% Hindi, 1.3% Punjabi. The most popular religious affiliation was "no religion" (22%), followed by Catholic (21%) and Anglican (12%).


Coopers Plains railway station on the South Coast railway line (now the Beenleigh line) opened in 1885.

There are several bus routes running through Coopers Plains – 120 (City – Garden City), 135 (City – Parkinson), 123 (Sunnybank), 598 and 599 (Great Circle Line), 124 and 125. Coopers Plains is also in very close proximity to the Griffith University Nathan Campus.


Coopers Plains State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 61 Orange Grove Road (27°34′03″S 153°02′20″E / 27.5675°S 153.0388°E / -27.5675; 153.0388 (Coopers Plains State School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 184 students with 18 teachers (13 full-time equivalent) and 13 non-teaching staff (8 full-time equivalent).

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