I live in Parkwood and say Arundle as it has everything at it's doorstep. The tram is one of the advantages that Arundle has over Robina. Arundle also has great shopping centres close by and a university and hospitals. Plus it's convenient if you work in Brisbane as you don't need a car anymore.
Robina for sure! You have wonderful suburbs that surround you like Burleigh Waters, Miami & my favourite Varsity Lakes. The transport on that side of the coast is much better (Public) I mean. with two train stations and bus routes all throughout the area, It's one of my favourite parts to live on the Golad Coast and I have lived here for over 15+ years.
definitely Robina, you have the Robina Town Centre retail facilities so close with 3 supermarkets, David Jones and Myer. Well connected roadways with quick access to the M1 if travelling north to Brisbane/airport or south to Coolangatta, Tweed and NSW. Lots of good sporting clubs and Robina suburb is blessed with lots of little parks linked with walkways, you can walk through some really pretty areas, great for dog walkers and families. And the public schools are well regarded plus the choice of about 5 excellent private schools in easy driving distance, All Saints, Somerset, Kings, HIllcrest and a couple of others nearby.
I agree with Scott Campbell :-) I live in Robina for all of these reasons, my kids go to the local schools (both primary and high) and are involved with local sporting clubs. I also go the trivia each week at Robina Bowls Club with 100 others, it's a lot of fun! Robina is a great suburb with lots of smaller communities within, it just depends on what you would like to be involved with.
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If it were me, Robina would be the pick. Robina is the 2nd business hub behind Southport and has some significant investment in the area such as Robina Town Centre, heavy rail to Brisbane, C-Bus Stadium where the NRL plays and premium office buildings. The suburb is close to the beach, easy access to M1, there are plenty of schools, golf courses and restaurants in the area.
I hope this helps.