About Gold Coast
Welcome to Gold Coast, Australia’s sixth largest city and an endless playground of entertainment and adventure. The Gold Coast’s spectacular 57 kilometers coastline, heritage–listed rain forests, 300 sunny days ahead of you, year-round events mean that there are no comparison to Gold Coast’s ability to entertain.
It is strategically located on the edge of the Asia-Pacific rim, with access to two international airports; the Gold Coast is perfectly positioned as a destination for business, investment, study, sport, events, tourism and lifestyle.
The Rise of a Post-Modern City
Twenty-three thousand years before European settlement, the Yugambeh people inhabited the Gold Coast region. White settlers moved in to the area in the 1860s establishing large cattle stations, which were later divided into smaller sugar, cotton and dairy farms.
Do you know why it is called Gold Coast? Well, it was originally known as the South Coast because it was south of Brisbane. However, because of the inflated prices of real estate and other goods and services led to the nickname “Gold Coast” from 1950. Even until today, Gold Coast has the dubious distinction of being the most unaffordable place in Australia for buying houses and units.
How to get there
BY AIR Gold Coast Airport is located at the southern end of the coast in Coolangatta, with Virgin Australia and Jetstar operating direct flights from most major Capital cities. From Coolangatta it’s 30 minutes north to Surfers Paradise or 15 minutes south to Kingscliff. Alternatively Brisbane is just a 60 minute drive from the Gold Coast with direct flights from all major Australian cities.
The Gold Coast is all about beaches and your choice along the coastline is endless with its 70 kilometres of coastline to tempt you. Check out famous Surfers Paradise Beach, head to Burleigh Heads and Kirra to catch a break or relax with the family on the golden sands at Main Beach, Coolangatta, Greenmount, Rainbow Bay and Kingscliff.
The waters of Gold Coast are considered to be the Humpback Highway and provide a fantastic opportunity for visitors to get up close to the largest living mammal on Earth.
It boasts the longest whale watching season in the country starting from June through November, as humpbacks make their journey from Antarctica to the warmer waters of Queensland.
The city remains one of the most bio-diverse in Australia with natural habitats that are home to more than 700 animals and 1800 plant species. This natural environment is an extraordinary asset and an integral part of the local identity and culture with more than 2000 parks covering approximately 21,000 hectares and 4,500 hectares of world heritage-listed rainforests.
It is difficult to leave Gold Coast without experiencing Sea World, Movie world, Wet ‘n Wild, White Water World or Dream World. They are great and memorable, so whether you have little kids or you are big kids – just do it.
Cuddle a koala, hang out with kangaroos, swim with dolphins, hand-feed lorikeets, nurse a baby crocodile or caress a full-sized snake. You can even feed sharks and stingrays, steal a kiss from a seal or take a sneak peak of a platypus.
The Gold Coast is host to the Australian PGA Championship and with more than 40 championship and resort golf courses in the region, there are plenty of internationally regarded golfing experiences for the weekend hacker or the serious swinger.
This is the Gold Coast. And there’s nowhere else like it.