Southern Downs is located in the high-growth region of southern Queensland, an appealing mix of country and city living only 2-3 hours’drive south-west of Brisbane. The population of 36,000 is centred onsix key areas: Allora, Killarney, Leyburn, Stanthorpe, Wallangarra and Warwick.
The region a hub for tourism, agriculture, manufacturing, mining and tertiary services and has repeatedly recorded a low cost-of-living. Affordable land and economical building costs add up to a winning combination for those building or relocating a business, for people starting families, and for retirees.With real estate prices considerably lower the major cities, many residents are able to afford substantial blocks or acreages for increased space and privacy.
Both Warwick and Stanthorpe have strong retail offerings and there are commercial properties available for sale in both CBDs. Warwick has a number of national brand outlets, a major discount department store and three full-sized supermarkets.
The Southern Downs Region is rich in educational facilities. The state’s first free school was established here, in Warwick, over 150 years ago. Ever since, the Southern Downs has been a leader in educationincluding a number of high-quality private and tertiary institutions including the Queensland College of Wine Tourism.
There are also a number of libraries, service clubs, first-class sporting facilities, annual festivals and plenty of hobby and interest groups. People are welcoming to visitors and new residents are able to quickly make friends and long-lasting relationships. Newcomers will find supportive and safe communities here, where residents tend to know their neighbours well.