Suburb Profile: Nerang

Location and boundaries

Nerang is bounded by Maudsland Road, Beaudesert-Nerang Road, the localities of Maudsland, Pacific Pines and Gaven in the north, Matilda Road, the Pacific Motorway, the Nerang River, Lakeview Drive, Nerang-Broadbeach Road, the drain, the transmission line, Pappas Way and the Pacific Motorway in the east, the locality of Worongary, Worongary Road and the locality of Tallai in the south, and the Nerang River, the locality of Advancetown, Clagiraba Road, Clagiraba Creek and the Coomera River in the west.

Name origin

Nerang is named from an Aboriginal word meaning “small river” or “shovel nosed shark”.



Land area

6,425 hectares (64 Km2)

Population density

3.98 persons per hectare

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1820s, although population was minimal until the 1860s, when the township was established. Land was used mainly for timber-getting, cotton growing and sugar growing, with the river used as a means of transporting goods. Expansion took place from the 1870s to the 1890s, aided by the construction of the railway line and growth in the dairy industry. Significant residential and industrial development occurred during the 1970s and 1980s. The population continued to increase substantially from the early 1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area.

Land use

Nerang is a rural and township area, with commercial and industrial land use.

Major features

Major features of the area include Nerang National Park, Nerang State Forest, The Villa Private Golf Course, My Centre Nerang, Nerang Fair Shopping Centre, Nerang Mall, Nerang Town Centre, Council offices, Gold Coast Cycling Centre, Nerang International Criterium Circuit, Mount Nathan Winery, Australian Stunt Academy, The Prana Centre, Nerang Pool, Historic Rivermill, Arthur Earle Park, Burchill Park, Frank Chaston Sporting Field, Glennon Park, Kerkindale Park, McKenzie Park, Natural Bushland Park, Terry & Carol Moore Park, Vince Hinde Park and several schools.

Included areas

This small area encompasses the localities of Gilston, Highland Park, Mount Nathan and Nerang.

* 2011 Usual residents

Source: 15/11/14