Tallai Suburb Profile
Tallai is one of the smaller suburbs of the Gold Coast on the northern side of the Tallebudgera Valley. It’s smaller in terms of population, but it is home to several high-end estates and properties on large plots of prime real estate, providing an enviable lifestyle of wide, open spaces for those who value acreage rather than the hustle and bustle of surrounding suburbs.
There are many enticing features of Tallai and with the help of the Tallai Property Market guide and the additional expertise of Jacqueline from Savvy Fox you can get a great feel of the area and find out if this is where you can find your dream home in your search for Gold Coast properties.
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The Tallai suburb profile originally was known for its farming and timber production – boasting three sawmills in the early 1900s. Farm subdivisions commenced around 1860 and initially these farms were predominantly dairy, but Tallai was also part of the Mudgeeraba cattle run in the 1850s, prior to the subdivision for farms.
Tallai comes from the aboriginal word meaning “place of the magpie”, and the suburb, Tallai, itself was named after the estate of a former governor of Queensland, Sir William Wellington.
Sitting high in the hinterland, approximately 100 meters above sea level, Tallai commands magnificent views of the skyline of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach to the east, or overlooking the Hinze Dam and mountains of the hinterland to the west.
The Lifestyle In Tallai
The Tallai suburb profile is now a semi-rural suburb with many large properties scattered throughout. The lifestyle in Tallai is generally relaxed and family friendly, and while many of the properties are on acreage, there is still a strong community feel among the residents.
As Tallai is a relatively small suburb, you will not find a large selection of cafes at your fingertips, but the Tallai General Store & Café offers a range of breakfast and lunch options, as well as coffee and cakes. It is located on Tallai Road and is a popular spot for locals.
In terms of recreation, however, the Tallai suburb profile has plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities with its proximity to national parks, an abundance of local hiking and bushwalking trails. Anything else you may need is just a short drive away – and that’s the way Tallai dwellers prefer – peace and quiet, but close to everything else they could ever need or want.
Here are just a few things in Tallai that will keep you connected with others or simply experience the beauty of the area either alone or with friends and family:
Take a walk around one of the Tallai Parks and enjoy the playground, BBQ facilities, and scenic views.
Visit Tallai Country Club for a round of golf or a meal at the restaurant.
Head to the top of Tallai Hill for panoramic views of the Gold Coast and beyond.
Enjoy a horse ride through the beautiful hinterland countryside with Numinbah Valley Adventure Trails.
Take a yoga or Pilates class with Vicky.
Explore the Conservation Park, a nature reserve (Upper Mudgeeraba) with walking trails and scenic views.
Take a leisurely bike ride around the quiet streets of Tallai.
Enjoy a family picnic or barbecue at the peaceful Advancetown Lakeside Park.
Go birdwatching at the Tallai Wetlands Reserve, a haven for birdlife and wildlife.
And if that’s not enough to keep you engaged, here are some more activities to do in and around Tallai:
Explore the Springbrook National Park, located just a short drive from Tallai, and marvel at the waterfalls, rainforest, and panoramic views from the various lookouts.
Take a scenic drive along the Tallebudgera Valley and stop at the various lookout points to take in the stunning views of the hinterland.
Take a short drive to the nearby Mudgeeraba Heritage Centre and Museum to learn about the local history of the area.Go on a hot air balloon ride over the Gold Coast hinterland and enjoy panoramic views of the sunrise and scenic landscape.
Tallai Geolocation Factors
Tallai is a small suburb situated on the western side of the Gold Coast hinterland, set high at around 100 meters above sea level. Its elevation enables stunning scenic views of the surrounding mountains and the unmistakable skyline of the coastal suburbs of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach to the east.
Tallai is in the Gold Coast Hinterland, about 10-12km west of Gold Coast beaches, such as Burleigh Heads and Broadbeach. It is approximately 75km from Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, around 1 hour 10 minutes by car. Its closest neighbouring suburbs are Mudgeeraba to the immediate south, Worongary to the north, Merimac and Robina to the west, and Bonogin and Neranwood to the west and south.
The Pacific Highway (M1) runs to the east of Tallai with easy access to Brisbane to the north, with the Gold Coast Airport 23km to the south, approximately a 30-minute drive.
Additionally, there are public transport options available such as buses and trains. The closest train station to Tallai is Nerang, approximately 7km to the west. The Surfside Buslines network services Tallai.
The nearest hospital is Gold Coast University, 12km to the east, which offers a range of services including emergency care, maternity, and surgery.
An abundance of recreational areas, parks offer great options for hiking, camping, fishing, and picnicking and the beaches are easily accessible (within 12km) by car or bus.
The Tallai Property Market
Tallai, Qld, 4213 – *Real Estate Statistics
Due to its desirable location and natural beauty, property prices tend to be relatively high compared to surrounding suburbs. It is a predominantly residential suburb with a mix of large, single-family homes and smaller acreage properties. It is not known to have any significant commercial or industrial areas and there are few units or high-rise properties for sale.
The following statistics are from the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics 2021 Census and Property Values.
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*Data Disclaimer: At Savvy Fox we update the data found on these posts regularly, however we understand the real estate industry is dynamic. Therefore, it’s subject to change. Use these figures as a general guide only. We will happily discuss the latest changes to the local property market on your FREE 30-minute strategy call.
The Tallai Suburb Demographics
The suburb of Tallai is approximately 13km2, with 14 parks covering approximately 5.5% of the area.
The population of Tallai as at the 2021 census was 4,465 compared with 4,138 in 2016 – a growth of just under 10%. In terms of cultural diversity, the majority of residents (83.5%) were born in Australia. Other common countries of birth included England, New Zealand and South Africa.
The predominant age group is 45–59 years, primarily couples with children. Generally, residents have a professional occupation.
As at the 2021 census approximately 87% of homes are owned either outright (37.3%) or with a mortgage (49.6%) with 11% of homes rented. The average mortgage repayment is between $1,800–$2,399pm.
Overall, Tallai is a relatively affluent suburb comprising mainly English speaking and Australian-born, with a small percentage of residents from other countries, who enjoy a peaceful environment with space and love of the natural beauty.
Weather In Tallai
Tallai has a mild and comfortable climate throughout the year, with warm temperatures and occasional rainfall in summer and mild-dry weather in winter. Conditions are most pleasant in Spring and Autumn.
Here is a seasonal summary of the weather in Tallai:
Summer (December-February): Summers in Tallai are hot and humid, with daytime temperatures typically ranging from 27-30°C (81-86°F). Occasionally, temperatures can reach as high as 35°C (95°F) or more. Thunderstorms are common during summer, and rainfall is generally high, with an average of around 200-250mm (8-10 inches) per month.
Autumn (March-May): Autumn in Tallai is generally mild and pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 20-27°C (68-81°F). Rainfall decreases gradually over the season, with an average of around 150-200mm (6-8 inches) per month.
Winter (June-August): Winters in Tallai are generally mild and dry, with daytime temperatures ranging from 16-22°C (61-72°F). Nights can be cool-cold, with temperatures dropping to around 10°C (50°F) or lower. Rainfall is low, with an average of around 50-70mm (2-3 inches) per month.
Spring (September-November): Springs in Tallai are mild and pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 20-26°C (68-79°F). Rainfall gradually increases over the season, with an average of around 100-150mm (4-6 inches) per month.
Schools In Tallai
Tallai does not have any schools in the actual suburb, but does have an early learning centre, Good Start Early Learning Tallai.
There are, however, several schools located nearby in surrounding suburbs, including:
Mudgeeraba Creek State School: This is a government co-educational primary school that serves students from prep to year 6. The school has a focus on sustainability and environmental education.
Mudgeeraba Special School: This is a government co-educational school that caters to students with disabilities. The school provides individualised learning programs and support services for students with a range of needs.
Clover Hill State School: This is a government co-educational primary school that serves students from prep to year 6. The school has a focus on promoting creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
Somerset College: This is a highly rated private co-educational school that offers education from prep to year 12. The school provides a range of academic, cultural, and sporting programs, and has a focus on community service and global citizenship.
Mudgeeraba Creek Kindergarten and Pre-School: This is a private kindergarten and pre-school that offers education for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years. The centre provides a play-based learning environment and a range of activities to promote children’s physical, social, and emotional development.
There are more private colleges in surrounding suburbs, which are accessible to Tallai, and these include:
Gold Coast Christian College – Reedy Creek
Hillcrest Christian College – Reedy Creek
Kings Christian College – Reedy Creek
Bond University – This is a private university located in nearby Robina. The university offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses across a range of disciplines.
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Moving to Tallai?
If you’re moving to the Gold Coast, Tallai’s peaceful and rural lifestyle is a major drawcard for families, retirees, and anyone seeking a slower pace of life. Despite its secluded location, the suburb is still within easy reach of the Gold Coast’s amenities, including shopping centers, restaurants, and entertainment options. Overall, Tallai offers a unique blend of rural living and city conveniences, making it a highly desirable location for those looking for a tranquil and picturesque lifestyle.
In a word: Serene.
If you think Tallai might be the perfect location for you, contact Savvy Fox today. With over two decades experience as a buyers advocate and property expert, we’ve got the know-how to find you the best home and the best deal.