Thornlands, located on Redland City’s eastern shoreline is bounded by South Street in the north, Moreton Bay in the east, Eprapah Creek in the south, and Woodlands Drive, Taylor Road and Hilliards Creek in the west. Thornlands has a land area of 2,171 hectares or approximately 22km2. Thornlands is named after George Thorn, an early landholder in the area.
Settlement of the area dates from the 1850s, with land used mainly for farming and some timber getting. Population was minimal until the early 1900s, when the land was subdivided. Significant residential development did not occur until the post-war years, with rapid growth from the late 1970s. The population increased substantially from the early 1990s, doubling between 1991 and 2011 as large numbers of new dwellings were added to the area. Growth was most rapid between 2001 and 2011. Today, Thornlands is a growing residential region, with some rural areas.
Major features of the area include Pinklands Recreation Reserve, Pine Lodge Equestrian Park, Andrew Foster Memorial Park, Anniversary Park, Cliff Perske Memorial Oval, Crystal Waters Park, Percy Ziegenfusz Park, Primrose Drive Park, Robert Mackie Park, Rushwood Park, William Stewart Park, Beveridge Road Creek Corridor, Redland City Marina, Thornlands Dance Palais, Nazarene Theological College and a number of schools.