Construction of Robina Lakes commenced in the early 1980s and was completed in January 1991. It was the largest dredging and earthmoving project ever undertaken on the Gold Coast at a cost of $24 million. The lake was originally owned by the Robina Land Corporation until it was handed over to the Albert Shire Council (now City of Gold Coast) as a major public amenity.
The lake has a shoreline of 20 kilometres and a water depth ranging from three metres to 10 metres. Approximately six million cubic metres of soil was excavated to create the lake and utilised as fill for residential areas and roads surrounding the lake.
The artificial lake system was built to act as a retention basin designed to receive flood waters and stormwater runoff from Mudgeeraba and Worongary Creek catchments. Two concrete weir structures and a navigation lock at Boobegan separate the lakes from the tidal waters of Little Tallebudgera Creek and Boobegan Creek. These structures were constructed to regulate floodwaters into the central Gold Coast canal in response to events experienced during the 1974 floods. Floodwaters from the upstream catchments are stored in the lakes and subsequently released across the weirs, which have a dual role of controlling outflow rates as well as preventing tidal intrusion.
The lakes were constructed with the intention of becoming freshwater, providing habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. Over 50 types of bird species and a diversity of vegetation inhabit the lakes and surrounds.
January 1991, Robina Review, Edition 17, page 7. Published by the Robina Land Corporation, Robina.
WBM 2009, Robina Lakes Management Plan, prepared for the Gold Coast City Council, Gold Coast, Queensland.