Anstead is a rural/residential suburb adjoining the Brisbane River, north of Moggill and 20 km south-west of central Brisbane. It was formally named in 1975 after John Anstead, a land-owner in Mount Crosby Road near Kangaroo Gully Road.
Much of the Brisbane River shoreline is flood prone, and in past times was used as a waste dump. In the 1950s the Brisbane City Council acquired a property on the river, and it has become the Anstead Bushland Reserve. The reserve's area is over 80 ha, and includes remnants of a former quarry. There is a larger State Forest reserve in the north of Anstead. Typically, the landscape is eucalypt woodland.
In January 2011 flood waters backed up the tributaries running out of Anstead to the Brisbane River. More extensive was the flooding of the Pullen Pullen Creek, which cut off Mount Crosby and Moggill Roads.
Residents of Anstead have to drive outside their area to find shopping (Bellbowrie Plaza) or education (Moggill and Pullenvale State primary schools).
The body Allison Baden-Clay was discovered by a canoeist on the muddy banks of Kholo Creek at Anstead, 13 km from her home at Brookfield in 2012. Her husband Gerard Baden-Clay was convicted of her murder and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2014. The year before a permanent stone roadside memorial was built adjacent to Kholo Creek Bridge on Mount Crosby Road in her honour.
Anstead's census populations have been: