Suburb Profile: Wyreema
Head out past Drayton and take the exit towards Toowoomba Karara Road and you’ll find a cosy and welcoming suburb that has much to offer.
With a rich history dating back to the late 19th century, today Wyreema provides a rural feel and community-friendly lifestyle for residents.
A little history
Beginning life in 1887 as a railway junction (part of the Eton Vale pastoral station), Wyreema was named in 1892. Within just a few short years, a school was built, dairy farms expanded and thrived, and when the Eton Vale estate was split up and sold in 1903, Wyreema’s township blocks welcomed a vibrant new community.
One fun fact you probably didn’t know: an Australian passenger steamship was named Wyreema after the town. It was appropriated by the army in World War I to send nurses over to Europe, before being sold to Brazil and renamed Dom Pedro I in the mid-1920s.
Where does the name come from?
The history of many Toowoomba suburb names are riddled with conjecture, but perhaps none more so than Wyreema. One tale goes that it was named for Mrs McDonald Patterson – Wyra was her nickname, and Ma was in reference to her proper name, Maria. Others say Thomas Patterson named it in 1886 and that it means ‘fine, rich land with plenty of food’. Historians do not seem to believe that the name has Aboriginal origins.
What are the most popular landmarks?
Wyreema was once a four-way junction station. While today it’s a shadow of its former self there’s still plenty of history to be had in visiting Wyreema Station, even if you don’t need to catch a train! The famous old Wyreema Store is also worth a visit for a step back in time.
Locals can walk to any number of parks and ovals, whether for a stroll or a kick-around with the footy. In addition to Obst Park in the centre of town, there’s Stratford Park, Barton Park, Mia Street Park and Wyreema Park dotted around town.
Thanks to the distance into the city, it’s not always viable for residents and children to travel into Toowoomba to pick up a book, magazine or DVD. That’s where the mobile library service comes in. It travels around to various rural communities every week (Fridays in Wyreema) servicing locals with library resources, public internet access and even home delivery via their online catalogue.
Does Wyreema have a good lifestyle?
Wyreema is where farming and lifestyle acreages meet desirable modern housing estates. Spend a few minutes around town and you’ll find out exactly why residents love living here. It offers a relaxed and rural lifestyle, fantastic community-mindedness and affordable housing – all just a short drive from Toowoomba.
According to data from the 2016 Census, just over 1,800 people live in Wyreema.
What schools are nearby?
As it’s such a rural area, there’s only one school in close proximity. Wyreema State School has educated children from Prep to Year 6 for more than 125 years – and the government has promised it will continue to do so for years to come. The then-Newman Government had announced in 2013 that the school would be shut, but it was saved when Labour returned to power and has been going strong ever since.
What’s the Wyreema property market like?
From a proper working farm on the outskirts of town to a lifestyle acreage, modern suburban home, or vacant blocks of land for sale, Wyreema has a wide variety of property on offer.
According to the latest data, the median house price in Wyreema is just $341,000, and that drops to $305,000 for three-bedroom homes. Renters can expect to pay an average of $360 per week for a house and $260 per week for a unit.
Properties for sale on realestate.com.au attract more than 300 people per visit, on average.
Exceptional rural living in Wyreema
If a country lifestyle sounds ideal but you still want to be just a short drive from the city, Wyreema could be the perfect location. Contact an experienced local agent today and start your country adventure in Wyreema.