Darra is an older Brisbane suburb located about 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) southwest of Brisbane central business district. It is known for its high migrant population. The first subdivisions in the area occurred in 1864.
The houses are mainly of the Queenslander style built in the 1940s and 1950s. The majority of blocks in Darra are large enough to be subdivided, which is becoming popular in the suburb, hence making room for more modern homes. In the last few years, a property developer bought a vast tract of vacant, government land. As a result, there are now many new homes and townhousesbuilt in Darra, which has increased its population and its geographical boundaries.
In the 2011 Census the population of Darra is 3,838, 48.2% female and 51.8% male. The median/average age of the Darra population is 32 years of age, 5 years below the Australian average. 48.1% of people living in Darra were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were Vietnam 15.8%, New Zealand 3.4%, India 2.9%, Philippines 2%, Samoa 1.2%. 45.1% of people speak English as their first language 23.1% Vietnamese, 4.1% Arabic, 2.2% Samoan, 1.3% Tagalog, 1.3% Spanish.