Welcome to Stop No.4 on my Books By The Beach tour!
Broadbeach was the first suburb that my partner and I called home when we moved to the Gold Coast in September 2017. We lived there for a year, just 300m from the beach.
My apologies for any confusion-I filmed this video when I was still living in Broadbeach. I have since relocated further south to Coolangatta!
Once the little brother of neighbouring Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach or “Broadie” as the locals call it, has made a name for itself in more recent times as a premier dining destination, with an ever-expanding offering of restaurants and bars. Broadbeach Mall is often host to buskers, and even an annual blues festival. Broadbeach is home to The Star Gold Coast, formerly Conrad Jupiters casino, as well as Draculas’s Cabaret Restaurant, the Gold Coast Convention Centre and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. Beachside parklands span the entire beach foreshore and are home to weekend markets and weekly outdoor exercise programs.
A Little History
The area south of the original Harpers Wharf is now part of the Cascade Gardens Reserve. The estuary area around Little Tallebudgera Creek and the superb stretch of beach to the east was a feasting ground for the aboriginal people of the area, the Kombumerri people.
Apart from moveable feasts, evident from the surviving eugarie shell middens, archaeologists in the 1960s uncovered an ancient aboriginal burial ground at Broadbeach. In the 1980s, the ancestral remains from this burial ground were reinterred in a reserve known as Kombumerri Park.
The Broadbeach sand dunes were a strategically important resource during World War 2. Southport Minerals mined the mineral sand rutile from the leased reserves and exported the concentrated mineral overseas for the production of special alloy steels and welding equipment. By the mid 1950s, mining had ceased, the dunes were reconstructed, planted with grasses and trees and the land auctioned for redevelopment. The commercial and housing development of the area was led by the construction of the Lennons Broadbeach Hotel completed in 1957.
Built on a site which had been mined for mineral sand, the hotel was often promoted as an oasis in the desert and is in fact now the site of the Oasis commercial centre in Victoria Avenue.
Told in the first person, Call Your Grandma recounts the storyteller’s experience witnessing a tragedy, and reflections on the events that led to that fateful moment in time.
PLEASE NOTE: At the end of this video there is information about purchasing Call Your Grandma on Amazon/Kindle. My books are not currently available on Amazon/Kindle. Instead you can download a FREE PDF version of the story for HERE:
Call Your Grandma
I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me at Broadbeach.
Next stop, Mermaid Beach!