Location: 11km to Surfers Paradise
Central Gold Coast - 11km to Surfers and 76km to Brisbane
Centrally-located suburb with diverse range of housing available
is centrally located on the Gold Coast,
south of the Nerang River and is
surrounded by Nerang and Ashmore. The
area is in close proximity to the M1 and
about eight kilometres from Surfers
Paradise. It would not be wrong to say
that Carrara is identified as a golfer's
paradise, as it is characterised by five
golf courses that are considered a major
drawcard to the area. There are another
10 golf courses within 8km of Carrara.
Carrara Stadium once home to the "Gold Coast Chargers" is still used widely for various events, such as the AFL game between Melbourne and Adelaide on the 16th of April. There are also various social clubs that are located in Carrara; they include the Croatian Sports Club and the German Club. The area has the Carrara Markets (the largest on the Gold Coast), that sells everything from garden products, clothes, fresh produce, tiles and of course trinkets. The markets give good value to shoppers everywhere and especially the bargain hunters. They are open on Saturdays and Sundays.
Public transport exists nearby at the Nerang terminal only a couple of kilometres away. The terminal serves as a major transit centre, with rail link and bus services departing frequently. The central location of Carrara to the freeway and beaches has made it attractive to home buyers and increased demand accordingly. The area caters for a diverse style of dwellings from houses, townhouse, units and other developments. Carrara's' location in the middle of a major floodplain has seen developments concentrated on the hilly rises, thus allowing views to the coast.
One of the recent developments in the area is Emerald Lakes, a master-planned community that includes a 37-hectare lake. On conclusion, the development is expected to have 1400 homes, a shopping precinct in a village atmosphere, a hotel, walking tracks and recreational facilities. The Cove was the first to be released and includes single and double storey dwellings, duplexes and courtyard homes. The next stage to follow is The Vistas which will overlook the privately owned Emerald Lakes Golf Course. The standard of home will range from freestanding and courtyard homes, and duplexes. After The Vistas, the next release will be The Island that is focused around the lake, as there is expected to be 57 lots surrounding the lake.
Boonooroo Park is an established leafy area located in the suburb of Carrara. The area is characterised by larger blocks of land that offer an environmentally friendly lifestyle. In Boonooroo Park the homes are generally about 15 years old. There are two private schools, being Emmanuel College and St Michael's College, that are situated in the Carrara area. There are a number of schools in surrounding suburbs, including public and private secondary schools and the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE Ashmore campus.