Carrara, Queensland

Carrara is a suburb in the City of Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.[2] At the 2016 Census, Carrara had a population of 12,060.[1]

Gold CoastQueensland
Hickey Way Carrara, Queensland.jpg
Hickey Way, 2015
Carrara is located in Queensland
Coordinates28°01′16″S 153°22′08″E / 28.021°S 153.369°E / -28.021; 153.369Coordinates: 28°01′16″S 153°22′08″E / 28.021°S 153.369°E / -28.021; 153.369
Population12,060 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)Gold Coast City
State electorate(s)Gaven
Federal Division(s)Moncrieff
Suburbs around Carrara:
Highland Park Nerang Ashmore
Worongary Carrara Benowa and Broadbeach Waters
Worongary Merrimac Clear Island Waters


Carrara is on the southern bank of the Nerang River.

It is the home of Carrara Stadium (also known as Metricon Stadium), the purpose-built cricket and Australian rules football ground where the Gold Coast Suns began playing matches in 2011. The Carrara Markets are also located in the suburb.


The name Carrara comes from the Aboriginal word 'Karara' meaning 'long flat'.[3]

Carrara was first used by the Manchester Cotton Company as a cotton plantation that began in the early 1860s.[4]


In the 2011 census, Carrara recorded a population of 11,569 people, 51.2% female and 48.8% male.[5] The median age of the Carrara population was 38 years, 1 year above the national median of 37. 66% of people living in Carrara were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 9.5%, England 5.1%, South Africa 1.3%, Japan 0.9%, Scotland 0.8%. 85% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 1.3% Japanese, 0.8% Mandarin, 0.6% German, 0.5% French, 0.5% Italian.[5]


Carrara is home to Emmanuel College, a P-12, independent, co-educational, multi-denominational Christian school.

Sports and Entertainment PrecinctEdit

Carrara Stadium during an Australian rules football game between Gold Coast and Adelaide.

Today the land is renowned for its golf courses and other sports facilities. No fewer than five golf courses are located in the area. In 1987 Japanese Daikyo Group worked on the $50 million Palm Meadows 18-hole golf course and country club.[6]

The Carrara Sports Precinct will also be the main stadium of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.


AFL at Carrara Stadium. Melbourne Demons vs Adelaide Crows

The Carrara Sports Precinct consists of a number of sports facilities located on Nerang-Broadbeach Road. Current facilities include Carrara Stadium and Carrara Indoor Stadium. Facilities that will be built in the future include Carrara Sport and Leisure Centre, a sports arena and a track & field warm-up facility. Majority of the new facilities will be built for the 2018 Commonwealth Games which will see Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Gymnastics as well as the opening and closing ceremonies held at the Carrara Sports Precinct. Following the games the precinct will become the Gold Coast's premier athletics facility along with AFL team the Gold Coast Football Club continuing to use Carrara Stadium as their home ground and training base.


The Carrara Entertainment Precinct is expected to be built opposite the Sports Precinct and will include a showgrounds area that will see the area host the Gold Coast Show as well as musical festivals such as Big Day Out.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Carrara (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 January 2020.  
  2. ^ "Carrara – suburb in City of Gold Coast (entry 46036)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  3. ^ Carrara History Archived 14 March 2019 at the Wayback Machine. City of Gold Coast. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Carrara History". History of our suburbs. City of Gold Coast. Archived from the original on 25 July 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  5. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Carrara (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 November 2015.  
  6. ^ Roberts, Greg. "Japanese inject more gold into Gold Coast". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 12 April 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2013.

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