Varsity Lakes, Queensland

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Varsity Lakes
Gold CoastQueensland
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Varsity Lakes, 2007
Varsity Lakes is located in Queensland
Varsity Lakes
Varsity Lakes
Coordinates28°05′21″S 153°24′42″E / 28.0891°S 153.4116°E / -28.0891; 153.4116 (Varsity Lakes (centre of suburb))Coordinates: 28°05′21″S 153°24′42″E / 28.0891°S 153.4116°E / -28.0891; 153.4116 (Varsity Lakes (centre of suburb))
Population15,026 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density2,547/km2 (6,600/sq mi)
Elevation5 m (16 ft)
Area5.9 km2 (2.3 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)McPherson
Suburbs around Varsity Lakes:
Robina Robina Miami
Mudgeeraba Varsity Lakes Burleigh Waters
Reedy Creek Burleigh Heads Burleigh Heads

Varsity Lakes is a suburb in the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Varsity Lakes had a population of 15,026 people.[1]

The suburb was originally known as Stephens, but in 2002, Stephens, Andrews and a section of Robina were amalgamated to form the new suburb of Varsity Lakes.[3]


The suburb is bounded to the west by the Pacific Motorway, to the south by Reedy Creek Road, and to the east by Mattocks Road and Bermuda Street.[4]

The Gold Coast railway line enters the suburb from the north-west (Robina) and runs immediately parallel and east of the motorway where the line terminates at Varsity Lakes railway station (28°05′50″S 153°23′57″E / 28.0971°S 153.3993°E / -28.0971; 153.3993 (Varsity Lakes railway station)).[5]


In 1873, former Mayor of Brisbane Thomas Blacket Stephens[6] purchased 6980 acres of swampy Gold Coast hinterland and began to drain the swamp to develop dairying naming his first dairy Hill View. His son William Stephens continued the drainage work and established the dairy Merrimac.[7][8]

In 1981 a southern section of the estate was officially named Stephens in 1981 in honour of Thomas Blacket Stephens.[3]

In 1999 the area between Stephens and Robina was purchased by Delfin Lend Lease and a real estate development known as Varsity Lakes began. Man-made lakes named Lake Orr and Lake Azzura were created and residential development followed.[9]

In 2002 the suburbs of Stephens, Andrews and a portion of Robina to create a new suburb named Varsity Lakes after the development.[3]

In the 2011 census, Varsity Lakes recorded a population of 14,366 people, 52.2% female and 47.8% male. The median age of the Varsity Lakes population was 32 years, 5 years below the national median of 37. 61.1% of people living in Varsity Lakes were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 8.1%, England 4.8%, China 1.8%, South Africa 1.7%, Malaysia 1%. 76.8% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 2.3% Mandarin, 1.7% Cantonese, 1.1% Japanese, 1% Korean, 0.9% Arabic. The top responses for religious groups in Varsity Lakes by size were ; Roman Catholic - 23.4%, Anglican - 16%, Uniting Church - 4.3%, Non-denominational Christian - 3.9%, Presbyterian - 3.1% and Buddhism - 2.3%. Remaining religions make up for less than two percent individually while "no religion" comprised 24.8%.[10]

In the 2016 census, Varsity Lakes had a population of 15,026 people.[1]

Between 2016 and 2017, Varsity Lakes saw an 11 per cent increase in median property sale price.[11]

Arcadia College was a private secondary (7-12) school for boys and girls at 1 Bellevue Drive (28°04′46″S 153°24′31″E / 28.0795°S 153.4087°E / -28.0795; 153.4087 (Arcadia College)).[12][13] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 188 students with 20 teachers (19 full-time equivalent) and 9 non-teaching staff (7 full-time equivalent).[14] In January 2021, the school relocated to 12 Centreline Place, Robina.[15]


Varsity College is a government primary and secondary (Prep-12) school for boys and girls.[12][16] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 3,269 students with 243 teachers (223 full-time equivalent) and 107 non-teaching staff (80 full-time equivalent).[14] It includes a special education program.[12] The school has two sites:[17]

The suburb is also served by two other primary schools: Caningeraba State School in neighbouring Burleigh Waters to the east and Robina State School in neighbouring Robina to the north-west. It is also served by Miami State High School in neighbouring Miami to the north-east.[4]


Varsity Lakes offers several churches for Christianity. These churches include:


Lake Orr and houses, 2015

Market Square[edit]

Market Square offers a range of retail to the Varsity Lakes community. Major chains such as Subway, Night Owl and IGA are all located in Market Square. Market Square also offers banks, beauty salons, bottle shops, chemists, dental care, gyms, real estates, restaurants and taverns.[citation needed]

Christine Corner[edit]

Christine Corner is another retail area located in Varsity Lakes which includes a second Subway, a second Night Owl, bakeries, beauty salons, betting agencies, bottle shops, medical centres, newsagents, petrol stations, restaurants, taverns and vets.[citation needed]

Sporting Facilities[edit]

Majority of sporting facilities in Varsity Lakes are present in both the primary and secondary school campuses. Frascott Park also offers grass ovals and a basketball ring.[citation needed] Public facilities include:

Sports House[edit]

The Varsity Lakes Sports House is a precinct for water sports opened in 2012 and was created by Delphin Lend Lease, Gold Coast City Council and Varsity Lakes Community Limited. The centre is based on Lake Orr and has a heavy emphasis on Rowing but also caters for Canoeing, Kayaking, Sailing and Dragon Boating.[citation needed]

Skate Park[edit]

In 2008, the Varsity Lakes Skate Park (officially known as Janette Green Park) underwent a $1 million revamp. On 17 March 2009 skating legend Tony Hawk visited the skate park and commented "We just go wherever the skate parks are and you've got a great skate park here."[18]

Central Park[edit]

Central Park offers undercover gym facilities, a grass oval with Australian rules football posts and basketball courts. In December 2017, an undercover outdoor gym was opened at Central Park which includes a basketball court fitted with lights allowing for nighttime use.[19]

Community Centre[edit]

The Varsity Lakes Community Centre regularly hosts sporting group activities; including aerobics, fitness, walking and table tennis.[20]

Public transport[edit]

Varsity Lakes Railway Station

Varsity Lakes is serviced by two forms of public transport. Surfside Buslines operate a number of services though the suburb that connect Varsity Lakes to Robina, Broadbeach and Tweed Heads. Queensland Rail operates a City Train line that runs from Central Railway Station, Brisbane though to the Gold Coast, terminating at Varsity Lakes Railway Station. Trains depart the station every half-hour and operate until late, seven days a week. Both Queensland Rail and Surfside Buslines are under contract by Translink who operate an integrated ticketing system throughout South East Queensland.[citation needed]


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  2. ^ "Varsity Lakes – suburb in City of Gold Coast (entry 46094)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 7 March 2022.
  3. ^ a b c City of Gold Coast (21 January 2013), Andrews History, archived from the original on 21 March 2020, retrieved 12 September 2020
  4. ^ a b "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 11 March 2022.
  5. ^ "Railway stations and sidings - Queensland". Queensland Open Data. Queensland Government. 2 October 2020. Archived from the original on 5 October 2020. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  6. ^ Australian History Publishing Co (1936), Queensland and Queenslanders : incorporating 'Prominent Queenslanders', Australian History Publishing Co, p. 270, archived from the original on 2 October 2015, retrieved 1 October 2015 — available online Archived 16 February 2017 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Merrimac history". Gold Coast City Council. Archived from the original on 4 April 2020. Retrieved 27 September 2020.
  8. ^ "History". Merrimac State High School. 8 January 2019. Archived from the original on 27 September 2020. Retrieved 27 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Varsity Lakes". Gold Coast Property Sales & Rentals. 1 May 2019. Archived from the original on 27 September 2020. Retrieved 27 September 2020.
  10. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Varsity Lakes (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 March 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  11. ^ Domain (2017), The fastest growing suburbs on the Gold Coast aren’t what you’d expect,, archived from the original on 17 September 2018, retrieved 1 October 2018
  12. ^ a b c "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Arcadia College". Archived from the original on 5 March 2022. Retrieved 11 March 2022.
  14. ^ a b "ACARA School Profile 2018". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Archived from the original on 27 August 2020. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  15. ^ "Changes to the Register of Non-State Schools (Qld)" (PDF). Non-State Schools Accreditation Board. 27 January 2021. p. 1. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 March 2022. Retrieved 11 March 2022.
  16. ^ "Varsity College". Varsity College. 3 September 2019. Archived from the original on 15 April 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2022.
  17. ^ "Campuses". Varsity College. 17 December 2019. Archived from the original on 3 March 2022. Retrieved 11 March 2022.
  18. ^ Campbell, Jack (18 March 2009). "Tony Hawk wows his fans". Gold Coast Bulletin. Archived from the original on 21 March 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  19. ^ Robbemond, Amanda (22 December 2017). "20 CCTV cameras installed throughout Gold Coast CBD and suburb". Gold Coast Bulletin. Archived from the original on 5 January 2018. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  20. ^ "Varsity Lakes Community Resource Centre - Activities & Programs". Archived from the original on 26 February 2018. Retrieved 21 January 2018.

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