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Population 6,818 (2011 census)
 • Density 1,550/km2 (4,000/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4053
Area 4.4 km2 (1.7 sq mi)
Location 9 km (6 mi) north of Brisbane CBD
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
(McDowall Ward)
State electorate(s) Aspley, Everton
Federal Division(s) Petrie
Suburbs around McDowall:
Albany Creek Bridgeman Downs Aspley
Bunya McDowall Chermside West
Everton Hills Everton Park Stafford Heights

McDowall is a northern suburb within the city of Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, Australia.

McDowall is notable for the Raven Street Reserve, which is a 24.3 hectare bushland area surrounded by urban housing and busy roads. It is part of a long stretch of forest and green areas going from the mountains in the west to the mangrove areas on the coast.

It has many species of wildflowers and grass trees (see image below) which when in flower have a long central flowering stem that attracts bees.

Trees include weeping myrtle and native blueberry ash (Elaeocarpus reticulatus) with creek fauna such as water dragons (Physignathus lesueurii), turtles and native fish including the crimson spotted rainbow fish. There are also squirrel gliders, possums and scrub turkeys with occasionally a swamp wallaby being sighted. The bird life is abundant and in keeping with its name has a significant crow or raven population.


In the 2011 census the population of Mcdowall was 6,818, 51.2% female and 48.8% male.

The median age of the Mcdowall population was 38 years of age, 1 year above the Australian median.

78.5% of people living in Mcdowall were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were England 3.3%, New Zealand 2.6%, South Africa 1.5%, Italy 1.3%, India 1.1%.

87.1% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 2.9% Italian, 1.3% Cantonese, 1% Mandarin, 0.5% Greek, 0.4% Hindi.

History of McDowall

McDowall State School, which opened in January 1975, was named before the suburb itself. It was named in honour of Colonel John McDowall, who was a distinguished early-settler of the area. As the population grew, the Brisbane City Council considered naming the suburb Annand after Colonel Frederick Annand. This was disapproved of by local residents, who wanted the suburb to be named after the newly opened school. The name "McDowall" was therefore accepted for the area by the Place Names Board of Queensland in 1975.

The bushland was protected by Greenbelt designation in 1950s when the local area was subdivided, and has been managed by council since 1972.

McDowall's earliest housing establishments were built through the 1970s and very few houses in McDowall were built before then. More housing was later built in the 1980s and early 1990s, whereas defence housing was later developed during the early 21st century.

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