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Deception Bay
Moreton Bay, Queensland
Deception bay 02.jpg
Residential area in Deception Bay
Population 19,672 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 4508
Location 32 km (20 mi) N of Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) Moreton Bay Region
State electorate(s) Murrumba
Federal Division(s) Petrie
Suburbs around Deception Bay:
Burpengary Burpengary East Moreton Bay
Burpengary Deception Bay Moreton Bay
Narangba North Lakes Rothwell

Deception Bay is a suburb in the Moreton Bay Region, Queensland, Australia. It is approximately 32 kilometres (20 mi) north of Brisbane CBD in the south-eastern corner of the bay of the same name which separates the Redcliffe Peninsula and Bribie Island.

The name

The suburb of Deception Bay takes its name from a small bay in the west of Moreton Bay, south of Pumicestone Passage and north of the Redcliffe Peninsula. In the north of the bay at Beachmere is where the Caboolture River and Burpengary Creek meet the ocean. It was named in 1823 by Lt John Oxley, who thought the bay was a river and because of his mistake and the shallowness, named it Pumice Stone River; he later changed the name to Deception Bay.

The name Deception Bay is often abbreviated to D-Bay. The suburb acquired a negative reputation due to crime and high unemployment during the 1980s and 1990s as it was populated with one of the most concentrated social housing in Queensland by the government of the day. However community problems subsided after 2001 due to development and population growth in the area. Despite this, some residents would still prefer to see the name changed to avoid any negative perceptions.


In the 2011 census, Deception Bay recorded a population of 19,672 people, 51.1% female and 48.9% male. The median age of the Deception Bay population was 34 years, 3 years below the national median of 37. 73.6% of people living in Deception Bay were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 6.7%, England 4.2%, Philippines 1%, Samoa 1%, Scotland 0.4%. 86.3% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 2.1% Samoan, 0.3% Tagalog, 0.3% Filipino, 0.3% Hindi, 0.2% Mandarin.


The area was once large parcels of land supporting dairying and farming and, while some large blocks remain today, most have been subdivided to provide housing for a growing community.

Beachfront pathway

In the past few years, the beachfront area has received a major re-design, under the urban renewal programme of the Queensland Government. The suburb also contains a new development area, North Rise. Bayswater Resort is a resort currently under construction in the Moreton Downs Estate. Neighbouring suburbs include Rothwell, Narangba and North Lakes.

A notable resident of Deception Bay was Dr Joseph Bancroft, a pioneer in experimenting in native plants for their health properties and, through his meatworks, in the preservation of meat, fish and vegetables. His son, Thomas, carried on the tradition with some work in cultivating cotton and castor oil. A rough-hewn pyramidal block of granite stands today on the foreshore highlighting the achievements of these two doctors, and the streets around Dr Bancroft's home, Joseph Street and Bancroft Terrace, are named in his honour.

On 15 March 2008, Deception Bay became a suburb of a new super council, Moreton Bay Region. Deception Bay divided into two divisions, with the area of the suburb falling north of Deception Bay Road becoming a part of Division 2.

The suburb has one major high school, Deception Bay State High School, and three primary schools. There is one Catholic Primary School Christ the King catholic Primary School. Many local children attend school outside the immediate area.

Heritage listings

Deception Bay Sea Baths 2 at Deception Bay, Queensland
Fisheries Bath, one of the Deception Bay Sea Baths, 2016

Deception Bay has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Coordinates: 27°12′S 153°02′E / 27.200°S 153.033°E / -27.200; 153.033

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