The Gold Coast is one of the major destinations for tourists on earth.
Here is some background information about this fabulous region:
There are more than eighty suburbs that make up the Gold Coast, with some of the most well-known being Burleigh, Surfers Paradise, Mermaid Beach, Southport and Currumbin. Many place-names are Aboriginal, and it is interesting to discover what they mean. For instance, Tallebudgera is derived from ‘talle’ meaning ‘fish’ and ‘budgerie’ meaning good, obviously referring to great fish stocks there.
Captain James Cook was considered the first European to navigate the south-east coast of Queensland, which local Aboriginal people refer to as ‘Kurrungal’, a name derived from their word for ‘endless supplies of timber’.
Population throughout the region grew from 1823, but it was in 1875 that Southport becameestablished, and the wealthier people from Brisbane began to go there and take their holidays.
Tourism in the region developed after the Surfers Paradise Hotel went up in 1925. The hotel went through several transformations, and eventually it became an apartment complex.
The region was first referred to as the ‘Gold Coast’ in the 1940s, when real estate speculators started to name it that, and the name was made official in 1958, when local government designated the Gold Coast to be the area between Coolangatta to Southport.
The population grew rapidly from 1981 when the Gold Coast airport was finished, and by 2007 it became the biggest non-capital city in Australia, and is also the country’s sixth largest city. Although the population fluctuates regularly, almost 600,000 people live on the Gold Coast.
Places to go and things to see in the Gold Coast
There are many things to do and see while visiting the Gold Coast. The region is home to a number of theme parks, such as Dream World, Wet’n'Wild, Movie World and Sea World. These three are located within 30 minutes from each other, and are fairly close to Surfers Paradise.
At Sea World the whole family can enjoy seeing dolphins, sharks and much more, in addition to having the opportunity to swim, relax, slide and have a go on water-based rides, whereas Movie World, also known as Warner Brothers is the perfect place for movie-lovers with families. There are numerous movie-themed rides, and also performers who dress up as movie characters such as Scooby Doo, Batman, and many others, and who will be happy to have their photo taken with you.
Wet’n'Wild is a water themed park that is located right next to Warner Bros., and is open all year round. Home to seventeen water slides and four pools, you can have peace-of-mind that this is a great place for the whole family to visit.
The Gold Coast is famous for gorgeous beaches, so no trip would be complete without a visit to one of the many scenic beaches. One of the best beaches to swim at is Burleigh. With calm water conditions on most days, there is also great surfing at Burleigh Heads at the south of the beach.
Burleigh Heads itself is a lush, beautiful native bushland, with two walking tracks, one a short distance and the other taking in the whole headland, and the views are stunning, stretching from Tweed Heads to the south, all the way to Surfers Paradise.
People who enjoy hiking and walking can also go to Tamborine Mountain, which has beautiful scenery and a wide variety of wildlife.
There aretwelve tracks which vary in length but are not difficult, so people who enjoy easy bushwalking will love it here. There are wildlife sanctuaries, plus numerous other walking tracks:
Springbrook is located in the Gold Coast hinterland, where you can see native wildlife and ancient Antarctic beech trees. Purlingbrook Falls and other beautiful waterfalls are within Springbrook. You can also enjoy swimming in the Waringa Pool or go at night and visit the cave to see glow-worms.
For a truly wonderful experience you can visit the Q1 building in Surfers Paradise. It’s the tallest building in Australia and the fifth tallest residential tower in the world. With more than 77 levels, you will have distant views of the beach, and be able to see from Brisbane to Byron Bay as well as far out in the Gold Coast Hinterland.
Jupiter’s Casino is located just south of Surfers Paradise, with more than 1,000 slot machines and over 70 table games for guests to play. Guests can spend a few nights there in stylish hotel rooms equipped with amenities such as flat screen TVs.
Singles and couples are guaranteed to enjoy the nightlife the Gold Coast offers.
With many nightclubs located in Surfers Paradise, there are also many other bars, clubs, theatres and restaurants located throughout the region.