Aurthur Earle arrived at the Gold Coast in 1964, where he purchased around 3000 acres of land located between Nerang and Mudgeeraba and began dozing a track through the middle of his land. The track eventually became a busy road. It was then linked up with the cuttings of the old railway line to form part of today's Pacific Highway line. Meanwhile developers were slowly dredging and reshaping land in the lowlying areas along the Nerang River. they were creating canal estates where many housing allotments included much sought after water frontage.
At this stage, the future site of Robina was still untouched - a wilderness of lagoons, paper barks and casuarina. The "Great Swamp", was largely unexploited except as a place for grazing cattle int he dry season. It was difficult landscape for development and it had withstood many attempts by investors to reshape or transform it into a profitable asset. (Council of the City of Gold Coast, 2016)