A Guide to Gold Coast Suburbs

Deciding to move to a new location that you know nothing about can feel like a bit of a gamble. Without local intuition, you could end up settling in an area that doesn’t match your style of life, is too far from your workplace, or doesn’t offer the neighborhood amenities you need (like shops, schools, and restaurants). If you decide to move to the Gold Coast, there seems to be an ever-growing list of suburbs to choose from.

University of Queensland lecturer Professor Peter Sperriatt, predicts that we will see a merge of Brisbane and the Gold Coast within 15 years as new suburbs pop up to account for our growing population. By 2036 the population of the Gold Coast is expected to exceed one million!

Gold Coast Suburbs

Find below your best guide to just a few of the Gold Coast’s suburbs:

Burleigh Waters

Born from the real-estate boom of the 1970s the Burleigh Waters suburb borders with various auxiliary suburbs such as Burleigh Heads, Miami, and Mermaid Waters. Of the list of suburbs, this is the one that offers the best access to the beach. The main connection road – Christine Avenue – is but a short walk away, regardless of where you are in the suburb. Burleigh Waters is well connected by bus, taxi and rideshare services.

Burleigh Waters also has on offer two schools; one is a state and the other a private school. Caningeraba State School offers enrolment for children in grades prep – year 6 and has a strong relationship with surrounding primary and high schools. Marymount – a catholic college – offers enrolment for students all the way from prep- year 12. Both schools boast close proximity to both lifestyle and transport options, all within 5 minutes of the school.

The median house price in Burleigh Waters is $410,000. Whilst the average rent per week is $440.


Nearby Burleigh Waters is another large suburb: Robina. With a population of 23 106 as of 2016, the suburb offers a great diversity of housing options and amenities. One of the first communities to be master-planned, housing in Robina is a convenient distance from various primary and high schools, as well as the coast’s premier shopping mall Robina Town Centre. Located in Robina is also one of Australia’s most prestigious private universities – Bond University.

Locals in this area are relatively diverse. They range from families, to business workers and university students. There is also a public and private hospital in Robina, as well as a range of smaller specialized medical offices (e.g. dentists, chiropractors, osteopaths). Robina is well connected by bus, ride-share and taxi services as well as having a train station that directly connects the Gold Coast and Brisbane.

The median house price in Burleigh Waters is $680,000. Whilst the average rent per week is $595.


This is the first northern suburb on our list but is not to be underestimated. Parkwood is a booming suburb surrounded by a variety of industries and infrastructure. With its proximity to the M1 Highway, it is well connected to all parts of South-East Queensland. Parkwood has a multitude of private and public schools on offer, as well as the city’s biggest university campus: Griffith University. Directly opposite the tertiary institute is the region’s shiny health precinct – the Gold Coast University Hospital.  It is also nearby the Broadwater for those water sports enthusiasts. Having been the previous hub for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, this area of the Gold Coast is particularly flooded with international standard activity areas.

Parkwood is also perhaps the most well connected of the suburbs on this list. The tram line runs directly through the area which connects up to the Queensland Rail Lines as well as bus lines that go all the way to the New South Wales Border.

Being in such close proximity to Griffith University and the Gold Coast University Hospital, the main demographic is working millennials and students.

The median house price in Burleigh Waters is $610,000. Whilst the average rent per week is $565.

Upper Coomera

The oldest of the suburbs in the list, Upper Coomera was used as one of the main settlements for timber workers in the 1900’s. Running adjacent to the M1 Highway Upper Coomera, the area recently saw the opening of an enormous multi-storied shopping mall with state of the art facilities.

The suburb has a growing list of eight public and private schools all offering education from grades prep to 12. It is well connected by public transport with multiple bus services and a train station in the area, that connects Upper Coomera to Brisbane and southern parts of the Gold Coast

The median house price in Burleigh Waters is $329,000. Whilst the average rent per week is $410.

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