This week I have included two tables about the south east Queensland vacant land market.

Table 1: Residential land markets, select SEQ local authorities

Local authority


Vacant land sales Median


Median lot size (m2) Average price $/m2
Brisbane 1,950 $410,000 407 $1,007
Gold Coast 1,520 $290,000 429 $676
Ipswich 1,750 $210,000 420 $500
Logan 2,220 $229,000 424 $540
Moreton Bay 2,430 $274,000 404 $678
Noosa 125 $350,000 671 $522
Redland* 380 $275,000 425 $647
Sunshine Coast 1,890 $280,000 400 $700
Matusik Ready Reckoner Reports, table 5.  Financial 2020. * Excludes postcode 4184.

Table 2: Residential land markets, change over past decade

Local authority




Median lot size (m2) Average price $/m2
Brisbane 38% -20% 71%
Gold Coast 20% -36% 88%
Ipswich 18% -29% 65%
Logan 6% -30% 52%
Moreton Bay 30% -27% 79%
Noosa 53% -2% 57%
Redland* 0% -36% 55%
Sunshine Coast 12% -38% 80%
Matusik Ready Reckoner Reports, table 5.  Total change between June 2010 and June 2020.

* Excludes postcode 4184.

Some observations

Land sales are now increasing across south east Queensland.  In some cases, this increase is rapid.  Much of this momentum is due to the recent HomeBuilder incentive.  Demand is being brought forward.

Prior to this covid induced builder incentive, land sales were falling across many south east Queensland LGAs.  These falls were most marked in areas struggling with land supply.  This lack of subdividable land supply is the most acute on the Gold Coast, in Brisbane, Redlands and in Moreton Bay.

When casting a wider net, Toowoomba too is facing a lack of new subdividable land.

In all instances the local authorities – in cahoots with the Queensland state government – argue that there are adequate broad hectare subdivision supplies, but ground truthing finds the opposite.

The lack of land supply is evidenced by the rapid increase in the price per square metre of land sold across south east Queensland over the last decade.  Revisit table 2. 

Land is becoming less affordable.  This is part of the reason behind the fall in urban allotment sizes.  Again, revisit table 2.

Table 1 shows just how small lot sizes are these days across south east Queensland.

It amazes me that local authorities – and especially their planning departments – weigh in on land supply, often making the development approval process difficult, if not impossible, on the basis that they think there is enough housing supply.

Managing land supply is really the developer’s realm.  It involves substantial risk.  And by the way more supply typically means more competition resulting in keener allotment, and house and land package, prices.

One would think that the Queensland authorities would be increasing land supply -and given the current economic environment – that this task would have a high priority.

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