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The Gold Coast

One of the most popular destinations in Australia offering a wealth of attractions, entertainment, facilities and services.

The Gold Coast

Stretching along 57 kilometres of stunning coastline, the Gold Coast is best known for its surf, sand and sunshine, bordered by its lush hinterland.

Our natural beauty, relaxed lifestyle and ideal location make the Gold Coast one of the most unique cities in which to live and work.

While the Gold Coast remains a favourite tourism destination, attracting 12 million visitors each year, the city's economy is diversifying.

Industries with a strong foothold now include education, sports, film, the arts, health, food production, IT, marine and advanced manufacturing.

We're aiming to make our mark on the world stage, where knowledge, innovation and commercialisation are the key drivers for growth.

We're a city of opportunity, on the cusp of a transformational change thanks to the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which has instilled a new sense of city pride in all of us.

There's no other place in the world like the Gold Coast.


The Gold Coast is the sixth largest and one of the fastest growing cities in Australia.

Its current population is 513,954 residents*. This is expected to continue to grow by 13,000 to 16,000 people per year, so that by 2026 City of Gold Coast will be home to more than 730,000 residents**.

For more information on the city's population and demographics, please visit the Gold Coast population profile.

*As of 30 June 2011. Source: ABS, Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2011.
** Based on projected figures. Source: Office of Economic and Statistical Research, Queensland Government population projections, 2011.

Events city

The Gold Coast is an events city hosting many national and international events, as well as preparing to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games - the largest event to be held in Australia this decade. View our Events calendar and check out other major events across the city.

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