Area Spotlight: Gawler, South Australia

Area Spotlight: Gawler, South Australia

Linking to Adelaide’s CBD and home to a myriad of amenities, schools, higher education, hospitals, construction and major employment opportunities, Gawler is fast becoming a hot spot for investment property in South Australia. 


Amenities and Services

Gawler is home to many amenities including grocery stores, retail shopping centres, cinemas, a golf course and plenty of cafes, restaurants and eateries creating convenience for all its residents. Further increasing the town’s appeal, Gawler Hospital provides a range of comprehensive medical and surgical services to patients in Gawler and its surroundings.

Neighbouring areas are also home to the Edinburgh Defence Precinct and Lyell McEwin Hospital. There are upgrades in place for former General Motors Holden, which will soon evolve into Lionsgate Business Park and construction of the $155 million Northern Adelaide Irrigation scheme, all of which are set to produce plenty of job opportunities and eventual growth in the area.

Schools and Tertiary Education  

The perfect location for young families and investors, Gawler is home to several early learning centres, primary schools and secondary schools, both public and private. For tertiary study options, Gawler accommodates a TAFE campus and is also a very short distance to the University of Adelaide’s Roseworthy Campus. The Roseworthy Campus is renowned for its quality dryland agriculture, natural resource management, and animal production offerings and is the major centre for South Australia’s animal and veterinary science research.

Transport and Connections

Road Builds and Upgrades

The recent completion of several new roads and motorways has made Gawler far more accessible to key surroundings, such as Adelaide’s CBD, the Port of Adelaide, and Southern Barossa. Hundreds of millions have been spent in the construction of the Northern Connector project – a six-lane 15.5km motorway linking the Northern Expressway, South Road Superway, Port River Expressway and Gawler East Link Road, connecting East Gawler and parts of the Barossa to Main North Road. These upgrades have proven to significantly reduce freight and commute times for residents of Gawler and its surrounds.

Public Transport Upgrades

Commuters can also look forward to the modernisation of the Gawler train line, which is currently undergoing electrification. Once completed, the new train line will deliver on clean and green transport options and better overall reliability and safety for commuters from Gawler to Seaford.

Employment growth and opportunities

Taking into account the self-sufficiency of the town, including shopping centres, the hospital, schools and transport, Gawler presents an abundance of employment opportunities. In the Terry Ryder report  on the Town of Gawler, findings show that the biggest employment sectors are found to be in:

  1. Health Care and Social Assistance
  2. Retail Trade
  3. Education and Training
  4. Accommodation and Food Services
  5. Construction

Terry Ryder also reports a 15% increase in the number of construction and manufacturing industries since 2016. These findings are further solidified in looking ahead at upcoming infrastructure updates and planning. According to Terry Ryder, Gawler has been “identified as a district centre and is marked as a future urban growth area”. With major upgrades to transport links, roads and infrastructure projects, these industries will continue to grow, provide employment and therefore increase investment property opportunities.

Gawler Property Market

In consideration of all Gawler has to offer above, it’s no surprise that the town’s housing market is taking off. records Gawler’s median house price at $335,000, significantly lower than South Australia’s median house price of $483,500, or Adelaide’s median house price of $725,500. With an abundance of vacant land at a low price point of around $130k – $140k, Gawler is quickly becoming a mecca for first home buyers and investors alike. According to CoreLogic, in the last 12 months alone Gawler East has seen the biggest price growth, up 20%, with surrounding areas of Willaston, Hewett and Evanston also seeing increases ranging from 8-10%.

With 16,000 new residential housing lots becoming available, low vacancies and solid rental yields supported by a solid growth plan for the town and its surrounds show huge opportunities for capital growth.

Investment Opportunities

It’s easy to see where the opportunity lies in Gawler. ALC is excited to announce that we have secured House and Land packages in Orleana Waters at Evanston Gardens, SA. Situated minutes from the Barossa Valley, Orleana Waters is surrounded by beautiful sweeping landscapes, lakes, wetlands, parks and landscaped gardens.

Only 5 minutes from Murray Street in the heart of Gawler, walking distance to Trinity College and a shopping precinct soon to be positioned across the road, Orleana Waters is in a primary location.

Reach out to one of our team at ALC to discuss our investment property opportunities in South Australia.

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