Suburb Profile: Westbrook
In the mid-19th century, Westbrook was little more than wide, empty land that would later be offered up as a series of small farms.
Fast-forward to the 21st century and it’s become a popular satellite suburb for young families, empty-nesters and retirees who want to enjoy all the freedom of country living within close proximity to the big smoke of Toowoomba.
At just 10km, or an approximate 15 minute drive south-west of the Toowoomba CBD, you’ll be surprised at how relaxed the pace of life in Westbrook is. But we believe it’s got the makings of a real growth area.
Where does the name come from?
After white settlers arrived, the area now known as Westbrook became a pastoral run and was owned by the merchant and pastoralist, John Campbell. In 1841, Campbell named it his ‘Westbrook pastoral run’ and the name stuck. At the turn of the millennium the town was bounded into both the Cambooya and Jondaryan Shires, but thanks to the rapid growth of Toowoomba it’s simply referred to as a suburb of the Garden City these days.
What are the most popular landmarks?
Built in the mid-1860s, Westbrook Homestead (on FGG Couper Road) is one of the most recognisable historic sites in Westbrook. It was home to a raft of individuals over the years including the former NSW Premier Sir Patrick Jennings, who enjoyed agricultural and dairy pursuits here in his later years. Westbrook Homestead was given a state heritage listing in 1992. It remains privately owned to this day, and its previous owners famously auctioned off more than 1,100 antiques in 2017.
Another nearby heritage site is the Westbrook War Memorial (114 Toowoomba Road). Designed and built between the two World Wars, it’s a tall, life-size statue of an Australian digger memorialising the 10 local men who died – and the 37 local men who served – during World War I.
Westbrook unfortunately does have a cloud of darkness in its history due to the traumatic events that unfolded at the once infamous Westbrook Reformatory for Boys (also known as the Westbrook Farm Home for Boys). Originally opened in 1900, the youth detention facility went through many incarnations over its life. It has been closed for some time and was sold at auction in 2013.
Does Westbrook have a good lifestyle?
Westbrook may be 10km south-west of the Toowoomba CBD, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it. And that’s exactly what draws so many people out to the suburb for a more relaxed lifestyle. Things move at a slower pace out here, with a country-style community spirit full of wide-open streets and friendly neighbours on every corner.
The Second Range Crossing now passes through the western side of the suburb, which is a boon for residents who work outside of town as they are able to bypass the busy Toowoomba peak hour. This, combined with its close proximity to Wellcamp Airport, makes it the ideal place to live when you want easy access to everywhere.
According to data from the 2016 Census, just under 4,000 people live in Westbrook, but it feels even sparser considering the size of the suburb and the wide-open spaces. There are just 1,272 houses, and most have 3 or 4 bedrooms. Approximately 18% of properties are rented, and around 88% of the population are families.
While nightlife certainly isn’t a staple in Westbrook, people tend to move here for the space, the cleanliness and the natural surrounding beauty.
What amenities are nearby?
Don’t expect Westbrook to offer the same diversity of schools and shops as a more populous suburb like Rangeville – it’s a small suburb with fewer amenities than inner Toowoomba. However, that doesn’t mean Westbrook locals go without.
Westbrook’s own Bunker’s Hill State School has been around since 1899 and remains a popular destination for local primary-school children. Wellcamp State School, Wyreema State School or Drayton State School are also close by.
Independent school Darling Downs Christian School offers a K–12 curriculum, but if you’d prefer a public or Catholic education for your child’s secondary schooling then you’ll need to travel further into the city.
There are a few small local shops in Westbrook including a chemist and supermarket, and the Westbrook Tavern.
What’s the Westbrook property market like?
According to the latest data, the median house price in Westbrook is $488,000 to buy or $400 per week to rent, while units are few and far between.
We’ve observed a growing interest in Westbrook over the past few years. There’s no doubt that moving to Westbrook is a lifestyle choice for most residents. There’s plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the creature comforts of country living while still being close to the city.
Find your dream home in Westbrook
With sweeping plains on one side and Toowoomba city just a short drive away, Westbrook offers homeowners the best of both worlds. To find your ideal property in this gem of a suburb, contact an experienced local agent today.