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Morningside is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 10,481 (2016 census)
 • Density 1,906/km2 (4,940/sq mi)
Established 1872
Postcode(s) 4170
Area 5.5 km2 (2.1 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location 8.8 km (5 mi) E of Brisbane CBD
LGA(s) City of Brisbane (Morningside Ward)
State electorate(s) Bulimba
Federal Division(s) Griffith
Suburbs around Morningside:
Bulimba Hamilton Eagle Farm
Balmoral Morningside Murarrie
Norman Park
Seven Hills Cannon Hill

Morningside is a suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Morningside had a population of 10,481.


Morningside was named after a local estate belonging to David Longlands. The name of the estate itself likely referred either to the Scottish town, or to the estate's location on the eastern side of Brisbane.


The area was first settled by Europeans in the early 1870s. The land at that time was used mainly for agriculture; in particular, dairy, sugarcane, and tobacco production.

The old suburb of Colmslie was merged into Morningside.

At the corner of Bennetts and Wynnum Roads is the historic Bulimba Cemetery (also known as the Balmoral Cemetery) dating from 1875. Morningside started off as a rural area with small dairy and tobacco farms before becoming a popular residential area in the post-war boom.

Until 13 April 1969 electric trams skirted the western edge of the suburb, operating along Wynnum Road and Riding Road.

The Cairncross Dockyard was constructed in Morningside between 1942 and 1944. The facility closed in 2014, and as of 2016 was to be redeveloped into a commercial and residential area.


The 2011 Census recorded 9,399 residents in Morningside, of whom 50.8% were female and 49.2% were male. The median age of the population was 32; 5 years younger than the Australian average. 71.3% of people living in Morningside were born in Australia, with the next most common countries of birth being New Zealand (4.8%), England (4%), India (1.4%), South Africa (1.1%), and South Korea (1%). 84.6% of people spoke English as their first language, while the other most common responses were Spanish (0.9%), Korean (0.8%), Mandarin (0.8%), German (0.6%), and Cantonese (0.6%). 45.7% of households in Morningside consisted of couples without children, 34.8% consisted of couples with children, and 15.5% were made up of single-parent families.


There are two shopping centres in Morningside; Morningside Central, located on the corner of Junction Road and Wynnum Road, and Colmslie Plaza on the opposite side of Junction Road. The Colmslie Hotel is a popular pub located next to Colmslie Plaza.

The Balmoral Cemetery is located at the corner of Wynnum and Bennetts Road, Morningside. Opened in 1875, this is no longer an active cemetery, but existing graves can be re-used for family members. It is also known as Bulimba Cemetery and Morningside Cemetery and was historically known as Kangaroo Point Cemetery.

Heritage listings

Morningside has three heritage-listed sites:


Morningside's main road is Wynnum Road, and Morningside station connects the suburb to the Cleveland railway line.


Morningside State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 67 Pashen Street (27°27′51″S 153°04′01″E / 27.4642°S 153.0669°E / -27.4642; 153.0669 (Morningside State School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 454 students with 37 teachers (29 full-time equivalent) and 26 non-teaching staff (15 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program. The school has 26 classrooms, with a swimming pool, tennis court and a large oval.

In October 2018, a major fire broke out at Morningside State School which caused extensive damage to the school. The school re-opened one week later with the assistance and hard work of the entire school community.

There are no secondary schools in Morningside. The nearest secondary school is Balmoral State High School at 259 Thynne Rd, Balmoral.

Notable residents

  • The Voss brothers, Michael and Brett, who play for the Brisbane Lions and St Kilda Football Club respectively. Brett is still playing, whilst Michael is the former coach of the Brisbane Lions.
  • Fazerdaze, aka Amelia Murray, a musician from the area who released her first studio album with "Morningside" as the title of the project
  • Mal Michael, Australian rules footballer

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