Rothwell, a residential suburb on Deception Bay and west of the Redcliffe peninsula, is 28 km north of central Brisbane. It was named after TJ Rothwell, chairman of the Redcliffe Anzac memorial committee, which arranged the planting of avenue-of-honour trees along Anzac Avenue. Tree planting began with a ceremony attended by the Governor-General on 7 July 1924. Rothwell Park and the Rothwell memorial are in Anzac Avenue, just south of Deception Bay Road.

A suburb of the 1980s and 1990s, Rothwell followed on from the development of Kippa-ring. Most shopping and State school facilities are in Kippa-ring, but Rothwell has Grace Lutheran College (1978) and the Christian Assembly church and Mueller College (1990). There is also a small drive-in shopping centre in Deception Bay Road. A large wetland separates Rothwell's built-up area from Deception Bay, and the space in its western area next to Hay's Inlet upstream is only partly developed.

For census purposes Rothwell was joined with Kippa-ring up to and including the 2001 count, but since then has been counted on its own. Rothwell's census populations have been:

Census DatePopulation
199611,965
200112,725
20064920
20116683