December 8, 2020

Suburb Profile: South Toowoomba

Adjacent to the CBD but with plenty of parkland and nearby amenities, South Toowoomba has always been a great place to live.

From beautiful Lake Annand at the edge of the suburb to the hugely popular City Golf Club and walking distance to Toowoomba Hospital, everything you need and more is right here in South Toowoomba.

Find out all you need to know about this attractive part of town.

A little history

South Toowoomba’s history is very closely tied to its educational comings and goings. In 1863, St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School opened its doors before its Secondary School for Girls (later renamed The Cathedral School) opened in 1914. By the middle of the 20th century, both schools became what is today known as St Saviour’s.

Elsewhere, the now heritage-listed Toowoomba South State School began teaching in 1865. For almost 150 years it educated thousands of children and even became known for having one of the city’s most diverse student bases. In 2013, however, with low enrolment a key contributor, the decision was made to close its doors.

Healthcare is also central to South Toowoomba’s history. The Toowoomba Hospital, which is still standing in the same place to this day, was established in 1880 on Pechey Street. It lived through two World Wars, countless expansions and renovations, incredible advances in medical treatments and technologies, and it’s architectural significance was finally recognised in the year 2000 by being added to the Queensland Heritage Register.

Where does the name come from?

Much like East Toowoomba and other such-named suburbs around the Garden City, there’s not much to explain about how South Toowoomba’s title came about. It’s set right next to the Toowoomba CBD – on the south side, naturally – and has a rich history dating back to the 1800s.

What are the most popular landmarks?

Head north for a few minutes and you’ll be right in the heart of the Toowoomba CBD, but that doesn’t mean South Toowoomba is without its own exciting landmarks.

Families who live here love having Lake Annand so close to their door. It’s one of the most popular parkland areas in the entire city, which is saying something for such a park-heavy location. You’ll find playgrounds, running and cycling tracks, barbeque areas, ducks in the lake and plenty more at Lake Annand.

If you fancy yourself a golfer, you’ll also be pleased with how close you are to City Golf Club. Elsewhere, residents are within walking distance to the public Toowoomba Hospital, and just a hop, skip and a jump from the sprawling Grand Central shopping complex.

Heritage listings are also in huge supply here. Just a few of the most significant include St Patrick’s Cathedral, Toowoomba South State School and the Cottage on Stephen Street.

Does South Toowoomba have a good lifestyle?

Living so close to downtown Toowoomba means basically everything you’ll ever need is in walking distance. Shopping centres, medical facilities, schools and plenty of parkland abound – which means it’s ideal living conditions for families, retirees, singles and professionals.

According to data from the 2016 Census, just over 5,200 people live in South Toowoomba.

What schools are nearby?

In decades gone by, the heritage-listed Toowoomba South State School was one of the biggest co-educational facilities in the area. However, after being open since way back in 1865, it, unfortunately, closed its doors in 2013.

St Saviour’s – both their primary and secondary schools – are located in South Toowoomba. The good news is that there are plenty of public and independent schools in neighbouring suburbs, so you won’t have any trouble finding somewhere to send your children.

South Toowoomba is also home to the University of Queensland Medical School, which is located next to Toowoomba Hospital.

What’s the South Toowoomba property market like?

According to the latest data, the median house price in South Toowoomba is a very reasonable $334,500 to buy (rising to $432,500 for four-bedroom homes) or $325 per week to rent.

Units, in particular, have seen very good price growth over the past year, rising from a median sale price of $252,250 in December 2019 to $307,500 in November 2020 according to realestate.com.au.

Investors will be pleased to note that the vacancy rate sits at a super low 0.96% in late 2020, with around 45% of properties rented according to the last Census.

Find your dream home in South Toowoomba

If you want all the best amenities at your doorstep, as well as walking distance to parkland the Toowoomba CBD, contact an experienced local agent today and let us find your dream home in South Toowoomba.

Article by Justine Dill

If you “JUST” want it SOLD WELL, get in touch with Team Justine at RE/MAX Success!

Justine Dill and Chris Shine are a married couple who are committed to providing service above and beyond to gain the best result for their clients.

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