Jacobs Well, Queensland

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Jacobs Well
Gold CoastQueensland
Tipplers Passage Jacobs Well 2.jpg
Tipplers Passage, 2014
Jacobs Well is located in Queensland
Jacobs Well
Jacobs Well
Coordinates27°47′10″S 153°21′41″E / 27.7861°S 153.3613°E / -27.7861; 153.3613 (Jacobs Well (centre of suburb))Coordinates: 27°47′10″S 153°21′41″E / 27.7861°S 153.3613°E / -27.7861; 153.3613 (Jacobs Well (centre of suburb))
Population1,839 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density129.5/km2 (335.4/sq mi)
Area14.2 km2 (5.5 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s)Coomera
Federal division(s)Fadden
Suburbs around Jacobs Well:
Woongoolba Steiglitz Southern Moreton Bay Islands
Norwell Jacobs Well Southern Moreton Bay Islands
Pimpama Pimpama Southern Moreton Bay Islands

Jacobs Well is a coastal suburb in the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Jacobs Well had a population of 1,839 people.[1]

Jacob Wells is positioned on the delta of the Pimpama River at the southern end of Moreton Bay. It is best known for its four-lane boat ramp, Volunteer Marine Rescue facility and the surrounding sugarcane fields. It is often described as "The Gateway to Southern Moreton Bay".


Jacobs Well is bounded to the north by Steiglitz, to the east by Moreton Bay, to the south by the Pimpama River and to the west by Norwell.

Calypso Bay is a canal estate at the south-east end of Jacobs Well (27°47′38″S 153°22′30″E / 27.7940°S 153.3750°E / -27.7940; 153.3750 (Calypso Bay canal estate)), built on a former sand mining lease and the surrounding mangrove tidal land. The estate has direct boating access to The Broadwater and Moreton Bay.[citation needed]


Former Jacobs Well State School

In the late 1800s, the farming district located between the Pimpama River and the Logan River called Pimpama Island encompassed the present-day localities of Jacobs Well, Norwell, Steiglitz and Woongoolba. It was referred to as an island because there were a number of lagoons and swamps that isolated the area during the wet season; however, this disadvantage made it good land for growing sugar cane.[3]

Jacob's Well State School opened in 1920. It closed on 3 May 1974. The school then became the Jacob's Well Environmental Study Centre.[4] The school was on the corner of Behms and Pimpama-Jacobs Well Roads (27°46′57″S 153°20′06″E / 27.7824°S 153.3349°E / -27.7824; 153.3349 (Jacobs Well Environmental Education Centre)), now within the neighbouring suburb of Norwell to the west.[5][6][7]

Jacobs Well was once part of the Shire of Albert.[citation needed]

In the 2016 census, Jacobs Well had a population of 1,839 people.[1]

In February 2020, record levels of rainfall caused flooding in the Calypso Bay canal estate.[8]


There are no schools in Jacobs Well. The nearest government primary schools are Woongoolba State School in neighbouring Woongoolba to the north-west and Pimpama State Primary College in neighbouring Pimpama to the south-west. The nearest government secondary school is Pimpama State Secondary College also in Pimpama to the south-west.[9]

Despite the name, Jacobs Well Environmental Education Centre is in neighbouring Norwell.[6]


Volunteer Marine Rescue facility, 2014

Jacobs Well offers many amenities for the boating and fishing enthusiast. The Lions Park at the eastern end of Jacobs Well Road (27°46′51″S 153°22′00″E / 27.7807°S 153.3668°E / -27.7807; 153.3668 (Lions Park)) has a sandy beach facing Moreton Bay, with an enclosed swimming area, barbeque facilities and a bait & tackle shop. There is a four-lane boat ramp, pontoon, parking for cars with trailers, and camping ground.[10]

Jacobs Well Volunteer Marine Rescue operates from the Lions Park (27°46′47″S 153°21′59″E / 27.7796°S 153.3664°E / -27.7796; 153.3664 (Volunteer Marine Rescue)). It provides rescue services on Moreton Bay, the Gold Coast Broadwater and in the Coomera, Logan and Albert Rivers.[11]

The village has a doctors surgery, chemist, small supermarket, bakery, real estate agents, hair dressers, several cafes, takeaways & a tavern with restaurant.[citation needed]

Jacobs Well Community Centre is in Riesenweber Park at 3 Bay Drive (27°46′47″S 153°21′49″E / 27.7796°S 153.3635°E / -27.7796; 153.3635 (Community centre)). It is operated by the Gold Coast City Council and is available for community events.[12] The council operates a mobile library service which visits the Community Centre fortnightly.[13]

The Calypso Bay Marina is at 5 Harrigans Lane (27°47′18″S 153°22′34″E / 27.7884°S 153.3760°E / -27.7884; 153.3760 (Calypso Bay Marina)).[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Jacobs Well (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Jacobs Well – suburb in City of Gold Coast (entry 46055)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  3. ^ "Woongoolba History". City of Gold Coast Council. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  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. ^ "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Jacobs Well Environmental Education Centre". Archived from the original on 24 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  7. ^ "History". Jacobs Well Environmental Education Centre. 30 October 2020. Archived from the original on 8 March 2021. Retrieved 19 December 2021.
  8. ^ "Swathes of Gold Coast vulnerable to rising sea levels as global hotspots identified". ABC News. 21 March 2020. Archived from the original on 22 June 2021. Retrieved 19 December 2021.
  9. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 19 December 2021.
  10. ^ "Boating facilities in Queensland — Brisbane" (PDF). Marine Safety Queensland. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 March 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  11. ^ "About us". Volunteer Marine Rescue Jacobs Well. VMR Jacobs Well Assn Inc. Archived from the original on 15 April 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  12. ^ "Jacobs Well Community Centre". Gold Coast City Council. Archived from the original on 19 December 2021. Retrieved 19 December 2021.
  13. ^ "Mobile Library 2018 timetable" (PDF). Gold Coast City Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.

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