Suburb Profile: Newtown
While living in Toowoomba’s outer suburbs gives you peace and quiet as well as some extra room to move, there’s nothing quite like living where the action is.
Newtown is just a hop, skip and a jump to the west of the Toowoomba CBD and offers everything you need for a comfortable lifestyle. Let’s explore the suburb in-depth.
Where does the name come from?
Most major cities in Australia have a suburb called Newtown – Brisbane, Sydney and Geelong, just to name a few. So there’s nothing too special about the naming of Toowoomba’s Newtown. As it’s adjacent to the CBD, it could be argued that it was simply the easiest – and most applicable – name when it was officially labelled Newtown in 1981.
A little history
Outside of Toowoomba’s main centre, Newtown was the first area that was subdivided for residential purposes, way back in 1865. Newtown also had its own town council called the Town of Newtown from 1913 until 1917, when it was merged with Toowoomba.
What are the most popular landmarks?
Despite it being so close to downtown Toowoomba, Newtown has plenty to keep local residents happy. Clifford Gardens Shopping Centre is only ousted by Grand Central in terms of size, and you’ll find everything you need here. There’s also the smaller Wyalla Plaza that services locals.
There’s a number of options when it comes to parkland. You can’t go past Newtown Park for a relaxing Sunday stroll – not least because of its award-winning State Rose Garden. For daily walks with the kids or dogs, Black Gully Reserve is an off-leash area that merges into Captain Cook Park.
And when it comes to entertainment, those who enjoy the horses will love being in walking distance to the historic Clifford Park Racecourse.
Does Newtown have a good lifestyle?
As one of the largest suburbs in Toowoomba and being so close to the city centre, Newtown is a fantastic place for all ages – from professionals to retirees, and even families with children. It’s a beautiful suburb with loads of character, so it’s no wonder it’s ranked the seventh-best suburb in the entire Darling Downs region.
According to data from the 2016 Census, more than 9,500 people live in Newtown. But just because it’s a large suburb doesn’t mean it’s easy to get into – in terms of real estate, it’s a competitive market that is well worth investing in.
What schools are nearby?
Being such a large Toowoomba suburb, parents have plenty of options for where to send their children to school.
Newtown State School is a government primary school servicing the local area. There is also Toowoomba West Special School (for primary-aged children) and Clifford Park Special School (for high-schoolers).
But the vast majority of educational facilities in Newtown are non-government. There are three large Catholic schools – St Ursula’s College (for girls) and St Mary’s College (for boys), as well as Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School – plus the illustrious Glennie School is home to almost 800 girls.
What’s the Newtown property market like?
According to the latest data, the median house price in Newtown is a very affordable $300,000 to buy or $310 per week to rent, with the median price for a three-bedroom home dropping to just $290,000.
On average, there are 423 visits per property, making it a high-demand market with plenty of opportunities to find that perfect home!
Find your dream home in Newtown
Schools, parks, shopping, entertainment and more await in the popular inner-city suburb of Newtown. Ready to find your dream home here? Contact an experienced local agent today.