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Redland CityQueensland
Population 12,807 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 4164
Location 28 km (17 mi) from Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) Redland City
State electorate(s) Redlands
Federal Division(s) Bowman
Suburbs around Thornlands:
Alexandra Hills Cleveland Moreton Bay
Capalaba Thornlands Victoria Point
Sheldon Mount Cotton Victoria Point

Thornlands is a residential suburb located approximately 28 kilometres (17 mi) east-south-east of Brisbane, the capital of the Australian state of Queensland, and is part of the Redland City local government area.

As of the June 2006 census, Thornlands was estimated to be home to 10,520 people, with the majority of these of working age.


In the 2011 census, Thornlands recorded a population of 12,807 people, 51% female and 49% male.

The average age of the Thornlands population was 38 years of age, 1 year above the Australian average.

70.2% of people living in Thornlands were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 9.2%, New Zealand 5.6%, South Africa 2.1%, Scotland 1.2%, Finland 0.6%.

91% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.6% Afrikaans, 0.6% Finnish, 0.4% German, 0.3% Dutch, 0.3% Italian.


Major features of Thornlands include:

  • Faith Lutheran College, Redlands (Middle/Senior School Campus)
  • Thornlands State School
  • Redlands District Special School
  • Carmel Catholic College
  • Nazarene Theological College
  • Redlands District Rugby League Football Club
  • Pinklands Netball and Pony Club
  • BayView State School

Major access to Thornlands is provided by Boundary Road, Cleveland-Redland Bay Road, or Wellington Street.


Thornlands began as part of the area then encompassed by Cleveland, and was leased (along with most of the land between Ormiston and the Logan River), to Joseph Clarke. He relinquished his lease in 1858, allowing small farmers to settle in the area.

The area took the name Thornlands after George Thorn, a major landholder in the area, whose lands were subdivided around 1900. The area was settled, like the surrounding suburbs, primarily by farmers, mostly growing fruit such as citrus, bananas and mangoes. Thornlands State School was founded in 1910.

The area is now primarily suburban residences, with the southern parts rural residences, comprising larger landblocks. The population is growing rapidly due to new housing developments.

Coordinates: 27°33′S 153°16′E / 27.55°S 153.267°E / -27.55; 153.267

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