Mermaid Beach, Queensland

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Mermaid Beach
Gold CoastQueensland
Mermaid Beach, Queensland looking North.jpg
Mermaid Beach, looking North
Mermaid Beach is located in Queensland
Mermaid Beach
Mermaid Beach
Coordinates28°02′54″S 153°26′13″E / 28.0483°S 153.4369°E / -28.0483; 153.4369Coordinates: 28°02′54″S 153°26′13″E / 28.0483°S 153.4369°E / -28.0483; 153.4369
Population6,533 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density4,360/km2 (11,300/sq mi)
Postcode(s)4218
Area1.5 km2 (0.6 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s)Mermaid Beach
Federal division(s)Moncrieff
Suburbs around Mermaid Beach:
Broadbeach Waters Broadbeach Coral Sea
Mermaid Waters Mermaid Beach Coral Sea
Mermaid Waters Miami Coral Sea

Mermaid Beach is a coastal suburb on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Mermaid Beach had a population of 6,533.[1]

Nobby Beach is a neighbourhood in the south of the suburb (28°03′32″S 153°26′29″E / 28.0589°S 153.4414°E / -28.0589; 153.4414 (Nobby Beach)).[3]

Geography[edit]

Real estate map of Gem of the Pacific Estate, circa 1920

The suburb is bounded to the west by the artificial canals of adjacent Mermaid Waters and to the east by the Pacific Ocean. To the north is the suburb of Broadbeach, to the south Miami. The Gold Coast Highway passes through Mermaid Beach.

The Gold Coast Oceanway (a pedestrian path) travels along Hedges Avenue.[4]

History[edit]

Real estate map of Ocean View Estate (now Mermaid Beach), circa 1920

Mermaid Beach receives its name from the cutter HMS Mermaid. Explorer John Oxley sailed aboard the Mermaid in 1823 when he discovered the nearby Tweed and Brisbane rivers.[2]

Mermaid Beach was used during World War II by US servicemen, and was named Los Angeles Beach as well as Miami Beach to the south.

Circa 1924, 70 allotments were advertised as "Mermaid Beach Estate" located at Mermaid Beach and Broadbeach to be auctioned by R. G. Oates Estates. The estate map has 3 estates for sale at Mermaid Beach and Broadbeach. The estates were divided in two by the "New Coastal Road" running through the Gold Coast.[5][6]

St James' Anglican Church was dedicated on 11 November 1977 by Assistant Bishop Ralph Wicks. Its closure on 15 August 1993 was approved by Assistant Bishop Ron Williams.[7]

At the 2011 Census, Mermaid Beach had a population of 5,722.

Education[edit]

There are no schools in Mermaid Beach but there are primary schools in neighbouring Broadbeach and Mermaid Waters and a secondary school in Mermaid Waters.[8]

Amenities[edit]

The Mermaid Beach branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at QCWA Hall at 43 Ventura Road (28°02′27″S 153°26′05″E / 28.0407°S 153.4346°E / -28.0407; 153.4346 (Mermaid Beach CWA Hall)).[9]

Other community groups include:

  • Mermaid Beach Surf Life Saving Club[10]
  • Nobby Beach Surf Life Saving Club[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Mermaid Beach (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Mermaid Beach (suburb) (entry 46061)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Nobby Beach – neighbourhood in the City of Gold Coast (entry 39209)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  4. ^ Millionaires Mile Archived 2006-08-21 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Mermaid Beach Estate". c. 1924. hdl:10462/deriv/253870. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ "MARKET QUIET". Daily Mail. No. 6827. Queensland, Australia. 15 January 1924. p. 12. Retrieved 26 February 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "Closed Anglican Churches". Anglican Church South Queensland. Archived from the original on 3 April 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Branch Locations". Queensland Country Women's Association. Archived from the original on 26 December 2018. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Mermaid Beach Surf Club" (in Australian English). Retrieved 27 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "Nobbys Beach Surf Club". Nobbys Beach Surf Club (in Australian English). Retrieved 27 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

External links[edit]

  • "Mermaid Beach". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland.