Gateway town to the mountainous Gold Coast hinterland and Scenic
Rim. Once a quiet country town, it now accommodates the residential
overspill from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Location: 72 km south of Brisbane.
Places of interest: Nerang River; Springbrook National Park (35 km
south, Natural Bridge); Cave Creek; Lamington National Park (aboriginal
cooking caves, White Caves, O'Reilly's Rainforest Guesthouse; Python
Rocks; Moran Falls; Darraboola Falls, Echo Falls, Elabana Falls;
Chalahn Falls); Beechmont Range; Green Mountains; localities of
Mudgeeraba (9 km south) and Springbrook (Brook Falls; Best Of All
Lookout; Pyramid Rock; egg Rock); Paradise Country and Aussie Country;
Binna Burra Mountain Lodge; Hinze Dam and Advancetown Lake (8 km south
west of Nerang); Nerang River Mill; Gold Coast War Museum.
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The Nerang River was first surveyed in 1842, after the land around
Moreton Bay had been opened up for settlement. Settlement occurred
quickly and between 1862-64, experiments were made in growing cotton.
It was replaced by sugar cane in 1865, the year in which the town was
surveyed. It grew rapidly, particularly after 1889 when it was linked
by rail to Brisbane.
Origin of name: of Aboriginal origin, the name was first given to the
Nerang River. Reportedly from the Bundjalung language, Ngaraangbal
variant, the word indicates either small river, or shovel nosed shark,
the latter being from neerung or neerang.