Brisbane’s Favourite Neighbourhoods Series – Tarragindi

Originally known as Sandy Creek, Tarragindi got its current name when early settler, William Grimes, found that the name of his employee, Tarragindi Tassaroni, meant ‘camp on a hill’. Today, Tarragindi is a trendy and stylish suburb only 6 kilometres from the CBD.

At Matthews Real Estate, we have decades of experience and expertise on all matters property. The beautiful suburb of Tarragindi is a fantastic place to consider moving, and we’re well-equipped to handle your unique property search in the area. So, whether you’re deciding if Tarragindi will suit you and your family, or ready to rent, buy or sell, this guide is for you.

Tarragindi Suburb Profile

We’ve compiled the most frequently asked questions, answers and information about Tarragindi and prepared this essential Tarragindi Suburb Profile. Read on for valuable insight to help you make your move.

Year Notable Events
1890 William Grimes settled at Sandy Creek on land either side of Andrew Avenue, north-west of the Tarragindi Hill reservoir. He names his house Tarragindi (meaning camp on a hill) after his Pacific Islander employee of the same name.
1914 ‘Cracknell Hill Estate’, made up of 115 allotments of 16 perches, was advertised for sale by Isles Love & Co., Auctioneers.
1915 The Ipswich Road electric tram reaches Yeronga Park.
1920 (approx.) Land was provided for soldier settlement at nearby Clifton Hill.
1920 Auctioneers Cameron Brothers offered 97 allotments in the “Cracknell Hill Estate” which were in Queen Street (now Cavan Street), Hamlet Terrace (now Hamlet Street) and Woodville Place between Warwick Street (now Marjorie Street) and Percy Street.
1922 Service reservoir on Tarragindi Hill is built.
1926 A primary school was opened at Weillers Hill (now known as Wellers Hill).
1932 The Tarragindi Memorial Hall at Fernvale Road and Andrew Avenue built.
WWII During the Second World War, Tarragindi was the site of a field hospital administered first by the American Army (for soldiers treated for shell shock) and later by the British and Australian forces.
1940 The Ipswich Road tram was extended to the Salisbury munitions works and all of Tarragindi could be reached from a tram stop.
1957 Tarragindi Post Office is opened.

Table 1: Timeline of Tarragindi’s History

Is Tarragindi a Good Place to Live?

Tarragindi is a trendy and stylish suburb close to the city with larger “Residential A” blocks of land, beloved by families, professionals, retirees and singles… nearly everyone. If you’d like more convincing, see what Tarragindi residents themselves have to say about life in their favourite Brisbane suburb.


Suburb Demographics, Tarragindi

The median age of the Tarragindi population was 36 years old, with families making up over a fourth of all the residents. 78.4% of residents were born in Australia, with the other top responses being England 3%, New Zealand 2.3%, India 0.9%, China, 0.8% and South Africa 0.7%.

Source: 2016 census


The median weekly household income for residents is $2,202. The median monthly mortgage repayments are $2,170 and weekly rent is $420.



If you weren’t already enamoured with Tarragindi, there are more reasons to be. Tarragindi scores incredibly high in all metrics across the board, with community scoring a perfect 10.



How Safe is Tarragindi?

Tarragindi is one of the safest suburbs in Brisbane. The Queensland Police statistics map affirms the low crime rate, which comes in at just 52 offenses over the last quarter (as of the date of this article). These figures had a natural peak around Christmas and are currently decreasing. In terms of relative to other suburbs, Tarragindi’s crime comes in at less than half of Ashgrove and Clayfield over the same period.

 Any local crime reports are dealt with by the police, who ensure Tarragindi remains safe for all its residents.

What’s the Median House Price in Tarragindi?

If you’re thinking about buying a home in Tarragindi, it’s a great choice. As we’ve already seen it’s a beautiful suburb with so much to offer. But before buying, you’ll need to know what kind of property prices you might experience.

This will help you plan your buying strategy. So, we’ve pulled together the median prices for a house in Tarragindi.



The beautiful suburb of Tarragindi has great public schools and private school choices. The varied options appeal to savvy Brisbane families. 

The Wellers Hill State School is the original school for the area, and remains popular for its history, quality education and Japanese immersion program. WHSS provides two learning pathways:

  • Australian Curriculum English (ACE) pathway (Prep to Year 6)
  • Australian Curriculum Japanese (ACJ) Immersion pathway (Year 1 to Year 6) 

As a school they strive to help students develop independence and resilience and empower them to take risks.

St Elizabeth’s Primary School is another popular option. Part of the Catholic private system, and conveniently located on Cracknell Road, St Elizabeth’s offers a diverse and challenging curriculum that ​​helps children learn to enjoy learning while excelling.

For high school, most of Tarragindi is in the catchment for Holland Park State High School, which is currently enrolment managed, and a smaller section of the suburb is in the catchment for Yeronga State High School, which is not currently enrolment managed. 



Tarragindi is also generally very safe from flooding. There are two blocks around the creek that may have some overland flow after heavy rain. And, of course, heavy rain may cause flooding anywhere, even places that have never had any flooding before.

The Brisbane City Council has a Flood Awareness Map to help you track potential flooding. On this interactive map, you can also search for the history of flooding in your area. The Council also sends news updates to the residents when there is an expectation of floods. The Tarragindi, QLD Flood Awareness Map is shown below:


What Streets in Tarragindi Have City Views?

Because Tarragindi is only 6 kilometres from the city, and located in a hilly area, there are ample opportunities to move onto a street that offers unparalled city views. In fact, the most desirable areas in Tarragindi are elevated in quiet streets with an outlook toward the city.

A home with a view, on a quiet, leafy street is part of the wonderful options that Tarragindi offers.

Some of the streets with city views are:

  • Lutzow Street
  • Tamarang Street
  • Pring Street
  • Kenneth Street
  • Effingham Street
  • Fingal Street
  • Thornycroft Street
  • Prior Street
  • Denham Terrace
  • Bramston Street
  • Andrew Avenue
  • Vista Avenue
How Far From the CBD Is Tarragindi?

Tarragindi is a mere 6 kilometres from the CBD, but it’s important to note that it’s not just distance that makes it convenient. Tarragindi benefits from its extremely close proximity to the South East Busway, with a bus to the CBD taking only 15 minutes from Holland Park West Station (you can see the bus routes on the Translink website).

In terms of driving, the M1 Motorway is a direct shot to the city, and provides easy access to many other Brisbane suburbs. Finally, the new expanded metro system will also service Tarragindi and follow along the same route as the South Busway and the M1 Motorway. Though it follows the same route, we anticipate it will be an even better option as it will be completely traffic free.


Is Tarragindi a Good Investment Suburb?

This is a fantastic (and important) question if you’re looking to buy property in Tarragindi for investment purposes or just want to know how strong the value of your home will be.

Tarragindi had a capital gain of 11.32% in 2020, which is higher than average when you compare it’s growth over a five-year period (26.35%). In terms of rental properties, investors could see an approximately 2.9% increase in gross rental yield. However, figures from the past quarter do show that capital gains for real estate buyers in Tarragindi are lower than over the past five years.

We do expect the new quarter numbers to shift positively in terms of capital gain, as the real estate market is booming at the moment. If you’d like more information about investing in Tarragindi, get expert insight from a Matthews Real Estate agent.

What are the Best Green Spaces?

Tarragindi is a leafy suburb surrounded by Toohey Forest. In all it has at least 16 different parks and playgrounds for the residents.

The largest and most well-known is Weller Road Park located between Weller Road and Marshall Road. For sports, picnics and BBQs, Tarragindi Recreation Reserve is the perfect location. And there are small, more residential parks dotted between the homes across the entire suburb.

Don’t miss Arnwood Place. This fully enclosed playground is the perfect place to unleash your unruly toddler.

Surrounding Tarragindi is Toohey Forest Park, which has the incredible honour of being the largest area of remnant bushland in Brisbane. This park gives residents (and visitors) opportunities for bushwalking, mountain biking and even bouldering, and it’s also very popular for picnicking and just having a nice afternoon out with the family. You may even spot a koala!

What are the Best Places for Kids in Tarragindi?

Tarragindi has amenities and spaces that will keep your children active and healthy, as well as learning and growing. Our top favourites are the Arnwood Place Playground and Toohey Forest Park, both excellent for getting kids out in fresh air and nature. And if you’ve got a little soccer fan, you can’t go past the Tarragindi Tigers Soccer Club.

Here are some kid friendly activities in Tarragindi:
  • Wellers School Swim Club
  • Toohey Forest Park
  • Tarragindi Recreation Reserve
  • Weller Road Park
  • Arnwood Place Playground
  • Entertainment Unlimited Dance Centre
  • PhysiKids
  • Luya Music
  • Tarragindi Tigers Soccer Club
  • Tarragindi Free Library
  • Tarragindi Community Garden

Don’t forget to check out local businesses, who will offer unique activities your children will love as well.

Tarragindi Restaurants and Cafes
  • Bruno’s BNE Café
  • UMU Kitchen
  • Black Lab Coffee
  • Esher St Café & Deli
  • Tarragindi Thai
  • Turbans and Cowboys
  • Miss D’s Café
  • Todd & Pup Café
  • Five Sisters Expresso Bar
  • Davies Bakery
Cool Things to Do In Tarragindi
  • Sandstone Circuit, Toohey Forest Park
  • St Luke’s Theatre Group
  • Esher Street Café & Deli
  • Tarragindi Reservoir
  • Wildlife spotting in Toohey Forest
  • Weller Hill Bowls Club
  • Brisbane Visual Arts Community, ABC You Can Draw
  • Brisbane Visual Arts Community, Wednesday Arts & Crafts
  • Ride your bike through the Tarragindi Recreation Reserve
  • Wellers Hill State School Fete
  • Take a picnic at the Toohey Forest Picnic spot
  • Take your dog to the Shaftesbury St Big Dog Park
  • WHSS Fete
  • Tarragindi Kindy Festival
  • Lions Club
  • Scouts of Queensland
The Best Shopping in Tarragindi

The best suburbs wouldn’t be the best without being handy to excellent shops, and Tarragindi has this in spades. Its leafy, residential streets are peppered with local shops, hair salons and boutiques. However, Tarragindi doesn’t have retail zones, so the quickest and most accessible shopping centre is Westfield Garden Centre, located in Upper Mount Gravatt. Because Tarragindi is close to the M3 freeway, with an access ramp on Messines Road, the trip is only 10 minutes by car. There’s also a major bus route that goes to Garden Centre from Tarragindi.

Did you know?

The Matthews family have a long history in the suburb of Tarragindi. Trevor Matthews’ mother – Violet Lutzow was in the very first class at Wellers Hill State school when it opened. The Lutzows settled in Tarragindi with a large house on the corner of Toohey Rd and Prior St in the late 1800’s and owned the whole block up to Windmill St.  Lutzow Street is named after the family as early pioneers of the suburb.

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