WHAT DOES 'BENOWA' MEAN?

Kay Watkinson

Hello there all Benowans


Found some interesting facts about our suburb:  The name "Benowa" was originally derived from the Aboriginal word "Boonow" meaning red bloodwood.  This word was later corrupted by European settlers in seach of sugarcane growing on the shores of the Nerang River.  The name was perpetualised in 1870 when a pioneer named Robert Muir used the name for his sugar plantation on the northern bank of the river.


There are three distinct areas of Benowa.  Established Benowa located on the northern side of Ashmore Road, Benowa Hills and Benowa Waters.  Benowa is attracting a fair of amount of attention from renovators due to its proximity to Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach and with so many great facilities within the area.


In the last Census the average age of the population of Benowa was 42 years of age, 5 years above the Australian average.  62.7% were born in Australia, 7% New Zealand, 5.9% England, 2% Japan, 1.6% South Africa and 0.9% Scotland. 


Enjoy!  Kay