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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Helensvale is 17,476, with a population density of 8.77 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Helensvale is bounded by the Coomera River and Saltwater Creek in the north, Coombabah Creek in the east, and the Pacific Motorway in the south and west.

Name origin

Helensvale is named after Helena Simpson White, the sister of an original land holder.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1860s, with land used mainly for grazing and sugar growing. Population was minimal until the late 1800s, with land also used for dairy farming. Significant residential development occurred from the 1980s. The population nearly doubled during the 1990s, a result of large numbers of new dwellings being added to the area. Population and housing growth continued between 2001 and 2011, but at a slower rate.

Land use

Helensvale is a developing residential area, with substantial waterways, and some commercial and industrial areas.

Major features

Major features of the area include Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area, Coombabah Lake, Lake Serenity, Westfield Helensvale Shopping Centre, Homeworld Helensvale, Helensvale Plaza, Monterey Keys Village (shopping centre), Helensvale Park Shopping Centre, Gold Coast Country Club, Helensvale Golf Club, Helensvale Aquatic Centre, Helensvale Rugby Park, Arlene Park, Discovery Park, Ficifolia Reserve, Hession Oval, Lions Park, Mangrove Jack Park, Parkwater Park, River Downs Park, Robert Dalley Park, Salix Park, Schneider Family Park, Village Green, Helensvale Cultural Centre and two schools.