Narangba, a large outer northern suburb on the north coast railway line, is 32 km north of central Brisbane. It is thought that the name was derived from an Aboriginal word describing the ridge on which the village was built. When the railway was opened in 1888 the situation was at first known as Sideling Creek.
Narangba readily attracted farmers, with soil suitable for dairying and pasture crops. The original village around the railway station had a primary school (1910), a public hall, a church and a shopping centre. During the 1990s a housing area was created to the north-west, mainly occupying a ridge which feeds the headwaters of the Burpengary and Little Burpengary Creeks. The housing area includes a sports reserve, several linear parks, Narangba Valley shopping centre and Narangba Valley State High (2000) and primary (2005) schools. Jinibara State Primary school in the east of Narangba opened in 1996. There are large sports complexes in the north and south of the suburb.
East of the railway line to as far as Deception Bay, Narangba is a mixture of undeveloped land, rural/residential areas adjacent to the Bruce Highway and Old Gympie Road. It includes an industrial estate, with a chemical plant and irradiation facility which was the subject of a class action in 2006. West of the built-up area there is a large rural space, extending over nearly half of Narangba's 12 km from King's Scrub to Deception Bay.
Narangba's census populations have been: