Gold Coast Facts – History and Attractions

The Gold Coast is among the the most popular destinations for tourists in the world.
Here is some information on this attractive place:

There are over eighty suburbs that make up the Gold Coast, with some of the most famous being Surfers Paradise, Burleigh, Southport, Mermaid Beach and Currumbin. Many place-names are Aboriginal, and it is interesting to find out what they mean. For example, Tallebudgera is derived from ‘talle’ meaning ‘fish’ and ‘budgerie’ meaning good, obviously referring to plentiful fish stocks there.

Captain James Cook was considered the first European to navigate the south-east coast of Queensland, which local Aboriginal people refer to as ‘Kurrungal’, a name derived from their word for ‘endless supplies of timber’.

Population throughout the region grew from 1823, but it was in 1875 that Southport becameestablished, and wealthier residents from Brisbane began to go there and take holidays.

Tourism in the region developed once the Surfers Paradise Hotel was completed in 1925. The hotel experienced several transformations, and is now an apartment building.

The region was first referred to as the ‘Gold Coast’ in the 1940s, when real estate speculators started to name it that, and the name was made official in 1958, when local government designated the Gold Coast to be the area from Coolangatta to Southport.

The population grew rapidly from 1981 when the Gold Coast airport was finished, and by 2007 it became the largest non-capital city in Australia, as well as being the country’s sixth largest city. Although the population fluctuates on a regular basis, almost 600,000 people live on the Gold Coast.

Activities and things to see in the Gold Coast
There are many exciting things to do and see while visiting the Gold Coast. The region is home to a number of theme parks, such as Dream World, Wet’n’Wild, Movie World and Sea World. These three are located within 30 minutes from each other, and are fairly close to Surfers Paradise.

At Sea World you can enjoy seeing dolphins, sharks and much more, in addition to having the opportunity to swim, relax, slide and have a go on water-based rides, whereas Movie World, also known as Warner Brothers is a perfect place for movie-lovers with families. There are many movie-themed rides, and also performers who dress up as movie characters such as Scooby Doo, Batman, and many others, and who will invite you to have their photo taken with you.

Wet’n’Wild is a water themed park located right next to Warner Bros., and is open all year round. The theme park is home to 17 water slides and four pools, you can be guaranteed that this is a great place for the entire family to visit.

The Gold Coast is known for its gorgeous beaches, so no trip would be complete without a visit to one of the many scenic beaches. One of the best places for swimming is Burleigh. With calm water conditions on most days, there is also great surfing at Burleigh Heads at the south of the beach.

Burleigh Heads itself is a lush, beautiful native bushland, with two walking tracks, one a short distance and the other taking in the whole headland, with views that are breath-taking, stretching from Tweed Heads to the south, all the way to Surfers Paradise.

Those who enjoy hiking and walking can also go to Tamborine Mountain, which has beautiful scenery and a wide range of wildlife.
There aretwelve tracks which are not difficult to do, so people who enjoy taking easy walks will enjoy it here. There are wildlife sanctuaries, plus numerous other walking tracks:

Springbrook is located in the Gold Coast hinterland, where you can go to when you want to see native wildlife and ancient Antarctic beech trees. Purlingbrook Falls and other wonderful waterfalls can be found within Springbrook. Visitors can also enjoy swimming in the Waringa Pool or go at night and visit the cave and see glow-worms.

For a truly wonderful experience you can visit the Q1 building in Surfers Paradise. It is the tallest building in Australia and the fifth tallest residential tower in the world. With more than 77 levels, you will see incredible views of the ocean, and be able to see from Brisbane to Byron Bay as well as far out in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

Jupiter’s Casino is situated just south of Surfers Paradise, with more than 1,000 slot machines and over 70 table games for guests to play. Guests can even stay a few nights there in stylish hotel rooms equipped with amenities such as flat screen TVs.

Singles and couples alike will love the glamorous nightlife that the Gold Coast offers.
With many nightclubs in Surfers Paradise, there are also many other bars, clubs, theatres and restaurants located throughout the area.

If you are after adult fun the Gold Coast can offer this link and hens night brisbane. The Gold Coast has everything you need for a great holiday, beaches, wildlife, nightlife, city life and much, much more.


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