Gold Coast is a coastal city and local government area, situated in the Australian state of Queensland. It is located 94 km (58 miles) south of Brisbane. Gold Coast is the most populated, city in Australia that is not a state capital. The city is a major tourist destination, with its warm climate, waterside activities, theme parks, nightlife, and shopping. The region of the Gold Coast has 70 km (43 miles) of coastline, and the city of Gold Coast is built along 56 km (35 miles) of that. Gold Coast is also home to the country’s largest subtropical rainforest and more than 100,000 ha (247,105 acres) of nature reserves and World Heritage sites.
Gold Coast City is one of Australia’s fastest growing cities. Tourism is the largest industry in Gold Coast, with around ten million visitors per year. Other major industries include IT, food services and sports. The area is a centre for film production, with Warner Brother’s studios filming movies like Scooby Doo, The Chronicles of Narnia and many TV shows here. Prominent IT companies with office space in the Gold Coast include Austar, GoTalk, IBM, Roamfree, Telstra Countrywide, OntheNet, and Coasta ICOMS.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Gold Coast has a lot to offer in terms of sights and things to do with over thirty amazing beaches including Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, North Burleigh, and Burleigh Heads. For some family fun there are many theme parks, such as Sea World, Warner Bros Movie World, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and WhiteWater World. For dining make your way to A Carne Churrascaria for some Brazilian style steaks, try Accordion Italian Restaurant for some pizza or pasta, or for modern Australian cuisine visit Alleys Restaurant or Aura Broadbeach.
The Gold Coast Coolangatta Airport means flying into the city as stress-free as possible. It services more than three and a half million passengers a year, with many regional and international flights. An alternative is the Brisbane International Airport, which is about ninety minutes drive from the city. Approaching the city is also possible by train using the CityTrain from Brisbane to Nerang and Robina or the Countrylink from Sidney. Long distance coach services also stop at Gold Coast. Getting around within Gold Coast is possible by car, bus or taxi and for cyclists there are 36km of The Gold Coast Oceanway trail.