Redland City, also referred to as simply 'the Redlands' or 'Redland Shire' is its own local government area around 30km east south-east of Brisbane. It covers an area of 537km2 along the southern shore of Moreton Bay and includes a number of islands in Moreton Bay including North Stradbroke island. It has 335km of coastline, including all of the islands. The main suburbs include Capalaba, Victoria Point, Redland Bay and Cleveland (which is where the council is based). It derives its name from Redland Bay, named after the reddish colour of its soil.
The local government area of Redland City was formed in 2008 when the shires of Cleveland and Tingalpa were merged.
Cleveland was settled in the early 1800s and at one point was put forward as the potential main port for South East Queensland to replace Brisbane. The construction of the Cleveland train line from Brisbane to Cleveland, completed in 1889, contributed to significant population growth in the area during the twentieth century.
There are mid-sized shopping centres and shopping precincts in Cleveland, Victoria Point, Redland Bay, Alexandra Hills, Wellington Point and Capalaba.
- Population (2016) 147,010
- Private Dwellings (2016) 59,757
- Average People/Household (2016) 2.6
- Median Monthly Household Income (2016) $6,586
- Median Monthly Mortgage Repayment (2016) $1,950
- Average Motor Vehicles/Dwelling (2016) 2
- Median Age 41 (2016) – three years older than national average
- Primary Schools ~20