Wongawallan, Queensland

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Wongawallan Creek
Wongawallan is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°53′17″S 153°14′15″E / 27.88806°S 153.23750°E / -27.88806; 153.23750Coordinates: 27°53′17″S 153°14′15″E / 27.88806°S 153.23750°E / -27.88806; 153.23750
Population1,103 (2011 census)[1]
LGA(s)City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Forde
Suburbs around Wongawallan:
Cedar Creek Kingsholme Willowvale
Cedar Creek Wongawallan Upper Coomera
Tamborine Mountain Gunanaba Maudsland

Wongawallan is a rural locality in City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.[2]


Wongawallan is mountainous terrain with most farming and residential development occurring the creek valleys. The hilltops are largely undeveloped. The main creeks are Wongawallan Creek and Tamborine Creek. Tamborine Creek joins Wongawallan creek at 27°53′59″S 153°15′00″E / 27.89972°S 153.25000°E / -27.89972; 153.25000 (Tamborine Creek) close to Welch Pioneer Park.[3] Wongawallan Creek is a tributary of the Coomera River; their confluence is in neighbouring Maudsland.

The Tamborine-Oxenford Road is the main road to and through the locality.


The area was originally named Mount Goulburn after Henry Goulburn by surveyor Dixon. However, later it was renamed Wongawallan, believed to be an Aboriginal word where wonga means pigeon and walla means water.[4]

However, it has been claimed that it was named after an Aboriginal man nicknamed "Peter" who killed John Wilkinson, a settler, at Wongawallan Creek in 1876.,[5] but contemporaneous newspaper reports of the death of Wilkinson only refer to the Aboriginal man as "Peter".[6][7][8][9][10][11]

In the 2011 census, Wongawallan had a population of 1,103 people.[1]

Heritage listings[edit]

There are a number of heritage-listed sites in Wongawallan, including:

  • Welch Pioneer Park, 881 Tamborine-Oxenford Road: Grave of Elizabeth Welch [12]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Wongawallan (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 April 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Wongawallan (entry 46096)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Tamborine Creek (entry 33233)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Wongawallan History". History of our suburbs. City of Gold Coast Council. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Wongawallan". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 23 May 1931. p. 17. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Upper Coomera". The Queenslander. National Library of Australia. 5 August 1876. p. 6. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  7. ^ "The Brisbane Courier". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 7 August 1876. p. 2. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  8. ^ "City Police Court". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 2 February 1877. p. 3. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  9. ^ "BRISBANE". The Darling Downs Gazette and General Advertiser. Toowoomba, Qld.: National Library of Australia. 24 February 1877. p. 5. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Telegraphic". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 12 March 1877. p. 2. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  11. ^ "LOGAN AND ALBERT". The Queenslander. National Library of Australia. 15 March 1879. p. 327. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  12. ^ Gold Coast Local Heritage Register - A to M, pp. 45-46


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