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City of Gold CoastQueensland
Gilston Public Hall at Gilston, Queensland.jpg
Gilston Public Hall, 2016
Population 1,449 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 4211
LGA(s) City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s) Mudgeeraba
Federal Division(s) Wright
Suburbs around Gilston:
Advancetown Nerang Highland Park
Advancetown Gilston Worongary
Advancetown Advancetown Tallai

Gilston is a locality in City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. According to the 2011 census it had a population of 1,449, an increase of almost 900 since the previous census in 2006.


The western boundary of the suburb is marked by the Nerang River.


Settlement began in the 1860s with dairying and timber being the main industries. Mr Bryant, a local storekeeper, named the district Gilston after Gilston in England.

Nerang Upper Provisional School opened on 1 June 1881. In 1903, it became Gilston Provisional School. In 1908 it became Gilston State School. The school was on Gilston Road until 1985 when increasing enrolments resulted in a new school campus being constructed in Worongary Street. In 1996, funds were raised to relocate the original school building onto the new campus.

The first telephone office opened in March 1923.

After engaged in fundraising since March 1930, the Gilson Hall was finally opened on Friday 16 June 1933 by Thomas Plunkett, junior, Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for the Albert. The hall was erected on the site of the old Lutheran church on Gilstone Road and was 60 by 30 feet (18.3 m × 9.1 m) with a stage and dressing rooms.

Heritage listings

Gilson has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

  • Colliston, 926 Gilston Road: H2 Hinde Tree


Gilston Public Hall is located at Gilston Road beside Gilston Hall Park (28°01′21″S 153°18′33″E / 28.022591°S 153.309249°E / -28.022591; 153.309249 (Gilston Public Hall)). It is used by a number of community groups. The Gold Coast mobile library service visits this location every fortnight.

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