Burleigh Waters, Queensland

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Burleigh Waters
Gold CoastQueensland
Burleigh Waters is located in Queensland
Burleigh Waters
Burleigh Waters
Coordinates28°05′15″S 153°26′08″E / 28.0875°S 153.4355°E / -28.0875; 153.4355 (Burleigh Waters (centre of suburb))Coordinates: 28°05′15″S 153°26′08″E / 28.0875°S 153.4355°E / -28.0875; 153.4355 (Burleigh Waters (centre of suburb))
Population14,310 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density2,136/km2 (5,530/sq mi)
Postcode(s)4220
Area6.7 km2 (2.6 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)McPherson
Suburbs around Burleigh Waters:
Robina Mermaid Waters Miami
Varsity Lakes Burleigh Waters Burleigh Heads
Burleigh Heads Burleigh Heads Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Waters is a suburb in the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Burleigh Waters had a population of 14,310 people.[1]

Geography[edit]

Burleigh Waters lies within the Gold Coast Electorate Division 12 which also includes Burleigh Heads, Burleigh Waters, Andrews, Stephens and Reedy Creek. In south is Marymount College as well as two large shopping centres.

The Gold Coast canal and waterway system network allows access form Burleigh Waters to The Broadwater and the Pacific Ocean. Five lakes have been created and named in Burleigh Waters. These are Lake Heron (28°04′47″S 153°25′34″E / 28.0798°S 153.4261°E / -28.0798; 153.4261 (Lake Heron)), Miami Lake (28°04′37″S 153°26′12″E / 28.0769°S 153.4366°E / -28.0769; 153.4366 (Miami Lake)), Swan Lake (28°05′20″N 153°25′52″E / 28.0888°N 153.4312°E / 28.0888; 153.4312 (Swan Lake)), Pelican Lake (28°04′48″S 153°26′17″E / 28.0800°S 153.4380°E / -28.0800; 153.4380 (Pelican Lake)) and Burleigh Lake (28°05′16″S 153°26′27″E / 28.0877°S 153.4408°E / -28.0877; 153.4408 (Burleigh Lake)).[3][4][5][6] The canal system is tidal, and during years of heavy rains and flood, homes on the Burleigh Waters canal can face flooding.

Stephens Swamp is a wetland (28°05′20″S 153°25′43″E / 28.0888°S 153.4286°E / -28.0888; 153.4286 (Stephens Swamp)).[7]

There is a foot-and-cycle bridge between Dunlin Drive Link Park across Burleigh Lake to Burleigh Lake Park (28°05′30″S 153°26′14″E / 28.0918°S 153.4372°E / -28.0918; 153.4372 (foot bridge)).[8]

History[edit]

Stephens Swamp was at 28°05′20″S 153°25′43″E / 28.0888°S 153.4286°E / -28.0888; 153.4286 (Stephens Swamp) and occupied much of present-day Burleigh Waters into the 1990s.[9] It was named after Thomas Blacket Stephens, a local landholder who drained a lot of swampland starting in 1861.[10]

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 BMD Group during the late 1970s.[11] The Hooker Corporation collapsed and Mr Power's BMD Group was paid out at 60c in the dollar a few years later.[12] Privately built homes were being constructed by the time Pacific Fair opened in 1977[13] and continued with the expansion of the suburb. As a result of drainage and land reclamation, Stephens Swamp was eventually replaced by a series of man-made lakes that gives the suburb its name.[14]

The suburb of Burleigh Waters was officially named and bounded on 1 June 1981. The name Burleigh is taken from Burleigh Head, originally named Burly Head by surveyor James Warner in 1840. [2]

Marymount College opened in 1967.[15]

Caningeraba State School opened on 27 January 1987.[15]

The Burleigh Waters Library opened in 1991.[16]

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. In February 2003, a Burleigh Waters man was fatally attacked in shallow canal waters by a bull whaler shark.[17] 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.[17]

At the 2011 census, Burleigh Waters had a population of 13,868.[18]

In the 2016 census, Burleigh Waters had a population of 14,310 people.[1]

Demographics[edit]

In the 2011 census, Burleigh Waters recorded a population of 13,868 people, 52.3% female and 47.7% male.[18] The median age of the Burleigh Waters population was 40 years, 3 years above the national median of 37. 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 spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.6% Japanese, 0.6% Spanish, 0.5% German, 0.5% Cantonese, 0.5% Italian.[18]

Education[edit]

Caningeraba State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Whistler Drive (28°05′07″S 153°25′49″E / 28.0853°S 153.4302°E / -28.0853; 153.4302 (Caningeraba State School)).[19][20] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 1112 students with 77 teachers (68 full-time equivalent) and 37 non-teaching staff (23 full-time equivalent).[21] It includes a special education program.[22]

Marymount Primary School is a Catholic primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 261-283 Reedy Creek Road (28°06′04″S 153°25′46″E / 28.1010°S 153.4294°E / -28.1010; 153.4294 (Marymount Primary School)).[22][23] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 998 students with 59 teachers (51 full-time equivalent) and 38 non-teaching staff (25 full-time equivalent).[21]

Marymount College is a Catholic secondary (7-12) school for boys and girls at 261-283 Reedy Creek Road (28°06′05″S 153°25′49″E / 28.1015°S 153.4304°E / -28.1015; 153.4304 (Marymount College)).[22][24] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 1,225 students with 98 teachers (93 full-time equivalent) and 52 non-teaching staff (39 full-time equivalent).[21]

There is no government secondary school in Burleigh Waters. The nearest government secondary schools are Miami State High School in neighbouring Miami to the north-east and Varsity College in neighbouring Varsity Lakes to the west.[6]

Amenities[edit]

The Gold Coast City Council operates a public library at the corner of Christine Avenue and Galeen Drive.[25]

Burleigh Town Post Office is in the Stockland Burleigh Heads shopping centre on Reedy Creek Road (28°05′52″S 153°26′28″E / 28.0977°S 153.4410°E / -28.0977; 153.4410 (Burleigh Town Post Office)).[26] Burleigh Post Shop is at 6 Classic Way (28°05′58″S 153°25′26″E / 28.0995°S 153.4240°E / -28.0995; 153.4240 (Burleigh Post Shop)).[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Burleigh Waters (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Burleigh Waters – suburb in City of Gold Coast (entry 46035)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Miami Lake – lake in City of Gold Coast (entry 21749)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Pelican Lake – lake in City of Gold Coast (entry 26346)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Burleigh Lake – lake in City of Gold Coast (entry 5367)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  7. ^ "Stephens Swamp – wetland in City of Gold Coast (entry 32346)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  8. ^ "Foot bridges - Queensland". Queensland Open Data. Queensland Government. 22 October 2020. Archived from the original on 16 November 2020. Retrieved 3 November 2020.
  9. ^ "9541-11322 Stephens Swamp 22" (Map). Queensland Government. 1992. Archived from the original on 16 November 2020. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  10. ^ "Stephens Swamp – wetland in City of Gold Coast (entry 32346)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  11. ^ "Low-profile boss thinks big". THE COURIER-MAIL. 12 July 2007. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  12. ^ "Beachfront buy smashes record". Gold Coast News. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  13. ^ "Gold Coast history: 1961-1980". Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  14. ^ "Burleigh Waters". Queensland Places. University of Queensland. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  15. ^ a b Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  16. ^ "Queensland Public Libraries Statistical Bulletin 2016-2017" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. November 2017. p. 13. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  17. ^ a b "Warnings over canal waterways after shark attack". The Sun-Herald. 9 February 2003. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  18. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Burleigh Waters (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 June 2015. Edit this at Wikidata
  19. ^ "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  20. ^ "Caningeraba State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  21. ^ a b c "ACARA School Profile 2018". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  22. ^ a b c "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  23. ^ "Marymount Primary School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  24. ^ "Marymount College". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  25. ^ "Burleigh Waters Branch Library". Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. 16 October 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  26. ^ a b "Community facilities - Queensland". Queensland Open Data. Queensland Government. 22 October 2020. Archived from the original on 23 October 2020. Retrieved 23 October 2020.

External links[edit]

  • "Burleigh Waters". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland.