In Ipswich, Queensland, there is a picturesque suburb with the charming name, Springfield Lakes. It lies approximately 25 km southwest of Brisbane and 80 km from the Gold Coast. This suburb adjoins the larger Springfield area.
Springfield’s history reads like an Australian romantic adventure. To put it briefly, the first settler was an ex-convict, James Josey. After his ‘ticket of leave’ was issued (this document was given to convicts brought over from England who had shown good behaviour and who could now seek employment), he obtained a piece of land and, thereafter, became a well-known and successful business man and he also owned substantial land investments in and around the area. He and his wife Harriet had seventeen children. James Josey’s memory has been immortalised in Springfield Lakes with names such as Eden’s Homestead, Harriet’s Park and James Josey Avenue. Incidentally, ‘Eden II’ was the name of the very last ship to carry convicts to New South Wales.
Springfield Lakes’ population has rapidly increased over the past few years and it is still growing. In fact, by 2020 the combined total population of Springfield and Springfield Lakes is expected to grow to 60,000. Brookwater, Greenbank, South Ripley and Undullah are some of its neighbouring suburbs. Owned properties account for approximately 8% of the population, whilst 54% are being purchased on mortgage. The remainder are rented homes. Springfield Lakes’ migrant population comes mainly from the UK and New Zealand. Property management Springfield Lakes will assist with homes to rent or buy.
Education is an important part of life in Springfield Lakes and the greater Springfield area. Schools cater for all age groups from baby care to university level, with the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Campus in Greater Springfield’s Education City. USQ also has its own radio station where applied media students are trained.
Springfield Lakes has its own shopping centre, Orion Shopping Town, with other shopping malls nearby. Parents with children are spoilt for choice with several walkways, parklands and cycling paths from which to choose, while playgrounds are aplenty. Walks around the lakes are greeted with friendly faces.
Just about everything a family needs is available in this exciting suburb. Nestling amongst three scenic lakes, where average home prices are $390,000, real estate Springfield Lakes is growing into the future.