Australia’s Top Affordable Cities Continued - Queensland
Queensland is the second largest of Australia’s states and the third most populous. Known as the sunshine state, most of the Queensland populace experience two weather seasons: a "winter" period of mild to warm temperatures and minimal rainfall, and a sultry summer period of hot temperatures and higher levels of rainfall.
Toowoomba is an hour and a half by road form Brisbane, Queensland’s capital city. It has a population of approximately 162,232 people making it the second largest inland city in Australia.
The median house price in Toowoomba is $370,000 and it has experienced solid growth over the last 15 years. Strong growth in the region includes the development of the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport which is 15 kms from the Toowoomba CBD. The airport caters for international flights and is leading the way in promoting the area as an international destination and transit-hub for business.
Toowoomba is a hotspot in terms of lifestyle and economic growth in Queensland. With an established laneway café culture that rivals Melbourne, trendy eateries and boutique shopping experiences, it is also home to some of the best education facilities in Australia (with many private and public schools to pick from) and an innovative university.
The Fraser Coast is a stunning region located just over 250 kms from Brisbane and has a population of approximately 102,000 people. The region’s median house price is a very affordable $315,000. To support the region the government is investing an estimated $62M in infrastructure during 2017, with commercial projects adding $69M in investments.
Hervey bay is the region’s largest centre with a population of 63,000 but it is a popular destination with forecasts predicting it will increase to 102,000 in 2026. Its safe sheltered waters make it an aquatic paradise perfect for year round swimming, diving, sailing, water sports and fishing. Dotted along the Hervey Bay Esplanade are cosmopolitan and alfresco cafes, shops, parklands, picnic areas, playgrounds, piers and a vibrant marina.
Ipswich is a 45 minute drive from Brisbane’s CBD. It offers affordable housing (an average price of $332,000) with a direct link by train straight into the city CBD. The region has a population of approximately 190,000 people which will double by 2031.
Ipswich enjoys a subtropical climate and is a safe, friendly and multicultural city. Residents come from 115 different ethnic backgrounds, speaking 84 languages.
As Queensland's oldest provincial city, Ipswich has a rich history. It is renowned for its architectural, natural and cultural heritage. Education plays an important role in the local economy with two universities and a wide choice of private and state government schools.