Advancetown, Queensland

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Gold CoastQueensland
Hinze Dam - Advancetown Lake (December 2011).png
Hinze Dam after the 3rd Stage completion
Population352 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density5.535/km2 (14.33/sq mi)
Area63.6 km2 (24.6 sq mi)
LGA(s)City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s)Mudgeeraba
Federal Division(s)
Suburbs around Advancetown:
Clagiraba Mount Nathan
Lower Beechmont Advancetown Tallai
Beechmont Numinbah Neranwood

Advancetown is a rural outer locality in the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Advancetown had a population of 482 people.[3]


Advancetown is situated in the Gold Coast hinterland. The Hinze Dam and its impoundment Advancetown Lake in thel locality; it supplies water for most of the citizens of the Gold Coast.[4][5]


Avenue of Commemorative Trees is listed on the Gold Coast Local Heritage Register

The area first attracted timber-cutters in the 1870s because of the abundant supply of good quality timber. In 1881 David Yuan established at saw mill and European settlement began. A small settlement sprang up as a rest point for the bullock teams hauling timber to the railway at Nerang. As late as the 1930s, there were still up to 24 bullock teams operating in the area.[4][6]

In 1884 the first hotel was built by W. H. Turner called the Beechmont Hotel. In 1905, Ernest Belliss opened a hotel on the corner of Numinbah Road and a bullock road from Beechmont known as the Black Shoot; he called it the Advancetown Hotel. Belliss also donated land for the Advancetown school, which made the name endure.[4][6] Belliss sold the hotel in March 1924 and the timber building burned down in July 1933.[7][8] A new Advancetown Hotel was built and opened in February 1934.[9]

Advancetown State School opened in 1909[10] but then closed in 1913. It reopened in 1918 but closed again in 1952.[11]

In 1977, the Hinze Dam opened. The settlement of Advancetown including the school (which was closed by then) was lost under the dam's waters.[4] As the settlement of Advancetown was gone, the surrounding district was named Latimer, after nearby Latimer Creek, on 31 March 1979 but renamed Advancetown on 11 May 1985.[12]

The suburb was part of the Shire of Albert until it was amalgamated into the City of Gold Coast in 1995.

At the 2011 Census the population was 352.[1]

Hinze Dam[edit]

Hinze Dam sits on Advancetown Lake and the Nerang River flows to and from it. Hinze Dam was first completed in 1976 (Stage 1), providing a storage of 42,400 million litres of water to surrounding residents. Since then there have been 2 significant upgrades; the first in 1989 (Stage 2) increasing the storage to 161,070 million litres of water and the second in 2011 (Stage 3) increasing the storage again to 310,730 million litres of water. It reportedly cost 395 million dollars AUD.[13] The dam is also popular with water activities.


Although The Grand Golf Club has its entrance at 364 Gilston Road in neighbouring Gilston, most of the course is in Advancetown, accessed by a bridge over the Nerang River (28°00′58″S 153°18′23″E / 28.0160°S 153.3065°E / -28.0160; 153.3065 (Grand Golf Club)). This private club has a 19-hole golf course designed by Greg Norman.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Advancetown (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 January 2013. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Advancetown - locality in City of Gold Coast (entry 48132)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  3. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Advancetown (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ a b c d "Advancetown History". City of Gold Coast Council. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  5. ^ Hinze Dam / Advancetown Lake Archived 2012-01-07 at the Wayback Machine. Seqwater. Retrieved on 3 April 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Advancetown Hotel History". Advancetown Hotel. Archived from the original on 22 May 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  7. ^ "BEECHMONT". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 13 March 1924. p. 9. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  8. ^ "ADVANCETOWN HOTEL FIRE". The South Coast Bulletin. Southport, Qld.: National Library of Australia. 14 July 1933. p. 2. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  9. ^ "ADVANCETOWN HOTEL". The South Coast Bulletin. Southport, Qld.: National Library of Australia. 23 February 1934. p. 7. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  10. ^ "PUBLIC WORKS". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 12 June 1909. p. 10. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  11. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Latimer (entry 19035)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  13. ^ "Fact Sheet Hinze Dam" (PDF). seqwater. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  14. ^ "The Grand Golf Club". The Grand Golf Club. Retrieved 22 May 2014.

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Coordinates: 28°04′S 153°16′E / 28.067°S 153.267°E / -28.067; 153.267