Darra

One of the older suburbs in Brisbane is Darra, located about 14 kilometres southwest of its Central Business District.  This suburb is actually known to have quite a high migrant population and up to today still resident-friendly.  Most of the houses you will find in Darra are Queenslanders which would give you the feel of the 1940s and the 1950s.

Darra is an industrial suburb as well as it is residential in that it has never really ceased to progress through time.  Its name was taken from the Aboriginal word which translates to ‘stones’.   

Demographics

Population: The suburb of Darra based on the census conducted in 2011 yielded a total population of 3,838.  There are about 48.2% females amongst the populace and 51.8% males.  Darra has a median age of 32 years old for its resident at that time.  

Lifestyles and People:

  • Independent Youth – 21.4%
  • Maturing Couples & Families – 13.2%
  • Maturing & Established Independence – 13.1%
  • Older Couples & Families – 12.1%
  • Established Couples & Families – 11.3%

Income ($/weekly): An individual living in Darra has a median income of $464 weekly.  As for the household, its total median income is $1,119 per week.  

Employment Profile: Unemployment rate in Darra in 2011 is 8.1%.  Those who identify themselves as part of the suburb’s workforce are divided into full-time and part-time workers.  There are 58.4% full time workers and 27.5% part-time workers.  

Transport:

  • Bus – Access to the Brisbane Central Business District from Darra is not tough as there are bus routes all around the suburb, as well as the nearby suburbs like Mount Ommaney and Inala.  Both the Centenary Freeway and the Ipswich Motorway make these routes possible.
  • Train – There is the Darra Railway Station which provides access to services by Queensland Rail City network.  Access to trips going Brisbane CBD, Rosewood, Ipswich and Springfield is highly visible.  The railway is actually halfway between Oxley railway station and Wacol railway station.  

Schools

There are two primary schools found in the suburb of Darra – Darra State School and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.  These two are located in blocks fronting Darra Station Rd and Scotts Rd which means that their locations are convenient to public transport via the railway station.  The first one is, as the name suggests, a primary state school and the latter is a private Catholic school.  Several young families are attracted to living in this particular suburb as education is no question here.  

Clubs and Sports

The suburb of Darra is one you would consider to be really thriving as several building is going on – whether in terms of housing or other facilities and infrastructures.  As for the clubs and sports in this particular suburb, you can always enjoy cool beer at Cementco Bowls Club if you have time.  There is also the Fernwood Gym Darra for the health enthusiasts.  The active residents could surely enjoy sports at the Brisbane West Indoor Sports Centre located at Bellwood Street of Darra.