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The Gold Coast is best known as Australia’s gold and green playground, but it’s not only the glorious golden beaches and heritage listed hinterland that earn the Coast a reputation as a hot destination.
This vibrant, diverse city is fashioned by fascinating people and active communities from Coomera to Coolangatta.
In the streets you’ll find festivals and markets all year round. On the islands, mountains and in the suburbs are locals protecting wildlife and native plants. And in each community are the volunteers helping all people live well in the city.
The Gold Coast is Australia’s sixth largest city and one of the fastest growing regions, taking a big share of the 1000 new residents on average moving each week into South East Queensland.
The Coast’s population of 496,906 is expected to grow by up to 16,000 a year so that by 2030 the city will be home to 900,000 residents. And the Coast is loved by more than it’s locals with more than 10.5 million visits made to the region every year, many from Southern Queensland.
Traditional owners remain on the Gold Coast, keeping records and stories of their ancestors alive.
As part of the Yugambeh language group, families include Mununjali, Kombumerri, Gugugin, Birinburra, Migunburri, Minjungbal, Wangerriburra and Bollongin.
The Gold Coast area covers 1400 square kilometres with the boundaries extending from just south of Beenleigh to Coolangatta, taking in South Stradbroke Island and part of Moreton Bay and extending west to the hinterland of Mount Tamborine and the Lamington and Darlington Ranges.
Some 77,250 hectares remain a natural environment that is home to more than 1300 animal and 1700 plant species.
The future of the region was sealed when a new road, linking Brisbane to Southport, was completed in 1925. In 1958, the South Coast Town Council adopted the Gold Coast Town Council title, and the promotional value of the name was recognised the following year when the Queensland Government proclaimed the local authority as the City of the Gold Coast.