Yatala, Queensland

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Gold Coast CityQueensland
Yatala BigPie.jpg
The Big Pie sign, 2008
Population1,346 (2011 census)[1]
Location39 km (24 mi) south of Brisbane CBD
LGA(s)City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s)Coomera
Federal Division(s)Forde
Suburbs around Yatala:
Mount Warren Park Beenleigh Eagleby
Windaroo Yatala Stapylton
Luscombe Ormeau

Yatala is a suburb in the outer northern area of City of Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.[2]

Surrounding suburbs of Yatala include Beenleigh, Windaroo, and Stapylton. Yatala and adjoining suburbs are located near the confluence of the Albert River, which is at the northern end of the suburb.


A property on the Albert River was acquired by a South Australian who named the property after Yatala Harbor near Port Augusta, South Australia.[3] The word is presumed to be from the Kaurna Aboriginal word 'yertalla', meaning water running by the side of a river.[4][5] As a place name it specifically referred to the inundation of the usually-dry plain either side of Dry Creek in South Australia after heavy rain.


Since 2006 development has been rapidly occurring within the suburb, with over 300 businesses now established within its boundaries.[6] This type of urban development is predicted to eventually encompass all the semi-rural land currently separating the Brisbane Metropolitan Area and Gold Coast City. Currently, there is approximately 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) of this land remaining between the two cities.


In 1988, Bernie Powers operating as Power's Brewery opened a new brewery in Yatala on a site bounded by Cuthbert Drive (and the Pacific Motorway) to the east, Darlington Drive to the north and Pearson Road to the west (27°45′18″N 153°14′05″E / 27.75493°N 153.23486°E / 27.75493; 153.23486).[7] Powers entered a joint venture with Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) in 1992 and then sold completely to them in 1993. For CUB, it provided a modern efficient plant on a large site, ideal for their northern brewing operations. By 2010, CUB had expanded by the plant to over 20 times its original size, enabling it to produce one quarter of Australia's beer.[8]

Yatala is the base for Supercar team Matt Stone Racing, and was previously the base for Stone Brothers Racing and later Erebus Motorsport.[9][10]

Kanga Loaders, a heavy machinery manufacturer, are headquartered in Yatala.


Yatala is home to the Yatala Pie Shop which claims to have been "a landmark in the Yatala area" for "more than 130 years" as of 2011.[11] The restaurant is considered a common stop-over for travellers between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.[12]

There are no permanent public libraries in the vicinity of Yatala (Yatala residents are ineligible to use the nearby Beenleigh public library as it is operated by the Logan City Council), however the Gold Coast City Council operates a mobile library which regularly visits the nearby suburb of Ormeau.


Yatala is linked to both Beenleigh and Ormeau railway stations by bus routes 728 and 729, operated by Surfside Buslines.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Yatala (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 February 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Yatala - suburb in Gold Coast City (entry 46098)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Yatala". QueenslandPlaces.com.au. Centre for the Government of Queensland. Archived from the original on 1 March 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Place Names of South Australia - XYZ (Yatala)". State Library of South Australia. Archived from the original on 12 March 2007. Retrieved 28 February 2007.
  5. ^ Chapter 12 'Weeding Out Spurious Etymologies: Toponyms On The Adelaide Plains Archived 10 August 2019 at the Wayback Machine' (Rob Amery) in: Luise Hercus; Flavia Hodges; Jane Simpson, eds. (March 2009). The Land is a Map: Placenames of Indigenous Origin in Australia. ANU Press. p. 165-180. ISBN 9781921536571. Yatala most likely derives from yertalla 'water running by the side of a river; inundation; cascade'. As Manning (1986:238) observes 'in winter when water flowed from the hills, over the plains, the Dry Creek area became a morass'.
  6. ^ "Yatala enterprise area leads industrial growth". Brisbane Business News. March 2009. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  7. ^ "1980s". History. Carlton & United Breweries. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Yatala Brewery". Brew & Brewer Magazine. Archived from the original on 28 March 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  9. ^ Jim Stone's son starts V8 Supercars team Archived 20 December 2016 at the Wayback Machine Speedcafe 3 February 2011
  10. ^ Erebus to close Queensland workshop Archived 20 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine Speedcafe 11 December 2015
  11. ^ "About Yatala Pies". Yatala Pies. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  12. ^ Yatala Pie Shoppe - just south of Brisbane Archived 4 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine — Around Oz

Coordinates: 27°45′04″S 153°13′03″E / 27.7511°S 153.2175°E / -27.7511; 153.2175