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Yarraman is favourably located at the junction of the New England Highway and the D’Aguilar Highway, approximately 120 kilometres north of Toowoomba. Yarraman is nestled in a fertile valley which produces a range of goods including timber, grain, beef and dairy products.
The township of Yarraman was established in the late 1870s, with the town connected to Brisbane and Ipswich by rail in the early 1900s. During the 1840s, vast pastoral concerns were established at Cooyar, Tarong and Taromeo. The waterhole where stockman from the three stations met was known as Yeraman Creek and ultimately became the town of Yarraman. The town’s early beginnings served as a camping place for pastoral workers from nearby Cooyar station during cattle musters. The establishment of a timber mill resulted in an important local industry for Yarraman, a connection that remains strong today.
Yarraman has remained resilient in the face of changing times, with the local community dedicated to shaping the economic and social growth to ensure its future as a thriving rural town. Yarraman has a range of retail shops, cafes, a swimming pool, heritage centre, memorial hall, showgrounds and school. The Moving Yarraman Forward committee has given the town a fresh energy through the development of strategic plans aimed at guiding the future development of Yarraman.
The Yarraman State Forest has a variety of activities including mountain biking, bushwalking and horse riding trails.
Yarraman has become a lifestyle destination for many people with the rolling hills and relaxed country atmosphere, whilst still having relatively easy access to all major facilities and services. Having four distinct seasons, the countryside displays changing colours throughout the year. Spring is a particularly nice time of the year, with the gardens erupting in a riot of colour and the annual Colours of Yarraman festival being held.There is an abundance of recreational activities for the outdoor enthusiast, with Yarraman being at the head of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. The township is surrounded by a number of state forests and regularly plays host to adventure sporting events. Recreational facilities include the Yarraman Memorial Pool and the Errol Munt Sports Reserve, which includes four tennis courts, a cricket oval, a skate park and a multi-purpose court with lights. A playground and picnic facilities are also located in the park.
Yarraman State School provides education from Prep to Year 9, with nearby Nanango being a short 20 minute bus ride for students to complete their senior schooling. Alternatively, Toowoomba offers a number of leading private schools with boarding facilities. Quality early childhood education and care is provided through a C&K Early Learning Centre located near the centre of town.
Yarraman is conveniently located to access Toowoomba’s two higher education institutions, the University of Southern Queensland and TAFE Queensland South West. Residents have the opportunity to access alternative higher education facilities in SouthEast Queensland via the highway network with a new university planned for the Moreton Bay Region.
Yarraman has a medical centre located in the centre of town, a local pharmacy and a district ambulance station. South Burnett Care provides a range of community care services to local residents as well. There are hospitals and specialist services based in Nanango and Kingaroy, a short drive north of Yarraman. Kingaroy Hospital and local specialist health facilities include pathology, cardiology, specialist surgical clinics, radiology, accident and emergency to name a few. A full list of medical services can be found on the Queensland Health website. In addition, Toowoomba offers three high quality facilities comprising St Andrew’s Hospital, St Vincent’s Private Hospital and the Toowoomba Hospital.
Yarraman is strategically positioned at the intersection of two major highways and is within three hours’ drive of all that South East Queensland has to offer. The township has sustained a population growth of around 0.5% per annum over the past decade. The estimated resident population for Yarraman and district in 2016 was 2681 persons.
Yarraman has recently had a new injection of enthusiasm with the sale of the local pub and the new owners and managers eager to develop and grow their business whilst promoting the town. The Moving Yarraman Forward committee are working tirelessly with Council to implement the Yarraman Community Plan, a community vision to enhance the quality of life and the long term future of the Yarraman District.
Yarraman has the opportunity to take advantage of its location at the junction of two major highways. With relatively inexpensive land prices, it is perfectly positioned for manufacturing and distribution operations. The opening of the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport and the regularly scheduled international flights opens up export opportunities for a range of products, with initial flights focussing on high value food products such as beef. Being at the high point of the trail, Yarraman is an excellent starting point for the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.
Opportunities exist for new businesses centred on tourism, including bicycle hire and repair, a camping and outdoor store and a locally based tour guide or charter to assist trail users. Toowoomba Regional Council also recently developed a Trails Master Plan (contact Council to access this plan) to increase the number and types of trails available through the region.
Toowoomba Regional Council has committed $3 million over three years to boost growth and investment in regional townships. The temporary economic development incentives offer significant infrastructure charge discounts to eligible industrial, business and residential developments in these areas. For more information or to check your eligibility, visit the Temporary economic development incentives page.
Yarraman has some of the most affordable real estate available in the Toowoomba region making it a great place to consider investing given the increasing population and urban sprawl of South-EastQueensland.
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