Ingleburn is situated 44 kilometres south west of Sydney’s CBD, along the M5 motorway/Hume Highway. Prior to around 1980, the suburb’s land west of the rail line was largely rural, with industrial development springing up between the rail line and the Hume Hwy approximately 35 years ago.

The abundance of level inexpensive land made the location attractive to manufacturers, many of whom are still in the suburb today. Taking a drive along Williamson Rd and after speaking with many owner occupiers along this strip, just about all acquired more land than originally required. Whilst most have since expanded over their surplus land, some owner occupiers still reside on parcels that can cater for substantial growth.

In recent years however, the culmination of improved infrastructure, a declining manufacturing sector and a growing import industry has seen the location become more appealing as a warehouse and distribution hub. The recent upgrade of the M5 Motorway/Hume Highway to four lanes in both directions, the completion of the M5 motorway upgrade from King Georges Road south west to Prestons as well as the fast tracking of the M5 East/tunnel upgrade has created far greater ease for large vehicles to move in and out of Sydney’s south west. Ingleburn, with its outstanding north and south bound motorway exits, is very well placed to benefit from this improved road infrastructure.

Add to this its proximity to the nearby MaCarthur Intermodal Shipping Terminal at Minto (MIST) as well as the proposed Moorebank Intermodal Shipping Terminals, and Ingleburn is well served by two key infrastructures that help determine warehouse location. Yet from a pricing perspective, it still sits below nearby Moorebank and Prestons. Ingleburn’s land value and warehouse building rentals are at a discount yet the location offers all of the advantages (and more).

The substantially improved infrastructure, proximity of rail, abundance of labour and ease of access to Port Botany and the CBD bodes well for Ingleburn, and in my opinion, is for now Sydney’s best kept industrial secret. Buy while you still can is my recommendation.

Posted: 11 June 2015