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Broadbeach
Gold CoastQueensland
Hedges Avenue in Broad Beach.jpg
Hedges Avenue, 2007
Population 5,514 (2016 census)
 • Density 3,940/km2 (10,200/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4218
Area 1.4 km2 (0.5 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location
LGA(s) City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s)
  • Surfers Paradise
  • Mermaid Beach
Federal Division(s) Moncrieff
Suburbs around Broadbeach:
Broadbeach Waters Surfers Paradise Coral Sea
Broadbeach Waters Broadbeach Coral Sea
Mermaid Waters Mermaid Beach Coral Sea

Broadbeach is a suburb in the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census Broadbeach had a population of 5,514 people.

Buildings

The Oracle
The Oracle, 2013

The area is also home to the Jupiters Hotel and Casino, the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Oasis Shopping Centre. Broadbeach Alliance manage the precinct and present annual events and festivals such as Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival and the Broadbeach Jazz Festival. In the adjacent suburb of Broadbeach Waters is the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.

Well known apartment blocks include Sofitel Gold Coast, The Wave, The Oracle, Beach Haven, Niecon Plaza, the Hi-Ho Motel, Belle Maison, Bel Air and Air on Broadbeach. While residential housing lots were selling successfully in the state government developed Broadbeach township from 1934, and the area had good bitumen roads that were described as 'speedways' in newspaper reports, it wasn't until the construction of Lennon's Broadbeach Hotel (now the site of the Oasis Hotel and Shopping Centre) in 1955 - 1956 that development of the area as a holiday destination began to increase.

Retail

The suburb of Broadbeach has two shopping centres in close proximity and numerous shops and restaurants.

Pacific Fair, the second largest shopping centre on the Gold Coast is located on Hooker Boulevard in Broadbeach Waters, not far from the intersection on the Gold Coast Highway. Pacific Fair has over 300 specialty stores and four anchor stores. In January 2014 work began on re-developing and re-branding the shopping centre. $670 million is being spent on expanding the centre to cater for a 120 new specialty stores, making the centre the largest in Queensland and fourth largest in the nation.

Oasis shopping centre is the second shopping centre in the suburb has over 100 specialty stores and a Woolworths supermarket. Oasis shopping centre has a number of restaurants located on the pedestrian section of Victoria Avenue. The centre is located across the road from the beach and is one block from the Gold Coast Highway. The Oasis Monorail connects the centre with Jupiters Hotel and Casino.

Transport

Gold Coast Light Rail - Broadbeach South Terminus
Broadbeach South G:link Station, located on the corner of Gold Coast Highway and Hooker Boulevard provides bus and tram connections.
Broadbeach oceanway
Gold Coast Oceanway, 2015

Broadbeach has two main arterial roads connecting the suburb with other parts of the Gold Coast. Gold Coast Highway runs the full length of the coast and connects all coastal suburbs with Broadbeach. Hooker Boulevard, which turns into Nerang-Broadbeach Road after a roundabout in Carrara connects the suburb with Pacific Motorway which passes through Nerang as well as Nerang railway station.

Broadbeach is serviced by Translink services, a subsidiary of the Department of Transport and Main Roads who operate an integrated ticking system throughout South East Queensland. The recently opened G:link operates two stations in the suburb which connects Broadbeach with the hubs of Surfers Paradise and Southport. These are Broadbeach South Station and Broadbeach North Station. Broadbeach South bus station is the main bus station in Broadbeach, which have regular and high-frequency buses that travel to Gold Coast Airport,Nerang railway station, Tweed Heads and Robina.

A 1.3 km monorail connects the Oasis Shopping Centre with Conrad Jupiters Casino. The monorail operates from 10:00am till 6:00pm sevens days a week. The system recently re-opened in December 2014 after almost two years out of service due to maintenance issues.

The Gold Coast Oceanway provides pedestrians and cyclists access along the beaches of Broadbeach.

Demographics

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
2006 3,791 —    
2011 4,614 +21.7%
2016 5,514 +19.5%

In the 2016 census, Broadbeach recorded a population of 5,514 people, The median age of the Broadbeach population was 41 years, higher than the national median of 38. 51.0% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were New Zealand 7.0% and England 4.7%. 66.8% of people spoke only English at home. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 31.0% and Catholic 20.3%.

Education

Broadbeach State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls on Alexandra Avenue (28°02′09″S 153°26′04″E / 28.0357°S 153.4345°E / -28.0357; 153.4345 (Broadbeach State School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 895 students with 52 teachers (48 full-time equivalent) and 34 non-teaching staff (23 full-time equivalent). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 947 students with 58 teachers (53 full-time equivalent) and 36 non-teaching staff (23 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

The re is no secondary school in Broadbeach. The nearest government secondary school is Merrimac State High School in neighbouring Mermaid Waters.

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