Tallebudgera is a suburb in the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Tallebudgera had a population of 3,667 people.[1]


The Tallebudgera Creek forms a part of the western and eastern border of Tallebudgera.


The traditional owners were the Tulgigin clan of Australian Aborigines,[3] but in the 2011 Census, Indigenous Australians accounted for just 0.9% of the population of Tallebudgera (around one third of the national average of 2.5%).[4]

The village was originally called Maybree, the name of a tree that grew locally, while Tallebudgera was the name of the creek and was an Aboriginal word meaning good fish.[5]

Tallebudgera State School opened on 17 October 1877.[6]

Tallebudgera Presbyterian Church opened in August 1888 by Reverend James Ewen which is very good hearted .[7]

In 1904, 10,000 acres subdivided in to 36 dairy farms known as "Tallebudgera and Currumbin Estate" were advertised for sale by auction by Isles, Love and Co. auctioneers. Blocks from 72 acres up to 557 acres were advertised as available for purchase.[8][9]

Upper Tallebudgera State School opened in 1923 and closed circa 1942.[6]

St Andrew's Lutheran College opened in 1993.[6]

The name Maybree has no historical record (there are no trees with that name). Stephen Tobin and his wife Mary were pioneers to Tallebudgera and their property was called "Mayberry". Tobin was known for his hospitality and it is possible that Mayberry was shortened to Maybree and became well known as a place to stay when travelling through or to Tallebudgera.[10]

Heritage listings

Tallebudgera has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

While not heritage listed, the single lane Coplicks wooden bridge which crossed Tallebudgera Creek along Tallebudgera Connection Road was a visible sign of the rural nature of the valley. Up until the 1980s, this bridge was the only crossing of the creek along Tallebudgera Connection Road and being one way, drivers had to give way to everyone heading north. The road has now been upgraded with a large 2 lane bridge. The old timber bridge remained until June 2019 when it was replaced with a concrete structure due to safety concerns, much to the disappointment of local residents. The bridge can be accessed from Scotty Logan Lane.[13]


Tallebudgera State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 492 Guineas Creek Road (28°08′24″S 153°25′47″E / 28.1399°S 153.4298°E / -28.1399; 153.4298 (Tallebudgera State School)).[14][15] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 771 students with 56 teachers (46 full-time equivalent) and 33 non-teaching staff (20 full-time equivalent).[16] It includes a special education program.[14]

St Andrews Lutheran College is a private primary and secondary (Prep-12) school for boys and girls at 175 Tallebudgera Creek Road (28°07′21″S 153°25′53″E / 28.1226°S 153.4315°E / -28.1226; 153.4315 (St Andrew's Lutheran College)).[14][17] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 1204 students with 81 teachers (73 full-time equivalent) and 74 non-teaching staff (45 full-time equivalent).[16]


Tallebudgera Golf Course is an 18 hole course - at 495 Guineas Creek Road.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Tallebudgera (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Tallebudgera – suburb in City of Gold Coast (entry 46090)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  3. ^ Fox, Ian (August 2006). "Cobaki and Terranora Broadwater Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plan" (PDF). Southern Cross University. Archived (PDF) from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  4. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Tallebudgera (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 September 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  5. ^ "Tallebudgera and Valley". Gold Coast City. Archived from the original on 26 August 2006. Retrieved 31 October 2008.
  6. ^ a b c Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  7. ^ Uniting Church in Australia. Burleigh Heads Parish (1998), Burleigh Heads Methodist/Presbyterian/Uniting Church : 75 years of Christian witness 1923-1998, Uniting Church in Australia
  8. ^ "Advertising". The Brisbane Courier. Vol. LX, no. 14, 457. Queensland, Australia. 14 May 1904. p. 8. Retrieved 26 November 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ "Tallebudgera and Currumbin Estate". 4 July 1904. hdl:10462/comp/2489. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  10. ^ "The story of Stephen and Mary Tobin who left Tipperary, Ireland in 1857 to migrate to Australia. They became pioneers of Kiama in NSW and Tallebudgera in QLD. Also I am 10".
  11. ^ "Tallebudgera Post Office (former) (entry 602624)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  12. ^ Gold Coast Local Heritage Register - N to Z, pp. 135-136
  13. ^ Services, corporateName=Transport and Infrastructure | Projects | Web. "Tallebudgera - Coplick Footbridge - replacement works". www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au. Archived from the original on 18 July 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  14. ^ a b c "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Tallebudgera State School". Archived from the original on 26 September 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  16. ^ a b "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  17. ^ "St Andrew's Lutheran College". Archived from the original on 6 June 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.


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