Count the Reasons

Count the reasons to call the Southern Downs “Home”


ONE: A healthy place to live

The fresh air of magnificent national parks, and extensive local parks, walkways and cycling areas for exercise or family time.

Fresh water for fishing, swimming, sailing, skiing and camping - your retreat from a busy week.

Fresh food thanks to a bustling horticultural and agricultural industry.

TWO: Thriving regional hubs

Picturesque villages only two hours from the coast and affordable residential properties together with a burgeoning industry base. 

A thriving workforce of 17,000 people, most with trade or tertiary qualifications.

Thriving industries including tourism, primary production, retail and wholesale trade, manufacturing, transport and logistics.

THREE: Easy minutes

To home and work, caring kindergartens, high-performing state and private schools, TAFE colleges and easy access to university facilities.

To shopping in friendly country stores, modern shopping centres and extensive civic and commercial services.

To health care with skilled practitioners, modern hospitals, allied health services and caring retirement homes.

FOUR: Colourful seasons

Distinct seasonal changes that are unique in Queensland - crisp winter weather and open fires, blazing autumn leaves, abundant spring wildflowers and cool summers.

Seasonal festivals such as the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival, Jumpers and Jazz in July, Rose and Rodeo Festival, Opera in the Vineyard and Snowflakes In Stanthorpe.

FIVE: Highways lead to living

Housing from historic through to contemporary, with large blocks of land and prices that are affordable.

Supportive and safe communities where residents tend to know their neighbours well.

A temperate climate with temperatures typically 5 degrees lower than Brisbane.

SIX: Southern Downs facts