This quiet, semi-rural village is primarily a residential commuter town for nearby Brisbane. It is also close to the Gold Coast and other large urban centres including Jimboomba and Beenleigh, meaning that there are many work and social opportunities nearby. While the village’s agricultural and lumbering roots are still evident in its rural atmosphere, it is becoming an increasingly popular place to live, with the population growing by more than 20 percent between 2011 and 2016.
- Population – 4,417
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander percentage of population – 2.6%
- Closest major town/city – Brisbane (43 km)
- Distance from airport – 51 km (Brisbane)
- Cinemas – 0
- Cafes/restaurants – 4
- Pubs/bars – 2
- Primary schools – 1
- Secondary schools – 0
- Tertiary education providers – 0
- Annual average maximum temperature – 26.0°C
- Annual average minimum temperature – 15.1°C
Logan Village is located on the Waterford–Tamborine Road (Route 95), with the Logan River at its northwestern edge. It is not far from the southern fringe of Brisbane’s urban region and is also close to the northern end of the Gold Coast, combining the benefits of rural and city living.
The median age of Logan Village’s residents is 39, just a couple of years more than that for all of Queensland. Children and teenagers make up 28 percent of the population, and the number of people aged 40 to 74 is somewhat higher than for the rest of the state. The partnered rate is quite high, with around two-thirds of adults in a registered marriage or de facto relationship. Residents are mostly from English-speaking backgrounds, with a small number born in Germany, the Netherlands and other countries.
There are two general practices in Logan Village: Albert Street Medical and Pioneer Health Logan Village. The closest hospital is Logan Hospital in Meadowbrook, which provides a full range of services. The nearest ambulance station is in Jimboomba. There are no aged care facilities in Logan Village, the closest being at Waterford.
With slightly higher than average income and relatively few elderly residents, Logan Village’s overall health profile is not disadvantaged. However, child health issues are of concern, with 20.7 percent of children rated as developmentally vulnerable through health issues.
Logan Village is in the Brisbane South PHN and is rated RA2.
There are few education options in Logan Village. The town has three preschools and one primary school – Logan Village State School. For older students, there are state high schools in several surrounding towns. Private schools are also available in the region for children at both primary and secondary levels. Being close to Brisbane, there are numerous options for town residents who wish to study at TAFE or university.
Career options for partners
Employment options for Logan Village residents are plentiful, with both Brisbane and the Gold Coast a short commute away. At 4.6 percent, the town’s unemployment rate is low, 3 percent less than for the whole state. More than 60 percent of those who are working have full-time positions, and part-time opportunities are also available. The number of professionals living in the town is significantly lower than for other parts of the country, while trades people, clerical workers and machinery operators are somewhat more common.
The opportunities for volunteer work are above average, once again due to the town’s proximity to the state capital, and there are numerous charitable and not-for-profit organisations within a short drive of town.
Arts and culture
While the opportunities for art, music and dance lessons and other cultural experiences are fairly limited within Logan Village itself, surrounding towns and suburbs offer a range of classes and other options including cinemas and theatres. Dance and music activities that are available in the town include the Village Rockers’ rock ‘n’ roll dance classes and the Logan Ukulele Club’s monthly get-togethers.
The Logan Village Community Centre has three buildings that are used for regular community group meetings and can also be hired on a casual basis. Groups using the meeting spaces include Logan Village Playgroup and Logan Village Craft Group. The community craft cottage sells local arts and crafts, and the museum and local history centre has historical information and displays.
To spend some time outdoors in Logan Village, the Village Green is a good place to go. There are barbecue and picnic facilities, and for the kids there is a playground, basketball court and skate park. It is also the site of community events such as Carols by Candlelight, Australia Day celebrations and Movies in the Park.
In addition to the Village Green, there are a few bushland parks in Logan Village including Logan Village Park, Merv and Ollie Musch Park and Quinzeh Creek Park. On the town’s southeastern outskirts is the Wickham Timber Reserve and, beyond that, Plunkett Conservation Park and Wickham National Park, all great places for a walk, cycle or horse ride in the open eucalypt forest.
A little further on again is Tamborine National Park, which has a range of walking tracks of varying difficulties as well as horse riding trails and day-use areas. Camping is not permitted in the park. Tamborine was Queensland’s first national park and today consists of 14 separate reserves. Features include waterfalls, rocky outcrops, lookouts and a variety of wildlife. There are also other national parks and conservation reserves within a short drive of Logan Village.
For those into sports, Big River Country Park is the home of Logan Village Falcons All Sports Club. The club offers competitions in soccer, netball, rugby 7s, tennis and darts for people of all ages. The town also has a nine-hole golf course and riding club.
Food and drink
While not rich in restaurants and cafes, there are a few options for eating out in Logan Village, including cafes for coffee or lunch. The Logan Village Hotel restaurant serves meals every day, and of course it’s also a great spot for a cold ale or two. The RSL also has a bar and is open for meals on Friday and Sunday nights. For further dining options, residents can choose from the numerous surrounding towns.
The rapid expansion of the area in the 80s and 90s has left Logan Village with a wealth of good housing and relatively low demand. As a result of that expansion, most of the houses are fairly new and quite roomy, and blocks are generally larger than average. These characteristics are reflected in property prices, with the median for a three-bedroom house at $555,000. You can expect to rent a house of the same size for about $440 a week.
Although there is no train service in Logan Village, it does have a bus service six days a week. Logan Coaches runs the service between Beenleigh and Tamborine Village, with a stop in Logan Village. For travelling by car, the town has good road access to Brisbane and the Gold Coast as well as the rest of the Queensland highway network.
Broadband – ADSL and ADSL2+ are available in Logan Village, with speeds of up to 15Mbps. NBN high-speed fibre is now also available with speeds up to 100Mbps.