Ashmore, Queensland

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Gold CoastQueensland
Ashmore is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°59′21″S 153°22′43″E / 27.9891°S 153.3786°E / -27.9891; 153.3786 (Ashmore (centre of suburb))
Population11,910 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,751/km2 (4,540/sq mi)
Area6.8 km2 (2.6 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s)Southport
Federal Division(s)Moncrieff
Suburbs around Ashmore:
Molendinar Southport Southport
Nerang Ashmore Southport
Carrara Benowa Bundall

Ashmore is an inner city suburb in the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Ashmore had a population of 11,910 people.[1]


In October 1887, in the area now known as Ashmore and Benowa, 5 subdivisions comprising the Benowa Estate and Plantation on the Nerang River were advertised to be auctioned by James R. Dickson.[3] A map advertising the auction states the Estate was located 4 miles to Southport bound by a good road on one side and bound by the navigable Nerang River on the other side. Extensive buildings and plant for sugar manufacturing were included in the estate.[4]

In the 1970s, Jim Donellon, a property investor from Sydney, purchased and developed a housing estate called Ashmore Village. The Ashmore Plaza Shopping Centre was developed by the late 1970s.[5]

Ashmore State School opened on 23 January 1978.[6]

Trinity Lutheran Primary School opened in Cotlew Street on 27 January 1981.[6]

The suburb was officially bounded and named Ashmore on N1 December 1982.[2]

Bellevue Park State School opened on 24 January 1983 in Southport.[6] It is now within Ashmore.[7]

Trinity Lutheran College opened on Ashmore Road as a secondary school on 28 January 1987. In 2002 it amalgamated with the Trinity Lutheran Primary School under the name Trinity Lutheran College. The early and junior year students are at the Cotlew Street campus while the middle and senior students are at the Ashmore Road campus.[6][8]

In the 2016 census, Ashmore had a population of 11,910 people.[1]


The main retail area of Ashmore is on Southport-Nerang Road, which features the Ashmore City Shopping Centre, as well as several larger stores such as Spotlight and Anaconda. The suburb features Hungry Jack's, Pizza Hut and Red Rooster opposite Ashmore Plaza.


In the 2011 census, Ashmore recorded a population of 11,586 people, 52.5% female and 47.5% male.[9] The median age of the Ashmore population was 40 years, 3 years above the national median of 37. 65.7% of people living in Ashmore were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 9.2%, England 4.9%, Japan 1.1%, Scotland 0.7%, Korea, Republic of 0.7%. 82.9% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 1.5% Japanese, 0.9% Korean, 0.6% German, 0.6% Greek, 0.5% Mandarin.[9]

Natural environment[edit]

Pre-clearing, the vegetation of Ashmore included substantial areas of blackbutt (Eucalyptus pilularis) tall open forest on lowland metamorphosed sediments. This ecosystem type is now listed as endangered with extinction in Queensland having been extensively cleared for agriculture and housing development.

The area now occupied by Royal Pines resort once supported established Eucalyptus tereticornis forests and wetlands with patches of rainforest. Jabiru, magpie geese and a variety of water birds used these wetlands which stretched from Nerang to near Burleigh Heads along the floodplain of the Nerang River Valley and Mudgeereebah and Bonogin Creeks. This ecosystem was akin to Kakadu with lagoons of lilypads, swamp rainforest and gnarled old paperbark forest filled with palms. In the 1980s prior to the development of Royal Pines resort, farmland with remnant degraded wetlands and some forest remained, and jabiru, spoonbills, magpie geese and a variety of other birds could be seen there. Development in recent decades has led to the loss of most remnant natural vegetation.


Ashmore State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Currumburra Road (27°59′21″S 153°22′53″E / 27.9891°S 153.3813°E / -27.9891; 153.3813 (Ashmore State School)).[10][11] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 894 students with 59 teachers (52 full-time equivalent) and 32 non-teaching staff (23 full-time equivalent).[12] It includes a special education program.[10]

Bellevue Park State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Sapium Road (27°59′44″S 153°23′46″E / 27.9956°S 153.3962°E / -27.9956; 153.3962 (Bellevue Park State School)).[10][13] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 636 students with 42 teachers (39 full-time equivalent) and 29 non-teaching staff (19 full-time equivalent).[12] It includes a special education program.[10]

Trinity Lutheran College is a private primary and secondary (6-12) school for boys and girls with two campuses, with the Prep-5 campus at 251 Cotlew Street (27°59′04″S 153°22′17″E / 27.9844°S 153.3714°E / -27.9844; 153.3714 (Trinity Lutheran College)) [10][14] and the 6-12 campus at 641 Ashmore Road (27°58′45″S 153°21′48″E / 27.9791°S 153.3633°E / -27.9791; 153.3633 (Trinity Lutheran College)).[10][15] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 1,082 students with 86 teachers (78 full-time equivalent) and 61 non-teaching staff (33 full-time equivalent).[12]

There is no government secondary school in Ashmore. The nearest government secondary schools are Keebra Park State High School in neighbouring Southport to the east, Benowa State High School in neighbouring Benowa to the south, and Nerang State High School in neighbouring Nerang to the west.[7]

Gold Coast Institute of TAFE also has one campus located in Ashmore. It is on the corner of Heeb Street and Benowa Road.


The Gold Coast City Council operates a fortnightly mobile library service which visits Ashmore Village Park (BMX Park) on Currumburra Road.[16]


Public Transport in Ashmore consists of six different bus routes, though no more than two cover most areas of the suburb. The number 741 bus from Australia Fair to Broadbeach South Station, runs through Ashmore on Cotlew Street, Freda Street and Heeb Street through other streets. It runs on weekdays and weekends and is often considered very unreliable and infrequent.[citation needed] The 738 is a half hourly bus service that runs between Griffith University and Broadbeach South Station and follows the number 741 bus from Heeb Street until Freda Street where it turns onto Nerang-Southport Road and continues onto Ashmore City.

Major roads in Ashmore include Cotlew Street, Ashmore Road, Currumburra Road, Heeb Street, Wardoo Street, Benowa Road and Nerang-Southport Road.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Ashmore (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Ashmore – suburb in City of Gold Coast (entry 46025)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Classified Advertising". The Queenslander. XXXII (625). Queensland, Australia. 24 September 1887. p. 504. Retrieved 30 July 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "Benowa Estate and plantation". State Library of Queensland. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Ashmore history". Gold Coast City Council. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  7. ^ a b "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  8. ^ "The Trinity Journey". Trinity Lutheran College. 24 July 2020. Archived from the original on 24 July 2020. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  9. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Ashmore (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 February 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  10. ^ a b c d e f "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Ashmore State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  12. ^ a b c "ACARA School Profile 2018". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  13. ^ "Bellevue Park State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Trinity Lutheran College". Archived from the original on 7 December 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Trinity Lutheran College". Archived from the original on 7 December 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Mobile Library 2018 timetable" (PDF). Gold Coast City Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.

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