Biggera Waters, Queensland

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Biggera Waters
Gold CoastQueensland
Surfers Paradise Long Shot.jpg
Moreton Bay foreshore, Biggera Waters, 2005
Population 6,338 (2011)[1]
Postcode(s) 4216
LGA(s) Gold Coast City
State electorate(s) Broadwater
Federal Division(s) Moncrieff
Suburbs around Biggera Waters:
Coombabah Runaway Bay South Stradbroke
Coombabah Biggera Waters Main Beach
Arundel Labrador Main Beach

Biggera Waters is a suburb in Gold Coast City, Queensland, Australia.[2] It is located on the western side of The Broadwater and is north of the suburb of Labrador. At the 2011 Census, Biggera Waters had a population of 6,338 people.[1]

Geography[edit]

Its namesake, Biggera Creek, flows through the suburb itself and past a point known locally as "Land's End".

Etymology[edit]

An article in the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia by F.J. Watson offers this translation:

"Bigera from the red iron bark tree (Eucalyptus sideroploia) from the Yugambeh language."[3]

History[edit]

Subdivided in the late 19th century, the area was originally settled by several fishing and agricultural families. John Siganto, a local landowner, built the residence named "Finis" (Latin, "The End") at Land's End which is now a heritage-listed site.[4]

In 1960, a bridge was built across Biggera Creek at Land's End, opening up the northern side of the creek (known as Angler's Paradise) to greater residential development.[4]

The Biggera Waters State School opened on 27 January 1970.[5]

Amenities[edit]

The Harbour Town factory outlet mall on the Gold Coast is located on Brisbane Road at Biggera Waters on the site of the former Southport drive-in theatre.[6][7]

Demographics[edit]

In the 2011 Census the population of Biggera Waters is 6,338, 52.2% female and 47.8% male.

The median/average age of the Biggera Waters population is 40 years of age, 3 years above the Australian average.

61.6% of people living in Biggera Waters were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 10.4%, England 6.1%, South Africa 1.1%, China 1.1%, Japan 0.8%.

80.5% of people speak English as their first language 1% Japanese, 0.9% Mandarin, 0.8% Italian, 0.8% Spanish, 0.7% German.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Biggera Waters (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2013-10-10. 
  2. ^ "Biggera Waters (entry 46028)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  3. ^ F.J. Watson. "Vocabularies of four representative tribes of South Eastern Queensland." Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, p 54
  4. ^ a b "Biggera Waters History". Gold Coast City Council. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Contact us". Harbour Town. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Biggera Waters". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 

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Coordinates: 27°55′51″S 153°23′46″E / 27.9308°S 153.3961°E / -27.9308; 153.3961