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Nobbys' "pretty chilled vibe" acts as an important counterbalance to other Gold Coast precincts, one local says, but that could change in 2024 when light rail arrives.
Once home to a 1980s-era amusement park that was left derelict for half-a-decade, local rumour suggests Nobbys was named after a rogue bullock that grazed the area more than 100 years ago.
Today, bars and trendy restaurants attract a regular and dedicated crowd, comprised of more locals than what is typically seen in larger nightlife precincts.
But according to local area councillor Pauline Young, Nobbys will be "the most important, central point" of the Gold Coast's $709 million light rail project.
One of eight new stations along stage 3A of the light rail network will be built at Nobbys.
While there are different views on its extent and nature, it appears Nobbys is changing yet again.
'Somewhere between Byron and Burleigh'Musician Maddy Breen is a popular part of Nobbys' entertainment scene, performing a wild style of pub rock that involves climbing over tables and slinging back shots mid-guitar solo.
He said Nobbys' "pretty chilled vibe" acts as an important counterbalance to other Gold Coast precincts.
Maddy Breen performs at bars along the Gold Coast.(ABC Gold Coast: Dominic Cansdale)"Surfers [Paradise] is all about plastic surgery, silicon inserts and tucks, and that's just the blokes," Mr Breen said.
"But everyone [in Nobbys] is pretty down to earth — it's somewhere in between Byron and Burleigh."
By early 2024, a light rail station will be built at Nobbys as the project extends 6.7 kilometres south, down the Gold Coast Highway from Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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