The Tarragindi Free Library is now open in two locations! Located out the front of the Tarragindi Fitness Gym at 195 Fingal St, and on the back deck of Umu Kitchen on Denham Tce in Tarragindi.
I wanted to give back to the local community in which I work, so I decided to set up a free library for local residents of Tarragindi and surrounding areas. I wanted to share my love of reading with others and what better way than to share all the books I’ve collected over the years?
The Tarragindi Free Library is a free service where you can borrow and exchange books with other locals in the area. It’s a place where people can come together, to sit and drink coffee and read a book in the sun. I’m hoping that it will connect people in the community and get people talking about things they have in common. It’s a place to make new friends and enjoy life in the suburbs.
HOW THE TARRAGINDI FREE LIBRARY WORKS
See a book you like, take it home to read, and either bring it, or another book, back next time you're in the area. The library will be relying on people to return books after they've taken them home to read, to continue on for years to come. There's no time limits on how long you can keep books for, and if you really like a book and wish to keep it, you can bring back another book that you think people will enjoy.
I will be constantly stocking the library with new books each week if it runs low and I will be posting which books are currently available each week on the Facebook page, so if you see something that interests you, come down to the cafe (and buy a coffee if the cafe is open) and pick up the book if it's still there.
If we get masses of donations to the library and I get overrun with books, then I will be passing the books onto the Salisbury Bookshop which is run by volunteers who are also giving back to the community. This is where I will probably be buying most of the books for the library as well, so if you would like to purchase any books in particular, please head down to 1/17 Chrome St, Salisbury and say hello to Liz, Frank, Nick, Wes & Craig. They're some of the friendliest people I've met! They also accept donations, so if the Tarragindi Free Library is currently full and you have some books to give, please pass the books onto the Salisbury Bookshop, where they will be gratefully accepted.
I hope you enjoy using the Tarragindi Free Library and I look forward to hearing all about your thoughts on the library.
If you would like to make any requests for books or tell me who your favourite authors are, you can send me a message through the Tarragindi Free Library Facebook page.
Alternatively, you can flick me an email at email@example.com or if you'd like to hear my friendly voice, give me a call on 0414 520 853. (I don't mind talking about the real estate industry too if you have any questions!) I hope to connect with you soon!
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE MOVING TO TARRAGINDI - THE ULTIMATE GUIDE
I have written this handy guide on everything that you need to know about the suburb of Tarragindi before moving to the area, including stats and demographics, history, schools, restaurants, cafes, take away food establishments, public transport, and more!
You can even download a free copy of my Quarterly Property Report for the area below, which has house sale information, coupons for local businesses and much more.
According to the 2016 census, there are currently 10,779 people living in Tarragindi. The median age of people living in Tarragindi is 36 years old, with an even mix of females (51.1%) and males (48.9%).
The most widely spoken language in Tarragindi is English with 88.1% of people only speaking English at home. The most common ancestries in Tarragindi were English 26.5%, Australian 24.2%, Irish 12.2%, Scottish 8.7% and German 4.1%.
78.4% of people from Tarragindi were born in Australia. 3% were born in England, 2.3% were born in New Zealand and 0.9% were born in India.
57.7% of people living in Tarragindi work full time, with 32% working part time and 10.3% not currently working or unemployed. The most common occupations in Tarragindi include Professionals 37.1%, Managers 14.2%, Clerical and Administrative Workers 13.7%, Technicians and Trades Workers 9.3%, and Community and Personal Service Workers 8.6%.
According to the 2016 census, the median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Tarragindi was $884 with a family income of $2,528 per week.
The majority of families in Tarragindi include a couple with children (53%). 32% of families are couples without children, and 12.% of families are one parent families, of which 20.6% of single parents were male and 79.4% were female.
Tarragindi has a mixture of old and new homes. There are currently 3,837 houses in Tarragindi and 267 townhouses and units. The majority of homes in Tarragindi occupy 3 bedrooms (45.6%) or 4 or more bedrooms (42.9%). 9.8% of homes in Tarragindi have only 1 or 2 bedrooms.
41.9% of home owners are currently paying off a mortgage, while 35.1% of residents own their home outright. 20.4% of people living in Tarragindi are renting. The median rent price in Tarragindi is currently $420 per week and the median mortgage repayment is $2,170 per month.
45% of people own 2 vehicles per household, while 31% of people only have 1 car per household. 18.1% of people own 3 or more cars per household.
AVERAGE HOME PRICE IN TARRAGINDI
The average home price in Tarragindi is $787,500 with a 2 bedroom house averaging $710,000, a 3 bedroom house averaging $745,000 and a 4 bedroom house averaging $880,000.
The average unit in Tarragindi will set you back $475,000.
House prices have risen by almost $100,000 in the past 2 years.
HISTORY OF TARRAGINDI
Tarragindi was named after a native man named Tarra Gindi Tasserone, who was transported to Queensland from the Loyalty Islands for cheap labour in the sugar cane industry. He then escaped and went to work for a man named Alfred Foote in Ipswich. Tarra then cleared land, on a hill near Sandy Creek, which was owned by a relation of Alfred's (William Grimes) and the property was then named after him. He died in the late nineteenth century and his grave is located in the Ipswich General Cemetery.
Ekibin (in the North of Tarragindi) was named from the aboriginal word "Yekkabin" which referred to aquatic plants with edible roots which grew in the creek there.
Tarragindi used to be the site of a field hospital during World War 2. After the war, the Housing Commission used the area to accommodate displaced persons. The Ekibin Memorial Park on Cracknell Road commemorates the establishment of the hospital.
Tarragindi hosts two highly regarded primary schools - Wellers Hill State School and St. Elizabeth's Catholic Primary School. The closest high schools are in Holland Park or Yeronga.
Wellers Hill State School is the only Japanese primary bilingual school in Queensland. It has an outstanding visual arts program, instrumental music program and sporting program. The school first opened in 1926.
St. Elizabeth's Catholic Primary School is a parish based Catholic primary school which was founded in 1958 and caters for boys and girls from prep to year 6. St Elizabeth’s provides educational opportunities in the Arts, Music & Sports.
Tarragindi has multiple bus stops around the suburb which will get you into the city in approx 35 mins. In peak hour traffic, driving can take approx 35 minutes to get into the city, however on a normal day it will only take you 15 mins to reach the city centre by car. An Uber would cost around $15-20, also depending on the time of day.
The Salisbury and Moorooka stations are the closest train stations to Tarragindi and are only a 6-8 minute drive way.
There are numerous trendy cafes in Tarragindi including Brunos, Umu Kitchen, Esher St, Black Lab Cafe and One Drop Espresso. Find out more about the cafes in Tarragindi in this Tarragindi cafe blog post.
TARRAGINDI RESTAURANTS AND TAKE AWAY FOOD
There are some fantastic restaurants and take away food establishments in Tarragindi including Tarragindi Thai located at 1/6 Gapap St, which makes the best pad thai and laksa in the area!
If you're a seafood lover head down to 13 Kuring Gai Ave to Fitzy's Fresh Seafood to pick up some fresh prawns, fish, oysters, and loads more! Tarragindi Seafood and Curries at Gapap St also has fish & chips, burgers and authentic Indian curries!
CGB Seafoods is located at 96 Windmill Rd and offers great seafood and fish and chips. Tarragindi Seafood is located at 6 Gapap St and available on Menulog for fast delivery. Nick's Takeaway is located at 13 Kuring Gai Ave and supplies good burgers and fish and chips. Asian Food Paradise is next door at 11 Kuring Gai Ave and offers Malaysian and Chinese food.
If you're looking for something a bit spicier, Turbans and Cowboys are located at 15 Denham Tce and offers Indian and Mexican food which you will also find on Menulog.
SHOPPING IN TARRAGINDI
Tarragindi has quite a few little shopping villages dotted around the area. There's a 7 day convencience store named The Friendly Grocer which is located at 102 Windmill St. In this centre there is also a hairdreser, a bakery, and a post office.
The Tarragindi Fruit Barn is located at 304 Toohey Rd which sells cheap fruit and veges. Across the intersection is the Tarragindi Villiage where you will find a Nightowl, another bakery, a BWS, another hairdresser, a gourmet deli, and some restaurants.
Wellers Hill Hardware and Landscape Supplies is the place to go to for all your gardening needs and is located on Denham Tce, in the same street as SPAR, Weller's Hill Physiotherapy, Weller's Hill Medical Centre, a Pharmacy, a Chiropractor, an Acupuncturist, another hairdresser and a cafe and resturant.
There is another small shopping strip on Cracknell Rd which has - you guessed it - another hairdresser, a florist and Skin Spirit Day Spa where you can treat yourself to a facial, manicure or pedicure, spray tan, waxing, or a blissful massage to take all your cares away and de-stress.
(There is also another hairdresser located on Esher St next to the Esher St Cafe, and yet another one on Monash Road next to the beauty salon!)
The Rocklea Markets are only a 10 minute drive away and Westfield Garden City Shopping Centre is also only 12 minutes away, as are the Asian Restaurants in Sunnybank.
The closest supermarkets to Tarragindi would be the Moorooka Woolworths (where you will find an ATM) and the Annerley Woolworths. There is also an Aldi in Salisbury.
HOSPITALS AND MEDICAL CENTRES IN TARRAGINDI
The Greenslopes Private Hospital is the closest hospital to Tarragindi and is just 4.5kms away (only a 9 minute drive away). The QE2 Hospital is the next closest hospital to Tarragindi and is just over 5kms away (only 8 mins by car).
There are a couple of Medical Centres in Tarragindi, including The Tarragindi Medical Centre which is located at 34 Monash Road and The Weller's Hill Medical Centre at 16 Denham Tce.
NIGHTLIFE IN TARRAGINDI
Tarragindi is a quiet suburb and doesn't have a very active night life. You can find The Weller's Hill Bowls Club on Sexton St though, which offers a bar, food, a great dance floor and night time barefoot bowls. They have a function room available for hire as well. They regularly put on a Friday night BBQ and have free parking on site.
If you are up for a big night out, you can head into Brisbane City which is only a short Uber or bus ride away. (West End also has some great bars and restaurants and is also very close by).
PARKS & GREEN SPACES IN TARRAGINDI
The Toohey Forest is located in part of Tarragindi and covers an area of approx. 260 hectares. Toohey Mountain contains stunning rock formations that are made of tough quartzite formed 380 million years ago. There are multiple walking tracks through the forest which you can find out more about in the Exploring Toohey Forest blog post.
There are multiple parks dotted around the Tarragindi area but the best one is the Shaftesbury Street Park (with large dog park included) located on Laura St (behind Brunos Cafe). The Sandy Creek Park on Fernvale Road has kids play equipment, as does the Ekibin Memorial Park on the corner of Cracknell Rd and Fingal St.
Below is a list of parks in the Tarragindi area as per the Brisbane City Council website:
THINGS TO DO IN TARRAGINDI - TARRAGINDI FREE LIBRARY
Tarragindi has a few free street libraries in the area. The Tarragindi Free Library is located in the seating area of the One Drop Espresso Cafe at 195 Fingal St. There is a second library out on the back deck of Umu Kitchen in Denham Terrace. The Tarragindi Free Library is a free service where you can borrow and exchange books with other locals in the area. There is even a Facebook page where you can keep up to date with what books are in the library in real time. You can even make requests for books or authors that you like via the Facebook page.
THINGS TO DO IN TARRAGINDI - SOUTHSIDE PADDLE GROUP
Tarragindi also has it's own paddleboarding/kayaking group named the Southside Paddle Group. You can join the group by heading to the Facebook page and request to join. We head out once a month on our SUP boards and kayaks around Brisbane and the Gold Coast. It's a great way to meet new people who live in the area.
I hope this ultimate guide to Tarragindi has helped you to become more familiar to the Tarragindi area. The information contained herein is subject to change over time. If you have any questions relating to Tarragindi or need some help finding a house in the area, please contact Kelly Pack on 0414 520 853. Please feel free to leave a comment below.
There are loads of trendy cafes in Tarragindi and I have eaten at all of them. I love being able to pop down the road for a coffee (or chai latte) and a snack for morning tea while I pull out my laptop and answer emails or have lunch with a client or work colleague, and there are definitely some tasty options in Tarragindi. Below are my favourites cafes in Tarragindi.
1. BRUNOS CAFE
Bruno's is situated on Cracknell Rd, next to the Shaftesbury Park in Tarragindi, and is very convenient to drop into on your early morning walk around the park. The menu here is excellent and I have eaten here many times. The best place to sit is at the back of the cafe, which overlooks the parklands and is perfect for your morning breakfast or lunch.
They have an awesome menu with items rotating regularly. They also have all the usual coffees, teas, hot chocolates and juices available as well. They do lunch specials on weekends and Brunos also has a liquor licence enabling them to serve beer and wine with your lunch.
Once you've finished your meal, you can head next door to the playground to play in the park with the kids, take your dog to the dog park up the road, pop in for a massage at Skin Spirit Day Spa, a haircut at the hairdresser or browse in the other shops in the area as well.
Bruno's is open 7 days a week from 6am-2pm Monday to Friday and 7am-2.30pm on weekends.
2. ESHER ST CAFE
Esher St Cafe and Bar is a trendy, (Greek) family run cafe with multiple seating areas including a brand new alfresco area out the back and a pet-friendly seating area out the front of the cafe as well.
They also have a counter in the centre of the cafe displaying beautiful cakes and slices, a unique line of gifts in store that you can purchase while you're sipping your coffee, and a deli on-site with a range of gourmet produce available from local producers.
Their menu consists of awesome breakfasts like beetroot and haloumi wraps, avocado smashes, home made muesli, Mexican bean salsa with eggs, Canadian pancakes and much much more. They also offer home made lunches that are also very tasty!
They are located on Esher St, Tarragindi and are open 7 days a week from 6am-4pm weekdays and 6am-3pm weekends.
3. UMU KITCHEN
Umu Kitchen is located on the corner of Denham Terrace and Toohey Road in Tarragindi. The food here is fresh and tasty and the staff are all very friendly and professional. Umu serves high quality coffee with gourmet foods and mouthwatering desserts, including vegan and gluten free options.
Umu has a trendy decor featuring objects from nature, large hanging light bulbs and an awesome feature wall with leaf decal. They also have a small community notice board as you walk into the cafe. You can choose to sit inside the cafe, or out in the open-air out the front. You will also find a second Tarragindi Free Library located out on their back deck.
Umu Kitchen is open 7 days a week. Monday to Friday from 6am-4pm and weekends from 6am-3pm.
4. BLACK LAB COFFEE
Black Lab Coffee is a pet friendly coffee shop with a really funky instagram page. You can order just about any kind of coffee there, as well as a home made muffin or snack on the run. There is a seating area off to the left where you can wait for a cute pooch to enter and maybe get a couple of pats in.
Black Lab Coffee raise money for animal rescue groups, support animal adoptions, and promote responsible pet ownership. They also help to promote local artists in the area and have even held an art show there, featuring paintings of dogs - of course!
They are located at 6/11 Kuring Gai Avenue, Tarragindi and are open 7 days a week from 5.30am-1pm Monday to Saturdays and from 7am-1pm on Sundays.
5. CAFE O MAI
Ok, so it's not technically in Tarragindi, but Cracknell Rd runs through Tarragindi, so I'm going to give it some leeway even though it's actually in Annerley because they serve some of the best food in the area. Cafe O Mai is a quirky little Vietnamese cafe which offers authentic food as well as your traditional Aussie meals. I love the decor here and the food is amazing!
Apart from serving the best Vietnamese food, (including the best pho I have ever tasted!) they also make coffee (including a slow drip gourmet blend - try the Vietnamese iced coffee - it's delicious!) teas, chais, milkshakes, and they also have a juice bar and bake their cakes, slices, biscuits and muffins on site. They support the environment by using metal straws in the cafe instead of adding to landfill by supplying plastic straws and they also have a liquor licence so you can have a cold beer, wine or cocktail with your lunch.
Cafe O Mai is located at 15 Cracknell Rd, Annerley and are open for breakfast from 6.30am tues - friday and 7am weekends until 3pm weekdays and 2pm weekends. They also have a takeaway menu available for when you need to eat on the run!
6. TODD & PUP
Also not technically in Tarragindi, Todd & Pup deserves a mention as well, as they have the best muffins in the area! Take a look at their Facebook page for their muffin of the day specials. Their coffees and chai lattes are also lovely too.
Todd & Pupp are located at 398 Tarragindi Rd, Moorooka and are open 7 days a week - Monday to Friday from 6am-2pm and weekends from 7am-2pm.
I hope this list of the best cafes in Tarragindi has helped you to decide where to go for your next lunch or coffee meeting. Who knows - I may even see you there! Please feel free to leave a comment if you also enjoy frequenting any of the cafes that I'm mentioned.