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Nestled between Cleveland and Victoria Point, Thornlands is just minutes away from the boutique shopping available to the north and Victoria Point’s major shopping centres to the south. Schools, shopping centre, parks, walking and cycling trails and a large number of sporting groups make Thornlands a popular lifestyle choice.

Thornlands is a residential suburb located approximately 28 kilometres east-south-east of Brisbane. Thornlands began as part of the area then encompassed by Cleveland, and was leased (along with most of the land between Ormiston and the Logan River), to Joseph Clarke. He relinquished his lease in 1858, allowing small farmers to settle in the area.

The area took the name Thornlands after George Thorn, a major landholder in the area, whose lands were subdivided around 1900. The area was settled, like the surrounding suburbs, primarily by farmers, mostly growing fruit such as citrus, bananas and mangoes. Thornlands State school was founded in 1910.

The area is now primarily suburban residences, with the southern parts rural residences, comprising larger landblocks. The population is growing rapidly due to new housing developments.


  • Thornlands closest train station is Cleveland train station. The timetable can be accessed here
  • Thornlands also has a local bus route. Times and destinations can be found here


  • Ormiston College Prep to Year 12
  • Sheldon College Prep to Year 12
  • Carmel College Year 7 to Year 12
  • Thornlands State School
  • Cleveland District State High School
  • Cleveland State School