Situated on the Nerang River, the area is the gateway to the Gold Coast Hinterland’s farm stay resorts and a number of heritage listed national parks and nature reserves.
The extensive wetlands that once covered the Nerang and Carrara area have been converted into lakes rather than canals as done in neighbouring suburbs. Just back from the coast line and on the edge of the Hinterland the area is that little bit quieter than the rest of the Gold Coast as it manages to maintain that peaceful township community lifestyle.
Carrara has 4 schools and 22 golf courses with 20 minutes’ drive with easy access to the M1 if you commute to Brisbane for work.
Formerly Carrara Stadium, Metricon on Stadium is located in the Carrara Sporting Complex and is the official AFL stadium of the Gold Coast. Recently redeveloped, the stadium is now one of the premier sporting venues on the Gold Coast.
Originally sugar and cotton plantations, Carrara and Nerang began when a site for the Nerang Township was allocated on a slope overlooking the river in 1865. Nerang was the administrative centre for the region back then with a courthouse, police station and a meeting place for local councillors. Gradually Southport assumed these roles though and Nerang and Carrara managed to survive quietly as the scenic heart of the Gold Coast Hinterland.