Birkdale – Evacuation

Birkdale – Evacuation

Evacuation Information

For information relating to current evacuations, please contact Redland City Council on 3829 8999.

The primary role of the Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) with regards to the management of evacuees is to provide safe, temporary accommodation for a short period until a threat has passed. Once the threat has passed, then evacuees can return home or arrangements can be made for alternative accommodation solutions if this is not possible.

The first preference is for people to ‘shelter-in-place’ – stay where you are – while this is the preferred option, it may not be possible due to the type of disaster occurring (i.e. approaching bushfire).

If you are required to evacuate, the second preference is for people to shelter with friends and family (if safe to do so). For those on the mainland, or a larger island like North Stradbroke Island, this may be possible in some instances. Sheltering with friends and/or family for those living on Coochiemudlo or SMBI may not always be possible, as often friends or family are also evacuating.

Evacuation Centres will be opened as demand requires and where safe to do so. Information relating to the opening of Evacuation Centres will be announced via our information sources – please tune in to local radio ABC 612 AM and Bay FM 100.3 and follow updates on the Disaster DashboardRedland City Council news siteTwitter and Facebook. You can also opt in to receive Community Alerts (details below), which will be issued to areas required to evacuate.

Council now has an opt-in emergency messaging service, Redlands Coast Alerts, where residents can subscribe to receive community alerts, weather alerts and flooded road notifications at four key locations. A Community Alert will not replicate the Emergency Alert; which is a Text and/or Voice message sent by the State Government irrespective of a user’s subscription, sent to all landlines and mobile phones that are switched on and have service coverage. The Community Alert is generally issued to the areas where the significant impact is occurring or anticipated to occur; thus it is important you enter the correct residential address to ensure you receive a Community Alert for your area.

A Community Alert will be issued from Redland City Council LDMG for significant impacts to the community such as:

  • Essential information when preparing, responding or recovering from an event
    i.e. evacuation information, recovery/community hub information etc.
  • Anticipated serious disruption due to an event
    i.e. health related or weather related; toxic smoke hazard, explosion or fire etc.
  • Essential services or Infrastructure impacted
    i.e. water shutdown, boil water notice, island transport services ceasing due to weather, gas leak etc.

To find out more and how to opt-in visit the Redlands Coast Alerts page.

Your details are securely held and will not be shared for other purposes. This notification service is designed to complement, not replace, other emergency notification systems such as those offered by BoM and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES).

Do not proceed to one of the centres listed below unless advised it is the nominated evacuation centre. For information relating to current evacuations, please contact Redland City Council on 3829 8999. We have listed below all of the centres within or nearest to the applicable suburb, however it does not mean all will be open. This is determined during the event response by Redland LDMG and Emergency Services, to ensure the evacuation centre and evacuees are not in the path of danger.

The Evacuation Centres are primary assembly areas during a disaster and will often have an oval or park nearby for a helicopter landing site that provides quick access to the Evacuation Centre. Accordingly, latitude and longitude information has been provided for Centres that have adjoining land size suitable to accommodate a helicopter landing site.


Evacuation Centres

Redland City Council and the Department of Education, Training and Employment have established a Memorandum of Understanding to allow suitable public school facilities to be used as evacuation centres during disasters. The facilities listed below are located closest to this suburb. View the full list of available evacuation sites for mainland Redland City here.

  • Birkdale State School – Hall
    74 Agnes Street, Birkdale
    Ph: 3286 0777
    Lat: -27.4904 Long: 153.2168
  • Birkdale South State School – Hall
    451 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale
    Ph: 3820 4333
    Lat: -27.5075 Long: 153.2136
  • Wellington Point State High School – Hall
    2-36 Bagden Road, Wellington Point
    Ph: 3820 4222
    Lat: -27.4920 Long: 153.2309
  • Wellington Point State School – Hall
    476 Main Road, Wellington Point
    Ph: 3286 0666
    Lat: -27.4902 Long: 153.2372
  • Capalaba State College – Junior Campus Hall
    150 Mount Cotton Road, Capalaba
    Ph: 3823 9111
    Lat: -27.5361 Long: 153.1918
  • Capalaba State College – Senior Campus Multi-Purpose Shelter
    School Road, Capalaba
    Ph: 3823 9111
    Lat: -27.5366 Long: 153.1935
  • Coolnwynpin State School – Hall
    6 Telaska Court, Capalaba
    Ph: 3906 4333
    Lat: -27.5476 Long: 153.2023

Evacuation Routes

If you need to evacuate, it is recommended that you seek shelter with family or friends in the first instance. If these options are not available to you, we will establish crisis accommodation in the form of Evacuation Centres or another appropriate means of short-term accommodation. When evacuating from your home, your chosen evacuation route should always be the most direct and safest route available, be aware of possible localised flooding.

Please tune in to ABC 612 AM and Bay FM 100.3 for warnings of road closures and follow updates on the Redland City Council news site, Twitter and Facebook.

Remember: If it’s flooded, forget it!


If you are evacuating the Birkdale area, the following evacuation routes are recommended:

  • Exit Redland City by travelling south along Birkdale Road to the intersection with Old Cleveland Road and travel along either Old Cleveland Road or Moreton Bay Road toward Brisbane.
  • Exit Redland City by travelling west along Quarry and Rickertt Roads toward Brisbane. Please Note: this evacuation route is not recommended during periods of heavy rainfall as Rickertt Road is susceptible to flash flooding on the Brisbane City side of Tingalpa Creek.