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Coolangatta is the southernmost suburb of City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. It is named after the schooner Coolangatta which was wrecked there in 1846. Coolangatta and its immediate neighbouring “Twin Town” Tweed Heads in New South Wales have a shared economy. The Tweed River supports a thriving fishing fleet, and the seafood is a local specialty offered in the restaurants and clubs of the holiday and retirement region on both sides of the state border. The Gold Coast Airport, formerly known as Coolangatta Airport, is located at Coolangatta, with some of the runway going across the border into New South Wales.
A lovely walking trail wraps around Greenmount Hill connecting Greenmount Beach to Rainbow Bay from which you can head up the hill to the exotically named Point Danger and plant one foot in Queensland and another in New South Wales at this lookout which is also a great place for whale watching. Named after the schooner Coolangatta which was wrecked here in 1846, this suburb exudes an old-school beachside charm where you can still find a milkshake in a tin cup. It combines this with world-class oceanfront hotels, restaurants and clubs, the most popular of which is Twin Towns Services Club, home to local and international acts. Flock to Coolangatta for retro festivals and, due to the summer time difference with Tweed Heads, celebrate New Years twice.
Coolangatta has many sports teams Coolangatta Tweed Heads Australian Football Club is a Gold Coast based club competing in the AFL Queensland Australian rules football competition. Coolangatta also has The Coolangatta Gold, Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club, Roxy Pro Gold Coast, plus the Coolangatta Tweed Barbarians who compete in the Gold Coast and District Rugby Union. and Beach Cricket Tri-Nations series.
Broadbeach is a suburb in the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. We could start in the surf, with its beautiful beaches, framed by lazy parks home to weekend markets and weekday yoga classes. Or wander down the Broadbeach Mall, peppered with roving street artists and framed by alfresco dining whose tentacles seem to keep spreading in all directions. It is one of the Gold Coast’s dining divas, with everything from gourmet delis, to bistros and brasseries. There’s five-star feasts to be had along here too, and seemingly a new restaurant or bar every time you blink. Not that it’s overdone. That’s not Broadie’s style. If you do want some razzle dazzle, head across the Gold Coast Highway to Jupiters Hotel & Casino, with its 24-hour casino, bars, lounges, restaurants and shows galore.
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre can also be found here, home to top international and Australian recording artists and business conference. Let’s not forget that other icon – Pacific Fair – one of Australia’s largest retail centres with more than 400 stores, cinemas, and casual dining. And when the sun and fun finally sets on your day, choose from a wide range of accommodation options. All the top brand hotels in Asia/Pacific have taken up residence here, as have some super swanky apartments.
Burleigh Waters is a suburb in Gold Coast City in Queensland, Australia. The Gold Coast canal and waterway system network allows access form Burleigh Waters to The Broadwater and the Pacific Ocean. Five lakes have been created and named in Burleigh Waters. These are Lake Heron, Miami Lake, Swan Lake, Pelican Lake and Burleigh Lake. The canal system is tidal, and during years of heavy rains and flood, homes on the Burleigh Waters canal can face flooding.
In the 1950s the Isle of Capri was one of the first canal estates constructed for waterfront living. Developers have expanded the popular estates ever since. Prior to the eastern inland development of the Varsity Lakes area, Burleigh Waters was the southernmost point of the Gold Coast canal and waterway system. Burleigh Waters developed in Stages, starting in the 1970s. One section, Burleigh Waters Estate was a canal extension developed by Hooker Corporation with partner the BMD Group during the late 1970s. The Hooker Corporation collapsed and Mr Power’s BMD Group was paid out at 60c in the dollar a few years later. Privately built homes were being constructed by the time Pacific Fair opened in 1977 and continued with the expansion of the suburb. The Burleigh Waters Library opened in 1991.
For decades a local urban myth maintained that sharks were seen as far south in the canal waterways as Burleigh Waters. Alleged sightings and stories were locally spread, but balanced with scepticism. In February 2003, a Burleigh Waters man was fatally attacked in shallow canal waters by a bull whaler shark. These sharks are also known as Zambezi whaler and are very aggressive. After the attack, the public was warned not to risk swimming in any Gold Coast canals but rather to swim safely at the beach, between the flags.
Palm Beach is a suburb on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, between Tallebudgera Creek and Currumbin Creek. Palm Beach is an area with little in the way of natural features to enclose it or to set it apart from other places on the Gold Coast, though it has thrice been voted cleanest beach in Queensland. Neptune Royal Life Saving Club was the first female only club in Australia (often claimed as the world) and still provides patrol services for people swimming in Tallebudgera Creek estuary. It remains the only club on the Gold Coast not affiliated with Surf Life Saving. Palm Beach is also patrolled by the Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club at 7th Avenue and Pacific Surf Life Saving Club near 19th Avenue.
Similar to its Florida namesake – which was named America’s best place to live in 2013 – Australia’s Palm Beach has thrice been crowned Queensland’s cleanest beach. In another US link, borrowing from New York in this instance, Palm Beach’s avenues are also numbered, in this case from first to twenty-eighth, making navigating this corner of the coast a cinch. But that’s possibly where the similarities with the Big Apple exist. For our Palm Beach is one of laid-back living and is one of the best examples of where rambling beach shacks still survive, perched petulantly on million-dollar blocks. Surfers and sunbakers flock to Palm Beach for its wide, sandy and spectacular beach. There’s also a variety of eating options here and you can’t go past the Palm Beach Surf Club for a feast. Accommodation options consist of everything up to the top end of town, but we reckon you can’t go past a beach shack for a bit of coastal character. Palm Beach is just 10 minutes from the Coolangatta airport and 15 minutes from Surfers Paradise.
Surfers Paradise is a suburb within the local government area of City of Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. Colloquially known as ‘Surfers’, the suburb has many high-rise apartment buildings and a wide surf beach. The feature of the heart of the suburb is Cavill Mall, which runs through the shopping and entertainment precinct. Cavill Avenue, named after Jim Cavill, an early hotel owner, is one of the busiest shopping strips in Queensland, and the centre of activity for night life. One of the features of the area is the Surfers Paradise Meter Maids designed to build goodwill with tourists.
Energetic, enthusiastic, electric, eclectic! These are just some of the words that sum up the social scene that Surfers Paradise was built on. Since the days of the original Surfers Paradise Hotel, Surfers has always been an entertainment playground famous for its world-class nightlife venues, international events and pumping atmosphere. Annually, Surfers Paradise hosts a series of great events including prestigious Surf Life Saving competitions, the Castrol Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercars race and free artistic and cultural community events throughout the precinct, including the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets operating every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night between 3:00pm and 8:00pm.
The new foreshore is bustling throughout the day with walkers, cyclists and skateboarders taking advantage of this beachfront boulevard vista overlooking the surf and sand. Like the Surfers Paradise of yesteryear, beachside shopping, dining, bars and clubs continually offer the complete holiday experience all in one compact destination package. Surfers Paradise comfortably maintains its position as the good-times hub of the Gold Coast, so there’s no better time than now to rediscover this icon.
Southport is located 73 km south-east of Brisbane via the Pacific Motorway at the northern end of the City of the Gold Coast. Southport is an important commercial and administrative centre at the northern tip of the huge City of the Gold Coast – it is now the sixth largest city in Australia and the second largest in Queensland. It is situated around The Broadwater (a waterway at the mouth of the Nerang River) which is sheltered from the ocean by a long, narrow sandy promontory known as The Spit which extends to the southern tip of South Stradbroke Island. A narrow channel – the Gold Coast Seaway – separates The Spit from South Stradbroke. The Broadwater is home to an upmarket marina, a canal residential development (McIntosh Island), the Sea World hotel and entertainment complex, Palazzo Versace and the Sheraton Mirage Resort. Today Southport is a typically modern part of the City of the Gold Coast.
Historically it came into existence as a holiday destination when Southport Hotel, a wooden pub dating from 1876, started to serve travellers who came with their horses, carriages and drays. Today it lies at the heart of a series of extravant theme parks – Sea World, Wet’n’Wild Water World, Australian Outback Spectacular, Warner Bros Movie World and Dreamworld.
The Spit and Main Beach are a strange mixture of upmarket accommodation, attractive parks and a remarkably quiet beach. Known as Narrow Neck it includes the Southport Surf Life Saving Club on Macarthur Parade at the southern end and then a long narrow promontory known as The Spit which is traversed by Seaworld Drive which heads north past the Sheraton Mirage Resort & Spa, the Palazzo Versace and Sea World – all of which lie on the western side facing the Broadwater.
Nerang is a town and a suburb in the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The Nerang River flows through the locality from south to east, passing through the town. The river ultimately flows into the most southern part of Moreton Bay. The town takes its name from the river which, in turn, is reportedly a word from the Bundjalung language, Ngaraangbal variant, meaning either small river, or shovel nosed shark. A town survey was conducted in 1865. Nerang has focused very much on the river crossing and the head of navigation. Land was first sold here in 1871. Daily Cobb & Co coach services from Brisbane began the same year and river transport to the settlement became more regular. With an abundant supply of red cedar amongst other tree species, the first industry to flourish in the area was timber cutting. In 1875, Nerang State School opened. It was not until the mid 20th century that the beaches of the South Coast attracted significant interest as a holiday destination, which led to the coining of the name Gold Coast where tourism became the dominant sector of the economy.
Like other Gold Coast hinterland towns, Nerang began to change from being a service centre for agriculture to becoming increasingly residential suburbs for workers in the coastal tourism industries. This was officially recognised in 2003 when Nerang was re-designated a suburb rather than a locality. Recent years have seen the early Nerang flourish as an administrative centre for the growing Gold Coast. Nerang is a regional and transportation hub, containing several shopping centres and Nerang railway station.
Bundall is a suburb of the City of Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. The name Bundall is from the Aboriginal word for a species of prickly vine. The locality was originally established by British landowner Edmund Henry Price in 1862. The northern boundary of the area runs from the southern Nerang Riverbank to The Arts Centre Gold Coast. It then continues south, bordering the present day Village High Road, alongside Benowa. The locality of Sorrento is within the southern section of the suburb of Bundall. Bundall is also the home of the Bundall Iceland Ice Rink, home of the Bartercard Gold Coast Blue Tongues ice hockey club, Queensland’s only team in the Australian Ice Hockey League.
A cultural precinct may be built on the Evandale site that currently incorporates the Gold Coast Arts Centre. The project may begin at the beginning of 2014. The City of Gold Coast’s vision is that when completed, the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct will include drama, music, dance, art, new media and public sculpture.
Robina is a suburb on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. Robina is notable as one of the first communities in Australia to be a master planned residential community. The Robina Town Centre shopping centre, Bond University, Cbus Super Stadium and Robina Branch Library are located in Robina. Robina has three main arterial roads connecting the suburb with other parts of the Gold Coast. The Pacific Motorway (M1) connects the suburb with the northern suburbs of the Gold Coast as well as Brisbane City. The M1 also travels south, passing the Gold Coast Airport and travels into New South Wales. Robina Parkway is the second main arterial road in the suburb and runs from the M1 Exit 82 (Robina Parkway/Somerset Drive) interchange north crossing Cheltenham Drive, Markeri St, Boowagon Road and connects Robina with Nerang-Broadbeach Road. Bermuda Street connects Robina north to Bundall Road and south to Burleigh with interchanges at Cottesloe Drive and Markeri St.
Robina is also home to one of the two public hospitals on the Gold Coast. The Robina Hospital was originally a private hospital and was purchased by Queensland Health in 2002. An Emergency Department was built in 2007 and a larger expansion opened in 2011 doubling the size of the hospital to 364 beds, making it the sixth largest in Queensland. The new development includes clinical teaching facilities for Bond University. Robina Town Centre is the location for Robina Stadium, which was completed in early 2008. The stadium has a seating capacity of over 27,000, and is rectangular, meeting the requirements of rugby league, football and rugby union. The stadium is home to the Gold Coast Titans NRL team since 2008 and the Queensland Country NRC team since 2014. It was also the home to the now defunct Gold Coast United soccer team from 2009 to 2012. The Gold Coast Techspace in the Robina Community Centre on San Antonio Drive is a makerspace and education centre focusing on electronics, computer programming, and 3D printing.
Upper Coomera is a suburb on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. Upper Coomera and Coomera have long been the main centre of urban development on the Gold Coast and are considered to be, along with Southport and Robina, one of the Gold Coast’s three urban centres. Upper Coomera is a heavily suburbanised suburb consisting of many large residential developments and commercial centres. Despite already being heavily developed and having an extraordinarily large population, Upper Coomera is predicted by both the Queensland Government and Gold Coast City Council to grow and develop at an exponential rate well into the next decade. Upper Coomera is a popular place of residence for dual-city commuters as it is placed roughly halfway between the central commercial districts of Southport and Beenleigh and within reasonable travelling distance to Brisbane CBD.
Upper Coomera is located on the northern side of the Gold Coast on the western side of the M1 Pacific Motorway. It borders Willow Vale in the north, the Coomera River on the south which separates it from Oxenford and the Pacific Highway on the east which separates it from Coomera. The Upper Coomera Community Centre is located on Reserve Road and contains the office of Councillor Donna Gates, Customer Service Office, Aquatic Centre, and Upper Coomera Branch Library. The community centre opened on 14 June 2013. The Upper Coomera Branch Library opened in April 2013 and is the newest branch of the Gold Coast libraries.
Runaway Bay is a suburb on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. The neighbourhood (former town) of Anglers Paradise is situated within Runaway Bay. It is the southern area of Runaway Bay developed before 1967. Runaway Bay Shopping Village is the main shopping centre in the suburb. Harbour Town Shopping Centre is located nearby in Biggera Waters. The Gold Coast City Council operate a public library in Lae Street next to the community centre. Natural amenities include Pine Ridge Conservation Park and various parklands along the western shore of the Broadwater. The Runaway Bay Marina, along with the resident Yacht Squadron, is located just north of the suburb, in Hollywell. Like in many other Gold Coast suburbs, many homes in Runaway Bay are situated along artificial canals. The Sports Super Centre is a premier sports training and events facility in the Gold Coast. Facilities accommodate athletics, cricket, AFL, netball, soccer and indoor sports. The sports centre includes a stadium, sports medicine facility, gymnasium and Olympic aquatic centre.
A number of well-known sporting teams represent the local area, including the rugby league team, the Runaway Bay Seagulls. Runaway Bay Community Centre is situated in the calm, private and serene neighborhood of Lae Drive Runaway Bay. Runaway Bay Community Centre has a seating capacity of 200 guests. There is also a meeting room for 20 guests. The facility has a well equipped kitchen with a fridge, an oven, a hot water urn, and a sink. It is well maintained and has a great customer care staff that will ensure your experience is great. It is ideal for functions, receptions, meetings and community activities. It has tables, ceiling fans, stage, chairs and a sound system.
Varsity Lakes is a suburb of the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. This suburb was originally known as Stephens, but in 2002, Stephens, Andrews and a section of Robina were amalgamated to form the new suburb of Varsity Lakes. The Varsity Lakes name came from a development by Delfin Lend Lease. Residents of the Varsity Lakes development have objected to being amalgamated into the same suburb as those from Stephens due to its history as a low socio-economic area. Fears were held by landowners that property values would drop. Some residents of the Varsity Lakes development threatened legal action against the developers to gain compensation.
Market Square offers a range of retail to the Varsity Lakes community. Major chains such as Subway, Night Owl and IGA are all located in Market Square. Market Square also offers banks, beauty salons, bottle shops, chemists, dental care, gyms, real estates, restaurants and taverns. Christine Corner is another retail area located in Varsity Lakes which includes a second Subway, a second Night Owl, bakeries, beauty salons, betting agencies, bottle shops, medical centres, newsagents, petrol stations, restaurants, taverns and vets. Majority of sporting facilities in Varsity Lakes are present in both the primary and secondary school campuses. Frascott Park also offers grass ovals and a basketball ring.
The Varsity Lakes Community Centre regularly hosts sporting group activities; including aerobics, fitness, walking and table tennis. Varsity Lakes is serviced by two forms of public transport. Surfside Buslines operate a number of services though the suburb that connect Varsity Lakes to Robina, Broadbeach and Tweed Heads. Queensland Rail operates a City Train line that runs from Central Railway Station, Brisbane though to the Gold Coast, terminating at Varsity Lakes Railway Station. Trains depart the station every half-hour and operate until late, seven days a week. Both Queensland Rail and Surfside Buslines are under contract by Translink who operate an integrated ticketing system throughout South East Queensland.
Ashmore is a suburb in Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. The area’s name derives from a locality or family property in England. Also a local thoroughfare with residents travelling from Benowa Road to Nerang Road, the suburb was officially perpetuated in 1976 when a housing estate was developed in the area called Ashmore Village. The main retail area of Ashmore is on Southport-Nerang Road, which features the Ashmore City Shopping Centre, as well as several larger stores such as Spotlight and Anaconda. The suburb features Hungry Jack’s, Pizza Hut and Red Rooster opposite Ashmore Plaza.
Pre-clearing, the vegetation of Ashmore included substantial areas of blackbutt (Eucalyptus pilularis) tall open forest on lowland metamorphosed sediments. This ecosystem type is now listed as endangered with extinction in Queensland having been extensively cleared for agriculture and housing development. The Gold Coast City Council operates a fortnightly mobile library service which visits Ashmore Village Park (BMX Park) on Currumburra Road.
Molendinar also known as Silver Bridle is a small, mainly industrial suburb on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. The western boundary of the suburb follows the Pacific Highway. On Monday 2 April 2012 an official dedication of the Lynne Richardson Community Centre was held by the Gold Coast City Council. The area was a Queensland State Government project supported by the City of Gold Coast.
Located west of Southport, Molendinar compromises the industrial estate of the Gold Coast. The large suburb is dotted with retail shops and is home to Crestwood Heights, featuring many residential acreage homes. With commercial development of the Molendinar Industrial Estate coming alive in 1969 the area has since flourished. One historical treasure which remains is the abandoned railway tunnel surrounded by gardens and tucked away on Ashmore Rd. The Ernest Junction Tunnel dates back to 1964 and is a landmark for the suburb.
Hope Island is a suburb on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. Hope Island is close to both the Gold Coast beaches and Brisbane city. The area was named after colonial aristocrat Captain Louis Hope, who was granted approximately 1,800 acres (7.3 km2) of land at the mouth of the Coomera River in recognition of his contribution in developing the sugar industry in Queensland. You would expect anticipation to be fairly high when travelling to a place called Hope Island and this destination doesn’t disappoint. But rather than being named after the positive emotion, it actually borrowed its name from a colonial aristocrat Captain Louis Hope who was granted land at the mouth of the Coomera River in recognition of his sugar industry contributions.
These days, Hope Island flourishes with its gated community The Hope Island Resort. Nearby, Hope Island’s more laid-back neighbour Jacobs Well was actually named after its freshwater waterhole which has been luring thirsty travellers since the mid 1800s. A quiet fishing village which sits near the mouth of the Pimpama River, it is considered the gateway to southern Moreton Bay and is just a short boat ride away from the Gold Coast Broadwater and Southport. But with waters teeming with flathead, whiting, tailor and bream, and no bridges in this coastal channel, this place is all about the fishing which is enough to bring hope to the heart of any ardent angler.
Helensvale is a suburb on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia and was named after Helena White. Helensvale has been planned to develop as a transport hub. The Gold Coast Highway and Pacific Motorway, the two most important road routes on the Gold Coast, link here. Helensvale railway station also includes a light rail stop and a bus interchange and is the only place on the Gold Coast where trains, trams and buses interconnect. The G:link light rail system connects Helensvale with Southport, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. The interchange with the Gold Coast railway line at Helensvale offers passengers a one-transfer journey between the central districts of the Gold Coast and Brisbane.
The Gold Coast City Council operates a public library at Helensvale Plaza on the corner of Lindfield Road and Sir John Overall Drive. A number of sporting teams represent the local area, including the Helensvale Hornets is the local rugby league club who play home games at Robert Dalley Park and Helensvale Hogs RUFC are the local Rugby Union club who play home games at the park at Rugby Lane. There are also swimming pools which are located next to Helensvale High School near the rugby union field.
Recreation and sports park, including a skate park is what the Discovery park in Helensvale has to offer. For those who enjoy a picnic outdoors. Let the kids entertain themselves on the playground. Dogs must be walked on a leash in all other areas unless otherwise stated.
Mudgeeraba is a suburb in the Gold Coast Hinterland in Queensland, Australia. It is thought that the name of the town was derived from an Indigenous Australian expression meaning, “place of infant’s excrement”, “place where someone told lies” or “place of sticky soil”. Another theory is that the name means “low-lying ground”.
Mudgeeraba Creek is the major creek of a catchment area in the southern region of the Gold Coast. It is part of the larger catchment area of Nerang River. Bonogin and Wyangan Creeks are tributaries of Mudgeeraba Creek. Since 2005, under the Beaches to Bushland restoration program, Gold Coast City, with the help of Austinville Landcare Group, have worked on restoration of areas of upper Mudgeeraba Creek. A number of sporting teams represent the area, including the Mudgeeraba Redbacks, the local rugby league club who play home games at Firth Park, the Hinterland District Netball Association who run a large competition on Saturday mornings for players 5yrs to 17yrs and Monday nights for 13yrs to opens at Firth Park, Somerset Drive, Mudgeeraba, the Mudgeeraba Lawn Bowls Club situated just behind the Rugby Club, and the Mudgeeraba Soccer Club.Certainly, the original Mudgeeraba Hotel built in 1884 still remains, although these days its name has changed to the Wallaby Hotel. Many credit the opening of this watering hole, both for horses and passengers, for the impetus around which the village was built and today, the old world charm remains. The Mudgeeraba Farmers Markets are believed to be the oldest on the Gold Coast and home to local produce, coffee, jams, cheese, wine and baked goods from around the area. There’s also quaint restaurants, bed and breakfasts, cafes and art and craft galleries in this lovely area which eventually winds its way up towards Springbrook National Park. The only tongue twister remaining will be where to eat.