Suburb Profile: Centenary Heights
Compared to some of the oldest suburbs in and around Toowoomba, Centenary Heights is relatively young.
Once part of Middle Ridge, Centenary Heights only came into its own in the 1960s. Despite its youth, the suburb is ideal for families thanks to a wealth of education options and fantastic parks all within walking distance from home.
Where does the name come from?
Prior to 1960, what is now known as Centenary Heights was simply an extension of the popular suburb of Middle Ridge. But with a growing population came the need to break away. The name itself is said to derive from the centenary celebrations (100 years) for the separation of New South Wales and Queensland, which occurred in 1859.
What are the most popular landmarks?
Centenary Heights is a suburban oasis that’s more about relaxed, family living than being a place that provides lots of entertainment or famous landmarks. It’s just 4km into the Toowoomba CBD but at Centenary Heights most of the landmarks are beautiful parks.
Emmerson Park is a large, open area tucked away off the main roads. It’s a great place for a brisk early-morning walk or an afternoon session running off energy at the kids’ play areas. And if you want to enjoy a Sunday barbeque with the family, you’d best get in early! Horner Reserve is a much smaller park just off Alderley Street and it services the dozens of young families that call Geddes Street home.
Head east on South Street and you’ll be overwhelmed with choices: turn left into East Creek Park and follow it all the way up to Lake Annand; turn right and dawdle through Garnett Lehmann Park until you reach the stunning wetlands and wildlife of Toowoomba Waterbird Habitat.
Does Centenary Heights have a good lifestyle?
Arguably the best part about Centenary Heights is that it’s so close to downtown Toowoomba and yet it really does feel like you’re in your own little suburban wonderland. Enjoy the mature trees bursting from the edges of the road on Geddes Street, the exceptional education options right on your doorstep, and the bustling cafes and shops in Southtown that provide everything you need without stepping foot outside your local suburb.
According to data from the 2016 Census, a little over 6,000 people live in Centenary Heights. It’s a growing suburb and one that’s very competitive among home buyers – especially young families that want their children to go to one of the town’s top schools.
What schools are nearby?
Speaking of education, you really do have an incredible number of options when it comes to Centenary Heights schools. For government public schooling, Gabbinbar State School runs from Prep to Year 6 and has a fantastic reputation throughout Toowoomba. Similarly, Centenary Heights State High School is one of the largest public high schools in town and is renowned for its creative arts and sporting programs.
Elsewhere, St Thomas More’s Primary School and Martin Luther Primary School (now known as Hume Street Primary) offer Catholic and private schooling, respectively, with the latter being one of two primary-school campuses for Concordia College.
What’s the Centenary Heights property market like?
According to the latest data, the median house price in Centenary Heights is $361,000 to buy or $350 per week to rent, with the median price for popular four-bedroom homes jumping up to $447,500.
Given the era Centenary Heights was developed in, most property dates from the 1960s onwards.
Considering all the positive lifestyle factors, the sprawling parklands and the fantastic schooling options at your disposal, it’s no wonder Centenary Heights is a high-demand market. On average, there are 670 online visits per property, easily beating the state average (577 visits).
Find your dream home in Centenary Heights
With property at great prices, the Toowoomba CBD just 4km away and some of the best schooling options in town, Centenary Heights could be the perfect place for your next home. Ready to find it? Contact an experienced local agent today.