Living down under, especially in the fast growing Gold Coast, happens more and more in convenient master planned communities. Half way between Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta, Robina has been called Australia's best master planned suburb. Developed by Industrialist Dr Robin Loh, it has been carefully laid out with everything a family and community could need. A lot of attention has been paid to creating a living and working environment attractive to well educated, white collar workers and their families. What began in the 1980s as a 20km patch of unpopulated scrubland now has at least 30,000 residents and is still growing.
There are lots of employment opportunities in Robina, especially in education, IT and research and development, as well as in the retail and service sectors. The Robina / Varsity Lakes Chamber of commerce is very active and provides lots of networking opportunities for entrepreneurial migrants.
Robina Town center is one of the Gold Coasts best retail and dining venues. The Robina Super Center offers a wide selection of home wares, sporting goods and specialty stores, including the only David Jones Department store in the Gold Coast. Other facilities include the Robina public hospital, which provides emergency services and general practice as well as specialist services such as acute pain clinics and early pregnancy assessments.
Public transport in Robina is well developed. Robina Station was the railway terminus for the Brisbane- Gold Coast line- but it now extends a few kms further to Varsity Lakes Station, which opened in 2009. A network of bus services link Robina with many other Gold Coast suburbs.
Migrants looking for schools for their family in Robina should look at Robina State school years Prep – 7, Robina State High school years 8-12, Varsity College less than 2kms away at Varsity Lakes and Hillcrest Christian College 3.5 kms away at Reedy Creek. There are more than 15 schools within 5kms of Robina. The private Bond University is also based in Robina.