Carrara, Queensland

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Gold CoastQueensland
Hickey Way Carrara, Queensland.jpg
Hickey Way, 2015
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 12,060 (2016 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4211
LGA(s) Gold Coast City
State electorate(s)
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 in the City of Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.[2] At the 2016 Census, Carrara had a population of 12,060.[1]


Carrara is on the southern bank of the Nerang River.

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'.[3]

Carrara was first used by the Manchester Cotton Company as a cotton plantation that began in the early 1860s.[4]


In the 2016 census, Carrara recorded a population of 12,060 people, 51.3% female and 48.7% male.[1]

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.6% of the population.
  • The median age of the Carrara population was 42 years, 4 years above the national median of 38.
  • 67.2% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were New Zealand 8.3%, England 4.8%, South Africa 1.3% and Japan 1.0%.
  • 83.3% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Japanese 1.5% and Mandarin 1.3%.
  • The most common responses for religion were No Religion 29.8%, Catholic 22.8% and Anglican 16.4%.[1]


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

Notable Residents[edit]

Gary Grigsby, "one of the founding fathers of strategy war games for the PC"[5], lives in the esteemed Grigsby Manor in Carrara.

Ronald Grigsby, "Garys father, fought in WW2 at Dunkirk and had the nickname Grigs"[6], lived in the esteemed Grigsby Manor in Carrara till 2007.

Sports and Entertainment Precinct[edit]

Carrara Stadium during an Australian rules football game between Gold Coast and Adelaide.

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 18-hole golf course and country club.[7]

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


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 (27 June 2017). "Carrara (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 February 2018.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Carrara - suburb in City of Gold Coast (entry 46036)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 29 June 2017. 
  3. ^ Carrara History. City of Gold Coast. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Carrara History". History of our suburbs. City of Gold Coast. Archived from the original on 25 July 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Interview with Gary Grigsby, Developer of SSI's Steel Panthers". Retrieved 2017-08-29. 
  6. ^ "Interview with Gary Grigsby, Developer of SSI's Steel Panthers". Retrieved 2017-08-29. 
  7. ^ Roberts, Greg. "Japanese inject more gold into Gold Coast". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 

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