Suburb Profile: Middle Ridge
A coveted suburb in a picture-perfect part of town, Middle Ridge is one of Toowoomba’s hottest spots to buy-in.
We explore its history and landmarks, as well as what you can expect in terms of lifestyle, schools and house prices.
Where does the name come from?
There’s nothing too special about how the Middle Ridge name came about. Around the 1860s, groups of teamsters in the area – drovers who managed large groups of animals – let their droves loose to graze. What’s now known as Middle Ridge was right in the ‘middle’ of the East and West Lakes and a popular grazing spot, so it made sense to give it the simple title that still holds today.
The area known as Middle Ridge today was previously called German Settlement, with several fruit growers and vignerons of German heritage believed to be living in the area in the late 1800s.
What are the most popular landmarks?
It’s hard to pinpoint the best heritage residential property in Toowoomba, but in terms of fame it has to be Gabbinbar Homestead. This magnificent estate has stood since 1863 and boasts some of the most fantastic flora you’re likely to find in the Garden City. Take a drive by this private and secluded retreat to find out why so many couples choose to tie the knot here.
Arguably the best golf course in the city, Toowoomba Golf Club at Middle Ridge is just a short stroll from most local residences. The site boasts a full 18-hole championship course, as well as a fully equipped clubhouse, function areas, 150-seat restaurant and has welcomed some of the biggest names in the game like Greg Norman and Gary Player.
If you love the great outdoors but golf just isn’t your thing, the Toowoomba Motocross Club at Echo Valley Raceway offers a little more adrenaline. Unfortunately, car-racing fans will have to find a time machine if they want to relive the glory days of Toowoomba’s Middle Ridge Circuit. The short-lived event had two meetings in the early 1960s during the Carnival of Flowers Festival but has since been replaced by houses.
Alternatively, you can get out and about for a stroll, hike or picnic in more than a dozen parks around Middle Ridge. The largest is Glen Lomond Park at the suburb’s southeast and it’s a great place for walkers, cyclists and even horse riding. For the best of nature check out Nielsen Park, and for a family-friendly lunch on a lazy weekend head down to Menzies Street Park.
Does Middle Ridge have a good lifestyle?
Middle Ridge is the ideal blend of laid-back lifestyle and an upbeat community spirit. The neighbourhood is filled with young families, professionals, empty-nesters and retirees alike. It’s actually quite a large suburb in terms of size, but residential zoning areas are much tighter, which allows for widespread parkland on almost everyone’s doorsteps. According to data from the 2016 Census, a little over 7,000 people live in Middle Ridge.
What you won’t find here is a bevy of bars and clubs like you would in the CBD. However, Middle Ridge still has all the amenities you’d want in a quality suburb – good schools nearby, plenty of wide open space, cafes and shops within walking distance and lots of bus stops running along the Ruthven, Spring, Mackenzie and Stenner Streets boundary.
What schools are nearby?
Because Middle Ridge is such a family-friendly suburb, there are plenty of schooling options whether you’re looking for childcare, preschool, primary or high school.
The main state public schools are Middle Ridge and Centenary Heights, but Gabbinbar, Darling Heights and Rangeville are just beyond the suburb’s border. There is also St Thomas More’s Primary School and St Saviour’s and St Joseph’s for secondary education, as well as the independent combined school Highlands Christian College. For the younger kids, take your pick of Goodstart Early Learning, Milestones, C&K Gabbinbar Community Kindy and Springs Early Education.
What’s the Middle Ridge property market like?
Middle Ridge made headlines during the housing downturn in 2018–19 because it was one of the few suburbs in the whole of Australia that managed to achieve continuous growth. That means it’s on the higher end of the scale for the Toowoomba market, but you really are buying into a lifestyle here.
According to May 2020 data, the median house price is $585,000 to buy or $430 per week to rent, while a unit will cost $301,750 median or $365 per week.
With 382 visits per property on average to realestate.com.au, it’s considered a “high-demand market”.
Find your dream home in Middle Ridge
Step outside the CBD and into picturesque suburbia. The Middle Ridge market is hugely attractive because it’s such a fantastic place to live, so if you’re ready to make your mark here then contact an experienced local agent today.