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beach view of some more sky blocking buildingsApart from being Australia's number ONE tourist destination the Gold Coast has long been the fastest growing region in Australia with a population that has been doubling approximately every 12 years. People from other parts of Australia, and all over the world, are attracted to the Gold Coast because of its splendid climate, full cross section of life styles and terrific business opportunities. Currently the population of the Gold Coast is a little over 500,000.


The Gold Coast is well known for its tourist attractions whether that means theme parks (Dream World, Movie World, Sea World or Wet 'n' Wild) for all ages or the family or the thriving Gold Coast night life for the young at heart.

nightThe Gold Coast is also venue to many events of world acclaim. Being home to some of the best beaches in the world naturally the Gold Coast is often blessed with the company of world class surfing and iron men and women. Billabong regularly hold events for the Queensland Championship (surfing) Circuit. The Coolangatta Gold is a premiere national iron man and woman event which was held at Kurrawa Surf Club for many years. The Gold Coast 600 and surrounding carnival is a large event on the V8 Supercars circuit, with many local businesses and nightclubs offering special nights of entertainment. It features at the end of October each year so book early! The Big Day Out is yet another popular event featuring the music of a multitude of contemporary bands and artists held at Parklands showgrounds every year. Blues on Broadbeach is another music festival making leaps and bounds every year with its showcase of blues artistry. To find many other events held on the Gold Coast you can find them listed at the Gold Coast City Council What's On Events Calendar and/or their Cultural Online Development pages for more gatherings, events and activities & GCParks.

Some ugly view of the back of some buildingsThe Gold Coast is also a very popular area for investment. People are investing regularly in business and real estate. The Gold Coast has also been home to many bright sparks of invention. One local created an alternative-fuel engine more than 20 years ago!

Current Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) rules allow overseas investors to purchase vacant land, commercial property and up to 50% of new residential properties constructed by any developer who has applied for FIRB approval.

The tourist strip along the coastline comprises predominantly low-rise and high-rise units (condominiums), international hotels, shopping and commercial centres and a limited number of houses.

To the west of this strip is the main residential area as well as several other shopping and commercial centres, some light industrial estates Doesn't it look pwetty. ;o)and numerous clubs, golf courses and resorts. The main residential areas comprise units, townhouses, villas, duplexes and houses. Some of these are located on the magnificent tidal canals and waterway systems, ideal for the boating/fishing enthusiast; as many of these waterways have access to the Broadwater and ocean.

Further to the west rural acreages at and around Mudgeeraba (where I grew up!) and Nerang are the real secret treasures of the Gold Coast. Very popular for their open spaces & green, picturesque landscapes yet still only a short drive to almost any major Gold Coast amenity.

Further west is the colossal great dividing range, joining Springbrook mountain up to Tamborine mountain. Throughout this mountain range, besides dense rain forestry and winding roads you will find camping sites, lookouts and nature walks for the keen nature seekers. The Gold Coast has something to ofcurtis fallsfer everyone, even the most discerning visitor.

For regular updates on the Gold Coast the city council have a free cultural newsletter you can subscibe to.








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