Gold Coast

Living on the Gold Coast

Gold CoastThe Gold Coast has a population of just over half a million people and is an area of Queensland situated on the eastern coast, about one hour’s drive south of Brisbane. But unlike Brisbane, this place really is on the beach. And right in the centre of those beautiful beaches is Surfers Paradise, probably the area’s main attraction.

Gold Coast Location

But the Gold Coast is not all about beaches. The area is also enriched by the surrounding hinterlands, mountains and spectacular national parks, all of which are breathtaking. Tambourine Mountain is especially worth a visit. The Gold Coast also boasts over 400 km of canals and is home to a spectacular array of sea life and wildlife.

The Gold Coast also has a cluster of theme parks, it’s Australia’s theme park capital; with Movie World, Wet ‘n’ Wild, Sea World, White Water World, Dreamworld as well as the Australian Outback Spectacular and for nature lovers, the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

So, you see? It’s not all about beaches. But the Gold Coast does still have beaches aplenty, over 40 km stretching from Southport all the way down to Coolangatta on the New South Wales border. And these beaches are just perfect for surfing.

I’m not sure, but the already mentioned Surfers Paradise may well be the most commercial Beach in Australia, that’s what I am told. But I am a guy who has been to Blackpool and I was born in Southend. Both of those beaches resorts ARE commercial. To me, Surfers was quiet by comparison.

But I am told that late nights over the weekend it can get quite boisterous. But if Surfers is still too busy for you, there are plenty of other beaches to choose from in the area that are even quieter.

So beaches, mountains, hinterland, theme parks, canals, surely this has got to be the best place to live in Australia? Perhaps, but it is very much a tourist area. Some of the more prestige properties that back onto one of the water systems or maybe overlooks the ocean can be very expensive, but there are plenty of more reasonable priced properties in the area that still give great access to the beach.

What’s the weather like?

Gold Coast Annual Weather ChartBeing only around 70 kilometres south of Brisbane, the weather on the Gold Coast is not too dissimilar from that of the city.

Although it does boast even more sunshine, getting around eight hours each day. Again, winters are very mild so you can make use of the beaches all year round.

Possible severe weather around the Gold Coast are, again, as in Brisbane, cyclones and some flooding.

The areas of the Gold Coast:

Gold Coast Map
The Gold Coast can be broken down into four main areas:

  • North Gold Coast – including Outer North and Inner North
  • Central Gold Coast – including both North Shore and South Shore
  • South Gold Coast – the South Coast area
  • The Hinterland – including the Central Hinterland and the South Hinterland

Questions about Gold Coast?

If you have any question about living in Gold Coast, please please feel free to ask them in the comments below. Or if you know this city well, why not tell us what you think of it or maybe even help out by answering some of the questions people have about the area. I’m sure anybody thinking of moving here would be very grateful for any help you can give them.

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  • Georgia February 19, 2017, 8:28 pm | Link

    Hi bob!
    Love your website! My boyfriend (aged 29) myself (aged 23) and our five year old son are moving from Ireland to Australia in June. We have all visas sorted, we’re looking for a place with plenty of work. My partner is a labourer, while I have a business degree and currently working in the fashion industry. We’re Hoping for a place suitable for a young family, not too quiet, but not too loud, reasonable rent, hot weather, nice beaches and just outside a busy town/city. I no we’re asking for a lot but I would love to hear some recommendations. ,my brother lives in Sydney and his cost of living is just too expensive for us. I would love to hear any recommendations. We’re finding our age is very difficult as a lot of areas for people our age are too care free, whilst areas suitable for families do not have people our age.

  • Robyn February 19, 2017, 3:33 pm | Link

    Hi im looking atm selling my house in geelong vic. Im then or in 2=3 months time wanting to relocate move to the gold coast
    Im not sure for my daughter whos . Aged 12 nearly
    Or wich subirb exactly etc ether yet for her & myself on which or choosing a subirb
    ?? 🙂
    As we like sirfers as all people do but expense wise hasto be considered in surfers etc , 🙂 not wanting miles away tho ether but still a beachy atmosphere close by & a high school
    So ware or which suburbs woild I suggest looking for buying a smaller house or townhouse please
    Without the suburbs areas. Lol named as bad locating areas for drugs or I guess worst suburbs to buy at
    Around 300 or a little above or little less in prices im buying somthing smaller rhan a large or family house as I have at present 🙂 and too big with just the one. Child at home now
    So im looking for suburbs to suit beaches close or by view etc. In the above price range & though also a nice place not far from the main or surfers side on gold coast . Maybe townhouse prnding prices etc. Or. Suburb on not being loud. Lol or I think ud gsther my meaning here 🙂 if any ideas or suggestions come to ur mind on u knowlegement in gold coast pls. Refer me. 🙂 or a guide thankyou

  • Bridget February 14, 2017, 5:08 am | Link

    Hey Bob,
    I am moving to the Gold coast for job purpose and I wonder if you could advise me on the best suburb to live in.
    The Job is in Arundel and I do not want a long commute.
    The thing is, I love peace and quiet, authenticity, nature and old houses…
    The opposite of what the gold coast is about it seems!!

    Maybe the Tamborine Mountains would be best for me?

    • BobinOz February 14, 2017, 8:48 pm | Link

      I think you would love Tamborine Mountain, it’s beautiful up there. One of my readers who came here from the US lived there for a couple years or so, he did a post for me. He absolutely love the nature and took some wonderful photographs. You can see them here…

      Anywhere from where you will be working that is in the opposite direction of the sea is worth a look, it’s all quite stunning hinterland. Rolling hills, rainforest and countryside. Tamborine Mountain itself can be quite touristy, especially down the main street, but it’s quite new age.

      Art shops, meditation, I think there’s even a fairy store. For sure though, you are looking in the right direction.

  • Hugo February 10, 2017, 3:00 am | Link

    Can I first say, you are a legend. Fantastic website. A fountain of knowledge.

    I’m a UK qualified accountant (mid thirties, two toddlers) looking to secure a 189 visa to work in Brisbane and live in northern part of Gold Coast. Is this commutable by motorcycle do you think? I currently do a 65mile commute by bike in the UK (-6 this winter was tough).
    Brazilian wife hates UK after ten years. This would be the dream…

    My primary fear – you may or may not know the answer – what do bikers do about bugs getting into helmets/gloves/boots/leathers when not in use?! I see myself needing clean underwear when putting on any of the above if a creepy crawley comes out.

    Last – my uncle is also in Aus (“£1 Pom”!). Is there any mileage in doing a family sponsor instead of skilled indep 189? Again, no probs if you don’t know!!

    If Bob or anyone has any views, I would love to hear them.

    Many thanks

    • BobinOz February 10, 2017, 7:21 pm | Link

      Recognition at last, thanks Hugo 🙂

      So, yes, I suppose it is commutable, but it would be a quite horrible ride to go through twice a day. It’s a busy stretch of the motorway and it can often grind to a bit of a halt during rush hour, especially on a Friday afternoon when maybe even more people are heading down to the coast for a weekend break.

      Being on a motorbike might help slightly, but the way people change lanes when the traffic slows up makes it rather dangerous to try and squeeze through the gaps. If you’re working in the CBD, I suspect you’ll be looking at a good hour on the road each way. So maybe not too much different from what you’re doing now.

      I wouldn’t really worry about those creepy crawlies in your helmet, I’m not sure it’s a problem any biker thinks about. A quick bash of your helmet and a squeeze of your gloves might make you feel better though. Your uncle did well at £1, everybody else was a £10 pom 🙂

      Can’t help you with your visa question, that’s one to ask a MARA registered migration agent about. Hope that helps, Bob

      • Hugo February 10, 2017, 7:50 pm | Link

        Ha! Call that a typo.

        Thanks for the response.

  • laura benefer February 4, 2017, 12:11 am | Link

    dear Bob

    We are looking to move to gold coast. Me, husband and 2 boys aged 2 & 5. Husband has a possible job opp in Coolangatta. Can you suggest other areas to live / buy houses and good schools close to here? how much would you say an average house price is in this area?

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