Birkdale, located in the north of Redland City is bounded by Rickertt Road, Quarry Road, the railway line, Henry Street, Thorne Road, the suburb of Thorneside, Ruth Street and Moreton Bay in the north, Thomas Street, Birkdale Road, Badgen Road, Hardy Road, Collingwood Road, Pitt Road, Tulloch Drive, Tarradarrapin Creek Wetlands, Old Cleveland Road East and the suburb of Wellington Point in the east, Marina Street, William Street, Randall Road, Fullerton Street, Valantine Road, Daveson Road and Jones Road in the south, and Tingalpa Creek in the west. Birkdale has a land area of 1,131 hectares or approximately 11km2. Birkdale is named after a location in England.
Settlement of the area dates from the 1850s, although population was minimal until the 1880s, spurred by the construction of the railway line. Land was used mainly for farming and timber-getting. Significant development did not occur until the late 1960s, aided by the construction of the nearby Leslie Harrison Dam (Tingalpa Reservoir). Rapid growth took place during the 1970s and 1980s, including the development of the Aquatic Paradise canal estate in 1986. The population continued to increase during the 1990s, with minimal growth between 2001 and 2011 as fewer new dwellings were added to the area. Today, Birkdale is a residential area, with a canal estate, substantial parklands and conservation areas.
Major features of the area include Howeston Golf Course, Birkdale Fair Shopping Centre, Birkdale Gardens Shopping Centre, Aquatic Paradise Park East, Aquatic Paradise Park West, Bailey Road Park, Birkdale Bushland Refuge, Byng Road Park, Judy Holt Park, Merrill & Bob Ovenden Reserve, Tarradarrapin Creek Wetlands, Three Paddocks Park, William Eickenloff Memorial Park, William Taylor Memorial Park, Birkdale School of Arts, Birkdale Sanitary & Landfill Facility and a number of schools.