Set on the eastern coast of Australia, Gold Coast is the second most populated city in the Queensland region after the state capital Brisbane, and the sixth city in the country as far as population is concerned. It is a perfect vacation destination due to its many faces: it has luxurious beaches for surf lovers and not only, amazing city sites, breathtaking rainforests to get lost in.
While the origin of the city’s name remains unknown, the real estate investors are the one to name the city the “Gold Coast”. It was not until the 1820s that the Europeans began to populate the region, along with the arriving of the explorer John Oxley at Mermaid Beach. The attraction of the region during the mid- and late-19th century was the vast supply of red cedar in the Hinterland which was used for furniture, wood paneling, construction, ship building; it was called “red gold” by the Australian settlers.
The establishment of the Surfers Paradise hotel in the late 1920s brought along the development of the region as one of the leading tourist destination in Australia. Here is where surfers meet to face Australia’s most persistent waves and where many international surfing competitions are hosted. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the Gold Coast will be hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games, a multi-sport competition which comes third in the world as sport event, after the Olympic Games and the Asian Games.
One of attractions of the nowadays Gold Coast is its urban structure, with its residential canals first built in the 1950s and the construction of which still continues. More than 80000 residents live on more than 890 km of constructed residential waterfront land within the city. Most of these canals are extensions to the Nerang River, but there are also southern canals along Tallebudgera Creek and Currmubin Creek, and northern extensions to Gold Coast Broadwater and Coomera River.
Due to its humid subtropical climate, with warm winters and hot, humid summers, the Gold Coast is an ideal vacation spot all year round. Thus, summer (December to February) is the best time to visit it for those in search of the sun, the average temperature being between 20˚C – 28˚C. Nevertheless, if you want to hide from the sun for a while, you can find the best retreat in the cool of the rainforest, the Gold Coast Hinterland, home to two of Queensland’s best national parks, Lamington and Springbrook, where bird watching can be an enjoyable pass time. The autumn days (the months of March to May) with their mild sunny weather are ideal for outdoor activities such as fishing in the reef and sailing, while during the winter months of June to August it is the best time to go find the whales. Spring (September to November) is mostly similar to autumn, the sunny days are followed by mild tropical evenings. Due to its windy days, September is perfect for kite-surfing, kite-boarding, windsurfing and sailing.
Experience the wonder and excitement that can only be found on the Gold Coast. Known for pristine beaches, exhilarating theme parks and lush hinterland, the Gold Coast is Australia’s number one holiday destination. Famous for beautifully warm summers and mild winters, Gold Coast temperature make for a perfect holiday seasons all year round.
Gold Coast City is Queensland’s most southern city situated at 27° 57’S & 153° 25’E. The city stretches along the southern coast of Australia’s largest state, Queensland and features 70 kilometres of pristine sun drenched coastline from South Stradbroke Island in the north, to beautiful Rainbow Bay in the south. The Gold Coast spans 1,402 square kilometres (approx. 541 square miles) on the Queensland & New South Wales border, 100kms south of Brisbane and 900kms north of Sydney, the Gold Coast is the perfect spot to enjoy a romantic getaway or an action packed family holiday with so many exciting things to see and do.
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