Tarragindi is a residential suburb located on the southern side of Brisbane, Queensland. It is situated six kilometres south of central Brisbane and has an approximate area of four and a half square kilometres. Tarragindi is surrounded by the neighbouring suburbs of Annerley, Greenslopes, Moorooka, Holland Park West, Salisbury, Nathan, and Mount Gravatt. Many main roads run through or border the area of Tarragindi. The Pacific Motorway runs along Tarragindi’s eastern boundary. Other main roads include Marshall Road, Toohey Road, Esher Street, Sexton Street, Fernvale Road, Weller Road, Ekibin Road East, Cracknell Road, and more.
Rich With History
Before European settlement, which began in the early 19th century, the area of Tarragindi was inhabited by Indigenous and Aboriginal people. A Coorparoo sub-group of the larger Jagera group occupied the land situated south of the Brisbane River and clustered around the areas of Oxley, Norman, and Bulimba creeks. This group also had other cultural links to neighbouring communities including river crossings, territorially neutral pathways, and ceremonies. It was known that a bora ring was maintained in Tarragindi, and one trace of this early settlement persists in the locality and creek name, ‘Ekibin.’
The Tarragindi area was originally known as Sandy Creek, a waterway with headwaters at Toohey Mountain which flowed north through the Tarragindi Recreation Reserve to join Ekibin Creek. The suburb got its name from a Pacific Islander, Tarragindi, who was employed by William Grimes who settled at Sandy Creek just north west of the Tarragindi Hill reservoir in 1890. When Grimes was told that Tarragindi translated to camp on a hill, he gave that name to his new house. In the 1920s, Tarragindi Hill was the name for a bus destination and the name was formally adopted in 1931. Until the interwar years, Tarragindi was a rural area. Many developments followed including the establishment of a chapel, electric trams, the Sandy Creek Progress Association, a public hall, primary school, and more. Land was provided for soldier settlement poultry farmers in the 1920s.
Signs of advancing suburbanisation came with the building of a service reservoir in 1922 on Tarragindi Hill. Immediately after the Second World War, Tarragindi was an outlying suburb. In 1940, the Ipswich Road tram had been extended into Salisbury and the whole of Tarragindi could be reached from a tram stop. The area of Tarragindi became to be known as shanty town because it was a place where people could run up shelters during the post war housing shortage. Developments in the area continued such as the expansion of the school, new places of worship were built, post offices were opened and more.
Great Area For Families
Tarragindi is a great place to raise a family and make so many of those unforgettable memories that are a part of growing up. The area is serviced by a variety of high quality schools both within the suburb and surrounding suburbs. Some of these include Wellers Hill State School, St Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary School, Mount Gravatt State High School, Mount Gravatt State Primary School, Saint Agnes Catholic Primary, Seville Road State School, Holland Park State High School, Marshall Road State School, St Joachim’s Catholic Primary School, Holland Park State School, Loreto College, Junction Park State School, Our Lady’s College, Mary Immaculate Catholic Primary School, Moorooka State School, and many more. Griffith University’s Nathan and Mount Gravatt campus are in close proximity to the suburb as well.
An aspect of Tarragindi that attracts so many people to the area is its leafy and green feel. It is surrounded by beautiful and lush forests and parklands. As well as this, Tarragindi is home to some great parks and areas for recreation. These include Cracknell’s Gully Park, Ekibin Memorial Park, Mary Chayter Park, Monash Road Park, Moorbell Street, Private Andrew Clark Memorial Park, Sandy Creek Park, Sexton Street Park, Shaftesbury Street Park, Tarragindi Recreation Reserve, Thornycroft Street Park, and many more.
Many people describe Tarragindi as a family friendly suburb that is great for just about anyone. Due to its convenient location and great public transport system, it is a highly sought after area. The busway provides great ways to commute, especially to the City, without the hassle of parking, but Tarragindi also provides easy access to the South East freeway, city bikeway, and the Clem7 tunnel for those that don’t want to catch a bus. Tarragindi’s real estate is in popular demand all year round and opportunities can be snatched up just as fast as they appear on the market. Tarragindi’s real estate is filled with a beautifully balanced mix of both old and new homes. Although it is located so close to the Brisbane CBD, the area still harnesses a suburban feel, offering the best of both worlds. Residents have said they feel like they are living so much further away from the City than they actually are.
Tarragindi is one of the most popular areas for real estate and is a great place for anyone to live. If it’s convenient location, leafy feel, and excellent amenities are pulling you towards the Tarragindi area, contact Reval Estate Agents for experienced agents that can provide you with the services you need and want to buy, sell or rent a property.