Suburb Profile: Highfields
Highfields has grown into a thriving community that provides everything its residents need – and more!
Right next to Toowoomba, but a beautiful town in its own right, Highfields is one of the fastest-growing communities in Queensland. Here’s why people love living here.
A little history
Like much of Toowoomba and the surrounding areas, people started flocking here in the mid-19th century. Local timber provided a good number of jobs in the local sawmills, but Highfields really started to take off when the railway between Ipswich and Toowoomba was completed in 1867. That brought with it railway workers, and soon after dairy farmers were attracted to the sprawling land.
Slowly but surely a community evolved, with a post office, hotel and school being built before the turn of the century. Up until the 1960s, Highfields was still a relatively small rural town, but when a residential subdivision was planned it quickly transformed into a satellite town of Toowoomba. In 2017, it was the second-fastest-growing area in Queensland, and today it’s an attractive prospect for all types of homebuyers – from families to downsizers and retirees.
Where does the name come from?
While we can’t say for certain, the general consensus is that Highfields was named for the Highfields pastoral run, which was just north of where the township was initially formed. What we do know for certain is that the Highfields Agricultural Reserve was proclaimed in 1860, and the name ‘Highfields’ has stuck ever since.
What are the most popular landmarks?
There are plenty of interesting and quirky places to visit around Highfields. There’s the sprawling Davidson Arboretum to wander through; the Chocolate Cottage Café for artwork, antiques or just a spot of coffee; the Danish Flower Art Complex complete with a working blacksmith; and the Pioneer Historical Village for a spot of local history.
Residents and visitors also flock to the Highfields Cultural Centre – not just because it is capable of hosting big performances and conferences, but also for its vast amenities. Outside there’s a public swimming complex, basketball and volleyball courts, a skate park and the new Highfields Library.
Does Highfields have a good lifestyle?
Highfields is a family-friendly community that’s still growing, with lots of current and planned residential neighbourhoods popping up in the area. Locals love the wide-open spaces, clean air and short distance from the Toowoomba CBD (15km). They are also fond of the amenities – everything you need is right here, from shopping centres to schools, gyms, medical services, parks and more.
According to data from the 2016 Census, just over 8,000 people call Highfields home.
What schools are nearby?
Highfields has both primary and secondary public schools – Highfields State School and Highfields State Secondary College, respectively. For private schools, both Mary MacKillop Catholic College and Toowoomba Christian College welcome primary and high schoolers.
With a lot of families, there are also lots of childcare centres and kindergartens to choose from around Highfields.
What’s the Highfields property market like?
According to the latest data, the median house price in Highfields is $572,500, although that drops down to $457,000 for three-bedroom homes. Renters can expect to pay $460 per week, on average. While there are far fewer options in terms of units and apartments, renters will be looking at $320 per week, on average.
Enjoy life in Highfields
Time to escape the noise of the city? Highfields is a thriving community of family-friendly residents that’s just waiting to welcome you as one of its own. Contact an experienced local agent today to find your dream Highfields home.