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Forestdale is a recent rural residential development to the west of Browns Plains, along Johnson Road and to the north of the Greenbank Military Camp. The Brisbane–Sydney railway line, which forms the eastern boundary of the suburb, was built in the 1880s and was originally known as the South Brisbane to Kyogle line. In 1927, much of the land that would become Forestdale was owned by George Stretton, a publican and mail contractor whose name is now remembered by the suburb of Stretton.

Paradise Road, which is now a busy thoroughfare, was a rough dirt track in 1946. It crossed through what is today Forestdale, surrounded on all sides by thick bushland. In the 1940s, there was no development at all in the area. In 1970s, limited agricultural activity began. By the end of the 1970s, a few roads had been built for suburban development, but it wasn’t until the early 1980s that most homes were constructed.

The name Forestdale was given by the developers of the estate. The post office adopted Forestdale as a mailing address in 1981. Logan City Council approved the name change in May 1986 and it was gazetted as a place name by Council in June 1987.