UPDATE: Dozens of families have turned out in Surfers Paradise for an emotional candlelight vigil for the nine-month-old baby girl found on the beach this week.
The group of locals and tourists gathered at the foreshore off Staghorn Avenue on Thursday night before walking down to the waters edge, almost five days after a passer-by discovered the infant's body.
A large makeshift memorial of flowers, toys, teddies and letters has grown at the site.
It comes as the father, aged 47 according to NSW Police, awaits his next court appearance next February after facing Tweed Heads Local Court via video-link yesterday.
The homeless man, described as a violent schizophrenic, was charged with murdering the baby, accused of drowning her in the Tweed River.
THURSDAY: A candlelight vigil is being held at Surfers Paradise tonight, to pay tribute to a baby girl, found dead on the beach this week.
The event will be held on the sand at the end of Staghorn Avenue from around 6pm, near where the nine-month-old's body was discovered early Monday morning.
Floral tributes have been piling up at the spot over the past few days.
Organiser Lauren Paris admitted the news of the little girl's death had a devastating effect on many Gold Coasters, and invited everyone to come along to pay their respects.
"The community, especially people with little ones around the same age of the victim, are very upset and touched by this so they really want to feel that they can do something," said Ms Paris.
"The vigil is a way people can come together and leave floral tributes or candles, and also make a donation to the children's hospital."
The baby's father, a 48-year-old man, was charged with her murder on Thursday, and was due to face the Tweed Local Court.