Gold Coast is a beachy city on the South Eastern coast of Queensland, not far from the Queensland/New South Wales border. It is about 70 km south of Queensland capital, Brisbane. It has strengthened itself over the years of a few beach towns speckled along the coast to the 2nd biggest city in the state. There is almost 650,000 people that call the Gold Coast home, which actually makes it Australia's 6th biggest city and Australia's biggest tourist zone.
The amazing climate, beautiful beaches (which are used by and heavily marketed towards have consistantly attracted millions of international tourists (and domestic traffic via High School leavers parties aka Schoolies and Aus-based travellers), it has subsequently caused a large surf/beach industry to emerge to support the growth. In certain areas - especially Surfers Paradise - the narrow coastal strip, that is choc-ful of nightclubs, restruants, hotels, apartments and tourist shops that Gold Coast was always seen as a simple and easy-going beach image. However due to heavy state funding into infrastructure in Airports and rail, and the new connections to Brisbane by the Pacific Motorway, Gold Coast is now served by two major airports (around 100 km from Brisbane International Airport and Gold Coast airport in Coolangatta). Additionally, Coolangatta is the terminus of the Coolongatta-based Casino which is also a very popular tourist attraction. A Light Rail Train system was confirmed in 2014, which will connect the beaches and CBDs in the South of Queensland. Also, the tallest skyscraper in the Southern Hemisphere, the Q1 Tower, is in Surfer’s Paradise as well as Australia’s first private university, Bond University. The city is getting ready for a huge event in 2018, the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, which is held only every four years.
In 1823, the area that the Gold Coast stands on today, was colonized for the first time, which is when the fertile territory first began being utilised. Originally, loggers, fishermen, ranchers and sugar cane farmers settled in the region. Once the city of Southport was established in 1875, tourism began a slow and steady emergence. A veritable tourism boom was first experienced on the Gold Coast in 1925, after several good hotels and solid infrastructure were developed. During the Second World War US soldiers based in Australia used the Gold Coast as a R&R location to ‘getaway’ from the risks and stresses of war. Another essential stage in the Gold Coast’s tourism projectory was the opening of the Coolongatta Airport in 1981. Which were subsequently followed by attractions such as theme parks (Wet and Wild, Dreamworld, Seaworld etc), green spaces, shopping centers and nightclubs. In addition to the tourist industry today playing Education, Technology, Marine and Sports a crucial role in the economy of the entire region.
The Gold Coast is such a beautiful and memorable location. Unlike many beachside locations throughout the world (i.e. Bali, Phuket, Cebu etc etc), the Gold Coast is not only remarkably clean and gorgeous it is safe and secure, the business environment is world-class and the education opportunities are exceptional. What better place to visit as a tourist or to relocate your business than this beautiful part of the world.