Burbank, Queensland

Burbank is a greenbelt suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[3] In the 2016 census Burbank had a population of 1,050 people.[1]

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Waterway in Brisbane Koala Bushlands, 2012
Burbank is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°33′30″S 153°09′32″E / 27.5583°S 153.1588°E / -27.5583; 153.1588 (Burbank (centre of suburb))
Population1,050 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density34.65/km2 (89.8/sq mi)
Area30.3 km2 (11.7 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location18.6 km (12 mi) SE of Brisbane GPO
LGA(s)City of Brisbane
(Chandler Ward)[2]
State electorate(s)Mansfield
Federal division(s)Bonner
Suburbs around Burbank:
Chandler Capalaba
Rochedale Burbank Sheldon
Rochedale South Priestdale Sheldon


Burbank is an outer suburb of City of Brisbane and borders City of Redland to the east and City of Logan to the south.[4]

Burbank has a number of small intermittent creeks winding between cleared and uncleared rolling hills.

The main road across in the area is the Mount Gravatt-Capalaba Road. There are also a couple of working and hobby farms. There are a few palm nurseries and at least two turf farms in the area. Burbank has a number of churches and temples and there is a Jewish school. The closest public primary school is Mackenzie State School (formerly Mount Petrie State School) in Mackenzie. There are no shops in the suburb and public transport is very limited.

The almost entirely residential outer suburb is dominated by large acreage blocks, many with extensive gardens and prestige housing built on them. A dam built in the late 1960s has shaped the modern development of this area. Called the Leslie Harrison Dam, it forms the Tingalpa Reservoir on Tingalpa Creek. The dam once provided water for residents of Redland City but has been connected to the regional water supply network. Because of water quality concerns, the population density has been kept low within the immediate catchment area.


The area was originally known as Upper Tingalpa.[5] The suburb was named after Alfred Harry Burbank, a surveyor and farmer, who was a resident in the area from 1890 to 1908.[3] Burbank carried out surveys across Queensland over his 65 year career.[6] Frank Burbank, a local horse breeder and timber-getter, was his son.[6] Frank stayed in the area until his death in the 1950s. Burbank was officially named on 1 June 1976.[6]

Sinai College opened on 29 January 1990.[7]

Since the inception of the Bushland Preservation Levy in 1990,[8] the Brisbane City Council has purchased undeveloped properties in Burbank for nature reserves. A koala habitation protection called Brisbane Koala Bushlands was also created,[9] with visitor facilities and boardwalks located on Ford Road. A second park, called JC Trotter Memorial Park, is located on Cherbon Street, adjacent to the Tingalpa Reservoir. It is estimated that 3,000 to 5,000 koalas live in the southeast of Brisbane and this park is designed to protect their habitats and their movement corridors.

In 2008, a private property at Burbank became the first property to be classified as conservation area under an environmental covenant with the Brisbane City Council.[10] The agreement is part of the BCC's GreenHeart CitySmart plan which aims to restore 40% of the city's land to natural habitat by 2026.

In the 2016 census Burbank had a population of 1,050 people.[1]


Burbank has not been subdivided into small residential blocks of land to ensure the population remains low. In figures published in early 2009 from the Australian Property Investor magazine, Burbank had the third highest median house price in Australia, at A$1.1 million.[11] Recent census data shows that Burbank has the most three-car households in Brisbane, at a rate of 40%.[12]

According to RP Data figures, residents of Burbank remain living in the suburb for an average of 13 years, which is the fourth longest in Brisbane, behind nearby Sheldon and both Point Lookout and Amity Point on North Stradbroke Island.[13]


Sinai College is a private primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 20 Moxon Road (27°33′21″S 153°08′41″E / 27.5558°S 153.1448°E / -27.5558; 153.1448 (Sinai College)).[14][15] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 30 students with 5 teachers (4 full-time equivalent) and 3 non-teaching staff (2 full-time equivalent).[16]

There are no government schools in Burbank. The nearest government primary schools are Gumdale State School in Gumdale to the north-west, Mackenzie State Primary School (previously Mount Petrie State School) in neighbouring Mackenzie to the west Capalaba State College in neighbouring Capalaba to the north-east, Rochedale State School in neighbouring Rochedale to the west, and Rochedale South State School in neighbouring Rochedale South to the south-west. The nearest government secondary schools are Mansfield State High School in Mansfield to the north-west, Rochedale State High School in neighbouring Rochedale to the west, and Capalaba State College in neighbouring Capalaba to the north-east.[4]


There are a number of parks in the area:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Burbank (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018.  
  2. ^ "Chandler Ward". Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Burbank – suburb in City of Brisbane (entry 44561)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  5. ^ Brian Williams (31 October 2013). "Secrets of Brisbane's suburbs: B". The Courier-Mail. News Corp. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Roberts, Beryl (2013). Naming Brisbane: Origins of Brisbane's Suburb & Locality Names. p. 22. ISBN 9780987231529.
  7. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  8. ^ "Bushland Preservation Levy". Brisbane City Council. 8 May 2019. Archived from the original on 26 March 2020. Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  9. ^ "Brisbane Koala Bushlands". Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 16 August 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  10. ^ Marissa Calligeros (12 April 2008). "Historic deal for greener Brisbane". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
  11. ^ Jenny Rogers (9 January 2009). "Coast home prices slashed". goldcoast.com.au. News Limited. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
  12. ^ "Brisbane cultural map shows social trends, birth rates". The Courier-Mail. News Queensland. 30 October 2008. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
  13. ^ Michelle Hele (28 August 2010). "Some suburbs are so good that no one wants to leave". The Courier-Mail. News Queensland. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
  14. ^ "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Sinai College". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  16. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2018". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Land for public recreation - Queensland". Queensland Open Data. Queensland Government. 20 November 2020. Archived from the original on 22 November 2020. Retrieved 22 November 2020.

External linksEdit

  • "Burbank". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland.