The Tallebudgera district today is very much in a developing & growing transition. At no time it its rich history on the Gold Coast, has it seen so much activity. With growing numbers in the local school, old farms being developed into small acreage lots, a very popular and handy shopping complex (Man on the Bike) continuing to upgrade and meet the needs of its community, sporting fields, excellent parklands with walking and bicycle tracks, Community Hall, Archery Club, a thriving Pony Club and four busy Golf Courses operating, it is fair to say it is a great community to live in.
There are many new families and residents now realizing how fantastic this magnificent catchment area really is. Hence, the new acreage housing developments must be appealing to many. Gold Coast City Council Division 14 representative, Mrs Chris Robbins, will no doubt be dealing with many challenges now and in the future, in particular, handling how fast the area does change without losing its real identity.
One thing that has not changed for over 100 years, is that it still can be a stopping point for travelers coming north from Murwillumbah over Tomewin, or south from Nerang over Old Coach Rd (similar to that of the old Cobb & Co). And yes, you can still see the historic Post Office, Catholic Cemetery, Uniting Church and part of the original Tallebudgera State School building. Even the old Tallebudgera Dam is worth driving out to see, given that it was at one point, the Gold Coast’s water supply.
It is fair to say the ‘Man on the Bike’ shops are still Tallebudgera’s central meeting point. With a Spar Convenience Store, Bottle Shop, Veterinary Clinic, Seafood Shop, Computer Supplies, Hairdresser, Café and a Pizza Shop on site, it caters for many needs. Not a bad place to have a good yarn and meet other locals!
On the 17 May 2008, the Dolan family was honoured by the Gold Coast City Council for its pioneering heritage, with the naming of park land ‘Dolan Family Park’ (formerly part of the original Dungogie Station, then from 1869, the Dolan family ‘Belmont’ farm) on the corner of Dungogie Dr & Connection Rd, Tallebudgera. Many locals, family members and friends, gathered on this day to mark the occasion.
This is just a brief overview highlighting only a few of the many attractions and developments in Tallebudgera, and I am sure there are many more. One thing is for certain, it is just the best part of the world to live in!!