BILINGA



Bilinga is a southern suburb of the Gold Coast.  It is on the border with New South Wales to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east.  The largest portion of housing and accommodation runs along the beachline and properties enjoy uninterrupted ocean views.

The word "Bilinga" is derived from the word "Bilinba", meaning bats. The name was adopted in 1918 as a place name for Crown lands north of Coolangatta.

Bilinga was located on the Nerang Tweed Railway line. After the land sales, a rail siding was created in 1919. After 1919, the catalyst for an increase in development was said to be the erection of a general store, owned by businessman Percy Hanzel, near the rail siding. Increased development, in the area, attributed to a new coastal road, which allowed for easier access for holiday makers and residents.

The drowning of a man on Bilinga Beach in 1937 lead to the establishment of the Bilinga Surf Lifesaving Club in 1938.  Today, the beach is patrolled on weekends and public holidays.

Bilinga is the site of the Gold Coast International Airport (previously known as Coolangatta Airport) and will be, for many visitors, their first glimpse of the Gold Coast.