Suburb Profile: Broadbeach – Mermaid Beach

Location and boundaries

Broadbeach – Mermaid Beach is bounded by Monte Carlo Avenue and First Avenue in the north, the Coral Sea in the east, Chairlift Avenue in the south, and the suburb of Mermaid Waters, Little Tallebudgera Creek, T. E. Peters Drive, Eady Avenue and Little Tallebudgera Creek in the west.

Name origin

Broadbeach was named as a description of the area. Mermaid Beach is named after a ship which landed on the beach in the 1820s.



Land area

294 hectares (3 Km2)

Population density

35.67 persons per hectare

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1800s, with land used mainly for timber-getting and sand mining. Population was minimal until the 1930s when Broadbeach was surveyed. Significant development occurred from the late 1950s, spurred by land reclamations and tourist developments. Rapid growth took place during the 1970s and 1980s, when many high rise towers, resort developments and commercial developments were built. Gradual growth took place between 1996 and 2006 as new dwellings were added to the area, particularly from mixed use developments and high density housing. The population increased marginally between 2006 and 2011, a result of little change in dwelling stock and a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Broadbeach – Mermaid Beach is a mixed use area with residential, tourist and commercial land uses.

Major features

Major features of the area include Jupiters Casino, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, The Oasis Shopping Centre, Niecon Plaza, Broadbeach, Kurrawa Beach, Mermaid Beach, Nobby Beach, Federation Park, Herb Fennell & Noel Watson Memorial Park, Kurrawa Park, Pratten Park, Cascade Gardens, St Johns Park, Victoria Park, Gold Coast Oceanway Walk and one school.

* 2011 Usual residents

Source: 15/11/14