Sheldon, located in the west of Redland City is bounded by Broadwater Road, Mount Cotton Road and Duncan Road in the north, Taylor Road, Woodlands Drive and Mount Cotton Road in the east, West Mount Cotton Road and the locality of Mount Cotton in the south, and Ford Road, Buhot Creek and Tingalpa Creek in the west. Sheldon has a land area of 2,283 hectares or approximately 23km2. Sheldon is named from an Old English word meaning “steep sided hill and wooded valley”.
Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1850s, with land used mainly for grazing, timber getting and some farming. Population was minimal until the late 1800s. The most significant development took place from the post-war years, particularly during the 1980s. The population was relatively stable during the 1990s, and then declined slightly between 2001 and 2011, a result of little change in dwelling stock and a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling. Today, Sheldon is a rural and conservation area.
Major features of the area include Brisbane Koala Bushlands, Emu Street Bushland Reserve, Ford Road Conservation Area, Summit Street Reserve, Karreman Quarry and one school.