Redbank is a suburb of the City of Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.[2] It is approximately 25 kilometres (16 mi) south-west of Brisbane CBD, the capital of Queensland. At the 2016 Australian Census, the suburb recorded a population of 1,834. At the 2016 Australia Census, Redbank had an unemployment rate of 14.5%, more than double the Australian unemployment rate of 6.9%.[1]


The origin of the suburb name is from a description of the area provided by Major Edmund Lockyer whilst exploring in a boat along the Brisbane River.[2]

While the Redbank area is known for its agricultural and pastoral origins, it has a more varied history.[3]

In the late 1850s, the first farmers in the area settled on the river flats situated to the north of the current railway station. This settlement featured a brickworks, sawmill, stores, cottages, a school and nondenominational church, though due to severe flooding, it was relocated south of the railway station some years later.[3]

In the early years, the rich black loamy soil of the plains supported crops of maize, potatoes and fodder, while cotton became a significant crop in the 1860s and 1870s.[3] By the beginning of the 20th century, dairying became more important with the establishment of several creameries in the area.[3]

The late 1850s saw the establishment of the first secondary industry in the area, with a boiling down works and fellmongery owned by Mr John Campbell and Mr Town.[3]

The Redbank - Bundamba Loop Line comprised a series of railway sidings serving coal mines in the area.[4]

The current Redbank Plaza Library was opened in 1998 and had a major refurbishment in 2010.[5]


Redbank railway station provides access to regular Queensland Rail City network services to Brisbane CBD, Ipswich and Rosewood. The Redbank train station has a Queensland Police Service Rail Squad stationed on platform 2. Near the ticket office.

The Redbank Railway Workshops has been operating in the suburb since 1958.


  • Redbank State School[6]
  • The council library[7]


Ipswich City Council operates a public library in Redbank at Level 3 Redbank Plaza Shopping Centre.[8]

The Redbank-Collingwood Park Sport complex, accessed from Collingwood Drive, has a soccer field, netball, volleyball, tennis and basketball courts[9]

Parks and Reserves

Redbank has several parklands and reserves. The website for the City of Ipswich has more details, including each park's facilities[9]

  • Pan Pacific Peace Gardens: McAuliffe Street
  • Redbank Memorial Reserve: Bridge Street
  • Redbank Rifle Range
  • Tofa Mamao A Samoa Park: Kruger Parade


See also


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Redbank (QLD) (State Suburb) (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 March 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Redbank – suburb (entry 48316)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Redbank". Ipswich City Council. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  4. ^ The Redbank - Bundamba Loop Line Kerr, J.D. Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin June 1968 pp129-147
  5. ^ "Public Libraries Connect" (PDF). Queensland Public Libraries Statistical Bulletin 2016-2017" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. November 2017. Retrieved 22 January 2018. November 2017. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Redbank State School". Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Redbank Plaza Library | Ipswich Libraries". Ipswich City Council. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Redbank Plaza". Public Libraries Connect. 29 August 2017. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Parks Search". Ipswich City Council. Retrieved 4 February 2018.

External links

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