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Gordonvale - Goldsborough - Mount Peter

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Gordonvale - Goldsborough - Mount Peter is 8,209, with a population density of 0.51 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Gordonvale - Goldsborough - Mount Peter is bounded by the suburb of Edmonton, the Bruce Highway, Warner Road, Pine Creek Road, the locality of Green Hill and Morgan Road in the north, the locality of Aloomba and the Mulgrave River in the east, the locality of Wooroonooran, Wooroonooran National Park and the Tablelands Regional Council area in the south, and the locality of Lamb Range in the west.

Name origin

Gordonvale is named after John Gordon, an original landholder in the area. Goldsborough is named for the gold once found in the area. Mount Peter is thought to be named after Peter Rasmussen, an early settler in the area.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1870s, with land used mainly for sugar cane growing, orcharding, gold mining and timber getting. Some growth took place during the early 1900s and interwar period. Significant development did not occur until the 1970s and 1980s, with growth particularly in and around the township of Gordonvale. The population generally continued to increase from the early 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area, particularly in Gordonvale. Growth is expected to continue, especially in the urban growth corridor covering Gordonvale and Mount Peter.

Land use

Gordonvale - Goldsborough - Mount Peter is a rural and growing residential area to the south of Cairns.

Major features

Major features of the area include Gordonvale Hospital, Mulgrave Central Sugar Mill, Meringa Sugar Experiment Station, Mulgrave Settlers Museum, Gordonvale Golf Club, Gordonvale Turf Club, Gordonvale Aquatic Centre, part of Wooroonooran National Park, Walshs Pyramid, Goldsborough Valley State Forest, Alley Park, Fossicker Close Park, Johnson Park, Gordonvale Community Hall, Meerawa Community Hall, Gordonvale Cemetery, the Mulgrave River, Djarragun College and several other schools.

Included areas

This small area includes the localities of Gordonvale, Goldsborough, Little Mulgrave and Mount Peter.