Clear Island Waters, Queensland

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Clear Island Waters
Gold CoastQueensland
Canal and houses 2 in Clear Island Waters, Queensland.jpg
Canal homes, 2015
Clear Island Waters is located in Queensland
Clear Island Waters
Clear Island Waters
Coordinates28°02′31″S 153°23′54″E / 28.0419°S 153.3983°E / -28.0419; 153.3983Coordinates: 28°02′31″S 153°23′54″E / 28.0419°S 153.3983°E / -28.0419; 153.3983
Population4,120 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density958/km2 (2,480/sq mi)
Area4.3 km2 (1.7 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s)Surfers Paradise
Federal Division(s)McPherson
Suburbs around Clear Island Waters:
Carrara Broadbeach Waters Broadbeach Waters
Merrimac Clear Island Waters Mermaid Waters
Robina Robina Mermaid Waters

Clear Island Waters is a suburb of the City of Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. .[2] In the 2016 census, Clear Island Waters had a population of 4,120 people.[1]


The suburb is a mid-to-high socioeconomic residential area surrounding the artificial canals of Clear Island Lake and Boobegan Creek.


The area that is now Clear Island Waters was a dairy community in the south and rural wetlands in the north in the early stages of the 20th century.

The suburb began to build a reputation as an exclusive and upper class area in 1967 when property developer Bruce Small, who became Gold Coast Mayor later that year, convinced a group of wealthy golfers to purchase his 92-acre landholding at Cypress Gardens for $43,240 to build the Surfers Paradise Golf Club.[3]

St Vincent's Primary School opened on 6 July 1949.[4]

In the 2011 census, Clear Island Waters had a population of 3,986 people.[5]

In the 2016 census, Clear Island Waters had a population of 4,120 people.[1]


Clear Island Waters is primarily a residential suburb, and most major facilities are accessible from adjacent suburbs. Surfside Buslines provide public transport throughout the city.


St Vincent's Primary School is a Catholic primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Fairway Drive (28°02′07″S 153°24′09″E / 28.0354°S 153.4025°E / -28.0354; 153.4025 (St Vincent's Primary School)) at the north-eastern end of the suburb.[6][7] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 764 students with 45 teachers (40 full-time equivalent) and 21 non-teaching staff (16 full-time equivalent).[8]

The nearest government primary school is in nearby Broadbeach and neighbouring Robina and Merrimac.[9]

There are no secondary schools in Clear Island waters. The nearest government secondary school is Merricmac State High School in neighbouring Mermaid Waters. Other nearby secondary schools are in Robina, Merrimac and Carrara.[9]


Surfers Paradise Golf Club and Merrimac Golf Course are both located in Clear Island Waters. The surrounding suburbs also contain many golf courses.


In the 2011 census, Clear Island Waters recorded a population of 3,986 people, 52.6% female and 47.4% male.[5] The median age of the Clear Island Waters population was 49 years, 12 years above the national median of 37. 56.7% of people living in Clear Island Waters were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 6.9%, New Zealand 6.8%, South Africa 2.6%, China 2.3%, Taiwan 1.6%. 75.7% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 4.3% Mandarin, 2.2% Cantonese, 1.6% Japanese, 1.2% Italian, 1% French.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Clear Island Waters (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Clear Island Waters – suburb in City of Gold Coast (entry 46039)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Discover the history of Surfers Paradise Golf Club". Surfers Paradise Golf Club. Retrieved 2 May 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  5. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Clear Island Waters (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 October 2013. Edit this at Wikidata
  6. ^ "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "St Vincent's Primary School". Archived from the original on 18 December 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ a b "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 5 March 2020.

External links[edit]

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