The Gold Coast area was primarily a thriving timber industry area in 1842. Loggers sort after the prized cedar wood. The wood was tied into rafts and floated down the rivers to meet the ocean going sailing ships.
These ships were able to berth as far up the rivers as Nerang and Oxenford in those days. Loggers Edmund Harper and William Duncan are credited as being the first home owners in Surfers Paradise in their hut opposite what is now Wharf Road.