With 42 kilometres of uncrowded golden sand beaches and a hinterland of ancient rainforests, scenic valleys and waterfalls, the Gold Coast is not only Australia’s holiday capital, it is the lifestyle choice for around 600,000 fortunate residents.
The idyllic climate provides over 300 days of beautiful sunshine per year with only a few weeks of winter, and having no heavy industry to pollute the atmosphere, the Gold Coast is one of the nation’s greenest and cleanest cities with magnificent clear blue skies and clean, fresh air. Golf is a favourite pastime as the area offers around 30 golf courses, both public and club membership only. Kirribilli Heights is located adjacent to The Grand golf course, the most exclusive private club in Australia.
The area’s beaches and expansive broadwater ensure that boating, swimming, surfing fishing and other aquatic sports are extremely popular with residents and holidaymakers alike. As the city has more canals than Venice, it also has one of the highest rates of private boat ownership, with residents taking full advantage of the city’s calm waterways and access to deep sea fishing. Every year giant humpback whales make their annual migration from the Antarctic to warmer northern waters, which has made whale watching cruises a thriving business during autumn and spring.
The Gold Coast also boasts major theme parks, including Dreamworld, Sea World, Warner Bros. Movieworld and Wet n Wild water park. Shopping is a major pastime and you will find all the leading international labels available, in addition to retailers catering for all budgets. Also known as a dining mecca, the Coast has a multitude of restaurants offering a dazzling choice of international cuisines, plus a range of nightclubs, from the casual to the sophisticated.
The Gold Coast Turf Club holds a major race meeting at least once weekly and the city is home to the prestigious Prime Ministers Cup winter meeting and the Magic Millions yearling sales, held in autumn. For the keen punter, the city also provides a world-class venue at Jupiters Casino at Broadbeach, where guests can dine, be entertained and try their hand at roulette, sic bo, blackjack, stud poker, baccarat and hundreds of gaming machines.
It’s not surprising that the Gold Coast is favoured as a seasonal home by the nation’s rich and famous, who own some of the most elegant homes to be found anywhere in Australia. Tourism, hospitality, entertainment and real estate are the city’s main industries, while international education, scientific research and boat building add strength to the region’s economy.