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Gold Coast Queensland

Known as the “Glitter Strip”, Gold Coast is one of the crown jewels in Queensland and the central hub for Australia’s entertainment industry. Many consider it “Australia’s Hollywood”.


At a Glance

Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most iconic places. Gold Coast is most known for its signature skyline and lifestyle. It is where the stunning Pacific beach meet miles of high-rise building, where the possibility of entertainment is virtually endless. Tens of thousands of visitors come each year to bask themselves under the bright sun, to indulge themselves on a shopping spree, to explore magical tropical rainforests, to listen to their favourite artists performing live and experiencing the nightlife here.

The best attraction in Gold Coast by far is its white sandy beach beside the clear blue ocean. Gold Coast is also the theme park capital of Australia, hosting several world-famous theme parks such as MovieWorld, Seaworld and Dreamworld among many others. You can also move away from urban environment and visit many different national parks in the hinterland with lush green rainforest flora and cascading waterfalls.


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Where is Gold Coast?

 

Gold Coast is 66 kilometres south of Brisbane.

The Gold Coast is a metropolitan city located south Brisbane on the East coast. On the junction of several rivers, such as the Nerang and Coomera rivers, the city is famous for an elaborate system of inland canals and waterways. It’s also home to theme parks such as Dreamworld, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild. Furthermore, the city offers a wide variety of nightlife and culture to experience. Inland, hiking trails crisscross Lamington National Park’s mountain ridges and valleys, and rainforests. The quickest way to get there is via a 40 minute train ride, or a car hire for a quick 1 hour drive.


 

Things to see in Gold Coast

 

Springbrook National Park

Spectacular waterfalls, lush rainforest, ancient trees, impressive views, exceptional ecological importance and natural beauty make this heritage an outstanding place to visit. Springbrook National Park is located about 100km south of Brisbane and comprises four sections on and around the plateau; Springbrook section extends along the crest of the plateau, Mount Cougal section to the southeast and Natural Bridge and Numinbah sections to the west.

Springbrook National Park

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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Amazing Australian wildlife, you can cuddle a koala; feed a friendly kangaroo, experience the wild lorikeet feeding, free-flight bird show and Australiana sheep shearing.Iconic Gold Coast tourist destination where you can enjoy exciting, interactive displays, presentations and dining experiences. Nestled within 27 hectares of lush eucalyptus and rainforest, each day brings visitors face to face with extraordinary wildlife in shows and encounters. Every day at Currumbin is a new adventure. Cuddle a koala, get up close to a crocodile, get among a mob of kangaroos or check out reptiles, birds and marsupials in amazing wildlife shows and displays.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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Burleigh Head, Gold Coast

The beach makes you enjoy dual popularity with those who like to swim in her protected waters and those who love to surf around the headland. On a day when it might be a little choppy everywhere else along the Coast, you can bet your bottom dollar there’s a protected corner at Burleigh in which to dip. The Burleigh foreshore is home to towering fragrant pine trees characteristic of the coast and in this parkland, there are plenty of places in which to picnic or barbecue. This is also an ideal spot for regular art and craft markets, where you haggle and forage along the foreshore with the ocean shouting encouragement in the background.

Burleigh Head, Gold Coast

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Purling Brook Falls Circuit

Spectacular waterfalls and cool ancient forests await you in the beautiful World Heritage-listed Gondwana rainforest of Springbrook National Park. Together with Twin Falls Circuit, one of the must do's in this Park. Viewpoints, waterfalls, walking behind the fall's curtain, swimming holes, wildlife, name it, it is there! There are 265 steps on this walk and it is easy to walk in the clockwise direction and if you have time, take the two-kilometre return track to the Warringa Pool.

Purling Brook Falls Circuit

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What's the weather like?

 

As the Gold Coast region is a relatively small area, most places in this region experience similar climates. The Gold Coast region is known for having humid subtropical climate with hot summer and warm winters. Rainfall is relatively rare except in the summer months where residents experience ‘the Summer blues’ as precipitation may be significant in forms of thunderstorms and sustained heavy rains. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 28°C with an average minimum of 21°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 22°C with an average minimum of 13°C.

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Get to know Gold Coast's history

 

According to archaeologists, the area around Gold Coast were settled by native Australians for at least 23,000 years. It was first sighted by Captain James Cook in 1770 and Matthew Flinders in 1802. However, their sighting has generated little interest to colonisers and settlers. It was not until 1823 when John Oxley landed there, that settlers began to flock in the area. The abundance of redcedar in the hinterland attracted loggers to the regions, more settlers were drawn in as the surrounding valleys and plains were suitable for agricultural use, bolstering the cotton, sugar and cattle industries.

The region started to grow exponentially as coastal roads were built to connect the region to Brisbane. The completion of the Surfers Paradise hotel complex has also led to a tourism boom in the region. Post WWII, the region became a wildly popular destination by servicemen, resulting in significant inflation in real estates and goods and services in the area. That is the reason the area earned its name as ‘Gold Coast’ in the 1950s.

The recent years, the region began to boom as a result of improved infrastructure, growth in tourism and increased foreign investment, with several theme parks and high rise buildings being built. Today, Gold Coast is one of the most popular international tourist centre in the world.