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QLD mining towns – a smart property investment?

Date: 30/11/2012

Investing in the resource rich areas of Queensland has proved to be a smart property investment for financiers over the last ten years or so.

Gladstone in particular, saw dwelling prices rocket since the region’s humble beginnings a decade ago.

However, with mining growth being scaled back considerably, securing a profit in the Bowen and Surat Basins will pose more of a challenge heading toward the future.

With that being said, there is still billions of dollars worth of projects committed to the area, and several more in the pipeline.

The federal government this week (November 28) reported record spending on upcoming projects.

Resources are plentiful and capable of producing substantial output for many years, but as the resource and energy minister said, that does not guarantee success.

“In the face of lower commodity prices, the delivery of this pipeline of projects is contingent on keeping production costs down, providing access to skilled labour and increasing our productivity and efficiency.”

Minimising risk comes with real estate investment territory – in the Queensland mining regions, it will require you to walk a fine line but the opportunities are still there if you look for a smart property investment.

Property Observer last week (November 21) published RP Data figures illustrating suburbs that garner the highest rental yields on the east coast.

Moranbah, Boggabri and Blackwater top the list of 40, posting yields of 12.9, 11.7 and 11.3 per cent, respectively.

Queensland claimed 18 of the most profitable suburbs.

Investors looking to enter the regional market may wish to take advantage of the increase in affordability and comparatively low interest rates.

There is also talk of another cash rate cut to occur next week when the Reserve Bank of Australia meets for its monthly monetary policy meeting.

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By Steve McKnight

Steve McKnight, the founder of, is a respected property investing authority as well as Australia's #1 best-selling business author.


  1. Scott No Mates

    I just spent a few hours up in the Upper hunter again today chatting to some of my contacts (don't ask)…

    Alot of these towns only exist because of the mines, although there isn't any new investment happening at present, there is an abundance of existing mines operating up there as well as the suggestion of further inland up to Gunnedah, Boggabri and a few other spots in between.

  2. theycallmeBruce

    There is contraction happening but as soon as something negative is announced, along comes another news article to dispel and shout to the heavens 'its on again' aka like the share market this week buoyed by the mining sector pushing e/thing up. It reminds me of the yodeling mountain climbing character from the tv show Price is Right (can anyone remember that guy? ha) he would climb the mountain and eventually fall off and shock e/one, it was great entertainment, just like the mining sector. Hmmm

    A friend of mine told me that he wanted to see if he could time the wait that Aussie coal ships took while taxiing around Chinese ports before being emptied, the longer the average wait time or dog paddling the more likely Australia may see adverse market conditions in the mining sector say within 60-90 days. Seems like alot of assumptions  but food for thought. If you had a mining property what could you do to get information 90 days out to make an informed decision?

    • Scott No Mates

      [quote=theycallmeBruce]If you had a mining property what could you do to get information 90 days out to make an informed decision?[/quote]

      Read the shipping news – arrivals/departures from Newcastle or Gladstone?

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