Suburb Profile: Carrara – Merrimac

Location and boundaries

Carrara – Merrimac is bounded by the Nerang River in the north, Manchester Road, the Nerang-Broadbeach Road, Gooding Drive and Robina Parkway in the east, Mudgeeraba Creek and the suburb of Robina in the south, and the Pacific Motorway, Pappas Way, the transmission line, the drain, Nerang-Broadbeach Road and Lakeview Drive in the west.

Name origin

Carrara is named from an Aboriginal word meaning “long flat”. Merrimac is thought to be named from an American Indian word meaning “merrily running waters”.



Land area

2,287 hectares (23 Km2)

Population density

7.75 persons per hectare

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1860s, with land used mainly for cotton growing and farming. Population was minimal until the early 1900s. Significant development occurred from the late 1980s when residential estates and golf courses were constructed. The population almost doubled during the 1990s, with growth continuing between 2001 and 2011 as large numbers of new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Carrara – Merrimac is a developing residential area, with some small industrial areas in the west.

Major features

Major features of the area include Metricon Stadium, Carrara Markets, Carrara Indoor Sports Complex, Emerald Lakes Golf Club, Lakelands Golf Club, Palm Meadows Golf Course, Carrara Gardens Golf Course & Driving Range, Emerald Lake, Palm Meadows Baseball Facility, Alan Neilson Park, Boonooroo Park, Boowaggan Park, Faerie Park, Stoner Family Park and several schools.

* 2011 Usual residents

Source: 15/11/14