Middle Ridge, Queensland

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Middle Ridge
Middle Ridge is located in Queensland
Middle Ridge
Middle Ridge
Coordinates 27°36′29″S 151°58′08″E / 27.608°S 151.969°E / -27.608; 151.969Coordinates: 27°36′29″S 151°58′08″E / 27.608°S 151.969°E / -27.608; 151.969
Population 7,141 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density 1,066/km2 (2,760/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4350
Area 6.7 km2 (2.6 sq mi)
Location 6 km (4 mi) SSE of Toowoomba
LGA(s) Toowoomba Region
State electorate(s) Toowoomba South
Federal Division(s) Groom
Suburbs around Middle Ridge:
Kearneys Spring Centenary Heights Rangeville
Kearneys Spring Middle Ridge Silver Ridge
Kearneys Spring Preston Upper Flagstone

Middle Ridge is a suburb of Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, located 6 kilometres (4 mi) from the city centre. At the 2016 Australian Census, the suburb recorded a population of 7,141.[1]

Middle Ridge was named in the 1860s, as the area between East and West Creeks where the teamsters who camped at Toowoomba turned their teams loose to graze.[2]

The suburb contains a primary school, Middle Ridge State School. Several sporting facilities are also located in Middle Ridge: the Echo Valley Motor Sport Complex (home to the Toowoomba Auto Club and Toowoomba Motocross Club), the Valleys rugby league club, and Toowoomba Golf Club.[3]

Entrance building to Gabbinbar homestead, 2014

Middle Ridge is home to the heritage-listed Gabbinbar homestead.

Motor racing circuit[edit]

Between 1958 and 1961 three motor racing events took place at Middle Ridge, to coincide with the 'Carnival of the Flowers' in September.[4] A rectangular circuit using Stenner Street-Mackenzie Street-Alderley Street-Rowbotham Street was run in an anti-clockwise direction.[5] There have been several reasons given why racing stopped after 1961 - local farmers claimed that the races stopped their chickens laying eggs; the carnival organisers believed that loud racing engines were incompatible with flowers; or that the races were pulling spectators away from other Carnival events.[4]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Middle Ridge (QLD) (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 March 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Middle Ridge (entry 41695)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
  3. ^ Brisway Publishing (2008). Brisway: Greater Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Toowoomba. p. Map T261. ISBN 978-0-909439-30-9.
  4. ^ a b Walker, Terry (1995). Fast Tracks - Australia's Motor Racing Circuits 1904-1995. Sydney: Turton & Armstrong. p. 98. ISBN 0908031556.
  5. ^ Galpin, Darren. "Middle Ridge". GEL Motorsport Information Page. Retrieved 10 June 2017.