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The Burpengary Area

General Info

Burpengary is a suburb 35 kilometres from the Brisbane CBD, in Queensland, Australia. Its Local Government Area is the Moreton Bay Regional Council.

The name comes from Burpen-gar, meaning the place of the green wattle tree. This tree, sometimes also called the early black wattle, grows in open forest country.

Burpengary is one of Moreton Bay region's fastest growing residential areas.  Retailers in Burpengary include Coles, ALDI, Woolworths, Priceline, Pizza Capers, Gloria Jeans and The Coffee Club.


Burpengary has three primary schools: Burpengary State School, St Eugene College and Burpengary Meadows State School.

Burpengary Aquatic & Fitness Centre

20 Fountain Road, Burpengary

Phone: (07) 3888 1088 

Complex has a 25 metre indoor heated pool with 6 lanes and a small heated pool usually used for infant's swim lessons.

The Narangba Area

General Info

Narangba is a suburb north of Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, Australia. Its Local Government Area is the Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Narangba in its Aboriginal origin meant small ridge, and that describes the area where the railway station with its associated township was situated. Earlier, it was part of an area referred to as Stoney Creek. The railway station was first called Sideling Creek Station, later renamed as Narangba.

An award-winning Development Control Plan has resulted in major residential interest regarding the areas of Narangba and Burpengary, with infrastructure matching population growth. An industrial estate providing services required by manufacturing and general industries has taken full advantage of the shire's transport corridors, with sites on either side of the Bruce Highway.


Narangba State School
Narangba Valley State High School
Jinibara State School

The Morayfield Area

General Info

Morayfield is a suburb of Caboolture, 44km north of Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, Australia. Its Local Government Area is the Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Morayfield is a mostly residential area, consisting mainly of low-set brick homes and some semi-rural acreage. The main commercial area is concentrated along Morayfield Road and includes the Morayfield Shopping Centre, which opened in 1997.


Brisbane man George Raff bought some of the land held by the failed Caboolture Cotton Company, calling it "Moray Field", derived from Raff's native Morayshire in Scotland. It was often written as "Morayfields" and, from 1881, became "Morayfield".

Until the mid-1980s, Morayfield remained a rural area consisting of a small dairy holding and small crop farming enterprises. However, with the population pressure caused by the rapid growth of the greater Brisbane area, it has since suffered to some degree from random or unplanned residential development and rapid population growth. It is a thriving retail and service industry commercial center.

The Caboolture Area

General Info

Caboolture is a suburb 50 km north of Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, Australia. Caboolture is considered to be the northernmost urban area of the greater Brisbane metropolitan region within South East Queensland, as it marks the end of the Brisbane suburban commuter railway service along the North Coast railway line.

It hosts the QUT Urban Country Music Festival each year, and a ute muster.


Pre European
The Caboolture area is the traditional home of the Kabi Aboriginal people. The name "Kabultur" is derived from the Yugarabul dialect meaning "place of the carpet snake".The Kabi people harvested bush food, fresh water mussels, oysters, fish, and some game animals, moving around the land to take best advantage of seasonally-available produce.

Each year in March, the Kabi people would hold Bunya Festivals to feast on the plentiful and nutritious annual nuts of the Bunya Pine. These huge trees provided a food source which could sustain large numbers of people. Neighbouring clans were invited to the festivals, where singing, dancing story-telling, trading and arranging of marriages took place.

The Caboolture area was first settled in 1842 when the land around the Moreton Bay penal colony was opened up to free settlers. Due to its proximity to Brisbane, Caboolture was one of the first areas of the state opened up to European settlement.

By the mid 1860s the local pastoralists were experimenting with sugar cane and cotton. In 1867, a tiny settlement was established as a supply and trading centre for the settlers in the area and to service the needs of miners trekking from Brisbane to the goldfields near Gympie. The local shire was constituted in 1879 and in 1888 the railway line from Brisbane was opened.

Timber was the principal industry of the area until the 1860s. The valuable red cedar, now very rare in the Shire, provided a good income for the timber getters. The massive logs were rafted down the Caboolture River to Deception Bay, from where they were taken by steamer to Brisbane. Settlers also made good use of the valuable timber, using it wherever possible for houses, barns and even fence posts.

The first crown land sold in the area was auctioned in 1864 for one pound Sterling an acre. Soon, the area had a thriving agricultural industry. The first major crop was sugar cane, then soon wheat, maize and Indian corn were being grown on the river flats. Vegetables were grown for local consumption. After an early unsuccessful foray with a wool industry, damp-susceptible sheep were abandoned in favour of more hardy cattle.

Settlement in Caboolture was accelerated with the discovery of gold at Gympie. In 1868, the town was used as a stop-over point by the Cobb and Co coach service connecting Brisbane, Gympie and Maryborough. This function continued with the rail link established in 1888.

Recent history
Formerly a small dairy town, the location of Caboolture on the corridor between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast resulted in an influx of residents in the 1970s and 1980s. The three main factors in this expansion were the electrification of the railway line to Brisbane, enabling travel to the Brisbane CBD in less than an hour, the development of the Bruce Highway to freeway (motorway) standard, and the availability of cheap land.

In common with many outer areas of Brisbane, the Caboolture Shire Council encouraged the development of low-cost housing areas that were affordable compared to established areas in Brisbane. This policy resulted in estates of small inexpensive houses on small blocks. At the same time, the Council allowed the subdivision of rural land into 'acreage' housing estates consisting of 3/4, 2, and 5 acre blocks .

Caboolture Historical Village

The Caboolture Historical Village is located at 280 Beerburrum Road, Caboolture.  Click on the link to go to their website for more information on upcoming events.

Caboolture Regional Aquatic Leisure Centre

Aquatic Centre Drive, Burpengary

Phone: (07) 5431 3500
Website: www.australiancrawl.com.au

Wheelchair access to pool and complex

Heated indoor 50 metre Olympic pool, 25 metre warm-up pool; aqua aerobics, tennis, beach volley ball, modern state of the art gymnasium, café and BBQ facilities in landscaped setting, enclosed children's play area. Childcare is available in a crèche for children over 18 months old for up to 2 hours at a time.

Caboolture swimming pool

King Street, Caboolture

Phone: (07) 5498 9084
Open: Select more information for opening hours.

50 metre olympic pool, shaded children's wading pool, learn to swim classes, squads coaching, aqua aerobics and shaded BBQ area.

Walking Tracks in the Moreton Bay Region

The following list gives you a good comparison of the bush walking tracks in Moreton Bay. Sort the bush walking tracks by difficulty, time, distance, starting and finish point, and pick the bush walking tracks which are suitable for you.

Cotton Wood walk

Starting Captain Cook Parade Ending Deception Bay Type One Way
Distance 1.5km Time 40 minutes Difficulty Easy

This 1.5km walk can be started from either Captain Cook Parade or Maine Terrace and Esplanade. A foreshore pedestrian and bicycle path, combining timber boardwalks, viewing platforms, seating, shade structures and picnic facilities, has created a relaxing atmosphere along the length of the bay. The esplanade offers some great spots for a picnic complete with electric BBQs, shade and sea views.

Falls lookout

Starting Sellin Road Ending Sellin Road Type Return
Distance 1km Time 20 minutes Difficulty Easy

Falls lookout is a short walk to two viewing platforms overlooking the picturesque Neurum Valley and Bulls Falls. This is a 1km return so should take 20 minutes to complete.

Mill forest walk

Starting Neurum Creek Road Ending Neurum Creek Road Type One Way
Distance 1.4km Time 40 minutes Difficulty Medium

Mill forest walk is 1.4kms winding through lush sub-tropical rainforest. Interpretive signs describe the unusual and unique adaptations of the plants. A car park is situated at the head of the track, 4km from the Day Use area, along Neurum Creek Road. Allow 40 minutes.

Piccabeen walk

Starting Piccabeen Ending Piccabeen Type Circuit
Distance 1km Time 20 minutes Difficulty Easy

Piccabeen walk located across the road from the Day Use area is a 1km circuit featuring a boardwalk through a grove of piccabeen palms. Takes 20 minutes to complete and is suitable for wheelchairs with assistance.

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