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Growth Areas to Look at: Toowoomba

Fresh highland breezes, arresting Federation-style architecture, lush parklands, galleries, B&Bs and thriving cafe culture, Toowoomba, Queensland’s largest inland city, is a pastoral paradise. Perched on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range, the area is graced with sprawling natural vistas. An accessible median house-price of $370,000 invites most prospective homeowners to secure a piece of premier Australian high country.


The main demographic in Toowoomba is maturing and established independents (18.1%). However, given its proximity to Southern Queensland University, the area also has a strong independent youth presence (17.0%). This is well-balanced by a healthy representation of established couples and families (15%).

As Australia’s second largest inland city, Toowoomba is a major centre for commerce, industry and education. For those settling in the area, there is little reason to look outside of Toowoomba for work and school. A suburban bus service runs throughout the city and Toowoomba station has twice-weekly rail services from Brisbane to Charleville. Toowoomba is serviced by the local ‘Wellcamp’ airport, with over 80 direct flights a week to most Australian capitals.

The area is renowned for its high-quality education. Originally founded to service wealthy pastoralist families, Toowoomba Grammar, St Ursula’s college and The Glennie School continue to offer premiere independent schooling. Primary schools in the area include Fairholme College, Darling Heights State School and Darling Downs Christian School. At a tertiary level, Southern Queensland University offers a large variety of study options.

Conveniently located in the Toowoomba CBD, Grand Central is a shopper’s paradise. This complex hosts retailers to accommodate every price-range and taste. There are all the big names: H&M, Myer, Kmart, Target, Forever New, Cotton On and Country Road. This is complemented by a tasty array of food-vendors that cater to breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Held annually in spring, the ‘Carnival of Flowers’ is a much-anticipated event for the local’s. The ten-day festival aims to showcase Toowoomba’s best food, wine, landscape-design and floristry. Many of the cities major parks and gardens prepare for the carnival – including an important home garden competition and a parade of flower floats. This penchant for celebrating local artisans, artists and growers continue with the Margaret Street markets. On the first Sunday of each month, locals can wander between stalls boasting the region’s best produce, art and music.

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Held annually in May is the ‘First Coat Art and Music Festival’, which celebrates over 50 pieces of large scale public art exhibitions throughout the CBD. After something more grounding? The Ju Raku En Japanese Garden is Australia’s largest and most authentically designed Japanese stroll garden.

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Nikki Sitch

Nikki is completing a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in English and Creative Writing. When not studying, she is rearranging her share-house according to the latest interior trends.


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