All you need to know about Gold Coast

Gold Coast is a coastal city in Queensland, Australia. It’s located roughly 41 miles south-east of Brisbane, and lies north of New South Wales. With a population over 630,000, it’s one of Australia’s largest cities. Originally South Coast, it has a humid subtropical climate, and a landscape characterised by beaches, waterways and forests.

The Gold Coast was first observed by Lieutenant James Cook - A British explorer, navigator and captain - who sailed along the region in 1770. However, it wasn’t until 1832 that the region was inhabited, when explorer John Oxley arrived on Mermaid Beach. In the years that followed, a number of townships opened up along the coast, including Nerang, established as a base for industry in 1870.

These days, the Gold Coast is a bustling tourist destination, celebrated for its beautiful landscape and youthful spirit. The city has a growing economy focused on construction, and a number of infrastructure and transformative projects underway that are set to propel the Gold Coast to new heights. The city’s industrial base is also driven by education, technology, tourism, creative and sports industries.

Gold Coast’s cultural life is rich and varied. It offers wonderful street markets like Burleigh, Carrara and South Bank, as well beautiful outdoor spaces in the form of Spingbrook National Park, Natural Bridge and Tamborine Mountain. Those into art are advised to pay a visit to either the Henderson Gallery or HOTA Gallery, both of which are located close by.

The best way to get around the Gold Coast is by car. Over 70% of people drive to work, and the city has a comprehensive network of roads that connect its inland and coastal suburbs. Its transport system is, likewise, extensive and includes buses, as well as heavy and light rail. Gold Coast Airport lies 14 miles south of Surfers Paradise, and serves various major cities and interstate capitals in Japan, New Zealand and Malaysia.

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