Uncovering Brisbane: The Village of Toowong

street in BrisbaneWhen tourists first hear about Toowong, they might think it’s some village in Vietnam instead of a suburb in Brisbane. Despite its not always being at the top of most tourist destination lists, Toowong accommodates visitors from all walks of life – domestic and international alike.

History

Established by Richard Drew in 1865, the Village of Toowong formed when the McDougall pastoral lease was broken up into several subdivisions and sold. Originally, a piece of land dominated by the villas of the elite upper-middle class who worked in the city, Toowong came into its own after the connection of the Ipswich Railway in 1875.

Settling on the banks of the Brisbane River, Toowong attracted many Australians as an ideal place to live and do business. Before long, apartments, housing, and other accommodations started appearing in Toowong business and suburban districts. The influx of residents boosted the population, prompting the renaming of the area from the Village of Toowong, to the Shire of Toowong, and eventually melding into the City of Brisbane. In present day Australia, Toowong still sees a high margin of growth thanks to its diverse demographic base, and commitment to the area.

Protecting History

But, progress still has its ill effects, and the residents of Toowong didn’t ignore them. Residents concerned about the aggressive development of their land established the West Toowong community in 1999. Acting as a community watchdog, the West Toowong community lobbies both for and against a proposed construction measure that they see as either helpful to the town as a whole or destructive to its heritage respectively.

The community successfully prevented the construction of a mobile phone tower within a residential area, as well as lobbying for the construction of an overpass on the Western Freeway. The overpass provides a safe footpath from Anzac Park to Mt. Coot-tha, and other recreational locations.

The People

Foreigners rarely feel out of place in Toowong as the community is as tight-knit as anyone would think possible. In fact, only 61.1% of the people in Toowong are Australian born, other residents come from England (3.9%), China (3.8%), New Zealand (3%), India (1.8%), and Malaysia (1.6%). The suburb is quickly becoming one of most successful melting pots in Brisbane.

These are just some interesting points that highlight the destination that is Toowong. There’s always something new to discover in Brisbane, and a visit to the village of Toowong is an adventure one cannot miss when visiting.