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Austinville
Gold CoastQueensland
Mudgeeraba Creek, Austinville, Queensland.jpg
Mudgeeraba Creek, 2016
Population 356 (2016 census)
 • Density 16.71/km2 (43.3/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4213
Area 21.3 km2 (8.2 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s) Mudgeeraba
Federal Division(s) McPherson
Suburbs around Austinville:
Neranwood Advancetown Mudgeeraba
Springbrook Austinville Bonogin
Springbrook Springbrook Tallebudgera Valley

Austinville is a hinterland locality in the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census Austinville had a population of 356 people.

History

Austinville settlement was established as a banana plantation in 1934, making it one of the Gold Coast's oldest suburbs. It was started as an attempt to resettle unemployed people on the land following the Great Depression, and therefore lift the economy. It was named after the minister for labour at the time, W Austin, who encouraged the building of many of these plantations throughout the state. Land was cleared and divided into blocks and properties, a school was constructed and 50 or so small homes were built too. Mudgeeraba Creek flowed behind the homes along the valley floor, and the rugged Nimmel Range bordered on the settlement's western side. The settlement was very short lived. By 1939, within just 5 years, most families had left the area. Rainforest has crept back into much of the once banana farming valley, and the area remains dwarfed by the surrounding conservation area.

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