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McDowall is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 7,237 (2016 census)
 • Density 1,723/km2 (4,460/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4053
Area 4.2 km2 (1.6 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location 12.8 km (8 mi) NNW of Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
(McDowall Ward)
State electorate(s)
  • Aspley
  • Everton
  • Stafford
Federal Division(s)
Suburbs around McDowall:
Albany Creek Bridgeman Downs Aspley
Bunya McDowall Chermside West
Everton Hills Everton Park Stafford Heights

McDowall is an outer northern suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, McDowall had a population of 7,237 people.


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.


McDowall State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 1018 Rode Road (27°23′17″S 152°59′24″E / 27.3880°S 152.9900°E / -27.3880; 152.9900 (McDowall State School)). In 2018 the school had an enrolment of 997 students with 64 teachers (57.6 full-time equivalent) and 34 non-teaching staff (24.4 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.


A number of bus services also travel through the area going to local shopping centres such as Chermside, Aspley, and Brisbane City.

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