The Gold Coast is one of the most popular destinations for tourists on the planet.
Here is some information about this fabulous place:
There are over eighty suburbs that make up the Gold Coast, with some of the most famous being Burleigh, Surfers Paradise, Mermaid Beach, Southport and Currumbin. Of course many place-names are Aboriginal, and it is interesting to find out what they mean. For example, Tallebudgera is derived from ‘talle’ meaning ‘fish’ and ‘budgerie’ meaning good, obviously meaning that there are good fish there.
Captain James Cook was perhaps the first European to sail along the south-east coast of Queensland, which local Aboriginal people call ‘Kurrungal’, a name derived from their word for ‘endless supplies of timber’.
Population throughout the region grew from 1823, however it was in 1875 that Southport becameestablished, and the wealthier residents from Brisbane began to go there for their holidays.
Tourism in the region grew after the Surfers Paradise Hotel was completed in 1925. The hotel experienced a few transformations, and eventually it became an apartment building.
The region was first called the ‘Gold Coast’ in the 1940s, when real estate speculators started to name it that, and the name became official in 1958, when the local government designated the Gold Coast to be the area between Coolangatta to Southport.
The population kept on growing rapidly from 1981 when the Gold Coast airport was finished, and by 2007 it became the biggest non-capital city in Australia, and is also the country’s sixth largest city. Although the population fluctuates daily, almost 600,000 people call the Gold Coast home.
Activities and things to see in the Gold Coast
There are many exciting things to do and see while visiting the Gold Coast. The region is home to a number of theme parks, such as Dream World, Wet’n'Wild, Movie World and Sea World. These three are located within 30 minutes from each other, and are fairly close to Surfers Paradise.
At Sea World the whole family can enjoy watching dolphins, sharks and much more, in addition to being able to swim, relax, slide and go on water-based rides, whereas Movie World, also known as Warner Brothers is a great place for movie-lovers with families. There are numerous movie-themed rides, and also performers who dress up as movie characters such as Scooby Doo, Batman, and many others, and who will be happy to have a photo taken with you.
Wet’n'Wild is a water themed park located right next to Warner Bros., and is open all year round. With 17 water slides and four pools, you can be sure of that this is a great place for the whole family to visit.
The Gold Coast is known for its gorgeous beaches, so no holiday would be complete without seeing one of the many beaches. One of the best places for swimming is Burleigh. With calm water conditions on most days, there is also great surfing at Burleigh Heads at the south of the beach.
Burleigh Heads itself is a beautiful, lush native bushland, which offers two walking tracks, one a short distance and the other taking in the whole headland, and the views are stunning, stretching from Surfers Paradise to the north, all the way to Tweed Heads in the south.
Those who enjoy hiking and walking can also visit Tamborine Mountain, which has beautiful scenery and a wide range of wildlife.
There aretwelve tracks which vary in length but are not difficult, so people who enjoy easy bushwalking will enjoy it here. There are wildlife sanctuaries, plus numerous other walking tracks:
Springbrook is located in the Gold Coast hinterland, where you can go to when you want to see native wildlife and ancient Antarctic beech trees. Purlingbrook Falls and other amazing waterfalls are within Springbrook. Visitors can also enjoy swimming in the Waringa Pool or go at night and visit the cave to see glow-worms.
For a truly amazing experience you can visit the Q1 building in Surfers Paradise. It is the tallest building in Australia and the fifth tallest residential tower in the world. With more than 77 levels, you will see distant views of the sea, and be able to see from Brisbane to Byron Bay as well as far out in the Gold Coast Hinterland.
Jupiter’s Casino is situated just south of Surfers Paradise, with more than 1,000 slot machines and over 70 table games for guests to play. Guests can even stay a few nights there in well-appointed hotel rooms equipped with amenities such as flat screen TVs.
Singles and couples alike will love the nightlife that the Gold Coast offers.
With many nightclubs located in Surfers Paradise, there are also many other bars, clubs, theatres and restaurants located throughout the region.
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