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Rosewood is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 2,834 (2016 census)
 • Density 90.25/km2 (233.7/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4340
Area 31.4 km2 (12.1 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) City of Ipswich
State electorate(s)
  • Ipswich West
  • Scenic Rim
Federal Division(s) Blair
Localities around Rosewood:
Ashwell Tallegalla Mount Marrow
Lanefield Rosewood Thagoona
Lower Mount Walker Ebenezer Jeebropilly

Rosewood is a rural town and locality in the City of Ipswich, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, the locality of Rosewood had a population of 2,834 people.

Rosewood is in the Bremer Valley.


The town of Rosewood is located 60 kilometres (37 mi) west of the Brisbane CBD At the 2011 census, Rosewood had a population of 2,155. Part of the town's border is marked by the Bremer River to the south, and the decommissioned Marburg Branch railway line on the Little Liverpool Range to the north.


StateLibQld 2 122816 Crowds at the Rosewood show watching cadets formed into a guard of honour for a visiting dignitary, 1908
Rosewood Show, 1908
New Oakliegh Mine
New Oakleigh Mine closed in 2013

The origin of the suburb name is believed to be derived from the Rosewood (Acacia harpophylla) or the Dysoxylum (a Mahogany species, referred locally as a rosewood despite bearing little relation) tree or shrub, both commonly found in the south-east Queensland region at the time of Rosewood's settlement.

The first coal mine in the Lanefield district, west of Rosewood, commenced production in 1918. As part of these workings, two railway branches from the Brisbane to Toowoomba main line were constructed to the mines at Lanefield Colliery (1934 to 1965) and Westvale Colliery (1929 to 1960).

The New Oakleigh Mine is located to the town's north and was one of the last remaining coal mines in the area at the time of its closure in 2013.


Rosewood is the terminus of Queensland Rail City network's Ipswich and Rosewood railway line. Rosewood railway station provides commuter rail services to Ipswich and Brisbane via Ipswich.

Translink also provides bus route 539, which terminates in Rosewood. The route services key Lockyer Valley centres, such as Laidley, Gatton, Grantham and Helidon, to the west of Rosewood.

Heritage listings

Rosewood has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Rosewood State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at School Street (27°38′37″S 152°35′33″E / 27.6435°S 152.5926°E / -27.6435; 152.5926 (Rosewood State School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 284 students with 20 teachers (19 full-time equivalent) and 23 non-teaching staff (13 full-time equivalent).

St Brigid's Primary School is a Catholic primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Railway Street (27°38′31″S 152°35′42″E / 27.6419°S 152.5949°E / -27.6419; 152.5949 (St Brigid's Primary School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 161 students with 14 teachers (11 full-time equivalent) and 13 non-teaching staff (6 full-time equivalent).

Rosewood State High School is a government secondary (7-12) school for boys and girls at 46 Lanefield Road (27°38′09″S 152°35′08″E / 27.6358°S 152.5856°E / -27.6358; 152.5856 (Rosewood State High School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 455 students with 46 teachers and 35 non-teaching staff (23 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program for both primary and secondary students.

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