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StateLibQld 1 124863 Dorothy Evans in the canefields, Norwell, Queensland, ca. 1915.jpg
Canefields, Norwell, circa 1915
Norwell is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 200 (2016 census)
 • Density 7.7/km2 (20/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4208
Area 26.1 km2 (10.1 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s) Coomera
Federal Division(s) Fadden
Suburbs around Norwell:
Gilberton Woongoolba Steiglitz
Ormeau Norwell Jacobs Well
Ormeau Pimpama Pimpama

Norwell is a rural locality in the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Norwell had a population of 200 people.


Norwell is bounded to the east by Jacobs Well, to the south by Pimpama, to the west by Ormeau, and to the north by Gilberton and Woongoolba.


Foundation stone, Apostolic Church, Norwell, 2014
Foundation stone, Apostolic Church, 2014

In the late 1800s, the farming district located between the Pimpama River and the Logan River called Pimpama Island and encompasses the modern localities of Jacobs Well, Norwell, Steiglitz and Woongoolba. It was referred to as an island because there were a number of lagoons and swamps that isolated the area during the wet season; however, this disadvantage made it good land for growing sugar cane.

Norwell was named after the Norwell sugar plantation which was owned by William Pidd in the 1870s.

Norwell State School opened on 17 January 1910 and closed on 30 April 1971.


Apostolic Church, Norwell, 2014
Apostolic Church, Norwell, 2014
Entrance to the Holden Driving Centre, Norwell, 2014
Entrance to the Holden Driving Centre, 2014

Today, the only public building in the district is the Apostolic church, which was built in 1963.

Holden operate a driver training facility at Norwell. In addition to driver safety programs at a number of levels of experience, the centre also offers 4WD training and performance driving courses and "hot laps" in a high-performance car. It is also the base for Paul Morris Motorsport and MARC Cars Australia.


Despite the name, Jacobs Well Environmental Education Centre is an Outdoor and Environmental Education Centre on the corner of Behms and Pimpama-Jacobs Well Roads in Norwell (27°46′57″S 153°20′06″E / 27.7824°S 153.3349°E / -27.7824; 153.3349 (Jacobs Well Environmental Education Centre)). It was the former Jacob Wells State School.

There are no conventional schools in Norwell. The nearest primary schools are Woongoolba State School in neighbouring Woongoolba to the north and Ormeau State School in neighbouring Ormeau to the west. The nearest secondary school is Ormeau Woods State High School in Ormeau.

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