June 29, 2021

Suburb Profile: North Toowoomba

Being so close to the centre of town, North Toowoomba has a long and storied history dating back to the mid-19th century.

Today, it’s a buzzing suburb filled with all the amenities you could ask for, plus walking distance to the CBD. Here’s why buyers love what North Toowoomba has to offer.

A little history

North Toowoomba’s most dominant physical feature is the inwards and outwards railway network. In the early days, it was the swampy waterways of Gowrie Creek – which runs through the western edge of the suburb – that drew settlers to the Garden City.

The original Toowoomba North State School was built in 1869, and while the current building was created during the Second World War, the site retains its state heritage listing.

Toowoomba North State School Main entrance, Taylor Street — Photo from Wikipedia

Aside from a large residential community, North Toowoomba is also known for its many churches as well as the heritage-listed Downs Co-operative Dairy Association Limited Factory.

Where does the name come from?

As you might expect, there’s nothing too special about North Toowoomba’s name. Whether it was down to the naming convention of the time, or for sheer simplicity’s sake, North Toowoomba made sense – and still does! – so it stuck.

What are the most popular landmarks?

While North Toowoomba is generally considered a residential community with lots of big-name shops around, there are plenty of things to do. Martin Klein Park is hugely popular on weekends, with picnic facilities, a playground for the kids, and a huge cricket oval and wicket. There’s also Willowburn Park for those interested in spotting local birdlife in Gowrie Creek.

If you haven’t already been, you’ll love the famous Cobb+Co Museum nearby, which attracts locals and visitors alike all year round. There are lots of regular events, plus plenty of interesting fun for kids and adults.

Cobb+Co Museum – Photo from Facebook page

Does North Toowoomba have a good lifestyle?

While it doesn’t offer the expansive green spaces of living in Toowoomba’s outer suburbs, there’s a definite charm that comes from living in historic, welcoming North Toowoomba. It’s one of the most popular suburbs in the Garden City, according to reviews on Homely, and the parks, schools and amenities make it just as ideal for young families as for professionals and retirees.

According to data from the 2016 Census, just under 3,000 people live in North Toowoomba.

What schools are nearby?

Despite its name, Toowoomba North State School isn’t actually within the bounds of North Toowoomba anymore – it’s part of the Toowoomba City locality. However, it’s right on the doorstep of the suburb, as is Toowoomba State High School in neighbouring Mount Lofty.

For higher education, the TAFE Queensland Toowoomba College is very close by on Bridge Street, right next to the Cobb+Co Museum.

What’s the North Toowoomba property market like?

According to the latest data, the median house price in North Toowoomba is very affordable $357,000, although four-bedroom homes rise to $450,000 median. Units sit around the $290,000 mark. Renters can expect to pay $330 per week for a home, on average, or $280 per week for a unit in North Toowoomba.

Make North Toowoomba your new home

If you want all the action of being close to the city while still living in a community-driven suburb, then North Toowoomba should be top of your list. Contact an experienced local agent today to find your ideal home in North Toowoomba.

Article by Jacqui Walker

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