Gilston, Queensland

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City of Gold CoastQueensland
Gilston Public Hall at Gilston, Queensland.jpg
Gilston Public Hall, 2016
Gilston is located in Queensland
Coordinates 28°01′48″S 153°18′35″E / 28.03000°S 153.30972°E / -28.03000; 153.30972Coordinates: 28°01′48″S 153°18′35″E / 28.03000°S 153.30972°E / -28.03000; 153.30972
Population 1,449 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4211
LGA(s) City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Wright
Suburbs around Gilston:
Advancetown Nerang Highland Park
Advancetown Gilston Worongary
Advancetown Advancetown Tallai

Gilston is a locality in City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.[2] According to the 2011 census it had a population of 1,449,[1] an increase of almost 900 since the previous census in 2006.[3]


The western boundary of the suburb is marked by the Nerang River.


Settlement began in the 1860s with dairying and timber being the main industries. Mr Bryant, a local storekeeper, named the district Gilston after Gilston in England.[4]

Nerang Upper Provisional School opened on 1 June 1881. In 1903, it became Gilston Provisional School. In 1908 it became Gilston State School.[5][6] The school was on Gilston Road until 1985 when increasing enrolments resulted in a new school campus being constructed in Worongary Street. In 1996, funds were raised to relocate the original school building onto the new campus.[7]

The first telephone office opened in March 1923.[8]

After engaged in fundraising since March 1930, the Gilson Hall was finally opened on Friday 16 June 1933 by Thomas Plunkett, junior, Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for the Albert. The hall was erected on the site of the old Lutheran church on Gilstone Road and was 60 by 30 feet (18.3 m × 9.1 m) with a stage and dressing rooms.[9][10][11]

Since 2014, Gilston residents have been subjected to one of the largest hoon crisis in Queensland. Despite best efforts from the Queensland Police Service to battle the ongoing eradicate behavior, many hoons continuously menace the roads endangering the public.[12][13] Many residents who oppose the hoon behaviour have been taking the law into their own hands including chasing hoon cars at high speeds to capture registration plates and vandalizing vehicles.[citation needed]

Heritage listings[edit]

Gilson has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Gilston State School, a government primary (P-6) school, is located at 588 Worongary Road (28°02′23″S 153°18′40″E / 28.039679°S 153.31101°E / -28.039679; 153.31101 (Gilston State School)).[15]


Gilston Public Hall is located at Gilston Road beside Gilston Hall Park (28°01′21″S 153°18′33″E / 28.022591°S 153.309249°E / -28.022591; 153.309249 (Gilston Public Hall)). It is used by a number of community groups. The Gold Coast City Council operates a fortnightly mobile library service which visits the public hall.[16]


The Grand Golf Club has its entrance at 364 Gilston Road but most of the course is in neighbouring Advancetown, accessed by a bridge over the Nerang River (28°00′58″S 153°18′23″E / 28.0160°S 153.3065°E / -28.0160; 153.3065 (Grand Golf Club)). This private club has a 19-hole golf course designed by Greg Norman.[17]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Gilston (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 January 2013. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Gilston (entry 46049)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  3. ^ 2006 ABS census data
  4. ^ "Gilston History". City of Gold Coast Council. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Agency ID5236, Gilston State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Gilston State School Handbook" (PDF). Gilston State School. Archived (PDF) from the original on 22 May 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Telephone at Gilston". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 5 March 1923. p. 9. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  9. ^ "GILSTON HALL". The South Coast Bulletin. Southport, Qld.: National Library of Australia. 2 June 1933. p. 5. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  10. ^ "NERANG SHIRE COUNCIL". The South Coast Bulletin. Southport, Qld.: National Library of Australia. 3 March 1933. p. 10. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  11. ^ "GILSTON PUBLIC HALL". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 19 June 1933. p. 17. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  12. ^ Doherty, Denis (7 December 2014). "Close to 1500 vehicles have been impounded during the first year of the state's tough anti-hoon laws". Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  13. ^ Tozer, Glenn (23 February 2016). "50 Days and 50 Ways – #32: Complete a full Mudgeeraba parking audit and strategy". Division 9 City of Gold Coast. Archived from the original on 6 November 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  14. ^ "The H2 HINDE TREE (Macadamia integrifolia) on Colliston (entry 602649)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  15. ^ "Queensland State and Non-State Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  16. ^ "Mobile Library 2018 timetable" (PDF). Gold Coast City Council. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  17. ^ "The Grand Golf Club". The Grand Golf Club. Retrieved 22 May 2014.

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