Miami, Queensland

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Gold CoastQueensland
Nobby Beach.jpg
Nobby Beach at Miami, looking north towards Surfers Paradise
Population6,843 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density2,300/km2 (5,900/sq mi)
Area3 km2 (1.2 sq mi)
LGA(s)City of Gold Coast (Division 12)
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Moncrieff
Suburbs around Miami:
Mermaid Waters Mermaid Beach Coral Sea
Robina Miami Coral Sea
Burleigh Waters Burleigh Heads Coral Sea

Miami is a coastal suburb on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. Miami is located along the Gold Coast Highway, 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) south of Surfers Paradise and 17 kilometres (11 mi) north of the Queensland / New South Wales border at Coolangatta/Tweed Heads. It is part of the City of Gold Coast local government area. The town of North Burleigh is located within the suburb (28°03′55″S 153°26′34″E / 28.0652°S 153.4427°E / -28.0652; 153.4427 (North Burleigh)).[2]


Miami Swamp next to Hotel Miami, 1935

The history of Miami can be dated back to the early 1920s when prospective investors were looking over plans for a new real estate development called ‘Miami Shore’ at North Burleigh. The investors built their wooden or fibro bungalows on estates such as this, or rented their cottages to holiday makers. They could also stay in the Hotel Miami which opened in 1925 by E. H. Berry. After the Great Depression, the community developed with construction of tennis courts and the Pizzey Park Sporting Complex. The Miami State High School opened in 1963.

Australian Musician John Farnham's 1988 music video for the top-10 song "Two Strong Hearts" was filmed outside the famous "Miami Ice" factory at 2015 Gold Coast Highway, Miami.[3]

Heritage listings[edit]

Merrimac has a number of heritage sites, including:

  • 2171 Gold Coast Highway: Miami State High School Sign [4]


Miami is a predominantly residential suburb with a population profile older than the state average. At the 2016 Australian Census the suburb recorded a population of 6,843.[1] Its commercial activity is mainly confined to the Gold Coast Highway and there is some light industry around Christine Avenue. It has an average salary of A$32,700 and 7.2% unemployment. (2003 ABS statistics).

Proportion of Population (2003)
Age Suburb of Miami Queensland Average
Up to 14 years 13.6% 20.8%
15 to 44 years 45.6% 43.4%
45 to 64 years 24.8% 24.0%
65 years plus 16.0% 11.9%


Miami State High School

The Gold Coast Highway runs north to south through Miami, with Christine Avenue and Pacific Avenue connecting to the west. The nearest train station is located at Robina, approximately 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) west of Miami.

The Gold Coast Airport is approximately 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) south of Miami.

Miami has two high frequency bus service that run at intervals of 8–15 minutes during peak times. Buses that travel through the suburb are: 700 Broadbeach South - Tweed Heads (the 700 gets extend to the Gold Coast University Hospital between 12am-5am weekdays), 777 Broadbeach South - Gold Coast Airport (777 is an express bus route) and the TX1 Tweed Heads - Dream World (TX1 is a theme park express service only). All bus services on the Gold Coast are provided by Surfside Buslines under contract by Translink, a subsidiary of the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Sport and recreation[edit]

Pizzey Park Lake in Miami

Pizzey Park is a major Gold Coast sporting and recreational located at 80 Pacific Avenue.[5]

A number of well-known sporting teams represent the local area, including the Burleigh Bears and Miami Beach Surf Life Saving Club.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Miami (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 February 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "North Burleigh - town in City of Gold Coast (entry 47764)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  3. ^ John Farnham – Two Strong Hearts. YouTube music video. Retrieved on 17 January 2013.
  4. ^ Gold Coast Local Heritage Register - A to M, pp. 77-78
  5. ^ "Pizzey Park". Gold Coast City Council. Retrieved 13 July 2014.


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Coordinates: 28°04′2″S 153°26′13″E / 28.06722°S 153.43694°E / -28.06722; 153.43694