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GOLD COAST CITY
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Gold Coast City is a city
located in Australia, the second most populous city in the state of
Queensland and the seventh most populous city in the country. Gold Coast
City stretches from Beenleigh on the southern fringe of Logan City, for
approximately 60km (38 miles) south to Coolangatta situated on the
New South Wales border, and extends west to the foothills of the Great
Dividing Range in World Heritage listed Lamington National Park. Tweed
Heads and sections of Beaudesert are also commonly referred to as being a
part of 'The Gold Coast' region. However, they do not fall into the
statistical boundaries of Gold Coast City.
The city is renowned for its sunny subtropical climate, world-class
beaches, waterfront properties, wide array of tourist attractions, popular
entertainment, active nightlife and long, high-rise-dominated skyline.
The Gold Coast is situated in the southeast corner of
Queensland, to the
Brisbane, the state capital. Due to continuous development in
Queensland over the past 30 years, the Gold Coast/Beenleigh/Logan
City/Brisbane region is now a conurbation. The Gold Coast officially
stretches from the south end of Logan City and Russell Island to the
New South Wales. The southernmost town is Coolangatta which
includes Point Danger and its lighthouse. Coolangatta is a twin city with
Tweed Heads located directly across the border. At 28.1667° S 153.55° E,
this is the most easterly point on the
Queensland mainland (Point Lookout
on the offshore island of North Stradbroke is slightly further east).
From Coolangatta, approximately forty kilometres of holiday resorts and
surfing beaches stretch north to the suburb
of Main Beach, and then further on Stradbroke Island. The suburbs of
Paradise form the Gold Coast's commercial centre
(latitude about 27.7 degrees south). The administrative area of the Gold
Coast City Council (Gold Coast City Council Website) continues north up to
and including Beenleigh.
The major river in the area is the Nerang River. Much of the land between
the coastal strip and the hinterland was once wetlands drained by this
river, but the swamps have been converted into manmade waterways (over 260
km, or over 9 times that of Venice, Italy) and artificial islands covered
in upmarket homes. The heavily developed coastal strip sits on a narrow
barrier sandbar between these waterways and the sea.
To the west, the city is bordered by a part of the Great Dividing Range
commonly referred to as the 'Gold Coast hinterland'. A 206 km˛ section of
the mountain range is protected by Lamington National Park and has been
listed as a World Heritage area in recognition of its "outstanding
geological features displayed around shield volcanic craters and the high
number of rare and threatened rainforest species". The area is popular
among bushwalkers and day-trippers.
The Gold Coast has a subtropical climate with warm, mild winters and hot,
bright summers. Set out hereunder is a summary of the climatic data for
The city consists of 57 kilometres of coastline with some of the most
famous beaches in Australia including, South Stradbroke
Island, The Spit, Main Beach,
Paradise, Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach,
Nobby Beach, Miami, Burleigh Beach, Burleigh Heads, Tallebudgera Beach,
Palm Beach, Curruminbin Beach, Tugun, Bilinga, Kirra, Coolangatta,
Greenmount, Rainbow Bay, Snapper Rocks and Froggies Beach. Duranbah beach
is one of the world's best known surfing beaches and is often thought of
as being on the Gold Coast, but is actually just across the
New South Wales state border in Tweed Shire.
There are also beaches along many of the Gold Coast's 860km of navigable
tidal waterways. Popular inland beaches include Southport, Budds Beach,
Marine Stadium, Currumbin Alley, Tallebudgera Estuary, Jacobs Well, Jabiru
Island, Paradise Point, Harley Park Labrador and Evandale Lake.
While the beaches are beautiful and enticing, there are also inherent
dangers, and the Gold Coast has Australia’s largest professional surf
lifesaving service to protect people on the beaches and to promote surf
safety throughout the community.
Queensland Department of Primary Industries carries out the
Shark Safety Program (SSP) to protect swimmers from sharks. For over 40
years no fatal shark attack has occurred on a protected beach on the Gold
Coast. Sharks are caught by using nets and baited drumlines off the major
swimming beaches. Even with the SSP, sharks do range within sight of the
patrolled beaches, lifeguards will clear swimmers from the water if it is
considered that there is safety risk.
Gold Coast City Council's beach cleaners sweep the mainland beaches every
In an attempt to minimise the inherent risks associated with swimming in
the open coastal waters, the surf lifesaving movement actively promotes
these "Golden Rules" for swimmers:
Always swim between the red &
yellow flags on patrolled beaches.
Always read the Flags and
Safety Signs located on the beach and understand what they mean before
entering the water.
A single Red Flag indicates
Dangerous conditions and you are not to enter the water. A single Yellow
Flag indicates to swim with Caution.
Tourism is Gold Coast City's main industry, generating total revenue of
$2.5 billion per annum. Gold Coast is the most popular
location with over 13,000 available guestrooms contributing over $335
million to the
local economy each year. Accommodation options available range from
backpacker hostels to five star resorts and hotels. The most common style
of accommodation is three and four star self-contained apartments.
Major tourist attractions include internationally renowned surf beaches,
World Heritage listed hinterland national parks, and theme parks
including, Dreamworld, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild Water World, Warner Bros.
Movie World, Currumbin Sanctuary, Fleays Wildlife Park, Australian Outback
Spectacular and Paradise Country.
Since its opening in 2005 the Q1 building has been a popular destination
for tourists and locals alike. The observation deck at level 77 is the
highest of its kind in
Queensland and offers expansive views in all
Bikini-clad Meter Maids were introduced in Surfers Paraidse in 1965 in an
attempt to put a positive spin on new parking regulations. Instead of
issuing tickets for expired parking, the Meter Maids dispensed coins into
the meter and left a calling card under the windscreen wiper of the
vehicle. The Maids are still a popular part of the
culture but the scheme is now run by private enterprise.