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Redland CityQueensland
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Winston Road, 2015
Population 1,690 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 4157
Location 23 km (14 mi) from Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) Redland City
State electorate(s) Electoral district of Redlands
Federal Division(s) Division of Bowman
Suburbs around Sheldon:
Burbank Capalaba Alexandra Hills
Burbank Sheldon Thornlands
Priestdale Mount Cotton Mount Cotton

Sheldon is a suburb of Redland City, Australia, 23 kilometres (14 mi) south-east of the Brisbane CBD.

The suburb is sparsely populated, consisting of mostly bushland, including some residential properties on acreage. The presence of multiple protected areas is notable, preserving the region's natural eucalyptus forests, and protecting endangered species such as the koala.

Tingalpa Creek flows through the western edge of the suburb, forming a border between the City of Brisbane.


The Sheldon name likely originated from the village of the same name in Devon, United Kingdom, which itself came from an Old English word meaning "steep-sided hill and wooden valley".

As a largely uninhabited rural area, the suburb of Sheldon only came into being in the year 1980. It combined the southern and northern portions of neighbouring suburbs Capalaba and Mount Cotton, respectively.

116 Koala HZP 14 February 2015 comp
A koala living in the Redlands area, not far from Sheldon.


In the 2011 Census, the population of Sheldon was 1,690, of which 49.5% were female and 50.5% were male. The median age of the Sheldon population was 42 years, 5 years above the national median of 37.

80.5% of people living in Sheldon were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England (7%), New Zealand (2.6%), South Africa (1%,) Scotland (0.8%), and India (0.5%). 94.5% of people speak English as their first language, while some residents speak German (0.6%), Spanish (0.5%), Serbian (0.4%), Italian (0.4%), and Greek (0.4%).


Sheldon College
The main entrance of Sheldon College, often referred to as simply Sheldon, a private school well known in the Redlands despite being the only school in its suburb.

Sheldon College, one of the largest schools in Redland City, was founded in the suburb in 1997. Its campus is situated near the roundabout at which Sheldon, Capalaba, Alexandra Hills, and Thornlands meet at a quadripoint.

Karreman Quarries are also based in Sheldon, operating a quarry in the suburb, which provides material for road surfacing. Allegations of pollution, ties to the Liberal National Party, and familial OHS breaches have been made.


Since Tingalpa Creek's headwaters are located in the Sheldon region, the suburb is a catchment area for the entire Leslie Harrison Dam, which provides drinking water to much of the Redlands. The region is also home to a significant koala population. As a result, the suburb retains much of its natural bushland, extending north from the Venman Bushland National Park in Mount Cotton. Protected areas of Sheldon include:

  • Brisbane Koala Bushlands
  • Emu Street Bushland Reserve
  • Ford Road Conservation Area
  • Summit Street Reserve
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