Varsity Lakes

Varsity Lakes (formally named in 2003) is the upmarket name for the former suburb of Stephens and part of Robina on the Gold Coast. It is immediately west of Burleigh Waters.

Before the suburbanisation of the Gold Coast hinterland a large wetland extending from Burleigh Heads to Reedy Creek was known as Stephens Swamp. It was named after Thomas Stephens, mayor of Brisbane (1862), Queensland parliamentarian and grazier. Stephens acquired the wetland and improved it with drains discharging northwards to the Little Tallebudgera Creek.


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