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Dawson Parade, Keperra
Keperra is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 6,807 (2016 census)
 • Density 1,216/km2 (3,150/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4054
Area 5.6 km2 (2.2 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location 12.4 km (8 mi) NW of Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
(Enoggera Ward, The Gap Ward)
State electorate(s)
  • Ferny Grove
  • Everton
Federal Division(s) Ryan
Suburbs around Keperra:
Ferny Hills Arana Hills Everton Hills
Ferny Grove Keperra Mitchelton
Upper Kedron The Gap Enoggera

Keperra is a suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Keperra had a population of 6,807 people.

It is located 12.4 kilometres (7.7 mi) by road north-west of the Brisbane GPO.


Keperra has a deep and rich indigenous history. The name Keperra comes from a Yuggera words kipper/kippa indicating a young man. Two bora rings used to be located within the suburb, one near the corner of Samford Road and Keperra Street (now under housing) and one which disappeared with the construction of the Keperra Country Club. It is thought that the name derives from the initiation ceremonies of young men performed at the bora rings.

In 1865 Thomas Price sold a large portion of land in Keperra to John and Mary Nicholson who built a home and named it Groveley Lodge (the extra 'e' in the name was dropped in later years). In the absence of a church in the area, the Nicholsons held services within Groveley Lodge and later built St Matthews Anglican Church, Grovely in what is now Church Street, Mitchelton; John and Mary Nicholson are buried in the churchyard cemetery.

The railway was built through the area in 1918 but it was originally a siding located near the western end of the Keperra Country Club. The Keperra railway station was named in 1932.

Capt. Robert H Cottam founded the Keperra Golf Club in 1931. It was originally called the Enoggera Golf Club, but changed to its present name in 1940. The clubhouse was built in 1939-1940.

In about 1940 a military camp was established on the slaughterhouse site. The army camp constructed many of the roads and much of the land was transferred to the Housing Commission for housing development in 1951.

From 1966 to 1998 there was a drive-in movie theatre located at the corner of Settlement and Samford Roads. It was operated by R.W.P. Dodd Theatres and later by Birch Carol & Coyle. It could accommodate 650 cars. Initially it had a single screen but was later converted to a two-screen. The land is now the site of the Kings Grove housing estate, located within the Kings Park Estate.


In the 2011 census, Keperra recorded a population of 6,652 people, 52.6% female and 47.4% male.

The median age of the Keperra population was 37 years, the same as the national median.

80.3% of people living in Keperra were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were England 3.9%, New Zealand 2.4%, Scotland 0.7%, Philippines 0.6%, South Africa 0.6%.

90.2% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.6% Italian, 0.5% Cantonese, 0.4% Arabic, 0.4% Spanish, 0.3% Filipino.


The suburb has a 27 hole Championship golf course (Keperra Country Club), football (soccer) club Westside FC, shopping centres (Great Western and two smaller ones at Dallas Parade near the Keperra station and on Dawson Parade near Grovely station), churches, a hospital, and a dog off-leash area. An area of vegetation known as Keperra Bushland bounds the suburb to the south on its border with The Gap while the Keperra Picnic Grounds are located in the north-west section at the intersection of Samford Road and Upper Kedron Road.


Keperra railway station and Grovely railway station provides access to regular Queensland Rail City network services to Ferny Grove, Brisbane and Beenleigh.

Brisbane Transport offers a bus service on Route 362 between The Gap and Brookside Shopping Centre with stops at Great Western Shopping Centre, Keperra railway station, Grovely railway station and Mitchelton railway station.

The bus service on Route 398 is between Mitchelton railway station and Ferny Grove railway station, with stops within Keperra.


There is a large quarry at 469 Settlement Road (27°25′25″S 152°56′59″E / 27.4236°S 152.9497°E / -27.4236; 152.9497 (RockworX quarry)), where extractive activities are still in operation as at 2021, but it is planned to convert the quarry site into a housing estate.


Grovely State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 200 Dawson Parade (27°24′07″S 152°57′41″E / 27.4019°S 152.9613°E / -27.4019; 152.9613 (Grovely State School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 375 students with 26 teachers (23 full-time equivalent) and 22 non-teaching staff (11 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

Mitchelton State High School Positive Learning Centre is a specific-purpose primary and secondary (4-12) school at 83 Gilston Street (27°24′31″S 152°57′29″E / 27.4087°S 152.9580°E / -27.4087; 152.9580 (Mitchelton SHS Positive Learning Centre)). It is for students who require intervention beyond the capacity of a conventional classroom with goal of returning them into mainstream schooling or into vocational programs.

There is no mainstream secondary school in Keperra. The nearest government secondary schools are Ferny Grove State High School in neighbouring Ferny Grove to the west and Mitchelton State High School in neighbouring Mitchelton to the east.

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