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Tallebudgera History

Bullock team transporting timber

Bullock team of Tom and Frank Dolan Senior transporting
timber , pictured at the cross-roads Tallebudgera
Township, October 1925

Swimming spot on Tallebudgera Creek

Popular swimming spot on Tallebudgera Creek near the
Burleigh Headland, July 1966

Tallebudgera Valley in the 1930s

View of Tallebudgera Valley in the 1930s with the
Springbrook Plateau visible in the distance.

  1. The village of Tallebudgera was originally known as Maybree which was the name of a certain tree that grew in the area. (Steele, J.G., Aboriginal Pathways in Southeast Queensland and the Richmond River, p62).
  2. Tallebudgera is the name given to the tidal creek between Southport and Coolangatta on the Gold Coast. It was first named the Perry River after Captain S.A.Perry, New South Wales Assistant Surveyor General in 1840. Tallebudgera is an Aboriginal word said to mean good fish and derived from the talle meaning fish and budgerie meaning good. Probably Botany Bay dialect. (Place Names Cutting Book, John Oxley Library)
  3. According to J.A Gresty in The Numinbah Valley: Its Geography, History and Aboriginal Associations, Tallebudgera was an Aboriginal name derived from a dialect spoken around Sydney where boodjerie meant good. This was probably an expression introduced to the area as early as the 1840s by cedar getters who misinterpreted the local phrases chaloom woojerie meaning fat fish.

Tallebudgera Valley terminates at the foothills of the McPherson Range to the west. The valley has a long history of cedar getting, banana plantations and dairy farming.

Winding roads follow the Tallebudgera Creek and its tributaries crossing at low level bridges.

Subdivision from larger holdings to small hobby farms has taken place in recent years.