Mudgeeraba Exchange Hotel 1915

About Mudgeeraba

by Kitty Jellinek

Geo Location: 28.083333,153.366667

Mudgeeraba is a suburb of Queensland, situated in the Gold Coast Hinterland. At the 2011 Australian Census the suburb recorded a population of 13,204.

Mudgeeraba is a remnant of the type of township that characterises the rural hinterland of the Gold Coast. Subdivision of land was conventional and buildings were traditionally rural or rural commercial. Mudgeeraba, like other areas, was an early centre, which rose to some prominence with the coming of the railway. Mudgeeraba contains important evidence of its earlier form and building and most older houses are situated on large blocks of 0.5 acres – 2acres.

Contained on an ‘island’ within the flood plain, its essential character remains one of a nineteenth-century village despite the recent encroachment of housing estates to nearby land.
Reclaimed muddy ground nearby is now the site of the Robina Town Center.

In the early 1930s, the Upper Mudgeeraba Creek banks were location of unemployment relief camps set up under the Income (Unemployment Relief) Tax Acts, 1930. The creek water helped sustain vegetable gardens for the residents, housed in timber and corrugated iron huts.

Mudgeeraba Exchange Hotel 1915

Mudgeeraba Exchange Hotel 1915

the original Mudgeeraba Hotel built in 1884 still remains, although these days its name has changed to the Wallaby Hotel. Many credit the opening of this watering hole, both for horses and passengers, for the impetus around which the village was built and today, the old world charm remains.

Mudgeeraba Creek is the major creek of a catchment area in the southern region of the Gold Coast. It is part of the larger catchment area of Nerang River. Bonogin and Wyangan Creeks are tributaries of Mudgeeraba Creek. Since 2005, under the Beaches to Bushland restoration program, Gold Coast City with the Austinville Landcare Group have worked on restoration of areas of upper Mudgerraba Creek.

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