Retired farmland to

a flourishing community

It was local voices that planted and grew Gainsborough Greens into a flourishing community and greenspace. Residents from nearby Pimpama, Coomera, and Jacob’s Well were invited to share their aspirations for the new community development – from how they believed it should look, to the feeling they envisioned for the project, to what they felt was missing from the local area.

The collective vision was clear: Locals wanted a community that could be felt. They wanted public spaces that fostered connection between people and with nature. They wanted more than lines of homes and strings of driveways. They wanted spaces to meet, to move, explore, play, and relax.

Encouraging an
active community

The community has been intentionally designed to invite outdoor activity. Now at completion, Gainsborough Greens is home to around 5,000 residents in approximately 2,000 homes, all of which are within a 5-minute walk to a park or open space. Kilometres of walking tracks criss-cross the site, beckoning locals to explore the natural wonders living just a stone’s throw from their doorsteps.

Golfers along the Gold Coast come to tee off at the golf course, stay active and social, with the highlights of the game continuing long after the last hole has been played.

Places to play

Reflecting the abundant birdlife that is often seen throughout Gainsborough Greens, Bim’bimba Park, meaning ‘place of the soldier bird’, is 5 hectares of award-winning recreation spaces for all ages and abilities.

Families from far and wide flock to this park to enjoy outdoor play. Little ones love the elevated climbing tower, designed to positively challenge them to climb higher than they have before.

Reinforcing the connection to nature, the playground’s design was inspired by the natural environment. Kids balance and climb on a fallen tree playscape, and are surrounded by artistic reclaimed timber structures. The totem poles, seating, and animal carvings have also been created using repurposed materials.

Nature conservation:
173 hectares of koala and native fauna habitat which forms 35% of the community.

Ongoing community engagement:
Communities in and around Gainsborough Greens are surveyed annually on sustainability and liveability perspectives.

Vast parklands:
32 hectares of feature-packed parklands.

Wetland enrichment:
33 hectares of wetlands have been constructed.

Made for active lifestyles:
Every home is within a five minute walk of a park and/or open space.

Homes for all,

great and small

Used as farming land in the 1800s, the focus is now on reintroducing flora and fauna that left the site long ago. 73 hectares of koala habitat was rehabilitated and 100 hectares of new koala habitat was constructed.

In total, 35% of the community is dedicated for the use of native fauna, secured, and inaccessible to pets and vehicles through fauna-friendly fencing and a series of underpasses and wildlife corridors. This network allows native animals to move safely through the site to access food, water, and nesting sites.

With an abundance of koala food grown on the site, the surplus food is harvested for the koala habitat at the nearby Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

At a glance


Native trees and plants




Public parks


Walking and cycling trails

There’s an underground maze of pipes transporting recycled water to the site’s greenspaces, enabling vegetation to thrive without the need for additional water. The irrigation system also helps suppress any dust produced by construction activities.

To maximise the opportunity to generate solar energy for each property, the layout and orientation of the lots has been positioned to align with the sun’s path.

Awarded for its commitment to the environment and sustainability, Gainsborough Greens has partnered with local schools to build native fauna boxes, an initiative developed to nurture the next generation’s understanding of the natural world.

If you look closely, you’ll find recycled materials used in the most unexpected places. Not only do the softfall park surfaces increase safety, they are also made from recycled tyres. The community’s roads are made from recycled plastic and concrete. The timber used for bollards, park seating and bridges – all came from recycling the site timber.


February 2022


Gold Coast City Council


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