Morayfield, a large residential suburb on the North Coast railway line, extends from Caboolture South to Burpengary, from Upper Caboolture in the west to Beachmere in the east. Its residential areas are clustered around the railway station and Morayfield Road, and from west to east cover nearly six km. Morayfield railway station was named in 1888, being taken from the Morayfield sugar plantation (1868), planted by George Raff who was born in Morayshire, Scotland.
Morayfield's most arresting feature is the drive-in shopping centres and bulky-goods outlets along Morayfield Road. Morayfield Village drive-in shopping centre (1985) with 16 shops opened when the local population numbered about 2300. Twelve years later Morayfield Shopping Centre opened when the population approached 15,000. The retail catchment included Upper Caboolture to the west and Caboolture South. With two discount department stores, two supermarkets, 117 other shops and eight cinema screens, the new drive-in drew away trade from central Caboolture. Harvey Norman, Bunnings, Spotlight and Woolworths opened stand-alone outlets along the new highway strip, and Warehouse Supa Centre (10,000 sq m) was opened in 2001, 1.6 km from the larger shopping centre. Overcoming a legal challenge from Woolworths, the Supa Centre has concentrated on discount warehouses. Although lacking a traditional department store, Morayfield is a regional shopping precinct.
Before Morayfield's urban beginnings in the 1970s, there were the standard kinds of trades and rural occupations. The post office directory for 1949 recorded 21 farmers, a sawmill and a primary school (1873).
Residential expansion east and west of the highway was marked by the opening of the Morayfield East primary school in 1991 and the Minimbah primary school (near Upper Caboolture) in 1997. A high school was opened in 1981.
The eastern part of Morayfield is on the Bruce Highway, and there was a vast undeveloped area east of the highway in the mid to late 2000s. The south-west corner was similarly undeveloped.
Morayfield has venues for soccer, rugby, touch football, golf and hockey, and local shopping areas for everyday needs. Its census populations have been: