Nat­u­ral habi­tat: He­lensvale, Ox­en­ford, Coomera, Up­per Coomera, Pa­cific Pines

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - EYE | FEATURE -

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.


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.

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