The Gold Coast is among the the top destinations for tourists in the world.
Here is some background information on this wonderful area:
There are over eighty suburbs within the Gold Coast, with some of the most well-known being Surfers Paradise, Burleigh, Southport, Mermaid Beach and Currumbin. Of course many place-names are Aboriginal, and it is interesting to discover what they mean. For example, Tallebudgera is derived from ‘talle’ meaning ‘fish’ and ‘budgerie’ meaning good, obviously meaning that there are 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, however it was in 1875 that Southport becameestablished, and the wealthier residents from Brisbane began to go there for their holidays.
Tourism in the region developed after the Surfers Paradise Hotel was built in 1925. The hotel went through a few transformations, and eventually it became an apartment complex.
The region was first called the ‘Gold Coast’ in the 1940s, when real estate speculators started to name it that, and the name was made official in 1958, when the local government designated the Gold Coast to be the area from Coolangatta to Southport.
The population kept on growing 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 on a regular basis, almost 600,000 people call the Gold Coast home.
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 several 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 watching 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 a perfect place for movie-lovers with families. There are many 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 next to Warner Bros., that is open all year round. Home to 17 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 known for gorgeous beaches, so no visit would be complete without a trip to one of the many scenic beaches. One of the best places for swimming 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, with views that are breath-taking, stretching from Surfers Paradise to the north, all the way to Tweed Heads in the south.
People who enjoy hiking and walking can also go to Tamborine Mountain, which has beautiful scenery and a wide range of wildlife.
There aretwelve tracks which are not difficult to do, so people who enjoy easy bushwalking will enjoy it here. There are wildlife sanctuaries, plus numerous other walking tracks:
Springbrook is located in the Gold Coast hinterland, where you can go to when you want to see native wildlife and ancient Antarctic beech trees. Purlingbrook Falls and other amazing waterfalls can be found within Springbrook. Visitors can also enjoy swimming in the Waringa Pool or go at night and visit the cave to see glow-worms.
For a truly amazing 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 incredible views of the sea, and be able to see from Brisbane to Byron Bay as well as far out in the Gold Coast Hinterland.
Jupiter’s Casino is situated just south of Surfers Paradise, with more than 1,000 slot machines and over 70 table games for guests to play. Guests can also stay a few nights there in well-appointed hotel rooms equipped with amenities such as flat screen TVs.
Couples and singles are guaranteed to love the nightlife that the Gold Coast offers.
With many nightclubs situated in Surfers Paradise, there are also many other bars, clubs, theatres and restaurants located throughout the region.
If you are after adult fun the Gold Coast can offer executive escort gold coast and men who strip in Brisbane. The Gold Coast has everything you need for a great holiday, beaches, wildlife, nightlife, city life and so much more.