Burleigh Waters, Queensland

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Burleigh Waters
Gold CoastQueensland
Population 13,868 (2011)[1]
Postcode(s) 4220
LGA(s) Gold Coast City
State electorate(s) Burleigh
Federal Division(s) Moncrieff
Suburbs around Burleigh Waters:
Robina Mermaid Waters Miami
Varsity Lakes Burleigh Waters Burleigh Heads
Andrews Andrews Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Waters is a suburb on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. At the 2011 Census, Burleigh Waters had a population of 13,868.[1] It lies within the Gold Coast Electorate Division 12 which also includes Burleigh Heads, Burleigh Waters, Andrews, Stephens and Reedy Creek.


The Gold Coast canal and waterway system network allows access form Burleigh Waters to The Broadwater and the Pacific Ocean.

In the 1950s the Isle of Capri was one of the first canal estates constructed for waterfront living. Developers have expanded the popular estates ever since. Prior to the eastern inland development of the Varsity Lakes area, Burleigh Waters was the southernmost point of the Gold Coast canal and waterway system. Burleigh Waters developed in Stages, starting in the 1970s. One section, Burleigh Waters Estate was a canal extension developed by Hooker Corporation with partner the BMD Group during the late 1970s.[2] The Hooker Corporation collapsed and Mr Power's BMD Group was paid out at 60c in the dollar a few years later.[3] Privately built homes were being constructed by the time Pacific Fair opened in 1977[4] and continued with the expansion of the suburb.


In the 2011 Census the population of Burleigh Waters is 13,868, 52.3% female and 47.7% male.

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

71.8% of people living in Burleigh Waters were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 7.4%, England 5.5%, Scotland 0.9%, South Africa 0.6%, Germany 0.6%.

88.6% of people speak English as their first language 0.6% Japanese, 0.6% Spanish, 0.5% German, 0.5% Cantonese, 0.5% Italian.


For decades a local urban myth maintained that sharks were seen as far south in the canal waterways as Burleigh Waters. Alleged sightings and stories were locally spread, but balanced with scepticism. Unfortunately in February 2003 a Burleigh Waters man was fatally attacked in shallow canal waters by a bull whaler shark. These sharks are also known as Zambezi whaler and are very aggressive. After the attack, the public was warned not to risk swimming in any Gold Coast canals but rather to swim safely at the beach, between the flags.[5]

The canal system is tidal, and during years of heavy rains and flood, homes on the Burleigh Waters canal can face flooding.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Burleigh Waters (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 October 2007. 
  2. ^ "Low-profile boss thinks big". THE COURIER-MAIL. July 12, 2007. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Beachfront buy smashes record". Gold Coast News. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Gold Coast history: 1961-1980". Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Warnings over canal waterways after shark attack". The Sun-Herald. February 9, 2003. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 

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Coordinates: 28°05′17″S 153°26′10″E / 28.088°S 153.436°E / -28.088; 153.436