October 13, 2015
Situated on the fringe of the Gold Coast Hinterland, inland on the westward side of the Pacific Highway, covering an area of approximately 26 sq kms, Mudgeeraba stands in complete contrast to its eastern neighbour Robina, the master planned residential community over one hundred years its junior.
Unlike Robina, which hit the map in the 1980’s, Mudgeeraba evolved around 1852 thanks to the cattle run and timber harvesting trails, gaining its name from the Aboriginal expression for ‘Muddy’ or ‘Sticky’ ground, ‘low-lying ground’ or ‘Place of infants excrement’.
On December 21st 1883, Mudgeeraba had become large enough to warrant a hotel, boasting itself to be only 8 miles from Burleigh. In 1941 the hotel moved to be closer to the railway line as The Exchange Hotel, eventually changing names to the Wallaby Hotel.
In 1871, the official population of Mudgeeraba was a grand total of 31. Relying on the supplies and civilisation that came in through the Nerang River some 10 miles away, this was a tough and gruelling existence.
The Nerang Shire Council Chambers was built to house the Nerang Shire Council and still stands proud as the Mudgeeraba ‘Old Post Office’.
Mudgeeraba township, circa 1910.
1903 saw Mudgeeraba Station take its place on the map with the railway line from Brisbane to Tweed Heads. Eventually, the path of the old railway line became the outline for the Pacific Highway with the Gold Coast Railway line opening in 1998, 1.8km further east from the original, as the Robina Train Station.
Mudgeeraba Railway Station, circa 1916.
The 1930’s brought the Great Depression. Sadly the unemployed needed relief camps and the banks of the Mudgeeraba Creek became home for many. Many built huts from timber and corrugated iron, finding sustenance from garden vegetables that grew thanks to the benefits of the creek water.
Sehmish's bullock teams, circa 1920.
The modern era finally arrived in September 1936 when Mudgeeraba joined the grid of electricity from Southport. This assisted in the development of the sawmills and farms. Soon families grew, the school filled and overflowed into several new schools, Mudgeeraba Creek State Primary, Clover Hill State Primary and Somerset College.
Despite the expansion and changes in on the Gold Coast Mudgeeraba has managed to maintain its unique village charm. The change from modern development has been limited to its outskirts, thanks in part to the heritage listing of many of its significant structures. It has even been home to several notables including the Artist d’Arcy Doyle and Brisbane Broncos player Darius Boyd.
Older houses still sit on large blocks (half to 2 acres) and flooding still isolates parts of the town, but if the locals feel the need for the bright lights of modernisation, they simply cross the highway to Robina.
According to CoreLogic, the median sale price for houses in Mudgeeraba is $525k a change of 8.25% in the last 12 months. The Median rent is $480 pw achieving a median gross yield of 4.8%. Units are selling at a median price of $328k, providing a 12 month median price change of 2.34%, giving a median gross yield of 6.2%.
The locals enjoy the benefits of 7 parks and the facilities of the Mudgeeraba District Sporting Complex and the Mudgeeraba Soccer Club.
Over 13,214 people called Mudgeeraba ‘Home’ by 2011, giving a growth of 7% over the previous census with 68% of homes being residence to owner occupiers.
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