Sunnybank Hills, Queensland

Sunnybank Hills is an outer southern suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[3] In the 2021 census, Sunnybank Hills had a population of 18,085 people.[4]

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Sunnybank Hills
Sunnybank Hills sign Pinelands Rd.jpg
Pinelands Road, 2018
Sunnybank Hills is located in Queensland
Sunnybank Hills
Sunnybank Hills
Coordinates27°35′44″S 153°03′06″E / 27.5955°S 153.0516°E / -27.5955; 153.0516 (Sunnybank Hills (centre of suburb))Coordinates: 27°35′44″S 153°03′06″E / 27.5955°S 153.0516°E / -27.5955; 153.0516 (Sunnybank Hills (centre of suburb))
Population18,085 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density2,782/km2 (7,210/sq mi)
Area6.5 km2 (2.5 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location17.9 km (11 mi) S of Brisbane GPO
LGA(s)City of Brisbane
(Runcorn Ward)[2]
State electorate(s)Stretton
Federal division(s)Moreton
Suburbs around Sunnybank Hills:
Acacia Ridge Sunnybank Sunnybank
Acacia Ridge Sunnybank Hills Runcorn
Algester Calamvale Stretton


Sunnybank Hills is about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Brisbane CBD, in Queensland, Australia. It is a large suburb, and adjoins the suburbs of Calamvale, Coopers Plains, Sunnybank, MacGregor, Algester, Acacia Ridge and Runcorn.

Sunnybank Hills has numerous ridges and hills, with lower wetter areas in the north and east. These form the marshes near Sunnybank and Runcorn railway stations.[1] There are many parks and greenspaces in the area. The soil is fertile and watered by numerous small creeks, including a large one that flows north–south across the suburb, and the suburb borders on the small wildfowl habitat and wetlands of neighbouring Calamvale Creek.[citation needed]


Sunnybank Hills was originally part of a much larger area known as Coopers Plains. In 1885, the railway line was extended from Yeerongpilly, and names had to be given to the railway stations built along the line. One of the stations was named after a local farm, Sunny Brae, when 2 acres (8,100 m2) of land were taken over for the railway. Brae is the Scottish word for the English word bank, so the area was given boundaries and named Sunnybank. The area of Sunnybank Hills was officially defined in 1971, although it had been unofficially called this for many years.

Autism Therapy & Education Centre opened on 23 July 1977.[5]

Sunnybank Hills State School No 1889 opened on 30 January 1979.[5]

The Sunnybank Hills Public Library opened in 1987 with a major refurbishment in 2009.[6]

In the 2011 census, Sunnybank Hills recorded a population of 16,830 people: 50.4% female and 49.6% male.[7] The median age of the Sunnybank Hills population was 34 years, 3 years below the Australian median. Children aged under 15 years made up 16.3% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 12.4% of the population. Sunnybank Hills is a very multicultural suburb. 46.7% of people living in Sunnybank Hills were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were China 10.5%, Taiwan 6.6%, New Zealand 4.3%, India 2.5%, England 2.2%. Just under half (49.7%) of people spoke only English at home; the next most popular languages were 17.8% Mandarin, 6.5% Cantonese, 2.3% Vietnamese, 2.2% Korean, 1.2% Greek. According to the 2016 census, Sunnybank Hills includes the largest communities of both Chinese Australians (5,647 people; 25.4%) and Serbian Australians (178 people; 1.0%) of any suburb in Queensland.[8][9] Almost half (47%) of the family households in the suburb were couples with children, 35% were couples without children, 15% are single-parent households, and 3% are classified as "other family". The great majority (85%) of the dwellings in the suburb are stand-alone houses; townhouses account for another 12%. The houses are mainly modern brick and tile houses but there is a sprinkling of post-war weatherboard homes in the area.[citation needed] The most common religious affiliation was "No Religion" (24.3%); the next most common responses were Catholic 20.1%, Anglican 9.6%, Buddhism 9.0% and Uniting Church 5.5%.[7]

In the 2016 census, Sunnybank Hills had a population of 18,085 people.[1]


The Brisbane City Council operates a public library in Sunnybank Hills in the Sunnybank Hills Shopping Centre at the corner of Compton and Calam Roads.[10]

The Southside Church in Sunnybank Hills

Churches in Sunnybank Hills include the Southside International Church on the corner of Pinelands and Beenleigh Roads, and Sunnybank Hills Uniting Church on the corner of Hellawell Road and Hillcrest Street.[citation needed]

The suburb is serviced by several shopping centres. These include Shauna Downs on the corner of Wynne Street and Beenleigh Road, Centro Pinelands on Mains Road, and the large Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown on the corner of Compton & Calam Roads. Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown features a Woolworths supermarket, Coles supermarket, K Mart, Priceline, Best & Less, The Reject Shop, Lincraft, Aldi, library and 75 specialty stores.[citation needed]

Approximately 25% (ABS 2006 Census) of the population is Asian born, and the cultural scene is brought to life with many Asian restaurants, along with numerous coffee shops and eateries of many cultures. Restaurants in Sunnybank Hills and neighbouring Sunnybank include Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Italian cuisines.[citation needed]


Sunnybank Hills State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 77 Symons Road (27°35′43″S 153°03′22″E / 27.5952°S 153.0562°E / -27.5952; 153.0562 (Sunnybank Hills State School)).[11][12] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 1376 students with 94 teachers (84 full-time equivalent) and 59 non-teaching staff (38 full-time equivalent).[13] It includes a special education program.[11][14]

Autism Queensland Education & Therapy Centre is a private primary and secondary (Prep-12) school for boys and girls at 437 Hellawell Road (27°35′51″S 153°02′35″E / 27.5974°S 153.0431°E / -27.5974; 153.0431 (Autism Queensland Education & Therapy Centre)).[11][15] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 144 students with 24 teachers (18 full-time equivalent) and 85 non-teaching staff (37 full-time equivalent).[13]

There is no government secondary school in Sunnybank Hills. The nearest government secondary school is Sunnybank State High School in neighbouring Sunnybank to the north.[16]


Many bus stops with buses running directly to the city every couple of minutes during peak times (does not require transfer). The suburb is also serviced by the train stations, Sunnybank and Altandi, which provide services to the Brisbane CBD and Beenleigh lines.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Sunnybank Hills (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018.  
  2. ^ "Runcorn Ward". Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 12 March 2017. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Sunnybank Hills – suburb in City of Brisbane (entry 50037)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  4. ^ "2021 Sunnybank Hills, Census All persons QuickStats | Australian Bureau of Statistics". Retrieved 1 January 2023.
  5. ^ a b Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  6. ^ "Queensland Public Libraries Statistical Bulletin 2016-17" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  7. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Sunnybank Hills (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 January 2015.  
  8. ^ "2016Census_G_QLD_SSC – Census DataPacks – General Community Profile". Australian Bureau of Statistics – Census 2016. Archived from the original on 29 July 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  9. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Sunnybank Hills (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 July 2017.  
  10. ^ "Sunnybank Hills Library". Public Libraries Connect. Archived from the original on 15 January 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  11. ^ a b c "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Sunnybank Hills State School". Archived from the original on 30 April 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  13. ^ a b "ACARA School Profile 2018". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Archived from the original on 27 August 2020. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  14. ^ "Sunnybank Hills SS – Special Education Program". Archived from the original on 30 April 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Autism Queensland Education & Therapy Centre". Archived from the original on 29 January 2019. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 10 October 2020.