About Gold Coast Travell


# The Gold Coast is the sixth largest city in Australia and one of the fastest growing regions in our country. Covering an area of 1402 square kilometres, the city's boundaries extend from just south of Beenleigh to Coolangatta, taking in South Stradbroke Island and part of Moreton Bay and extending west to the hinterland of Mount Tamborine and the Lamington and Darlington Ranges.


# The Gold Coast area is the second most visited city in the world per population after Las Vegas. With a population of just over 550,000 residents, last year we welcomed 12 million tourists to our golden beaches.


# The Gold Coast is expected to continue to grow by 13,000 to 16,000 people per year, so that by 2030 Gold Coast City will be home to some 900,000 residents.


# While the Gold Coast is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia, it remains one of the most bio-diverse, with bushland, marine and freshwater habitats which are home to more than 1300 animal and 1750 plant species.


# The Gold Coast has an incredible 70 kilometres of beaches with an average water temperature of 22 degrees together with 260km of navigable waterways (nine times more than Venice), and 2245 parks covering 20,000 hectares. The region enjoys a subtropical climate with an average of 287 days of sunshine a year.


# The Q1 Tower in Surfers Paradise opened its doors in 2005 and is the world's tallest residential tower, it is 322.5 metres above street level with an observation deck on the 78th floor.


# The Gold Coast has the largest concentration of themed attractions in the southern hemisphere. Places like Movieworld, Wet'n'Wild, Dreamworld, Whitewater World, Seaworld, Paradise Country and Australian Outback Spectacular dominate the region.


# In 1923 James Cavill visited the area from Brisbane and purchased some land for $80 in an area known as Elston. He built the Surfers Paradise Hotel. In 1933 the area was renamed Surfers Paradise after the hotel Cavill had built years earlier and Australia's most famous beach resort was born. The entrepreneur was offered $370,000 for the land before his death.


# Captain Cook passed the Gold Coast on 15th May 1770 and named Point Danger and Mount Warning as a warning to other seafarers. The Aborigines knew the Gold Coast area as Kurrungul. The term referred to the endless supply of hardwood for boomerangs. One of the local tribes was the Kom-bumerris and they camped mainly in the Bundall area for fresh water purposes.


# Many famous people live on the Gold Coast, one of which is the world famous boxer Joe Bugner who has been a resident for a number of years. Many people consider the Gold Coast area as a millionaires playground.


# The first high rise on the Gold Coast called Kinkabool, was built in 1959 at Surfers Paradise and still stands today.



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