Broadbeach is a suburb in the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. At the 2011 Census, Broadbeach had a population of 4,614
Development in the area today mostly incorporates low rise structures, consisting of single bedroom houses and apartment blocks. Much of the suburb consists of canal waterways, including Lake Intrepid that are linked to the Nerang River.
The suburb contains a major road intersection between Nerang – Broadbeach Road and the Gold Coast Highway.
The Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival, held in May each year is one of Australia’s largest Free Blues Festivals which began in 2002 and continues to draw significant crowds each year, while remaining a free outdoor event for people of all ages to attend. Broadbeach also hosts other significant including the Broadbeach Country Music Festival (July), Broadbeach Jazz Weekend (August), Opera in the Park, Broadbeach Christmas Carols with all events remaining free.
The Broadbeach Surf Life Saving Club patrols the beach in the centre of the suburb. Representing the suburb in the AFL Queensland State League and having its home ground at Merrimac Oval is the Broadbeach Australian Football Club. Other facilities include the Broadbeach Lawn Bowls Club, the Broadbeach Surfschool which provides surfing lessons, and the Gold Coast City Council Library Service.
The Oracle, 2013
The area is also home to The Star Gold Coast, the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre and the Oasis Shopping Centre. Broadbeach Alliance manage the precinct and present annual events and festivals such as Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival and the Broadbeach Jazz Festival. In the adjacent suburb of Broadbeach Waters is the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.
Well known apartment blocks include Sofitel Gold Coast, The Wave, The Oracle, Beach Haven, Niecon Plaza, the Hi-Ho Motel, Belle Maison, Bel Air and Air on Broadbeach. While residential housing lots were selling successfully in the state government developed Broadbeach township from 1934, and the area had good bitumen roads that were described as ‘speedways’ in newspaper reports,it wasn’t until the construction of Lennon’s Broadbeach Hotel (now the site of the Oasis Hotel and Shopping Centre) in 1955 – 1956 that development of the area as a holiday destination began to increase.
The suburb of Broadbeach has two shopping centres in close proximity and numerous shops and restaurants.
Pacific Fair, the second largest shopping centre on the Gold Coast is located on Hooker Boulevard in Broadbeach Waters, not far from the intersection on the Gold Coast Highway. Pacific Fair has over 300 specialty stores and four anchor stores. In January 2014 work began on re-developing and re-branding the shopping centre. $670 million is being spent on expanding the centre to cater for a 120 new specialty stores, making the centre the largest in Queensland and fourth largest in the nation.
Oasis shopping centre is the second shopping centre in the suburb has over 100 specialty stores and a Woolworths supermarket. Oasis shopping centre has a number of restaurants located on the pedestrian section of Victoria Avenue. The centre is located across the road from the beach and is one block from the Gold Coast Highway.
Broadbeach South G:link Station, located on the corner of Gold Coast Highway and Hooker Boulevard provides bus and tram connections.
Gold Coast Oceanway, 2015
Broadbeach has two main arterial roads connecting the suburb with other parts of the Gold Coast. Gold Coast Highway runs the full length of the coast and connects all coastal suburbs with Broadbeach. Hooker Boulevard, which turns into Nerang-Broadbeach Road after a roundabout in Carrara connects the suburb with Pacific Motorway which passes through Nerang as well as Nerang railway station.
Broadbeach is serviced by Surfside Buslines services, G:link operates two light rail stations in the suburb which connects Broadbeach with the hubs of Surfers Paradise and Southport. These are Broadbeach South and Broadbeach. Broadbeach South bus station is the main bus station in Broadbeach, which have regular and high-frequency buses that travel to Gold Coast Airport, Nerang railway station, Tweed Heads and Robina.
The Gold Coast Oceanway provides pedestrians and cyclists access along the beaches of Broadbeach.
In the 2011 census, Broadbeach recorded a population of 4,614 people, 48.7% female and 51.3% male.The median age of the Broadbeach population was 37 years, the same as the national median. 52.8% of people living in Broadbeach were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 9.6%, England 4.5%, India 2.4%, Italy 1.2%, Japan 1.2%. 71.1% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 1.5% Japanese, 1.3% Punjabi, 1.3% Italian, 1.1% Spanish, 0.7% Hindi.
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