Parkwood, a residential suburb on the Gold Coast, is three km north-west of Southport. It is bordered on its west by the Pacific Highway and the Gold Coast railway but not, unfortunately, by a railway station.
The suburb, dating from the 1980s, is entirely residential. Civic facilities are few, the exceptions being local shopping areas on Olsen Avenue and Napper Road, and the Parkwood International golf course. About two-thirds of dwellings are detached houses and one-quarter are town houses.
Educational facilities are found outside Parkwood: Arundel primary school, Trinity P-12 Lutheran College in Ernest-Molendinar, and Southport high school, Catholic primary and secondary schools and Griffith University in Southport. Arundel Plaza Shopping centre, Napper Road, is just inside Parkwood's northern boundary. Parkland's Plaza, Olsen Avenue, is similarly positioned in the east.
Parkwood's population profile is youthful and family-oriented. In 2001 the median age of the residents was 30 years (compared with 38 for Gold Coast) and 70% of families had children (compared with 58% for Gold Coast).
Parkwood's census populations have been: