Gold Coast history and heritage
The history and heritage of the Gold Coast is important to us, and so we celebrate and preserve it for future generations.
We have a unique and diverse cultural heritage which has been shaped by Indigenous ownership, European settlement, two World Wars and new arrivals from all parts of the world.
Through our diverse program of events and activities we bring history and heritage alive, promoting a deeper understanding of our city and its people.
Discover the history of the Gold Coast and its suburbs, read and listen to stories, and view pictures of days gone by. Learn about the history of your local government and the city’s Indigenous history.
Experience the city's heritage places and take a self-guided walk along one of the city's heritage walks through Coolangatta, Labrador, Mudgeeraba, or Southport.
Download a summary of all places currently entered in the Local Heritage Register. Find information and advice on how to look after, adapt or develop properties with heritage value.
Find out about upcoming heritage events. Download educational materials and images related to the city’s history and heritage, including information on archaeological digs that have been conducted in the city. There are many community museums and local history groups around the Gold Coast willing to share their insights and collections with you.
The City's Heritage unit organise special events where you can come along and learn more about the history of our city. Special heritage days are held every two years during the National Trust Heritage Festival. The unit also develops social history exhibitions.
Discover the avenues available for the funding of history and heritage programs.