The first integrated suburb built on the hinterland fringe of the Gold Coast, Helensvale welcomed its first residents in the 1980s with a shopping centre, primary and secondary state schools, golf course, parks and a bowls club, all either in place or on the assembly line.
Since then, Helensvale has solidified into a quiet, middle-class village close to the Coomera River and its tributaries and within comfortable driving distance of Gold Coast. It is also a key station on the recently-restored Gold Coast-Brisbane rail link.
The tourist strip is, of course, famous for its ocean beaches, theme parks, shopping and resort golf courses. The coastal ranges and the hinterland offer magical rainforest walking tracks and stunning lookouts.