Think You Know The Gold Coast? These 11 Things Might Surprise You

By Sally Coates
17th Feb 2016

Just because you know where to find the newest vegan restaurant or who makes the best espresso martini, doesn’t mean you know the Gold Coast.

What can you tell us about our rich history, our landscapes, or our population? Here’s 11 interesting facts about the Gold Coast—some of which might surprise you!

1. We’re pretty much the only place in Oz with every type of land. We’ve obviously got the gorgeous coastal landscapes, mountainous terrain and rainforest-fringed waterfalls within 20 kilometers of the coast, developed and dense urban settings, and even desert—BEAUdesert!

2. The Gold Coast is or has been home to a range of celebrities from Jesinta Campbell to Cody Simpson to Margot Robbie and Mick Fanning. Good-looking bunch we are.

3. When you think Gold Coast you think Q1, and for good reason. It’s the tallest residential skyscraper in the Southern Hemisphere and the fifth tallest in the whole freaking world, at 322.5 metres tall. And to think us locals go there just for the burger joint downstairs…

4. Speaking of the burger joint downstairs, we’re pretty sure Longboards Laidback Eatery and Bar’s 1.8 kilogram burger takes the cake for Australia’s biggest burger. While, shockingly, a definitive list the country’s biggest burgers has not been created (what are our tax dollars being spent on?), anyone who has attempted or even laid eyes on this burger would agree.

5. The Gold Coast has approximately 80 suburbs in total, which is also the Sunshine Coast’s median population age.

6. The name “Gold Coast” was originally penned after WWII because everything was expensive. Now it’s because of our artificially golden hair and skin.

7. According to a not-to-be-named-here online public voting source, the Gold Coast is home to four of the top 25 beaches in all of Australia—Burleigh, Surfers, Cooly, and Palmy. And that’s only the ones the tourists know about.

8. Our population is estimated at 550,000, which makes our density around 366 people per square kilometre. Compare that to the most densely populated city in the world, Manila, at 42, 857 people per square kilometre. Plenty of room to swing a cat.

9. Thanks to massive milestones on the Gold Coast such as the G:Link Tram, the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and Pacific Fair facelift, our home is seeing a development boom in its transport, infrastructure, hotels, shopping, restaurants, bars—pretty much everything. The future is looking bright for our humble home!

10. In 2015, three of top 10 most “checked in” places in Australia were on the GC—Movie World, Seaworld and Dreamworld. Admittedly only around 5% of these were by locals, but we’ll take it!

11. Originally called Elston, Surfers Paradise was renamed in 1933 after Mr Jim Cavill’s hotel of the same name. Wonder if it would’ve become a global icon with the name Elston… doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it?

Do you have another quirky fact up your sleeve? We want to hear from you!


Photo Credit: Brooke Darling for Metropolist

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