March 16, 2021

Suburb Profile: Darling Heights

Take a 15-minute drive south of the Toowoomba CBD and you’ll find an oasis that welcomes residents looking for a peaceful, community-friendly lifestyle.

Darling Heights offers all the perks of laid-back suburban living while still being in close proximity to some fantastic amenities, and with a university on its doorstep. Here’s why buyers love what Darling Heights has to offer.

A little history

With Drayton to its west and Kearneys Spring to its east, Darling Heights has slowly but surely grown to welcome thousands of Toowoomba residents over the years. While it may not have the storied history of other suburbs around town, it is home to one of Queensland’s “most travelled houses” Wirra House.

Built in the 1800s for the officer-in-charge of the Toowoomba Police, Wirra House – named after the Wirra Wirra people – later became a boarding school for future prominent locals before being saved from demolition by famous artist Rex Backhaus-Smith.

Where does the name come from?

Back in the 1960s when most of the area remained undeveloped, Darling Heights was selected as the site for the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education – which became the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in 1992.

It was originally called College Heights because of the major focus on college-level education, but just a year before the Institute was opened there was a change of heart. Echoing descriptions of the surrounding Darling Downs, College Heights was renamed Darling Heights in 1966.

What are the most popular landmarks?

Darling Heights is arguably best known for being home to the sprawling USQ main campus. It welcomes tens of thousands of students through its doors annually to study law, health, engineering, the sciences, business, education and the arts.

Toowoomba is well known as the Garden City, and its crowning jewel could well be the famous Japanese Gardens. This peaceful public space is spread across three hectares and sees more than 100,000 visitors every year. Open from 6am to dusk, make sure you set aside enough time to explore all three ‘islands’ connected by the traditional red footbridges.

There’s also plenty of parkland and other gardens to explore – from Gumbi Gumbi Gardens on the USQ campus to pet-friendly Thiess Park with a designated off-leash area to let your dog run free.

Does Darling Heights have a good lifestyle?

Because it’s set on the edge of town, locals love Darling Heights for its seclusion, the quiet and its fantastic green spaces. But being just a 15-minute drive from the centre of Toowoomba, you can enjoy all the accessibility and amenities of living close to town with the laid-back, neighbourly vibe of tranquil suburbia. And if you happen to be a student, lecturer, or property investor, it’s a perfect spot to call home.

According to data from the 2016 Census, nearly 5,200 people live in Darling Heights.

What schools are nearby?

Little ones can attend Mirambeena Children’s Centre, which is right next door to the USQ campus.

Darling Heights State School is the most popular choice for locals, providing coeducational primary schooling to children from Prep through to Year 6. It currently takes in around 570 students in total.

High schoolers will need to look further afield, with Highlands Christian College a short drive east and Harristown State High School about a 10-minute drive north.

For higher education, USQ’s main campus is right on your doorstep.

What’s the Darling Heights property market like?

It wasn’t very long ago that Darling Heights was more paddocks than houses, but that has changed. There’s still the odd acreage and land for sale, as well as a great selection of family homes.

According to the latest data, the median house price in Darling Heights is a very affordable $350,000, rising to $366,000 for four-bedroom family homes. Renters can expect to pay an average of $350 per week for a house and $283 per week for a unit.

It might be slightly less competitive than suburbs like Middle Ridge and Rangeville, but homes in Darling Heights still attract an average of 479 visits per property, so once you find the home of your dreams you’ll want to make an offer fast!

Join a laid-back community in Darling Heights

Ready to find your slice of tranquillity on the edge of town? Contact an experienced local agent today to find your dream home in Darling Heights.

Article by Gary Klein

For over 35 years, Gary has been involved in the profession of selling. He held a senior position in a large local business in town and was in fact the company trainer, inductor and troubleshooter. From his experiences, he understands people very … View profile

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