This small suburb which lies less than a kilometre from Logan Central was part of Greater Brisbane since its formation in 1925. Prior to this it was within the boundaries of the Waterford Shire. Berrinba comes from the Aboriginal word meaning "to the south" and was officially named in 1971.

Although Logan City and Brisbane City Council agreed to transfer the land to Logan in 1979 and the boundary amendment proposals were forwarded to the State Government in 1993, approval for the amendment did not take place until January 1997. Berrinba was considered to be geographically and administratively remote from Brisbane City. Brisbane City Council did not provide sewerage and other services to Berrinba, yet it was contiguous with the built up areas of Woodridge and Logan Central. Locals utilised many of the services offered by Logan City Council. Schools in Berrinba included Woodridge State High and Berrinba East Primary School which were mostly patronised by students from the Logan area.

Land use in this rural residential area has included grazing, dog kennels, truck depots as well as schools and churches. Quarrying was carried out in Gilmore Road. Part of Scrubby Creek was sand mined in the past and despite the changes this made to the creek, it has still been identified as having high environmental and recreation value.

In June 2006, Logan City Council launched a major entrepreneurial project combining the protection and rehabilitation of the significant area of wetlands along Scrubby Creek in Berrinba, and the development of the SouthWest 1 Enterprise Park; the latter to be developed between the wetlands and Browns Plains Road, opposite the Crestmead Industrial Estate. An important component of this scheme has been the formalisation of Logan's first Cultural Heritage Management Plan with the Jagera People, which ensures that indigenous cultural heritage values are respected during the development and construction phases. Recreational boardwalks, walking trails, canoe trails, along with flora and fauna corridors, are amongst the proposed options to complement the clean, green mixed industrial precinct that is expected to eventually create two thousand new jobs in the area.