Caboolture is a large suburb of Brisbane located about 50km from the Brisbane CBD.

Up until 2008 Caboolture operated as a stand-alone local government under the name Caboolture Shire Council. At the March 2008 local election the council merged with the Pine Rivers Shire Council and Redcliffe City to create the Moreton Bay Regional Council.


The 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.

Caboolture Golf Course

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 and barns.

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.

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 between 3/4-acre (3,035 m2) to 2-and-5-acre (8,100 and 20,000 m2) blocks.


Caboolture is a regional transport hub. With its connections across the Great Dividing Range via the D'Aguilar highway, easy highway access to Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast via the Bruce Highway, and major road to Bribie Island, it is a focal point for road traffic.

Caboolture railway station is the terminus for QR Citytrain's Caboolture railway line, as well as being a major stop on the North Coast railway line. Citytrain operates regular services to Brisbane, in addition to interurban services to Nambour and Gympie, with significant expansion of services north of Caboolture planned over the next decade. The area is serviced by two bus companies, Caboolture Bus Lines and the larger Kangaroo Bus Lines.

Train heading for Caboolture

Caboolture Services

Caboolture has a thriving business community. With the amount of growth happening in the area it is no surprise that they are many builders and tradesmen basing themselves and their businesses in and around Caboolture.

For any builders in the Caboolture area it is highly recommended that you hold builders insurance. This can help to protect you as well as your customers.

More information about business in Caboolture can be found on our website by following the links.

Caboolture Airport

Unusually for a suburb or settlement of this size, Caboolture contains its own airfield. The airfield primarily services general and recreational aviation.

Visiting aircraft are able to operate into the Caboolture airstrip, which is under the operational control of the Caboolture Aero Club Inc.

Additionally the airport is home to a number of aviation enterprises and attractions - amongst them, the Caboolture Warplane Museum (with operational P51 Mustang, CAC Wirraway and CAC Winjeel aircraft) and the Beaufort Restoration group (a group of volunteers restorating an Australian-built DAP Beaufort Mark VII Bomber).

170,739 (2006 census)
50km north of Bris. CBD
  Local Council
Moreton Bay Region
  State Electorate
Pumicestone, Glass House
  Federal Electorate
Fisher, Longman