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Moreton Bay and foreshore reserve, 2014
Lota is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 3,256 (2016 census)
 • Density 930/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4179
Area 3.5 km2 (1.4 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location 20.5 km (13 mi) E of Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) City of Brisbane (Wynnum Manly Ward)
State electorate(s) Lytton
Federal Division(s) Bonner
Suburbs around Lota:
Wynnum West Manly Moreton Bay
Manly West Lota Moreton Bay
Wakerley Ransome Thorneside

Lota is an eastern outer coastal suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Lota had a population of 3,256 people.


In the 2011 census, Lota recorded a population of 3,255 people, 50.6% female and 49.4% male. The median age of the Lota population was 38 years of age, 1 year above the Australian median. 74.9% of people living in Lota were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were England 7.8%, New Zealand 4.9%, South Africa 1.2%, Scotland 0.9%, Ireland 0.7%. 92.9% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.4% German, 0.3% French, 0.2% Punjabi, 0.2% Japanese, 0.2% Italian.


StateLibQld 1 131059 Brisbane suburb of Lota, near the foreshore, ca. 1935
Lota, near the foreshore, circa 1935

This part of Moreton Bay was originally occupied by the semi-nomadic Mipirimm people of Quandamooka.

Most of the land of Lota was acquired by early settler Irish-born William Duckett White in 1862, following sub-division of the lands from Lytton to Fig Tree Point (Lota). The suburb is named after White's house 'Lota House', built in 1863.

Heritage listings

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Lota House, 2015

Lota has one heritage-listed site.

  • 162 Oceana Terrace: Lota House, the residence of William Duckett White, Member of the Queensland Legislative Council


The south and east of the suburb is dominated by the mudflats and mangrove wetlands of Lota Creek and Moreton Bay. To the west and north, the land rises towards the heights of Manly and Manly West.


Lota railway station provides access to regular Queensland Rail City network services to Brisbane and Cleveland. The first line was opened in 1889 through Lota to Cleveland. In 1960, the railway line between Lota and Cleveland was closed, leaving Lota as the terminus until the re-opening of the line in stages between 1983 and 1987.


Lota is home to several key amenities, including the Wynnum Hospital, Bayside PCYC, Bayside United Soccer Club, Lota State School and Melaleuca Environmental Park. The Lota Foreshore Park (Lota Camping Reserve) is a large bay-front park that stretches along the eastern edge of the suburb, with playgrounds, barbecuing facilities, boat ramps and a sculpture park. A boardwalk crosses Lota Creek from Whites Road to Chelsea Road in Ransome.


Lota State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 26 Richard Street (27°28′09″S 153°11′10″E / 27.4692°S 153.1862°E / -27.4692; 153.1862 (Lota State School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 200 students with 16 teachers (12 full-time equivalent) and 13 non-teaching staff (7 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

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