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Gold Coast History & Heritage

Discover how Council is working to conserve and celebrate the rich and unique heritage of the Gold Coast.

Gold Coast history & heritage

The Gold Coast has a unique and diverse cultural heritage, beginning with traditional Indigenous ownership, through European settlement of the hinterland to eventual development of the coastal strip.

In the late 1950s and 60s, the development of the city's beach strip was rapid. From Southport to Coolangatta, holiday houses, motels and guesthouses were built to secure the Gold Coast's place as a major holiday destination.

This development has had a significant impact in shaping the Gold Coast that we know today, although many of the city's early structures still exist. These include:

  • the fish trap built by the traditional owners of the coast
  • the earliest post office for the region established in the 1870s
  • farmhouses
  • the first high-rise building
  • bathing pavilions
  • original motels.

Further information

To find out more about the history of the City of Gold Coast, the city and region, as well as our current exhibitions, heritage walks, upcoming and previous events, local museums and heritage register, visit our History and heritage website using the External links below.

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