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Wongawallan
Queensland
Wongawallan Creek, Queensland.JPG
Wongawallan Creek
Population 1,273 (2016 census)
 • Density 38.69/km2 (100.2/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4210
Area 32.9 km2 (12.7 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location
LGA(s) City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s)
  • Coomera
  • Theodore
Federal Division(s) Forde
Suburbs around Wongawallan:
Cedar Creek Kingsholme Willowvale
Cedar Creek Wongawallan Upper Coomera
Tamborine Mountain Gunanaba Maudsland

Wongawallan is a rural locality in the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census Wongawallan had a population of 1,273 people.

Geography

Wongawallan is mountainous terrain with most farming and residential development occurring the creek valleys. The hilltops are largely undeveloped. The main creeks are Wongawallan Creek and Tamborine Creek. Tamborine Creek joins Wongawallan creek at 27°53′59″S 153°15′00″E / 27.89972°S 153.25000°E / -27.89972; 153.25000 close to Welch Pioneer Park. Wongawallan Creek is a tributary of the Coomera River; their confluence is in neighbouring Maudsland.

The Tamborine-Oxenford Road is the main road to and through the locality.

History

The area was originally named Mt Goulburn after Henry Goulburn by surveyor Dixon. However, later it was renamed Wongawallan, believed to be an Aboriginal word where wonga means pigeon and walla means water. However, it has been claimed that it was named after an Aboriginal man nicknamed "Peter" who killed John Wilkinson, a settler, at Wongawallan Creek in 1876., but contemporaneous newspaper reports of the death of Wilkinson only refer to the Aboriginal man as "Peter".

Education

There are no schools in Wongawallan. The nearest government primary schools are Highlands Reserve State School and Upper Coomera State College, both in neighbouring Upper Coomera to the east, and Tamborine Mountain State School in neighbouring Tamborine Mountain to the south-west. The nearest government secondary schools are Upper Coomera State College in neighbouring Upper Coomera to the east and Tamborine Mountain State High School in neighbouring Tamborine Mountain to the south-east.

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