On the Northside of Brisbane 44 km from the city, Caboolture (4510) marks the most northern edge of the Brisbane region and is at the end of the commuter rail service. It was settled in 1842 when land became available to settlers who began dairy farming as well as growing sugar cane and cotton and later supplied miners on their way to the Gympie goldfields. This grew into a coach stopover in 1868, and later, into a rail link point in 1888 between Brisbane and northern coastal towns.
It’s history and strategic position as a transport hub with good road and rail services coupled with its very affordable land and relatively easy, quick access to Brisbane, has meant that Caboolture has grown and developed rapidly since the 1970s. Not only does Caboolture have regular bus and train services into Brisbane and to the north, but it also has its own airport.
Caboolture has a strong sporting culture, particularly in rugby league, cricket, boxing, little athletics and even has an equestrian centre. It prides itself on its country traditions and is well known for its country music festival and ute muster each year.
Caboolture is well serviced with major shopping centres incorporating all the major retailers, a high street with boutique shopping and restaurants, parks and recreational facilities as well as 6 primary schools, 4 high schools and a Montessori school.
In 2011, Caboolture was home to about 59,000 people of which 25% were born overseas, primarily in England and New Zealand, although some 14% of Caboolture residents speak a language other than English at home.