Taringa is a suburb of Brisbane, Australia 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) south-west of the Brisbane CBD. Taringa is mostly residential, except for a small number of commercial buildings mostly clustered along Moggill Road. It is a popular neighbourhood among the students of the University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology because of its proximity to the universities and to Brisbane city.
In the 2011 census, the population of Taringa was 7,176, 50.4% female and 49.6% male. The median age of the Taringa population was 29 years, 8 years below the Australian median. 63.8% of people living in Taringa were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were England 3.8%, China 3%, New Zealand 2.4%, Malaysia 2.1%, India 2%. 75.9% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 3.6% Mandarin, 1.6% Cantonese, 1.3% Malay, 1.1% Spanish, 0.9% Persian (excluding Dari).
Taringa is dominated by a ridge that runs the length of Swann Road, with steep slopes on either side of the ridge.
The suburb name ‘Taringa’ is a combination of two Aboriginal words: tarau (stones) and nga (made up of). Together, they mean “place of stones”.
The Lionel Brand of Worcestershire sauce was manufactured in Taringa.
Gailey Road, Taringa is named after Richard Gailey an Irish-Australian architect.
Taringa has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- 103 Stanley Terrace: Pilot Officer Geoffrey Lloyd Wells Memorial Seat
- 209 Indooroopilly Road: Fulton Residence
The Taringa Scout Den is the home of the Taringa-Milton-Toowong Scout Group. It is also used as a GoJu Karate training facility and for Yoga.
Taringa is the home of the Taringa Rovers Soccer Football Club, who play in the Brisbane Premier League.
The Japanese Language Supplementary School of Queensland Japanese School of Brisbane (ブリスベン校 Burisuben Kō), a weekend Japanese school, maintains its school office in Taringa. It holds its classes at Indooroopilly State High School in Indooroopilly.
By Train, Taringa Station is part of the Queensland Rail City network, on the Ipswich, Rosewood and Springfield railway lines providing travel to the Brisbane CBD, Ipswich, Rosewood and Springfield.
By Bus, Taringa is serviced by Brisbane Transport buses to the Brisbane CBD, Chancellor’s Place at UQ St Lucia, Indooroopilly, Long Pocket, Chapel Hill and Kenmore.
By Road, Taringa’s main thoroughfares are Swann Road and Moggill Road.
- Gwen Harwood, an Australian poet, was born in Taringa.
- Clement Lindley Wragge, a meteorologist, lived in Taringa in a house named Capemba in the 1890s.
- Frank William Moorhouse, born in Taringa, Chief Inspector of the Fisheries and Game Department of South Australia from 1936 to 1959.
- Dorothy Hill, geologist and palaeontologist, the first female professor at an Australian university, and the first female president of the Australian Academy of Science was born in Taringa in 1907.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). “Taringa”. 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
- “Walter Taylor Ward”. Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). “Taringa”. 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
- “Pilot Officer Geoffrey Lloyd Wells Memorial Seat (entry 600338)”. Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
- “Fulton Residence (entry 602208)”. Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
- “平成 26(2014)年度” (Archive). The Japanese Language Supplementary School of Queensland. Retrieved on April 1, 2015. p. 4. “借用校舎：インドロピリー州立高校(Indooroopilly State High School) Ward Street, Indooroopilly, QLD4068, AUSTRALIA 事務所：The Japanese Club of Brisbane/The Japanese School of Brisbane Suite 17, Taringa Professional Centre, 180 Moggill Road, Taringa, QLD4068”