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Cattle grazing, Woongoolba, 1956
Woongoolba is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 280 (2016 census)
 • Density 8.62/km2 (22.3/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4207
Area 32.5 km2 (12.5 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s) Coomera
Federal Division(s) Fadden
Suburbs around Woongoolba:
Alberton Carbrook Redland Bay
Gilberton Woongoolba Steiglitz
Norwell Norwell Jacobs Well

Woongoolba is a coastal rural locality in the northern part of City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Woongoolba had a population of 280 people.


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Bethlehem Lutheran Church gathering, Pimpama Island (Carl Heinrich Heck is centre of the middle row)
Woongoolba State School
Woongoolba state school, 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.

The name Woongoolba is believed to be an Aboriginal word for the geebung tree.

The district was predominantly settled by German immigrants who arrived in the period 1864–1900.

The Pimpama Island Provisional School opened on 17 April 1876 under the direction of teacher Joseph Schindler with 13 pupils (of German parentage). It became Pimpama Island State School on 7 September 1898. It was renamed Woongoolba State School in 1930. Additional classrooms and a library were built in 1941, with further expansions in 1991, 1997 and 2010.

Rocky Point Sugar Mill, Woongoolba and Steiglitz, 2014
Rocky Point Sugar Mill, Woongoolba and Steiglitz, 2014

The Rocky Point Sugar Mill was established by Carl Heinrich Heck in 1878 on Mill Road (and crosses the boundary between Woongoolba and Steiglitz). Despite being one of the oldest sugar mills in Australia, it is still privately owned by the Heck Group. There were once other sugar mills in the area, but they have now closed and Rocky Point has expanded to replace their lost capacity.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Woongoolba, 2014
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Woongoolba, 2014

The Bethlehem Lutheran church was established in 1882; it is still operating in 2014.


Cecil Zipf Park, Woongoolba, 2014
Cecil Zipf Park, 2014

Accessed via a causeway through the mangroves, the Cecil Zipf Park at Little Rocky Point offers views of Moreton Bay, off-leash dog area, BBQ and toilets. The beach below the park is a good place for fishing, especially for bream.


Woongoolba State School
Woongoolba state school, 2014

Woongoolba State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 1219 Jacobs Well Road (27°44′42″S 153°19′09″E / 27.7451°S 153.3193°E / -27.7451; 153.3193 (Woongoolba State School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 224 students with 20 teachers (13 full-time equivalent) and 11 non-teaching staff (8 full-time equivalent).

There are no secondary schools in Woongoolba. The nearest government secondary schools are Ormeau Woods State High School in Ormeau to the south-west and Beenleigh State High School in Beenleigh to the west.

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