Natural habitat: Helensvale, Oxenford, Coomera, Upper Coomera, Pacific Pines
The group sits in a circle chanting rhythmically while banging sticks together.
No it’s not a new age cult, it’s a Gymbaroo session at Helensvale Community Centre.
Life in The Burbs revolves around families with four and five bedroom homes and storage space the rest of us could only dream about.
You know what it’s like when it’s too hot even for the beach and your only option to stop the kids melting is to pour yourselves in the car and slog your way down the Gold Coast Highway towards Wet’n’Wild?
The residents of The Burbs have no idea what you’re on about as they smugly do the hop skip to “their” theme parks.
When they’re not busy making the most out of their season passes, you can probably find them lounging around their backyard pool or pruning their already immaculate sprawling gardens.
Beck and Matt Syle moved to Helensvale from Southport after welcoming their son Theodore, 18 months, to the family.
While Beck, who works in academic publishing, and Matt, an accountant, loved living the central life in SoPo they just couldn’t go past the Burbs for their growing tribe.
“Helensvale is quiet, leafy and green, but so close to the M1 so it’s easy to get anywhere,” Beck says.
“We have a fantastic modern library and top-rated daycare centres and public schools.
“The fast and reliable cable internet is a huge reason why we moved here too.”
Burbs residents like the Syles can regularly be spotted outside their natural habitat due to the aforementioned proximity to the highway.
You can recognise them by their all wheel drive vehicles, which have never seen the inside of a campground but are adorned with a smattering of Baby on Board and My Family stickers.
AT A GLANCE
There are 1594 people currently living in Coomera who were originally born in New Zealand.
It’s not just the soccer mums and stepford wives who live in the Burbs. Families come in all forms and Helensvale is home to 631 single parents. The median weekly rent in Oxenford is $400. An average Pacific Pines family has 1.9 children.