About Us

Welcome to the Southern Downs regions leading community newspaper!

The Southern Free Times.

Warwick, a commanding regional town of over 12,000 people, is on the western side of the Great Dividing Range and near the headwaters of the Condamine River in Queensland.

It is well known for elegant churches and some grand private schools, giving the centre a certain monumentalism. Situated in the southern Darling Downs, it is 140 km south-west of Brisbane.

The Southern Downs Region has seen growth and investment in horticulture, agriculture, commerce, manufacturing and tourism. These industries are already flourishing, and the Southern Down’s quality infrastructure means there is ample room for new developments.

Based around the main centres of Warwick and Stanthorpe, there are over 16,000 residents currently in the workforce. These residents worked in the estimated 3,700 business within the Region.

The majority of Southern Downs businesses are classified as small to medium enterprises and cover a wide range of industry types. Almost 50% of businesses are involved in primary production, followed by construction (10%), retail (9%) and property and business services (8.7%).

The region’s population has increased over the past 5 years at an annual average rate of 1.4%.  Population increase has been brought about partly by the “tree change” phenomenon, and partly by the affordability of high quality housing – currently averaging 40% less than Brisbane prices.

The Southern Downs also has a unique sense of community – captured by the region’s leading community newspaper, The Southern Free Times.

The Southern Free Times FREE circulation encompasses both the Warwick and Stanthorpe region with 16,000 Copies delivered every Thursday to businesses and farms throughout the Southern Downs region.

Area’s include Warwick, Stanthorpe, Tenterfield, Wallangarra, Killarney, Allora and Texas while copies are also available from news agencies, corner stores, motels & other businesses in Warwick, Stanthorpe, Tenterfield, Wallangarra, Killarney, Allora, Texas, Dalveen, Amiens, Karara, Inglewood, Bonshaw.

The Southern Free Time’s  is a great read, with coverage of community news, sport, local opinion, local jobs, trades & services, real estate, a comprehensive TV Guide and local entertainment and even a crossword and Sudoku.

Staffed and managed  day to day by locals The Southern Free Times is part of  Star News Group, an Australian family owned publishing company with over 100 years’ experience – connecting people and communities.

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