Henry Jordan, a Queensland parliamentarian and sugar planter living in the Logan area, selected much of the coastal land
between Tallebudgera and Currumbin Creeks in 1873. Gradually, Jordan added to his block, his property encompassed today's
Palm Beach, Elanora, and Currumbin Waters.
Early European Settlers: In a period between 1880 to 1890, a retired railway worker and early land speculator, William
Wood, acquired 400 acres of Jordan's coastal block. Wood had numerous properties in south-east Queensland and only appears
to have lived at Palm Beach towards the end of his life. Before World War 1, a Mr John Crimp occupied a homestead and
grazed cattle on Wood's property.
Travelling to Palm Beach: At the time, there was no surveyed coastal road so early travellers often forded Tallebudgera
Creek and travelled past the future Palm Beach by coach or horseback. Alternatively, they took the longer coach route through
the hinterland to Murwillumbah and then to the Tweed.
The railway line linking Brisbane to the Tweed was completed by 1903. Open surf bathing was now fashionable with young
Australians and for the first time Brisbane people could travel with relative ease to the surf beaches of Coolangatta
. However, it was the age of the mass produced motor car which provided both the potential and impetus for developing
beach properties between Southport and Coolangatta.
Palm Beach Estate: Wiliam Wood's property south of Tallebudgera Creek was purchased by the Palm Beach Company Ltd
around 1921. The first housing allotments were subdivided from Cypress Avenue to the foreshore and were available for sale
after 1922. One of the first families to build a home on the estate at 4th Avenue, was the surveyor and development manager,
Perc Ballard and his wife, Annie. By 1925 there were twenty or so seaside homes on the Palm Beach estate. Potential investors
and holiday makers were encouraged to stay at a boarding house (Anada) or lunch at tea rooms built by the company.
When the road bridges were constructed over the Tallebudgera and Currumbin Creeks in 1926, the Palm Beach Hotel, erected
in the same year, was a convenient stopping place for passing motor traffic. Word spread and many families from Brisbane,
Ipswich, the Darling Downs or Western Districts of Queensland built their timber or fibro beach house or camped along the
long sweep of beach.
Today, the Palm Beach/ Elanora is one of the most densely populated areas of the Gold Coast and in recent years the
area has expanded to include new subdivisions, including a small section of canal development.