Quick Facts

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Quick Facts

Gold Coast City has proven very attractive to investors, migrants, leisure and business travellers.

It is one of the fastest growing cities in Australia and shares the title with Brisbane as one of the most desirable places in the world to live, ranked on political, social, economic and environmental factors, personal safety and health. Spanning two local government areas – Gold Coast City and Tweed Shire Council – the population tops just under 500,000 in one of Australia’s fastest growing communities. The population is expected to tip 700,000 residents by 2021.

Famous for its weather boasting 287 days of warm, bright sunshine per year! Summer is from December to February with an average temperature of 19-29 degrees Celsius (66 to 83 degrees Fahrenheit). Winter is from June to August with an average temperature of 9 - 21 degrees Celsius (48 to 69 Fahrenheit). The subtropical climate with an average water temperature of 22 degrees encourages an outdoor lifestyle anytime of the year.

  • Population: Gold Coast City’s population is more than 590,000. It is Australia’s sixth largest city, and larger than two other Australian capitals.
  • Area: The region encompasses 5000 sq km with 70km of pristine coastline.
  • Coastline: The tourism destination spans Beenleigh and South Stradbroke Island to the north; Cabarita and Kingscliff in the south; west to Beaudesert including World Heritage Listed national parks.
  • The largest subtropical rainforest remnant in the world and more than 100,000ha of nature reserves and World Heritage sites.
  • Australia’s most biologically diverse city.
  • The largest professional life guard service in Australia.
  • The largest concentration of themed attractions in the southern hemisphere.
  • Some of Australia’s largest duty free outlets and shopping centres.
  • One of the highest partner participation rates in conferences in Australia.
  • One of Australia’s fastest-growing regions.
  • The region hosted 9.6 million visitors in 2007/8 (Financial Year Ending). Domestic visitors numbered 3.4 million (15.7 million nights) and International visitors at 849,114 (8.0 million nights). There were 5.3 million daytrip visitors (Year Ending June 08).
  • Leading international markets include Japan, New Zealand, UK, China, Europe, and the Middle East.
  • Interstate visitors accounted for 55% of domestic visitor numbers, 66% of domestic visitor nights.
  • In 2007/2008 (Financial Year Ending) domestic expenditure (including airfares and long distance transport) totalled $3.09 billion.
  • Ethnicity: Multicultural
  • Language: English
  • Currency: Australian dollars and cents
  • International visitors per year: 752,900 (as at 03/04 figures)
  • Domestic visitors per year: 3.5million (as at 03/04 figures)
  • Transport: Located in south-east Queensland, 80km from State capital Brisbane, Gold Coast is a network hub.The city is serviced by two international airports: 

    Gold Coast Airport – 20 minutes, drive south from GCCEC -www.goldcoastairport.com.au 
    Brisbane Airport – 1 hour drive north from GCCEC -www.brisbaneairport.com.au 
    Both airports are full international customs ports where freight can be exported.

Time Zones:

  • Tokyo+1 hour
  • Thailand-3 hours
  • Los Angeles-18 hours
  • Singapore-2 hours
  • Malaysia-2 hours
  • New York-15 hours
  • Indonesia-1 to -3 hours
  • Korea-1 hour
  • London-10 hours
  • New Zealand+2 hours

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