Ashmore is located about nine kilometres from Surfers Paradise and has become one of the most diverse residential suburbs of the Gold Coast, offering everything from acreage homes to villas.
Ashmore's central location, between Southport and Benowa, offers local residents quick and easy access to the Gold Coast's beaches, the CBD, the Pacific Motorway and the rail link.
A feature of the area is its undulating hills that allow some of the homes good views to Surfers; the hinterland; and even Royal Pines Golf Course.
The suburb boasts tree-lined streets, a variety of architecture, proximity to shopping centres and schools, and a diversity of lifestyles.
Ashmore was developed in the early '70s and '80s to meet the demand for traditional quarter acre residential homes of that era. Since then Ashmore has come to offer acreage homes, quarter acre homes, zero lot line homes, villas, townhouses as well as deluxe resort style housing at The Royal Pines Estate.
The most prominent lifestyle in the area is that of the family, with seven schools located in the vicinity. Among them are Ashmore and Bellevue Park State Primary, Trinity Lutheran Primary, Keebra State High and Aquinas Catholic College.
The family orientated lifestyle is balanced with a solid retiree population. There are three retirement/aged care facilities in the area including: the Ashmore Lodge, Domain Retirement Country Club and Amity Gardens.
Adding to Ashmore's attraction is its proximity to Ashmore Plaza and the Ashmore City Shopping Complex. Centrally located, it is a five-minute drive to Australia Fair Shopping Centre and the Centro Southport shopping complex.
Over the years, Ashmore has been a solid performer in terms of price growth and popularity.
This trend is expected to be further strengthened by the continued interstate migration of families from the Southern States who are looking for a more affordable lifestyle, which Ashmore can offer.
For these reasons, this suburb has long been popular with investors, giving it a good supply of rental property.
Arundel - 4214 - Suburb Profile
Arundel is one of the most diverse residential suburbs of the Gold Coast, with everything from executive homes to townhouses.
Arundel's key feature is the blending of all styles of housing.
This neighbourhood offers a wide range of developments including townhouses, villas, zero lot line homes, and middle to upper range single unit dwellings.
There is a huge variety of buyers in the region, just as there is a huge variety in the type of housing available. First homebuyers just as common as buyers looking for executive golf course-lined homes at $500,000 plus.
Arundel residents are well serviced by a range of recreational and educational facilities such as Arundel State School and AB Patterson College and the numerous walkways and bike trails.
Bus links around the suburb offer good public transport for those looking to get to major Gold Coast centres, theme parks or the beach. Access to the community is bolstered by close proximity to the Gold Coast Highway and the Helensvale Rail Station.
Arundel's constant growth has been mirrored by the faith of developers and retailers in the area with the addition of the Arundel Tavern and shopping complex.
Arundel has seen strong steady growth over the last five to seven years covering all styles of building, with strong buyer acceptance at all levels of the market - both in new and resale properties.
As a well-balanced area this trend will be even further strengthened with the continuing development of infrastructure in the area.
Arundel Hills is where prestige properties can be found. This is a newer area than the wider Arundel suburb and homes here are all rendered, in accordance with stringent covenants.
The classy Tee Trees Residential Golf Community is situated just below the Arundel Hills Golf Club and is a largely owner-occupied residential precinct.
Bonogin - 4213 Suburb Profile
Bonogin is an attractive suburb offering acreages and enviable lifestyle.
Close to Mudgeeraba and the Robina Town Centre, Bonogin Valley is popular with outdoor enthusiasts and anyone who enjoys a quality lifestyle in beautiful surrounds.
There are a large number of upmarket homes and developments available in the suburb, all set on large lots or acreages and many with views across the hinterland, valley or down to the coast.
There is a Montessori pre-school in the area with nearby Robina and Mudgeeraba home to the closest schools.
Broadbeach - 4218 - Suburb Profile
Situated in the heart of the Gold Coast between the ocean and the old Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach is characterised by high-rise buildings and apartment living.
Predominantly a suburb for tourism, Broadbeach is close to beaches, shopping centers, Jupiters Casino and theme parks.
An array of small local shops cater to the needs of local residents while visitors looking for something with a little more variety have access to Pacific Fair, one of the largest shopping centres in the southern hemisphere, and the Broadbeach Mall.
While units and holiday apartments are the norm, houses are a little harder to come by. The constantly high sale prices in recent years have reflected the limited supply of houses in the area.
As an attractive tourist location for interstate and international travellers, Broadbeach is ensured steady growth. All the modern conveniences are just a stones throw away, and residents have easy access to the famous Gold Coast beaches.
Broadbeach Waters - 4218 - Suburb Profile
Bounded by the Nerang River to the north and the Nerang Broadbeach Road to the south, Broadbeach Waters incorporates the boutique areas of Moana Park, Rio Vista, Florida Gardens, Miami Keys, Coral Gables and Cypress Gardens.
Over the years the area has transformed from a cluster of holiday homes for the wealthy to a sought-after location for retirees and families looking for an idyllic lifestyle.
Characterised by canal-frontages, many of the older homes are being renovated and, in some instances, demolished to make way for new executive dwellings.
The area's housing options are diverse, with family homes as common as prestige mansions in the million-dollar plus range.
Pacific Fair -- the second largest shopping centre in Queensland -- and the Broadbeach Mall, which includes the Oasis Shopping Plaza, are only minutes away and cater to most of the retail needs of residents.
Broadbeach Waters is a unique area where residents can enjoy canal-frontage homes while being only minutes from world-renowned beaches and still have the convenience of facilities associated with city living.
Bundall - 4217 Suburb Profile
Bundall has possibly got everything that a homeowner could want. It's close to the beach, shops and amenities as well as being home to the Gold Coast Turf Club and the Gold Coast Arts Centre.
Many of the homes in Bundall have been extensively renovated with blocks of land priced in the premium end of the market. Multimillion-dollar homes fronting the Nerang River can be found in Sorrento.
Burleigh Heads - 4220 - Suburb Profile
Burleigh Heads is recognised as an excellent location for beach and nature activities, and as such has enforced its reputation among home owners who are interested in these pastimes.
Like its sister suburb, Burleigh Waters, Burleigh Heads has a wide variety of property, including older houses, new and renovated houses, and an increasing number of high-rise and mid-rise apartment complexes.
Waterfront views are found throughout the area, particularly in apartment complexes and from prestige areas on the hill above the heads. This area is becoming an increasingly popular holiday destination and is attracting younger and more metropolitan clientele.
The suburb offers residents and holiday-makers the conveniences of city living in a relaxed environment. Locals have access to all the attractions of the tourist strip, plus the Burleigh Koala Park, Burleigh Heads National Park, Gold Coast Burleigh Golf Club and sports complex and an Aussie Rules Football Club.
Retail facilities can be found in the Burleigh Town Marketplace and at two of the Coast's largest shopping centres, Robina Shopping Centre and Pacific Fair, which are only minutes away.
In addition, Burleigh has a large inland lake that offers excellent fishing and the opportunity to take part in a range of water sports including kayaking and water skiing. Burleigh Heads National Park and Tallebudgera Creek are located at the south end of the beach, and has a walking circuit with abundant wildlife. There are also a range of sporting clubs including two surf lifesaving clubs, the Burleigh Bear Rugby League Club and the Burleigh Boomers AFL Club.
The growing number of families in the area is well catered for with both private and public schools, including the Marymount Catholic College, Caningeraba Primary School and Burleigh Heads Primary School.
Burleigh Waters - 4220- Suburb Profile
Access to modern waterfront living has entrenched Burleigh Water's popularity with owner-occupiers attracted to a relaxed beachfront lifestyle with access to good infrastructure. With pristine surfing beaches at adjacent Burleigh Heads and proximity to modern conveniences, Burleigh Waters draws buyers of all ages and budgets.
The homes in Burleigh Waters that are closer to the beach are considered older than those further inland. This has resulted in many properties in this area being renovated. In general Burleigh Waters is a mixture of homes that are brand new, 5 years or even 25 years old.
The suburb offers residents and holiday-makers the conveniences of city living in a relaxed environment. Locals have access to all the attractions of the tourist strip, plus the Burleigh Koala Park, Burleigh Heads National Park, Gold Coast Burleigh Golf Club and sports complex and an Aussie Rules Football Club.
Retail facilities can be found in the Burleigh Town Marketplace and at two of the Coast's largest shopping centres, Robina Shopping Centre and Pacific Fair, which are only minutes away.
In addition, Burleigh has a large inland lake that offers excellent fishing and the opportunity to take part in a range of water sports including kayaking and water skiing. Burleigh Heads National Park and Tallebudgera Creek are located at the south end of the beach, and has a walking circuit with wildlife. There are also a range of sporting clubs including two surf lifesaving clubs, the Burleigh Bear Rugby League Club and the Burleigh Boomers AFL Club.
The growing number of families in the area is well catered for with both private and public schools, including the Marymount Catholic College and Caningeraba Primary School.
Carrara - 4211 - Suburb Profile
Carrara is centrally located on the Gold Coast, south of the Nerang River and is surrounded by Nerang and Ashmore. The area is in close proximity to the M1 and about eight kilometres from Surfers Paradise.
It would not be wrong to say that Carrara is identified as a golfer's paradise, as it is characterised by five golf courses that are considered a major drawcard to the area. There are another 10 golf courses within 8km of Carrara.
Carrara Stadium once home to the "Gold Coast Chargers" is still used widely for various events, such as the AFL game between Melbourne and Adelaide on the 16th of April. There are also various social clubs that are located in Carrara; they include the Croatian Sports Club and the German Club.
The area has the Carrara Markets (the largest on the Gold Coast), that sells everything from garden products, clothes, fresh produce, tiles and of course trinkets. The markets give good value to shoppers everywhere and especially the bargain hunters. They are open on Saturdays and Sundays.
Public transport exists nearby at the Nerang terminal only a couple of kilometres away. The terminal serves as a major transit centre, with rail link and bus services departing frequently.
The central location of Carrara to the freeway and beaches has made it attractive to home buyers and increased demand accordingly.
The area caters for a diverse style of dwellings from houses, townhouse, units and other developments. Carrara's' location in the middle of a major floodplain has seen developments concentrated on the hilly rises, thus allowing views to the coast.
One of the recent developments in the area is Emerald Lakes, a master-planned community that includes a 37-hectare lake. On conclusion, the development is expected to have 1400 homes, a shopping precinct in a village atmosphere, a hotel, walking tracks and recreational facilities.
The Cove was the first to be released and includes single and double storey dwellings, duplexes and courtyard homes. The next stage to follow is The Vistas which will overlook the privately owned Emerald Lakes Golf Course. The standard of home will range from freestanding and courtyard homes, and duplexes. After The Vistas, the next release will be The Island that is focused around the lake, as there is expected to be 57 lots surrounding the lake.
Boonooroo Park is an established leafy area located in the suburb of Carrara. The area is characterised by larger blocks of land that offer an environmentally friendly lifestyle. In Boonooroo Park the homes are generally about 15 years old.
There are two private schools, being Emmanuel College and St Michael's College, that are situated in the Carrara area. There are a number of schools in surrounding suburbs, including public and private secondary schools and the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE Ashmore campus.
Clear Island Waters - 4226 - Suburb Profile
Described as the Gold Coast's most prestigious address, Clear Island Waters offers unrivalled positioning right in the heart of the Gold Coast.
The suburb is surrounded by an extensive artificial lake and a majority of homes in Clear Island Waters offer spectacular water views and are very generous in size.
The suburb is divided into three distinct areas, which are linked by a network of separate roads and bridges across the waterways:
Island Quays, in the northern part of the suburb, predominantly features large water-front homes; The Moorings, in the south-west of Clear Island Waters, includes both wet and dry blocks; and homes located in The Capes in the suburb's south-east corner have been developed in a more simple style, yet still enjoy a first class location.
The only local shopping complex in the suburb is located in Island Quays, although Pacific Fair -- the second largest shopping centre in Queensland -- and Robina Town Centre are within easy reach.
The gated communities of Isle of Istana, Clear Water Bay and Rhode Island feature heavy security and large homes. Rhode Island is dominated by stylish townhouses and features a range of excellent on-site amenities and surrounding parklands. Clear Island Waters also plays host to the Surfers Paradise Golf Club, and the Merrimac Golf Course is in neighbouring Merrimac. There is also a number of other parks and green spaces in the area.
Local primary education is available at St Vincent's Primary School. All Saints Anglican School is in the neighbouring suburb of Merrimac, and the prestigious St Hilda's School at Southport is 8.5km to the suburb's north.
Coomera - 4209 - Suburb Profile
Residential and commercial development in Coomera has rapidly expanded in the past decade, as the suburb becomes home to a lot more than just Dreamworld.
Coomera has long been earmarked by the Gold Coast City Council and the State Government for a new satellite growth suburb of the Gold Coast, similar in many ways to Robina.
The area is separated into Coomera to the east and Upper Coomera to the west of the M1 respectively. The suburbs are very different from each other and this is reflected in the median house prices.
Coomera lies on the opposite side of the Coomera River to Sanctuary Cove and Hope Island, and as such offers substantial opportunities for waterfront living, with a marina already in place. The suburb also has excellent access to and from the Pacific Motorway.
Some of the newer developments on the Coomera precinct include the canal estate of Coomera Waters Village and Resort. The estate has a 17 hectare lake, 70 berth marina and direct Broadwater access, and recreational facilities.
River Links is another estate in the area where the lots vary in size from 300 square metres to 1,642 square metres. Also more than half the estate is committed to open space park land and waterways.
The Coomera train station and a number of schools already service the area and major infrastructure - such as the Coomera New Town Centre - is being implemented.
Coomera's population is expected to multiply to aprox 80,000 over the next 20 years as the area develops into a self-sufficient town centre.
Helensvale - 4212 - Suburb Profile
The Helensvale area in the Gold Coast's north has seen some solid growth over the past few years, as it benefits from development, proximity to the Motorway and the extension of the Brisbane to Gold Coast train line.
The original concept of Helensvale as a modern residential development began in 1974 when the then Albert Shire Council approved the estate. Designed to encompass 2,700 home sites on over 800 hectares, the development was very successful with the master-plan setting new standards for subdivisions on the Gold Coast.
Since the introduction of the railway from Brisbane and the Helensvale railway station, the area has grown. Its developments include a number of theme parks and tourist attractions. There are a number of retail outlets in the area, including a Westfields complex and Harbourtown.
Located less than half an hour from the heart of the Gold Coast, Helensvale boasts an array of housing from standard units and duplexes through to luxury waterfront houses and exclusive acreage properties.
There is an abundance of sporting facilities in the suburb, including two golf courses and clubs for rugby, cricket, tennis and lawn bowls.
It is also known for the growing prevalence of gated communities, popular with retirees and older workers. There are a number of retirement villages in the suburb.
Both the local high school and primary school were established in 1990 to cater to the increasing number of residents attracted to the area. There are campuses for Griffith University and Bond on the Gold Coast, as well as TAFE campuses at Ashmore and Southport.
Monterey Keys was created in 1992, after years of research and planning, to become the heart of the northern waterways of Queensland's Gold Coast, and one of the fastest growing regions on the Coast.
Monterey Keys provides the opportunity to take full advantage of living on the Coast. It is an ideal location for whatever one prefers to be doing: golfing, fishing, dining, boating, water sports, or just sitting back and enjoying the perfect climate.
Hollywell - 4216 -
Hollywell is a small suburb located between the prestigious areas of Paradise Point and Runaway Bay and dominated by the Pine Ridge Conservation Park.
With many of the positive attributes of both its neighbours, and easy access to all their facilities, Hollywell continues to attract buyers.
The suburb boasts canal developments and is one of the few areas with bridge-free access to the fabulous Broadwater. Runaway Bay Marina and Yacht Squadron are also just inside Hollywell's borders and residents are only a few minutes away from its neighbour's sporting complex and shopping village.
To the north, the Paradise Point esplanade offers yet another yacht club and several kilometres of barbecue and recreation facilities. A primary and high school are in nearby Coombabah and the Harbour Town shopping complex is south in Biggera Waters.
Hope Island - 4212- Suburb Profile
The northern Gold Coast's Hope Island is home to the upmarket Sanctuary Cove and Santa Barbara developments, which have grown in prestige and value over the past 20 years. With a raft of well-planned community facilities, it is easy to see why.
The continual development of Hope Island and surrounding areas, conveniently located in the growth corridor between the Gold Coast and Brisbane, has seen the area grow steadily over recent years. The Hope Island area area is a very popular part of the Gold Coast, with its close proximity to all amenities and it attracts a range of buyers.
Families are well catered for, with plenty of community facilities and services, located close to 10 schools with shopping centres and theme parks and the Pacific Motorway only minutes away. However, the main buyer demographic is retired or semi-retired couples with interests in boating and golf.
There are many golf courses in the district, including Hope Island Resort, the Pines Private and the Palms Golf Courses.
The majority of home ownership on Hope Island is group titled offering a wide range of new prestigious and well-secured developments with both dry and wet blocks designed to provide a safe environment for families.
For buyers looking for something more exclusive, the Hope Island Resort offers a world-class golf course and million-dollar homes.
Developed in the 1980s, Sanctuary Cove has grown to consist of two excellent golf courses, Marine Village shopping centre, which has more than 75 shops ranging from gift shops to restaurants, the Hyatt Regency Hotel, numerous cafes and bars, and lots of very expensive housing options.
Access in and out of Hope Island is possible by car or by boat - via Sanctuary Cove's marina located on a natural waterway on the Coomera River, which flows to the Southport Broadwater and the Pacific Ocean. The Brisbane and Gold Coast airports are both within 50 minutes' drive.
Sanctuary Cove's village community includes new harbour front dining precinct, a country club facility, recreation club and community sports ground.
The beauty of the area, deep-water mooring facilities, luxury housing developments and access in and out of the neighbouring Coomera River area, all contribute to help make Hope Island one of the Gold Coast's most prestigious suburbs.
Labrador - 4215 - Suburb Profile
Once regarded as the best kept secrets on the Gold Coast, Labrador's first class water facilities and beautiful shore-lined parks have now brought the area very much into the limelight.
Centrally located, Labrador provides a beachfront lifestyle with close proximity to Griffith University and Surfers Paradise.
The Broadwater has excellent access areas to the water for windsurfing, sailing, para-flying, jet-skiing, boating, fishing and swimming - making this once sleepy suburb a popular retreat for holidaymakers.
Although there is no absolute beachfront property in Labrador, apartments and houses along Marine Parade offer beautiful views over the Broadwater. New developments are slowly moving in providing some excellent quality accommodation apartments for investors and rentals.
Just minutes from Helensvale train station and the Pacific Motorway, Labrador is also serviced by Surfside Buslines.
No vacant land remains in Labrador, with older homes now being replaced with newer developments. This is providing a significant facelift for the area which continues to grow in popularity.
Within the suburb are several small 'villages' such as Chirn Park and Heydon Heights. Too small to be called suburbs in their own right, these areas are becoming popular real estate 'buys' due to the appeal of lifestyle cafes, shops and amenities just nearby.
Main Beach - 4217 - Suburb Profile
Main Beach is the centre of the Gold Coast social scene, with the busy little retail and dining strip on Tedder Avenue as the place to be seen.
Not only do locals enjoy the café culture of Tedder Avenue, but it is also a popular hangout for visiting international and Australian celebrities, with many a famous face and expensive sports car spotted along the renowned restaurant strip.
Main Beach was the talk of the town early this year (2005) when a humble two-storey beach shack on 963 square metres of prime Main Beach beachfront sold to a mystery buyer for $13 million moments before it was due to be auctioned, in what is thought to be a record for a Queensland residential property.
Many wealthy personalities and retirees own second residences at Main Beach - further evidence of the desirability of this location.
With the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Nerang River Broadwater on the other, this suburb has no more room to expand which explains the premium price tags attached to Main Beach properties.
Sea World is located at Main Beach, along with the acclaimed Marina Mirage shopping complex, Sheraton Mirage and the world's first Palazzo Versace. North of Main Beach is The Spit where dune vegetation exists in its natural state.
Breathtaking views have been capitalised on by developers who have built a number of high-rises to the east of Tedder Avenue. However, high-rise development is prohibited to the west, with stunning homes, villas and townhouses featured here instead.
Maudsland - 4210 - Suburb Profile
As the population in Southeast Queensland continues to swell and the demand for vacant land increases, suburbs such as Maudsland - which have previously been considered as predominantly rural - are facing increased urbanisation.
Located around 25kms from Surfers Paradise in the Brisbane-Gold Coast growth corridor, Maudsland is in close proximity to the Pacific Motorway and Helensvale railway station.
Maudsland is home to the master-planned Parklands Residential Oasis, which boasts Australia's largest residential playground covering 3.5 hectares of open space. The expanding development offers a range of services and amenities suited to young families.
A number of excellent primary and secondary schools are located in surrounding suburbs, including a number of newer schools which have established in recent years to accommodate increasing demand in the area.
There are a range of shopping options close by including the Pacific Pines Shopping Centre and Westfield Helensvale Town Centre, which was completed in October 2005.
Despite increased development, the elevated mountain views and natural bushland environment of Maudsland seem set to remain. The Gold Coast City Council has purchased 54 hectares of surrounding bushland in an effort to preserve local environmental values.
Mermaid Beach - 4218 - Suburb Profile
Well known for its wide beachfront and close proximity to some of the Gold Coast's top attractions, Mermaid Beach is a residential only suburb that has long been sought after by property investors.
Mermaid Beach is home to families and retirees who have lived on the coast for many years; and it is not uncommon to see residents walking or exercising on the beachfront a few streets away.
One of Mermaid Beach's most expensive streets, Hedges Avenue, which later turns into Albatross Avenue, is regarded as one of the most desirable addresses in Queensland.
Hedges Avenue itself is a small, one-way street set at 40km speed limit, with homes that are both expensive and impressive due to the absolute beachfront location continuing to drive prices skywards. It is reasonably quiet and relaxed, despite the busy Gold Coast Highway and shopping centres of Broadbeach nearby.
Town-planning also restricts new apartments and developments' height levels, ensuring the suburb is not overcrowded with high-rises. This, evidently, has made it even more exclusive.
Most people who live in this suburb are attracted to the beach culture with a lifestyle that involves surfing and other water activities. It also has an active Surf Life Saving Club to patrol the beaches and provide activities to be enjoyed by both locals and tourists.
Merrimac - 4226 - Suburb Profile
The suburb of Merrimac is an eclectic fusion of acreage, nurseries, market gardens and paddocks, combined with a mixture of residential properties.
Close to the Pacific Motorway, Robina Town Centre and schools, Merrimac remains more affordable than most other Gold Coast locations.
A mix of Residential A housing enclaves and acreage properties gives Merrimac a semi-rural feel, even though it is encroached by heavily developed areas.
The wide-open spaces of Merrimac are more than likely to remain untouched, as they provide flood-mitigation benefits to the area. There are a large number of golf courses and sport facilities in the area.
With rolling hills and flat plains, homes in Merrimac's elevated positions enjoy sweeping views across the coast to the Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach skyline.
Although this suburb has historically been a popular locality for rental properties, its affordability has seen increasing numbers of first and second home buyers move into the area.
Miami - 4220 - Suburb Profile
Offering both beachfront and outdoor living, Miami centres on leisure facilities such as golf courses, walking parks and sporting clubs with swimming pools, tennis courts, and activity and little athletics centres frequented every weekend by the local residents and their children.
Its peaceful and relaxing beachfront is patrolled by two surf clubs, Nobby Beach SLSC and Miami SLSC and extends from Nobby's Magic Mountain through to North Burleigh. Three parks cover over a quarter of the suburb's area.
Miami consists of established older style apartments and expensive homes situated along the beachside. Older beach houses on smaller lots can be found on the other side of the Gold Coast Highway.
Several retail properties run the length of the Gold Coast Highway, mixed in with the old motels that are slowly being renovated or torn down to be replaced by stylish and more modern holiday apartments.
In the 1960s, holiday crowds would stay in nearby motels and visit Magic Mountain Entertainment Park, riding the hill by the main attraction, "the chair-lift". Today the Mountain is no longer a theme park but home to holiday-let apartments with sweeping views of Nobby Beach to the north and the south.
At the base of the mountain, retail shops and restaurants are abundant. Just a short walk around the south side is the Miami High School, the Miami Tavern and nearby Caravan Park, which attracts travellers, fisherman and sporting enthusiasts all year round.
The small Nobby Beach shopping village has grown in recent times welcoming an overdue 'facelift' to the area. New and trendy neighbours have moved in to sell fresh fruit drinks and set up coffee shops and exotic delicatessens.
Complete with barbecue and picnic areas, Miami and Nobby Beach are situated on one of the more popular coastal strips of the Gold Coast. Every morning walkers and cyclists can be seen using the walking track that follows the beach and winds up along a steep trail to a cliff top lookout that divides the two suburbs, offering breathtaking views up and down the coast.
There are plenty of attractions around Miami, particularly west of the highway, including Pizzey Park that has a pathway that weaves through pine trees and around a lake.
The Miami Olympic Pool is another landmark that has been a training centre for the likes of Grant Hackett, Gian Rooney and Ky Hurst, and there is also the local Burleigh Bears Rugby League Club, on Bob Singh Oval nearby, that has been welcoming football players and guests for more than 60 years. The Club has recently been renovated to keep up with the influx of rugby leagues enthusiasts.
The ongoing revitalisation of this suburb by developers, council and local business has contributed to rising property values in the area. Recently Miami has been seeing a lot of new developments and investor interests, as well as owner-occupiers remaining at home to renovate and add built-ons and extensions to existing homes.
Community development has also been of recent focus, with two community halls available for hire within the suburb. Rugby league is the predominant sport of the region, with the local team, the Burleigh Bears, supplemented by one of the largest junior playing clubs in the state. Miami's education facilities include the Miami Primary School and Miami State High School.
Mount Tamborine - 4272 - Suburb Profile
Mount Tamborine offers the idyllic serenity of a rainforest village, only 35kms from the heart of Surfers Paradise and a one hour drive from Brisbane city.
Nestled amongst the national parks and nature reserves that make up the Gold Coast hinterland, this suburb is renowned for its panoramic views across the coast and its wide assortment of craft and antique stores, tearooms, markets, galleries and cafes.
Mount Tamborine (including the villages of North Tamborine, Eagle Heights, Tamborine Village and Canungra) boasts fertile soil and an excellent climate, which make it the ideal location for a number of successful wineries and means that a variety of local fresh produce is regularly on offer.
The charm of the Mountain village, together with the wide variety of visitor accommodation, makes Mount Tamborine the perfect tranquil retreat for many local and interstate tourists. It is not uncommon for weekend visitors, escaping the bustle of city life, to fall in love with Mount Tamborine and decide to invest in property.
Retirees are typically attracted to the serenity of the environment and the range of peaceful leisure activities, such as gardening and bird watching, which the area is renowned for.
Close proximity to both Brisbane and the Gold Coast make Mount Tamborine ideal for working professionals who happily accept a regular commute in order to secure the relaxed lifestyle and quite surrounds of this plateau location.
Younger families are well catered for with both private and public schools in the area, as well as kindergarten, preschool and day care facilities.
The abundance of national parks and nature reserves in the area offer a range of walking tracks, picnic spots and picturesque lookouts. As such, Mount Tamborine is a popular location for people who enjoy the outdoors.
Rapid population growth throughout Southeast Queensland and the resultant expansion of infrastructure have threatened the sanctuary of quiet communities like Mount Tamborine but measures have been taken to avoid this.
Mount Tamborine forms part of the Beaudesert Shire, which has imposed restrictions on further subdivision in the area. As a result, the availability of vacant land in the area has significantly decreased and prices have risen accordingly in recent years.
Housing choices are diverse and buyers will find it relatively easy to find a home to suit their tastes and budget. Mount Tamborine offers a wonderful selection of neat and tidy cottages. Some of these homes are brick and tile, others are built of Western Red Cedar or Hardiplank. Due to the suburb's unique location on an escarpment, even some of the budget priced homes enjoy stunning views to the Coast or over rainforest settings.
Mudgeeraba - 4213 - Suburb Profile
Originally a forestry and saw milling town, Mudgeeraba is a long established area that has retained its charm and relaxed atmosphere more so than other areas on the Gold Coast.
Only five minutes from the Robina train terminal and the Robina Town Centre and 15 minutes from the beautiful beaches of Broadbeach and Burleigh, Mudgeeraba has a selected mixture of residential and small acreage properties set amongst a leafy green environment.
A quiet, semi-rural lifestyle is the attraction of the suburb: it has easy access to the Hinterland and a selection of nature trails, and is conveniently positioned near the Pacific Highway, 15 kilometres from Surfers Paradise.
Many turn-of-the-century homes have been restored to their original grandeur, ensuring the area's heritage nature is not lost as development in the area continues.
Mudgeeraba has its own primary school and is within striking distance of many of the Gold Coast's educational institutions, including a variety of public and private high schools.
Belying its 'olde-worlde' charm the area has many high quality restaurants in addition to excellent educational and shopping facilities. Of particular note is the famous Wallaby Hotel, a landmark amongst local residents.
Sometimes referred to as the "green behind the gold", Mudgeeraba was established in the late 1800s. Bound by Springbrook, Lamington National Park and the Hinze Dam, this area will always retain its natural beauty.
A road called The Panorama leads to lookouts which offer some of the best views over the Gold Coast City.
In Tallai, large homes have been built on acreage in hilly areas to take advantage of the views over the coastline in the distance.
Nerang - 4211 - Suburb Profile
There are several reasons why Nerang has proved an increasingly popular suburb in recent years. Its access to the Motorway and Brisbane, short drive to major beaches, business and retail shopping on the Gold Coast and proximity to the Hinterland have been a major influence on the suburb's increasing favour with buyers.
Located just 14 kilometres from Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Southport, Nerang's location makes it perfect for a wide range of residential lifestyles and property development.
The majority of residents in the area are families. Education facilities include a number of locally-based public and private schools, although there is easy access to at least 10 neighbouring schools. Younger families are also catered for with numerous childcare centres in the area.
Affordability and diverse choice of housing is another significant factor in Nerang's growth and popularity. Aside from high-rise apartments, almost every conceivable housing style, standard and lifestyle need is catered for at prices significantly lower than equivalent properties located five or six minutes closer to the beaches.
One of Nerang's more prestigious areas is Highland Park, an upmarket residential area where modern, elevated homes enjoy sweeping views across the Gold Coast skyline. Clear View, Clear Water, Surfers Country Estate, Billabirra Park, Riverlea, Riverside Park, River Springs and Sherwood Forest are micro-suburbs within Nerang, which include acreage properties, gated communities and lovely waterfront homes.
Nerang is the Gold Coast's oldest major settlement, pre-dating Southport by at least 10 years.
Nerang's potential is being recognised with the Gold Coast City Council in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, planning beautifying projects in the commercial and retail centers in and around the west side of the Nerang River.
Pacific Pines - 4211 - Suburb Profile
Pacific Pines is one of the largest and fastest growing master-planned communities on the Gold Coast.
Located in the Brisbane to Gold Coast corridor, Pacific Pines offers its residents varied views from Stradbroke to Coolangatta.
Now recognised as a suburb in its own right, Pacific Pines has it all, including schools, shopping, open parklands, wetlands, childcare, a tavern, playing fields and a picturesque lake and freshwater creek.
The attractive surroundings are set against a backdrop of natural bushland, with wide open spaces and quality landscaping.
The convenience of transit links nearby and its affordability in comparison to other parts of the Gold Coast make it an attractive option to homebuyers and this is reflected in the suburb's median house price.
Palm Beach - 4221 - Suburb Profile
Palm Beach is located around 15 kilometres south of Surfers Paradise, midway along what has been described as the Gold Coast's most scenic stretch of beach.
The low-lying dunes and vast expanse of white sandy beaches, together with close proximity to the natural waterways of the Currumbin and Tallebudgera Creeks, have resulted in a high number of homes with spectacular water views.
There is a myriad of property types in the area; from high-rises to duplexes, renovated family homes to short-term holiday accommodation, and luxury multi-million-dollar mansions to original fibro housing from 30 to 40 years ago.
Historically, the suburb has attracted a large number of retirees seeking a relaxed, sunny sea change and when compared to the rest of the Gold Coast this still seems to hold firm. However, Palm Beach has become increasingly price-driven over the past decade in particular, with a significant increase in the number of younger families and childless couples in the area.
A stylish, contemporary atmosphere is burgeoning and in recent years the area has expanded to include new subdivisions, including a small section of canal development. Palm Beach is now one of the most densely populated areas of the Gold Coast.
A number of sports stars and television personalities are rumoured to have bought at Palm Beach. Prestigious Jefferson Lane, with its absolute beach front, has become renowned as a "millionaire's row" and one of the Gold Coast's best streets.
The suburb's location between the Gold Coast Highway and the Pacific Motorway make access to these major roadways fast and easy. The Gold Coast Airport at Bilinga is a five minute drive away.
Palm Beach has nine parks covering nearly 13% of the total area. The Gold Coast City Council has also recently undertaken the Palm Beach Protection Strategy in response to concerns about the ability of these dunal areas to provide an adequate buffer during storms.
Parkwood - 4214 - Suburb Profile
As with its neighbour Arundel, the suburb of Parkwood rolls out across the low hills west of Southport and is surrounded by fantastic golf courses.
Both Parkwood and Arundel are potential key residential growth areas that benefit from easy access to the Pacific Motorway, Helensvale Rail Station, Griffith University and the Broadwater.
Parkwood is a popular address for tenants and, as a result, has attracted many investors. The area has become a student hot spot -- the university is only five minutes drive -- and is also popular with hospital workers, who have an easy, 15-minute commute to the Gold Coast Hospital. Nevertheless, the area's popularity has put pressure on owner-occupiers, who have to compete with students and tenants for parking spaces.
There is very little new land available in Parkwood and what does exist is generally sold as part of house-and-land packages by developers. There are major shopping centres in nearby Arundel and Molendinar.
Parkwood is home to the Parkwood International Golf Course and the Gold Coast Country Club is just across the Coombabah Creek in Gaven.
Pimpama - 4209 - Suburb Profile
For space, a little tranquillity and a reasonable price tag, home hunters can't go past Pimpama.
A number of new housing estates in the area incorporate duplexes, which provide a lower cost alternative for families and first home buyers. The area is also proving very popular with investors.
Pimpama is located between Brisbane and the Gold Coast on the Pacific Motorway. Families, couples and retirees are all catered for with a multitude of walkways and bikeways, parks, fishing, boating and swimming areas.
The area caters well for people working at the Coomera Marine Precinct or even at the northern end of the Gold Coast. A number of residents also commute to Brisbane city each day.
The suburb is located near the Yatala and Stapylton industrial areas, and is about halfway between the commercial hubs of the Brisbane CBD and Surfers Paradise. Although Pimpama is essentially a more secluded lifestyle, easy access to the Pacific Motorway means a short journey to access shopping complexes and public transport in Gold Coast and Brisbane, as well as leisure facilities like boating and fishing areas.
The suburb itself has the Gainsborough Greens Golf Club and the Le Mans go kart racing complex. Educational facilities are within a short drive of the suburb, including several located in Ormeau and Coomera.
Southport - 4215 - Suburb Profile
Only five minutes from Surfers Paradise, Southport is the central business district of the Gold Coast and offers a diverse range of real estate from luxury apartments in high rise apartment buildings with spectacular ocean views to older three storey walk-ups and duplexes.
Over the years, traditional single family housing has made way for larger developments, transforming Southport into a higher density residential area.
Investors now make up nearly half of Southport's housing market and around 90 per cent of the unit/townhouse market.
Part of Southport's appeal is its beautiful Broadwater parks which showcase some of the best recreational facilities available, including an aquatic playground offering a multitude of activities ranging from swimming, boating, fishing and water-skiing to the extreme of para-sailing and bungee jumping.
Southport boasts numerous large parks and is renowned for its leash-free dog park bordering the Nerang River.
Shopping facilities in the area include Australia Fair and a variety of smaller shopping centres and convenience stores.
A multitude of cafes, takeaways and restaurants are all within a five minute walk while churches, chemists, dentists, doctors, a specialist centre and an after-hours medical centre are all within a 10 minute walk.
The mixed use of residential and commercial buildings in Southport has proven popular with younger and local buyers and is expected to attract more affluent residents to the area.
Southport is a well-reputed educational centre, offering both private and State systems. With the prestigious private boarding schools, TSS - The Southport School and St Hilda's located in Southport it generates a lot of business for the area.
Southport is also the major law enforcement region for the Gold Coast, with the law district court located in the heart of the suburb.
The Gold Coast's sporting hall of fame is located at Owen Park, Southport, which is also home to the Gold Coast's Historical Society.
Offering character, variety and liveability, Southport is only six kilometres from Surfers Paradise and an easy commute from Brisbane.
Rapidly becoming one of the Gold Coast's real estate development hot spots, Southport has several high rise buildings scheduled to be built over the coming few years.
This includes the Raptis Groups' current development of a three-tower retail, commercial and residential development with an end value of about $700 million in the heart of Southport's central business district which promise to transform the Southport landscape. As a key regional centre, Southport enjoys a high rate of employment, with many local residents walking to work or working from their home office.
Springbrook - 4213 - Suburb Profile
The peaceful suburb of Springbrook is about an hour south-west of Sufers Paradise and offers residents an unparalleled lifestyle.
Surrounded by the waterfalls, ancient beech trees, and lush sub-tropical rainforests, Springbrook is a popular spot for tourists seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of Surfers Paradise.
The extensive walking tracks through Springbrook National Park -- which were closed during 2008 due to heavy rain -- are a major drawcard, and the area offers spectacular views of the Gold Coast from its many lookouts.
The Natural Bridge, located at the southern end of the park, is home to a colony of glow worms, which twinkle on its rocky ceilings at night.
Springbrook's pristine beauty doesn't lend itself to the many comforts of the big city and suburbia, so residents have to drive to access many facilities.
The closest major shopping centre is located approximately 30km north at Robina, which is also home to the closest train station.
The area does have a school bus, however, which takes students to nearby Mudgeeraba and Robina.
The suburb has its own state school -- Springbrook SS -- but older students have to venture further north.
One of the Gold Coast's most prestigious schools, Somerset College, is relatively short trip away in Mudgeeraba.
The area is well-liked by families, who make up the majority of its residents.
Because of its popularity with tourists, Springbrook is also home to a vast array of quiet cafes, restaurants and mountain retreats, which offer ample employment opportunities.
Due to the limited number of homes available to buy, property prices in Springbrook are expected to continue growing.
Surfers Paradise - 4217 - Suburb Profile
Surfers Paradise has been at the centre of major development of the Gold Coast throughout the past 30 years and while development has spread north and south, it remains the heart of the Gold Coast.
With inauspicious beginnings as a place called Elston, Surfers Paradise has continued to flourish since the introduction of the Surfers Paradise Hotel by Jim Cavill in 1925.
Occupying a relatively narrow stretch of land across the Nerang River from Southport, Surfers Paradise is one of the most famous beaches in Australia.
Riverside subdivisions in 1949 brought a number of restaurants, boutiques, specialist gift shops, and a cosmopolitan population to the area.
By 1960 central Surfers Paradise could boast its first high-rise apartment block, Kinkabool, and within seven years the now-familiar skyline of apartment buildings was visible from a distance.
Surfers Paradise has a diverse population of around 20,000 people, comprising of families, couples and retirees. The population grows enormously during peak tourist seasons allowing the Gold Coast tourism market to provide a dynamic employment base for residents.
Following the trend toward inner-city living, the area has enjoyed a resurgence of interest and demand for centrally located properties.
Attracting more than four million visitors each year, this world famous suburb is home to the world's tallest residential tower Q1. This 80 level landmark reaches 322 metres in the sky capturing breathtaking ocean and hinterland views. The Hiton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences is one of the suburb's newest developments and is due to be completed in 2010.
With development sites few and far between and given the continuing demand for centrally located properties, increased interstate migration and the continual upgrading of the Surfers Paradise retail precinct, the future of residential investment in the area looks bright.