Palm Beach, Queensland

Palm Beach is a coastal suburb in the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Palm Beach had a population of 14,654 people.[1]

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Palm Beach
Gold CoastQueensland
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View of Palm Beach, with Gold Coast in the background
Palm Beach is located in Queensland
Palm Beach
Palm Beach
Coordinates28°07′01″S 153°27′57″E / 28.1169°S 153.4658°E / -28.1169; 153.4658 (Palm Beach (centre of suburb))Coordinates: 28°07′01″S 153°27′57″E / 28.1169°S 153.4658°E / -28.1169; 153.4658 (Palm Beach (centre of suburb))
Population14,654 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density2,326/km2 (6,020/sq mi)
Area6.3 km2 (2.4 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s)Burleigh
Federal Division(s)McPherson
Suburbs around Palm Beach:
Burleigh Heads Coral Sea Coral Sea
Elanora Palm Beach Coral Sea
Elanora Currumbin Waters Currumbin
The shoreline at Palm Beach looking north to Burleigh National Park and Surfers Paradise


Palm Beach is bounded to the north by Tallebudgera Creek, to the east by the Coral Sea, to the south by Currumbin Creek, and to the west by the Pacific Motorway.[3]

Palm Beach has thrice been voted cleanest beach in Queensland.[4]

Certainly subdivided by the mid-1950s the subdivision is unusual in the way in which it straddles both sides of the highway. Streets along the highway are named from first to twenty-eighth starting at the southern end of the area and each second one terminates at the highway. Between the beach and the highway in the southern part of the area the narrow Jefferson Lane links across streets. In this lane are some of the earliest and most basic of Gold Coast beach "shacks", some on blocks of land valued in millions of dollars. There is some suggestion that these in fact predate the subdivision and other remnants of an earlier settlement.[citation needed]

Recent extensions of the Palm Beach area to the west have created new subdivisions with different characteristics including a small section of canal development. The area is bounded to the north by the Tallebudgera Creek and the national recreation camp and to the south by tower developments at the mouth of Currumbin Creek. The creek mouths of Tallebudgera and Currumbin have been stabilised with training walls built during the 1970s. Both of the Creek entrances are dredged on an annual basis.[5] There are nearshore bait reefs along Palm Beach and offshore there are fishing reefs that are some of the most productive of the Gold Coast.

Laguna Lake is in the south western part of the suburb, with Elizabeth Sloper Gardens park around its edges. The Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park, at the northern end of Palm Beach, provides holiday accommodation mainly for families. The adjacent Tallebudgera Recreational Camp is a national fitness camp visited by children from throughout Queensland.

Coastal management structures at Palm Beach include training walls at Currumbin and Tallebudgera Creek entrances and mini groynes at 11th and 21st Avenues. The Gold Coast Oceanway is of particular poor quality through Palm Beach due to the majority of the beachfront being effectively in private ownership.[citation needed] Recent[when?] loss of sand due to unusual weather and tidal patterns have caused some houses along the beachfront to lose their yards to the erosion.


Palm Beach Surf Club was established in 1930.[6][7]

Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School opened on 24 January 1972.[8]

Palm Beach State School opened on 4 February 1974.[8]

The Palm Beach Library opened in 1998 and had a major refurbishment in 2011.[9] The library closed down in early 2021 and was replaced with a library kiosk.

Palm Beach was judged Queensland's Cleanest Beach in 1999 and again in 2000 and 2011 by the Keep Australia Beautiful Council.[4]

Extreme erosion along Palm Beach in 2011 revealed rusted car bodies, among other aged items, usually many meters below sand.[citation needed]

In the 2016 census, Palm Beach had a population of 14,654 people.[1]

Heritage listingsEdit

Palm Beach has a heritage site:

Sports and recreationEdit

Neptune Royal Life Saving Club was the first female only club in Australia[citation needed] and still provides patrol services for people swimming in Tallebudgera Creek estuary. It remains the only club on the Gold Coast not affiliated with Surf Life Saving.

Palm Beach is also patrolled by the Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club at 7th Avenue and Pacific Surf Life Saving Club near 19th Avenue.

Local sporting clubs include soccer club Palm Beach Sharks, Palm Beach Currumbin Cricket Club, Palm Beach Currumbin Alleygators RUC and Palm Beach Currumbin Australian Football Club.


Palm Beach State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 13-19 Nineteenth Avenue (28°06′39″S 153°27′47″E / 28.1107°S 153.4631°E / -28.1107; 153.4631 (Palm Beach State School)).[11][12] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 511 students with 37 teachers (33 full-time equivalent) and 21 non-teaching staff (12 full-time equivalent).[13] It includes a special education program.[11]

Students in southern Palm Beach can attend Currumbin State School in Currumbin.[3]

Palm Beach Currumbin State High School is a government secondary (7-12) school for boys and girls at Thrower Drive (28°07′54″S 153°28′27″E / 28.1316°S 153.4742°E / -28.1316; 153.4742 (Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School)).[11][14] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 2457 students with 179 teachers (173 full-time equivalent) and 87 non-teaching staff (70 full-time equivalent).[13] It includes a special education program.[11][15]

Students in western Palm Beach can attend Elanora State High School in Elanora.[3]

Tallebudgera Outdoor and Environmental Education Centre is an Outdoor and Environmental Education Centre at 1525 Gold Coast Highway (28°05′55″S 153°27′31″E / 28.0985°S 153.4586°E / -28.0985; 153.4586 (Tallebudgera Outdoor and Environmental Education Centre)).[11][16]


The Gold Coast City Council operate a community lounge and public library at Eleventh Avenue.[17]

Palm Beach Surf Club at 117 Jefferson Lane provides surf lifesaving services and clubhouse dining facilities. Established in 1930,[7] there has never been a fatality in its flagged beach zones.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Palm Beach (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018.  
  2. ^ "Palm Beach – suburb in City of Gold Coast (entry 46077)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Clean and healthy beaches". Gold Coast City. Archived from the original on 8 March 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
  5. ^ "Tallebudgera and Currumbin Creeks dredging". City of Gold Coast. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Welcome to Palm Beach SLSC". Surf Lifesaving Club. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Palm Beach and Tallebudgera". Gold Coast City Council. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  8. ^ a b Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  9. ^ "Public Libraries Statistical Bulletin 2016-17" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. November 2017. p. 13. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Currumbin Creek Railway Bridge (former)" (PDF). Gold Coast Local Heritage Register. 5 June 2018. Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 August 2020. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  11. ^ a b c d e "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Palm Beach State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  13. ^ a b "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Palm Beach-Currumbin SHS - Special Education Program". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Tallebudgera Outdoor and Environmental Education Centre". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Palm Beach Community Lounge and Library". Gold Coast City Council. Retrieved 30 January 2018.

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