Old Cleveland Road, Brisbane

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Old Cleveland Road
Carina Shops.JPG
Old Cleveland Road at Carina
General information
Type Road
Length 19.3 km (12 mi)
Route number(s)
  • State Route 22
  • State Route 30
  • State Route 54
  • State Route 55
Major junctions
West end Logan Road (State Route 95), Greenslopes
East end Old Cleveland Road East (State Route 55), Birkdale
Major suburbs Coorparoo, Camp Hill, Carina, Carindale, Chandler, Capalaba

Old Cleveland Road is a major road in Brisbane, Queensland. It runs 19.3 kilometres (12.0 mi) from Stones Corner to Capalaba in Brisbane, with most of the route signed as State Route 22.[citation needed] Sections of the road are also part of State Routes 30, 54, and 55.[citation needed] The road is the main route from inner Brisbane to Capalaba and Cleveland since New Cleveland Road only links Tingalpa with Capalaba.

The road provides the quickest access to the suburbs of Capalaba and Carindale from Logan Road and the Gateway Motorway, as well as being a main access road for Westfield Carindale Shopping Centre and Capalaba Central Shopping Centre. When completed the Eastern Busway will run parallel to, and (in some parts) in the middle of, the road so bus patrons can avoid severe peak hour traffic congestion road-wide.[1]


In 1839 and 1841 surveyors James Warner, Granville Stayplton and Robert Dixon were directed by incoming Lieutenant Owen Gorman to prepare the Moreton Bay Penal Colony for civil administration and private (rather than convict only) occupation. In particular Warner surveyed Norman Creek from (present day) Stones Corner, Hilliard's Creek and Tingalpa Creek to the Brisbane River, suggesting on his survey a road from Coopers Plains (then called Cowpers Plains) to Cleveland Point (the only eligible site that a mooted port could be located) along a line approximately 2.4 kilometres (1.5 mi) south of where Old Cleveland Road is today. A subsequent 1841 survey proposed a slightly different alignment, crossing over Tingalpa Creek only once.[2]

In 1849, Major Thomas Mitchell, Surveyor-General of the Colony of New South Wales directed that a town at Cleveland Point be surveyed as per Warner's suggestion in the 1941 survey. Warner submitted his Survey of a practicable road from Brisbane in the County of Stanley to the proposed Town of Cleveland in the same County on 22 May 1850, the first definitive plan and (subsequent) construction of a road on the current's approximate alignment. The first sale of blocks of land at Cleveland occurred on August 13, 1851 after Warner submitted a survey of allotments for the new town on 25 April of that same year.[2]

Tramway tracks at Carina, 2015

Old Cleveland Road's alignment was variously altered by various surveyors, including Warner and Gould, and the New South Wales and (subsequent) Queensland colonial and State governments until 1961, the route of which remains largely unchanged to this day. Oddly, a 1926 Brisbane City Council map called the road Cleveland Road whilst today's Mt. Gravatt-Capalaba Road was labelled by council as Old Cleveland Road. A 1975 Brisbane City Council proposal to rename the current Old Cleveland Road was halted after the Redland City council objected to the change.[2]

Between 1912 and 1926, part of the Belmont Tramway ran along the road at Carina. Between 1948 and 1969, Brisbane City Council electric trams ran along Old Cleveland Road between Logan Road and Belmont. Approximately 625 m (684 yd) of tram track remains in the median strip between Jones Road to Orwell Street in Carina. This remaining tram track is listed on the Queensland Heritage Register.[3]


Major intersections

The entire road is in the Brisbane local government area.[4]

Location km mi Destinations Notes
Greenslopes 0 0.0 Logan Road (State Routes 22 and 95) - west - Woolloongabba /
Logan Road (no route number) - south-east - rejoins State Route 95 in Greenslopes
Western end of Old Cleveland Road (State Route 22)
Western concurrency terminus with State Route 95
0.21 0.13 Montague Street (State Route 95) - south - Logan Road /
Laura Street - north - Greenslopes
Eastern concurrency terminus with State Route 95
Coorparoo 1.6 0.99 Cavendish Road (State Route 41) - north-west - East Brisbane /
south-east - Holland Park
Camp Hill 3.5 2.2 Boundary Road - south - Holland Park /
Wiles Street - north - Seven Hills
Carina -
Carindale boundary
6.1 3.8 Creek Road - north - Cannon Hill /
south - Upper Mount Gravatt
Carindale /
Belmont boundary
8.5 5.3 Gateway Motorway (M1) - north - Murarrie /
south - Mackenzie
Chandler 11.1 6.9 Tilley Road (State Route 30) - south - Mackenzie /
north (no route number) - Gumdale
Western concurrency terminus with State Route 30
12.8 8.0 Moreton Bay Road (State Route 22) - south-east - Capalaba Old Cleveland Road continues east as State Route 30
14.2 8.8 New Cleveland Road (State Route 30) - north-west - Capalaba Old Cleveland Road continues south-east with no route number
15.0 9.3 Mount Gravatt Capalaba Road (State Route 54) - south-west - Mackenzie /
Camrose Street - north-east - Chandler
Old Cleveland Road continues south-east as State Route 54
Capalaba 15.4 9.6 Redland Bay Road (State Route 44) - south-east - Capalaba
16.5 10.3 Moreton Bay Road (State Route 22) - south-west - Capalaba /
Finucane Road (State Route 22) - east - Alexandra Hills
Birkdale 18.5 11.5 Birkdale Road (State Route 54) - north-east - Birkdale Old Cleveland Road continues south-east as State Route 55
19.3 12.0 Rossinton Street - south - Birkdale /
Currawong Drive - north - Birkdale
Eastern end of Old Cleveland Road.
State Route 55 continues east as Old Cleveland Road East
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ Translink Transit Authority (Queensland)(2012) 'Eastern Busway Alignment Maps'. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Fr. Michael A. Endicott O.S.A., M.A. (November 1975) 'The Origins of Old Cleveland Road'. In Coorparoo and Saint James' Church. Accessed from the University of Queensland Library. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Old Cleveland Road Tramway Tracks (entry 601839)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  4. ^ Google (20 July 2017). "Old Cleveland Road, Brisbane" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
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