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Quick Facts

Quick Facts

Spanning across more than 57 kilometres of picturesque coastline and bordered by world-heritage listed rainforest, the Gold Coast is Australia's premier tourist destination – renowned for its surf, sand and sunshine. 

Our natural beauty, relaxed lifestyle and strong, vibrant and connected community make the Gold Coast one of the most unique cities to live, work and play. The region has not only earned its place as one of Australia’s favourite holiday destinations, but proved to be an attractive option for investors, migrants and business travellers.

The region attracts over 13 million visitors and approximately 12,500 new residents each year, making it one of the fastest growing cities in Australia. Delegates visiting the Gold Coast spend an average 3.2 days in the region.

Spanning over two local government areas – Gold Coast City and Tweed Shire Council – the region's population tops more than 500,000 and is expected to tip 700,000 residents by 2021. Famous for its sub-tropical climate – boasting almost 300 days of warm, bright sunshine per year – the Gold Coast offers year round comfort with daily temperature in the mid-20s.

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 500,000, with an estimated 320,000 additional people to call the city home by 2035. It is Australia's sixth largest city – larger than two of the nation's capitals.
  • Area: The region encompasses 5,000sq km with 57km of pristine coastline, 270km of navigable waterways and 100,000ha of world-heritage listed rainforests.
  • Coastline: The tourism destination spans Yatala and South Stradbroke Island to the north; Cabarita and Kingscliff in the south; and west to Beaudesert, including world-heritage listed national parks.
  • The Gold Coast shares the title with Brisbane as one of the most desirable places in the world to live when ranked on political, social, economic and environmental factors, personal safety and health.
  • One of the highest partner participation rates in conferences in Australia.
  • One of Australia’s fastest-growing regions.
  • 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, home to more than 1,300 animal and 1,700 plant species.
  • 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.
  • Host city for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
  • The region welcomes more than 13 million total visitors annually, contributing more than $5 billion to the local economy.
  • Leading international markets include China, New Zealand, UK, Japan, South East Asia, Europe and North America.
  • Ethnicity: Multicultural
  • Language: English
  • Currency: Australian dollars and cents
  • International visitors per year: 1.1 million international visitors (2016)
  • Domestic visitors per year: 3.7 million overnight domestic visitors (2016)
  • Transport: The Gold Coast is a network hub located in south-east Queensland, 80km from the state’s capital of Brisbane. The city is serviced by two international airports:

    Gold Coast Airport – 30 minutes, drive south from GCCEC -
    Brisbane Airport – 1 hour drive north from GCCEC -
    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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What Our Clients Say

I have conducted two major formal dinners at GCCEC for approx 700 people each time, the more recent of these being held in March 2015. I am completely satisfied with all aspects of working with GCCEC and their performance in presenting our function. They were completely professional and were willing to do things exactly the way I wanted them done, even meeting some unusual requirements. When I requested to make layout changes only hours before the dinner the request was accommodated immediately and with professional ease. The dinner was an alternate drop three course full service meal with drinks package, and it was without a doubt the best formal dinner I have ever attended. I have managed many similar dinners in the past but this dinner achieved by far the best result, it was the easiest to organise and to then manage on the night. Our GCCEC functions manager was a competent and willing professional who achieved an absolutely flawless event. I am still trying to understand how the catering staff were able to prepare almost 700 perfectly cooked and presented meals and get them to the tables whilst still hot. An excellent event perfectly presented by cheerful and competent professional staff.

Bruce Schmidtchen
Chairman, 5RAR Assoc Inc 50th Anniversary Reunion Committee

We have held our major event, the Conference of Major Superannuation Funds (CMSF), at the GCCEC on six occasions since it opened in 2004. Through holding our event at the GCCEC we have established a terrific relationship with the venue. Each and every staff member works tirelessly to ensure that our event is run to the highest calibre. Any task, no matter how little or large is undertaken to ensure our expectations are met and our event is delivered successfully.

AIST Events Team

It’s the small things that make such a big difference. My organisation has held its conference annually at GCCEC since 2008, during which I’ve experienced unparalleled service. I continue to be amazed by the dedication, friendliness and professionalism of all staff – be it sales and event management to back of house and floor staff. They know my event inside and out, making the experience seamless. I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every conference I’ve held here!

Marika MacKenzie
Communications Manager, Optometry Queensland Northern Territory

You guys did it again! It is such a pleasure to work with a dedicated, proactive and friendly team. Your can-do attitude, your attention to detail and your willingness to try something new all help to make our lives easier and to keep our event fresh and interesting. Once again, the food was superb and the level of service provided by everyone at the centre was exceptional.

Julie Hood
Director Events Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association

There is no doubt that next time we need to be ‘creative’ on the Gold Coast; the GCCEC is the only venue we’d choose. No matter how difficult or unusual our demands prior to the event, nothing proved impossible for you and during the conference your professionalism and attention to detail ensured that everything ran without a hitch enabling us to focus properly on the job in hand. Last, but not least, the catering was superb!

Greg O’Neil
General Manager - Rural Merchandise CRT Rural Supplies