Shops in Darra.
|Population||3,838 (2011 census)|
|Location||14 km (9 mi) from Brisbane GPO|
|LGA(s)||City of Brisbane|
|State electorate(s)||Electoral district of Inala
Electoral district of Mount Ommaney
|Federal Division(s)||Division of Oxley|
Darra is an older Brisbane suburb located about 14 kilometres southwest of Brisbane central business district. It is known for its high migrant population. The first subdivisions in the area occurred in 1864.
The houses are mainly of the Queenslander style built in the 1940s and 1950s. The majority of blocks in Darra are large enough to be subdivided, which is becoming popular in the suburb, hence making room for more modern homes. In the last few years, a property developer bought a vast tract of vacant, government land. As a result, there are now many new homes and townhouses built in Darra, which has increased its population and its geographical boundaries.
Darra railway station provides access to regular Citytrain services to Brisbane, Ipswich and Rosewood via Ipswich. Darra railway station is set to become the main line out to Springfield Lakes. The Darra railway station is the name given to the suburb it came to serve. As the railway was built through the area a stop was allocated at a distance of "nine miles forty four chain", halfway between the planned Oxley railway station and Wacol railway station. The origin of the name Darra is not known for sure, however it most likely comes from a Scottish railway town as some of the railway planners responsible for naming stops were Scottish engineers. The station was one terminus for the first of Brisbane's electric rail lines, linking to Ferny Grove railway station in 1979.
Darra has many Vietnamese restaurants and grocery stores. Opposite the railway station in Railway parade there are three Vietnamese grocery stores, and a Vietnamese/Chinese restaurant named Cam Ranh, colloquially known to locals as the "Welcome welcome my friend" restaurant. This is due to the restaurant owner's greeting and speech style. Nearby there are three other Vietnamese/Chinese restaurants. Situated in Darra is a sporting club featuring many indoor sports, plus a Fernwood gymnasium in Bellwood Street. These sporting facilities and a bowls club are both conveniently located not far from Darra railway station. Darra is close to the Centenary suburbs and conveniently located near the Mount Ommaney Shopping Centre, with its many retail and commercial facilities. Darra also features a shopping centre in Monier Road with Woolworths, a liquor store, hairdresser, chemist and post office. In Monier Road there is also the Monier Rd Hotel, a modern establishment which provides dining, bar and pokies.
Darra has two primary schools, one state and one Catholic private school ('Darra State School' and 'Our Lady of the Sacred Heart') . Both occupy blocks fronted by Darra Station Rd and Scotts rd, and both are conveniently located near the railway station. Because the suburb has two primary schools, it is becoming more popular with younger families moving to the area.
Overall plans include the further redevelopment of the industrial park, which should provide an injection of capital into the community and further upgrade local infrastructure and community facilities. The Brisbane City Council has been active in rejuvenating the streetscapes of the Darra suburb as well as neighbouring recreational and parkland facilities in Jindalee and Sinnamon Park.
In the 2011 Census the population of Darra is 3,838, 48.2% female and 51.8% male.
The median/average age of the Darra population is 32 years of age, 5 years below the Australian average.
48.1% of people living in Darra were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were Vietnam 15.8%, New Zealand 3.4%, India 2.9%, Philippines 2%, Samoa 1.2%.
45.1% of people speak English as their first language 23.1% Vietnamese, 4.1% Arabic, 2.2% Samoan, 1.3% Tagalog, 1.3% Spanish.
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