Carrara, Queensland

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Not to be confused with Karara, Queensland.
Gold CoastQueensland
Adelaide v Gold Coast - Carrara media facilities.jpg
Carrara Stadium during an Australian rules football game between the Gold Coast and Adelaide.
Carrara is located in Queensland
Coordinates 28°01′16″S 153°22′08″E / 28.021°S 153.369°E / -28.021; 153.369Coordinates: 28°01′16″S 153°22′08″E / 28.021°S 153.369°E / -28.021; 153.369
Population 11,569 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4211
LGA(s) Gold Coast City
State electorate(s) Gaven
Federal Division(s) Moncrieff
Suburbs around Carrara:
Highland Park Nerang Ashmore
Worongary Carrara Benowa and Broadbeach Waters
Worongary Merrimac Clear Island Waters

Carrara is a suburb of the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia on the southern bank of the Nerang River. At the 2006 Census, Carrara had a population of 10,687.[1]

It is the home of Carrara Stadium (also known as Metricon Stadium), the purpose built cricket and Australian rules football ground where the Gold Coast Suns began playing matches in 2011, as well as the Carrara Markets.

The name Carrara comes from the Aboriginal word 'Karara' meaning 'long flat'.[2]


In the 2011 Census the population of Carrara is 11,569, 51.2% female and 48.8% male.[1] The median/average age of the Carrara population is 38 years of age, 1 year above the Australian average. 66% of people living in Carrara were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 9.5%, England 5.1%, South Africa 1.3%, Japan 0.9%, Scotland 0.8%. 85% of people speak English as their first language 1.3% Japanese, 0.8% Mandarin, 0.6% German, 0.5% French, 0.5% Italian.[1]


Carrara was first used by the Manchester Cotton Company as a cotton plantation that began in the early 1860s.

Today the land is renowned for its golf courses and other sports facilities. No fewer than five golf courses are located in the area. In 1987 Japanese Daikyo Group worked on the $50 million Palm Meadows 8-hole golf course and country club.[3]

The Carrara Sports Precinct will also be the main stadia of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.


Carrara is home to Emmanuel College, a P-12, independent, co-educational, multi-denominational Christian school.

Sports and Entertainment Precinct[edit]


AFL at Carrara Stadium. Melbourne Demons vs Adelaide Crows

The Carrara Sports Precinct consists of a number of sports facilities located on Nerang-Broadbeach Road. Current facilities include Carrara Stadium and Carrara Indoor Stadium. Facilities that will be built in the future include Carrara Sport and Leisure Centre, a sports arena and a track & field warm-up facility. Majority of the new facilities will be built for the 2018 Commonwealth Games which will see Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Gymnastics as well as the opening and closing ceremonies held at the Carrara Sports Precinct. Following the games the precinct will become the Gold Coast's premier athletics facility along with AFL team the Gold Coast Football Club continuing to use Carrara Stadium as their home ground and training base.


The Carrara Entertainment Precinct is expected to be built opposite the Sports Precinct and will include a showgrounds area that will see the area host the Gold Coast Show as well as musical festivals such as Big Day Out.


  1. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Carrara (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  2. ^ Carrara History. City of Gold Coast. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  3. ^ Roberts, Greg. "Japanese inject more gold into Gold Coast". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 

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