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Kairabah (pronounced ‘care-a-bar’) is directly south of Yarrabilba, at the foot of Mount Tamborine. Steele’s Road, running across Kairabah and up towards Yarrabilba, was named after William Steele who settled in the area in about 1862. The road led to his property, Albert Park, on the banks of the Albert River.
In 1966, a company established a plantation of slash pine in the Kairabah area and over time the plantation came to dominate the Kairabah and Yarrabilba region. By 1980, it had produced 18,000 cubic metres of timber. Timber from the planation supplied a plywood mill in Ipswich. In October 2003, a huge fire destroyed about 283 hectares of the plantation. Pine trees can still found growing around the area.
Originally part of Yarrabilba, Kairabah became Logan City’s 64th suburb in January 2015 as a result of a boundary change, setting it apart for future growth and development. It was named by the Yugembah Museum, Language and Heritage Centre. ‘Kairabah’ means ‘place of the white cockatoo’.