Burleigh Waters, Queensland

Burleigh Waters is a suburb of Gold Coast City in Queensland, Australia.[2]

Burleigh Waters
Gold CoastQueensland
Population13,868 (2011 census)[1]
LGA(s)City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)McPherson
Suburbs around Burleigh Waters:
Robina Mermaid Waters Miami
Varsity Lakes Burleigh Waters Burleigh Heads
Andrews Andrews Burleigh Heads


It lies within the Gold Coast Electorate Division 12 which also includes Burleigh Heads, Burleigh Waters, Andrews, Stephens and Reedy Creek. In south is Marymount College as well as two large shopping centres.

The Gold Coast canal and waterway system network allows access form Burleigh Waters to The Broadwater and the Pacific Ocean. Five lakes have been created and named in Burleigh Waters. These are Lake Heron, Miami Lake, Swan Lake, Pelican Lake and Burleigh Lake. The canal system is tidal, and during years of heavy rains and flood, homes on the Burleigh Waters canal can face flooding.


In the 1950s the Isle of Capri was one of the first canal estates constructed for waterfront living. Developers have expanded the popular estates ever since. Prior to the eastern inland development of the Varsity Lakes area, Burleigh Waters was the southernmost point of the Gold Coast canal and waterway system. Burleigh Waters developed in Stages, starting in the 1970s. One section, Burleigh Waters Estate was a canal extension developed by Hooker Corporation with partner the BMD Group during the late 1970s.[3] The Hooker Corporation collapsed and Mr Power's BMD Group was paid out at 60c in the dollar a few years later.[4] Privately built homes were being constructed by the time Pacific Fair opened in 1977[5] and continued with the expansion of the suburb.

The Burleigh Waters Library opened in 1991.[6]

For decades a local urban myth maintained that sharks were seen as far south in the canal waterways as Burleigh Waters. Alleged sightings and stories were locally spread, but balanced with scepticism. In February 2003, a Burleigh Waters man was fatally attacked in shallow canal waters by a bull whaler shark.[7] These sharks are also known as Zambezi whaler and are very aggressive. After the attack, the public was warned not to risk swimming in any Gold Coast canals but rather to swim safely at the beach, between the flags.[7]

At the 2011 Census, Burleigh Waters had a population of 13,868.[1]


In the 2011 census, Burleigh Waters recorded a population of 13,868 people, 52.3% female and 47.7% male.[1] The median age of the Burleigh Waters population was 40 years, 3 years above the national median of 37. 71.8% of people living in Burleigh Waters were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 7.4%, England 5.5%, Scotland 0.9%, South Africa 0.6%, Germany 0.6%. 88.6% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.6% Japanese, 0.6% Spanish, 0.5% German, 0.5% Cantonese, 0.5% Italian.[1]


The Gold Coast City Council operates a public library at the corner of Christine Avenue and Galeen Drive.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Burleigh Waters (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 June 2015.  
  2. ^ "Burleigh Waters - suburb (entry 46035)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Low-profile boss thinks big". THE COURIER-MAIL. 12 July 2007. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Beachfront buy smashes record". Gold Coast News. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Gold Coast history: 1961-1980". Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Queensland Public Libraries Statistical Bulletin 2016-2017" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. November 2017. p. 13. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Warnings over canal waterways after shark attack". The Sun-Herald. 9 February 2003. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Burleigh Waters Branch Library". Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. 16 October 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2018.

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Coordinates: 28°05′17″S 153°26′10″E / 28.088°S 153.436°E / -28.088; 153.436