Gold Coast, Queensland
Hedges Avenue, 2007
|LGA(s)||Gold Coast City|
|State electorate(s)||Surfers Paradise, Mermaid Beach|
Development in the area today mostly incorporates low rise structures, consisting of single bedroom houses and apartment blocks. Much of the suburb consists of canal waterways, including Lake Intrepid that are linked to the Nerang River.
The suburb contains a major road intersection between Nerang - Broadbeach Road and the Gold Coast Highway. The Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival began in 2002 and continues to draw significant crowds each year.
The Broadbeach Surf Life Saving Club patrols the beach in the centre of the suburb. Representing the suburb in the AFL Queensland State League and having its home ground at Merrimac Oval is the Broadbeach Australian Football Club. Other facilities include the Broadbeach Lawn Bowls Club, the Broadbeach Surfschool which provides surfing lessons, and the Gold Coast City Council Library Service.
Broadbeach is home to one of Queensland's largest shopping centres, Pacific Fair, which serves as the regional public transport hub, known as the Pacific Fair Bus Station. The area is also home to the Jupiters Hotel and Casino, the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Oasis Shopping Centre. Broadbeach Alliance manage the precinct and present annual events and festivals such as Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival and the Broadbeach Jazz Festival.
Well known apartment blocks include The Wave, The Oracle, Beach Haven, Niecon Plaza, the Hi-Ho Motel, Belle Maison, Bel Air and Air on Broadbeach. It wasn't until the construction of Lennon's Broadbeach Hotel (now the site of the Oasis Hotel and Shopping Centre) in 1955 that development in the area began to increase.
A monorail connects the Oasis Shopping Centre with Conrad Jupiters Casino, however the system is strictly privatised. The Gold Coast Oceanway provides pedestrians and cyclists access along the beaches of Broadbeach.
In the 2011 Census the population of Broadbeach is 4,614, 48.7% female and 51.3% male. The median/average age of the Broadbeach population is 37 years of age. 52.8% of people living in Broadbeach were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 9.6%, England 4.5%, India 2.4%, Italy 1.2%, Japan 1.2%. 71.1% of people speak English as their first language 1.5% Japanese, 1.3% Punjabi, 1.3% Italian, 1.1% Spanish, 0.7% Hindi.
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