McDowall, a residential suburb, is immediately east of the Bunyaville State Forest Park and 11 km north-west of central Brisbane. It was named after an early farmer in the adjoining suburb of Everton Park.

The first sign of urban development in McDowall was a grid of streets north-west of the intersection of Hamilton and Trouts Roads (1960s-80s). That was absorbed by the Chermside Hills public reserve. Real urbanisation began south of Hamilton Road, and McDowall grew from a population of about 2500 in 1980 to 6500 in 2001.


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