Gold Coast, Queensland
Hedges Avenue, 2007
|Population||4,614 (2011 census)|
|LGA(s)||City of Gold Coast|
|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.
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. In the adjacent suburb of Broadbeach Waters is the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.
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.
The suburb of Broadbeach has two shopping centres in close proximity and numerous shops and restaurants.
Pacific Fair, the second largest shopping centre on the Gold Coast is located on Hooker Boulevard in Broadbeach Waters, not far from the intersection on the Gold Coast Highway. Pacific Fair has over 300 specialty stores and four anchor stores. In January 2014 work began on re-developing and re-branding the shopping centre. $670 million is being spent on expanding the centre to cater for a 120 new specialty stores, making the centre the largest in Queensland and fourth largest in the nation.
Oasis shopping centre is the second shopping centre in the suburb has over 100 specialty stores and a Woolworths supermarket. Oasis shopping centre has a number of restaurants located on the pedestrian section of Victoria Avenue. The centre is located across the road from the beach and is one block from the Gold Coast Highway. The Oasis Monorail connects the centre with Jupiters Hotel and Casino.
Broadbeach has two main arterial roads connecting the suburb with other parts of the Gold Coast. Gold Coast Highway runs the full length of the coast and connects all coastal suburbs with Broadbeach. Hooker Boulevard, which turns into Nerang-Broadbeach Road after a roundabout in Carrara connects the suburb with Pacific Motorway which passes through Nerang as well as Nerang railway station.
Broadbeach is serviced by Translink services, a subsidiary of the Department of Transport and Main Roads who operate a integrated ticking system throughout South East Queensland. The recently opened G:link operates two stations in the suburb which connects Broadbeach with the hubs of Surfers Paradise and Southport. These are Broadbeach South Station and Broadbeach North Station. Broadbeach South bus station is the main bus station in Broadbeach, which have regular and high-frequency buses that travel to Gold Coast Airport,Nerang railway station, Tweed Heads and Robina.
A 1.3 km monorail connects the Oasis Shopping Centre with Conrad Jupiters Casino. The monorail operates from 10:00am till 6:00pm sevens days a week. The system recently re-opened in December 2014 after almost two years out of service due to maintenance issues.
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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