Suburb Profile: Mount Lofty
Residents of Mount Lofty are in the enviable position of getting the best of both worlds: plenty of parks and natural bushland to the east, with all the convenience of the Toowoomba CBD just a short walk to the southwest.
Where does the name come from?
Exactly why the powers-that-be decided on calling the suburb Mount Lofty has been lost to the annals of history. It could be named after the famous Mount Lofty Ranges just outside Adelaide in South Australia, or it might be a nod to the little-known Mount Lofty ‘mountain’ that’s part of Conondale National Park – just west of the Sunshine Coast. It could simply be it’s elevated position.
Whatever the truth, it’s a name that really does reflect the natural beauty and peaceful ambience of the area.
What are the most popular landmarks?
On a sunny weekend, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere more popular in Mount Lofty than Jubilee Park. Encompassing more than 300 hectares of bushland, it’s popular for all sorts of outdoor activities: bushwalking, hiking, running and bike riding. It doesn’t matter where you live in Mount Lofty – with six entry points you’ll always be close to Jubilee Park.
If you’re more of a thrill-seeker then you’ll be pleased to know that Toowoomba’s best downhill bike tracks start in Mount Lofty. Beginners can take advantage of five unique courses, while there are even black-diamond tracks for the most serious riders.
Relaxing walks around the Mount Lofty area aren’t complete without a sunset view from Katoomba Point Lookout. It’s nowhere near as busy as Picnic Point, which means you’ll often get the place all to yourself. Simply head to the south side of Jubilee Park and follow Prince Henry Drive east until you see the expansive horizon.
Mount Lofty is predominantly residential. But there’s a few local landmarks like the Mount Lofty lookout, WIN TV tower, the old rifle range, and the heritage-listed Boyce Gardens.
Does Mount Lofty have a good lifestyle?
If you’re looking for peace, parkland and plenty of nearby amenities, then Mount Lofty is the suburb for you. It’s very popular with families, retirees and professionals, and its proximity to the city is a real bonus considering Jubilee Park is just a hop, skip and a jump away.
You can walk to a variety of cafes and food stores on Mary and Bridge Streets, and the TAFE campus is also right nearby.
What schools are nearby?
Mount Lofty is home to Toowoomba State High School, a large public school with more than a century of history. Close to 1,000 students attend high school here, and there’s a real focus on music and the arts.
Parents of younger children will also be happy to know that Chiselhurst Kindergarten is around the corner. They first opened its doors in 1940 and offer a holistic approach to childhood learning – it’s no wonder enrolment here is so competitive.
Nearby in Harlaxton, private school Downlands College is one of the biggest boarding schools in the state.
What’s the Mount Lofty property market like?
Both buyers and renters can find the home of their dreams in Mount Lofty. According to March 2020 data, the median house price is $487,500 to buy or $375 per week to rent, while you can lease an apartment for a median price of $265 per week.
Mount Lofty is one of Toowoomba’s most in-demand suburbs, with an average of 748 visits per property – well above the Queensland average of 438 visits. So if you’re thinking about finding a new place to live in Mount Lofty, it’s recommended that you get in quick!
Find your dream home in Mount Lofty
Three short kilometres from the city, endless untouched bushland and a family-friendly neighbourhood make Mount Lofty a popular Toowoomba suburb for buyers. Ready to join them? Contact an experienced local agent today.