When in Brisbane, especially in the south-west part of its Central business District, you should not miss checking out the suburb that is found about 16 kilometres from it which is Anstead.  You can find it on the northern bank of the famous Brisbane River.  The name Anstead was taken from the original land owner who back then introduced quarrying while at the same time being a timber getter, John Anstead.  This was around 1860s as before it was gazetted in 1975, Anstead is actually part of another suburb, Moggill.

Anstead is in the federal electorate of Ryan.  Settlement only started to progress during the mid 1800s, however, majority of its land area was used for cattle grazing and farming.  Now, you will find this suburb to be a rural-residential kind with its population already grown from when it first opened for settlement.


Anstead, according to the 2011 census, has a population of 1,527.  When divided according to gender, its population reflects a 50.4% for females and 49.6% for males.  Anstead residents have the median or average age of 39 years old.    

  • Income ($/weekly): Individual residents of Anstead come with the median income of $755 per week.  As for its household, the median weekly income is $2,293.  
  • Employment: Of those identified to be part of the labour force in Anstead, 59.7% are actually working under full time employment.  The other 32.1% are employed on a part time basis.  This suburb has an unemployment rate of 4.4%.  
  • Lifestyles and People (top 5): Residents of Anstead when classified according to their lifestyle reflects the top five categories being – Older Couples & Families (28.9%); Established Couples & Families (24.1%); Maturing Couples & Families (11.3%); Older Independence (7.8%); and Elderly Couples (7.3%).    


Residents of Anstead have little concern over how they should go about their daily business because moving around is convenient, thanks to public transport.  There are bus stops highly accessible for them and to name a few there are the stops in Moggill Road – one is near the Pinjarra Road and another is at Mt Crosby Road.  Commuters can also wait at the nearby bus stop in Pioneer Cres.  

Those who find going through places by means of bicycling will also find it convenient when in Anstead.  In fact, there are also bike trails that can support their need to go higher by means of mountain biking.    


In 2006, data revealed Anstead to be with 29% of its total population attending educational institutions.  This of course is based on the age structures of residents who at that time qualify for seeking education and learning.  Anstead residents can send their kids in schools like the Moggill Primary and Moggill State Preschool.   


Apart from the local shops and businesses which one will find in Anstead (from plumbing services to pest control and even dog training shops), families would be glad that amenities available include bushland reserves and parks.  The famous Anstead Bushland Reserve will keep anyone and families busy with amenities and facilities available for activities like bushwalks, barbecues, horse riding and play within their ‘play and kick area’.