Suburb Profile: East Toowoomba
History and culture combine in the leafy suburb of East Toowoomba, right next-door to the city centre.
So why is it such a sought-after spot for buyers and renters alike? Well, aside from being home to Queens Park, St Vincent’s Private Hospital and the famous Toowoomba Grammar School, it has some of the best heritage properties in town.
Where does the name come from?
We’d be lying if we said there was anything truly special about how East Toowoomba got its name. The truth of the matter is that it’s a suburb in Toowoomba that lies directly east of (and adjacent to) the city centre. While it doesn’t make for a fun story, at least you know exactly what you’re getting in East Toowoomba!
A little History
As well as being home to many heritage-listed properties, East Toowoomba is home to the Toowoomba Historical Society at 49 Lindsay Street. The society offers lectures, events, a library and photographic collection, research and other services for anyone interested in Toowoomba’s history.
What are the most popular landmarks?
Just because East Toowoomba is literally next-door to the CBD doesn’t mean it’s without its own sense of character. In fact, there’s much more to this coveted suburb than meets the eye!
Residents and visitors alike flock to the Cobb+Co Museum all year round. It’s a fantastic place to explore the history of Toowoomba and the wider area, and you can bring the kids along for an educational experience like no other.
You can also catch a game of footy at nearby Clive Berghofer Stadium. It was previously known as Athletic Oval but renamed after a former Toowoomba mayor.
Prefer something quieter for your weekends? Queens Park is one of the largest green spaces in the city and a heritage-listed botanic garden. It’s also the epicentre of the annual Carnival of Flowers. For a less-busy stroll through lush greenery, start out from Webb Park and head towards the less-known Jubilee Lookout.
Does East Toowoomba have a good lifestyle?
Living in East Toowoomba means you’re at the centre of everything. Not only can you wander down to the CBD in a matter of minutes, but you can lounge in Queens Park, enjoy some of the best cafes in Toowoomba, send your kids to school locally and find some phenomenal heritage homes along its leafy streets.
According to data from the 2016 Census, around 5,200 people live in East Toowoomba. Its appeal is obviously its proximity to the city centre, but there’s also Queens Park around the corner, great amenities nearby and you’re on the doorstep of the Toowoomba Range for whenever you want to spend a weekend at the coast.
What schools are nearby?
There’s a huge variety of educational options dotted all over East Toowoomba, so you’ll be able to find a school that meets the needs of your child.
First opened in the 19th century, Toowoomba East State School is one of the largest primary schools in the city. Mater Dei Primary School and Toowoomba Anglican School (aka Toowoomba Prep) are also popular local choices.
East Toowoomba residents can also enjoy higher education at TAFE Queensland (Bridge Street Campus).
What’s the East Toowoomba property market like?
According to the latest data, the median house price in East Toowoomba is one of the highest in town, at $540,000 to buy (jumping to $634,000 for four-bedroom homes) or $363 per week to rent. But you really do get what you pay for here. Everything you need is close by and some of the homes in East Toowoomba will truly take your breath away.
Despite the higher-than-average median price, East Toowoomba is one of the city’s most popular areas to buy-in. On average, there are 883 visits per property compared to just 663 for the state average.
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