Ormiston, located in the north-east of Redland City is bounded by the locality of Wellington Point and Hilliards Creek in the north, Moreton Bay in the east, Endeavour Canal and Columbus Canal in the south-east, Shore Street West and Finucane Road in the south, and Hilliards Creek in the west. Ormiston has a land area of 496 hectares or approximately 5km2. Ormiston is named after an early property in the area, which was named after a village in Scotland.
Settlement of the area dates from the 1850s, with land used mainly for farming. Population was minimal until the late 1800s, aided by the construction of the railway line. Significant development did not occur until the late 1960s. Substantial growth took place during the 1970s and 1980s. Rapid growth occurred during the 1990s, with the population almost doubling between 1991 and 2001. Population growth slowed considerably between 2001 and 2011, a result of less dwellings being added to the area and a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling. Today, Ormiston is a predominantly residential area, with significant open space and conservation lands.
Major features of the area include Ormiston House, Fellmonger Park, Grace Hartley Bushland Refuge, Hilliards Park, Jack Bruce & Gwen Bruce Chandler Park, Raby Esplanade Park, Redlands Softball Park, Carmelite Monastery and two schools.