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Suburb Profile: Yarrabilba, QLD

The area between Brisbane and the Gold Coast has often been referred to as a “growth corridor.” Yarrabilba, which sits almost exactly halfway between those two cities, is one of the fastest-growing suburbs in that corridor. Yarrabilba is a sustainable, planned community with something for everyone. It has firm ties with its Indigenous history (Yarrabilba means ‘place of song’ in Wangerriburra/Bundjalung language) but also has its eyes fixed firmly on the future. The suburb has a masterplan to reach 45,000 residents by 2041. Read on to see why you should be one of them.

The Neighbours

As of late 2019, Yarrabilba’s population exceeds 8,000. This is a big increase from 2016 where its population was 3,580, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics census. According to that census, 64% of Yarrabilba residents are under the age of 30 and the median age is 25 years. There’s also over 900 families and a majority of them have children. The most common occupation of people in Yarrabilba is Technician/Trades Worker and unemployment is low.

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The Commute

Yarrabilba is home to Queensland’s first electric bus service which allows for quiet and emissions-free commuting. The buses take you all around Yarrabilba and to neighbouring suburbs like Beenleigh and Loganlea where the nearest train station is located. The suburb is also equipped with fast electric vehicle chargers for those with electric cars. Three State routes (88, 92, and 95) run past Yarrabilba which allow for an easy drive to Brisbane, the Gold Coast and other spots in Queensland.

Shopping For The Family

You’ll find a McDonald’s, Coles and Domino’s along the suburb’s main road, Yarrabilba Drive. There are also other amenities nearby like an IGA, a bakery, cafes, health stores and outdoor markets which we’ll cover later in this post. There are plans to build a town centre which will have a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants so that’s certainly something to look forward to.

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The School Run

Yarrabilba has three childcare centres and two primary schools, one state and one Catholic. A state secondary school opened this year on Darnell Street, just off Yarrabilba Drive. A Catholic secondary school is under development and is set to open in 2021, they’re currently accepting enrolments. For high school graduates, the suburb is about 25km away from Griffith University (Logan campus). The internationally-recognised University of Southern Queensland (Springfield campus) is located 34km away.

What’s Going On?

This suburb has many local events. One of the most beloved is the Yarrabilba Mingle Markets, a night market which takes place on the second Friday of every month in the Darlington Parklands. It boasts over 30 stalls, many delicious food trucks, live music and much more. Also at the Darlington Parklands is the daytime market called the Sunrise Markets Yarrabilba which is held on the first and third Sunday of each month. It is close to beautiful national parks and trails and it’s also fewer than 30km from Dreamworld!

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