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Gold Coast





Gold Coast City Council 

Famous for its sun, surf and sand, Gold Coast City stretches along 57 kilometres of coastline. Beyond the beautiful beaches, is vast rainforest hinterland with breathtaking scenery - all a short drive from our regional centres.

Gold Coast City spans across 1,402 square kilometres (approx. 541 square miles) featuring 70 kilometres of coastline from South Stradbroke Island to Rainbow Bay.


At June 30 2004, the population was 469,214
making it the sixth largest city in Australia. The
population is expected to increase to 700,407
residents in the year 2021.

For information on the social demographics of Gold Coast City - housing, income, education, families and households - please visit our social research page.


Gold Coast City's climate is sub-tropical with 287 days of sunshine annually.
Average Summer Temperatures: 19 to 29 degrees Celsius (66 to 83 degrees Fahrenheit).
Average Winter Temperatures: 9 to 21 degrees Celsius (48 to 69 degrees Fahrenheit).

Floral emblem

The floral emblem for Gold Coast City is Banksia Aemula Proteaceae or “Wallum Banksia”, which flowers late summer and autumn and grows into a small twisted tree.

The flower prefers sandy soil with good drainage in full sun. The red, well-marked timber has been used for cabinet making. It is a dominant tree in some areas of sandy coastal heathland and dune ridges, and is the species which has given its name to the natural habitat of sandy soils and vegetation that occurs in various places along the coastal margin.

Wallum is the Aboriginal name referring to the natural habitat in which it grows. The Aboriginal people have have been reported as gatherers of honey from the flower heads.

The genus was named after Sir Joseph Banks the botanist with Captain James Cook on his voyage in the Endeavour.


Gold Coast City is a dynamic city with a wide variety of built and natural attractions including:

  • 70 kilometres of beaches with an average water temperature of 22 degrees

  • A large broadwater and five major river systems

  • Major shopping centres as well as numerous boutiques, specialty shops and markets

  • More than 500 restaurants and cafes offering cuisine from around the world

  • Nightlife entertainment from nightclubs, restaurants, clubs, hotels and Conrad Jupiters Casino to Broadway musicals, ballet and theatre

  • Theme parks including Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, Dreamworld and Wet ‘n’ Wild as well as several wildlife parks such as Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Rural hinterland stretching to the west and north of the City encompassing many natural wetlands

  • Tropical rainforest with abundant wildlife and numerous bush walks

  • Large sugar cane farms and a wealth of industry in the northern districts of the City

  • World-class sporting and recreational facilities

  • A huge range of accommodation from five-star international resorts to camping grounds

  • The Gold Coast Seaway providing safe ocean access and over 270 kilometres of navigable waterways
                                                    The Gold Coast and Divisions
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