Rothwell is in the west of the Redcliffe peninsula, approximately 28 kilometres (17 mi) north-northeast of Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland. Saltwater Creek marks the suburb's southern and western border. Anzac Avenue passes through the south of the suburb.
Rothwell is one of the few areas on the Redcliffe Peninsula prone to minor flooding due to Saltwater Creek. The Rothwell sports oval along McGahey Street is frequently in the local press due to flooding and its relocation has been proposed for several years.
In the 2011 census, Rothwell recorded a population of 6,683 people, 52.8% female and 47.2% male. The median age of the Rothwell population was 36 years, 1 year below the national median of 37. 73.5% of people living in Rothwell were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 5.8%, England 5.4%, South Africa 0.9%, Philippines 0.9%, Samoa 0.8%. 87.7% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 1.7% Samoan, 0.4% Afrikaans, 0.4% Hindi, 0.4% Vietnamese, 0.3% Dutch.
The suburb's name is after the president of the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland, , who in 1921 proposed a memorial drive marked by an avenue of trees to Redcliffe via the upgraded main road known as Anzac Avenue).
Rothwell has the following heritage-listed sites:
Attractions and features
Rothwell is a residential area with a growing commercial district, home to The Zone and a mixture of diverse retail businesses. Recently, a Woolworths supermarket was developed near The Zone on Deception Bay Road. A Bunnings store is on Anzac Avenue. Currently, the larger shopping centres and supermarkets are in nearby Kippa-Ring and Deception Bay.
Grace Lutheran College is a private secondary (7-12) school for boys and girls at Anzac Avenue & Mewes Road ( In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 1361 students with 111 teachers (102 full-time equivalent) and 124 non-teaching staff (84 full-time equivalent).).
Mueller College is a private primary and secondary (Prep-12) school for boys and girls at 75 Morris Road ( In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 1451 students with 122 teachers (112 full-time equivalent) and 96 non-teaching staff (64 full-time equivalent).).
Currently, sporting clubs in Rothwell are the Redcliffe Cougars softball club and the Redcliffe Tigers AFC.
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