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Gold Coast Queensland Australia Information

Gold Coast Queensland Australia Information

The Gold Coast is a coastal city located in the South East of Queensland, Australia. The city is 94 km south of the state capital Brisbane and is in the Gold Coast City Council Area. It is the second most populous city in the state, the sixth most populous city in the country, and the most populous non-capital city in Australia.

The Gold Coast holds the title of the largest cross-state population of any metropolitan area in Australia, due to the inclusion of Tweed Heads, New South Wales in its metropolitan area. The Gold Coast’s metropolitan area converges with that of Greater Brisbane, forming part of an urban conurbation of over 3 million people.

The Gold Coast covers 70 kilometres of uninterrupted beaches from Cabarita Beach (right next to La Maison Pacifique!) in New South Wales north to Beenleigh and beautiful South Stradbroke Island. It includes the beaches of Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads, Kirra Point and Coolangatta.

While the origin of the city’s name is debatable, the name “Gold Coast” was bestowed upon the city by real estate investors. The first settlement in what is now South East Queensland was as a penal colony at Redcliffe. The Gold Coast region remained largely uninhabited by Europeans until 1823 when explorer John Oxley landed at Mermaid Beach. The hinterland’s red cedar supply attracted people to the area in the mid-19th century. Later in 1875, Southport was surveyed and established and grew a reputation as a secluded holiday destination for upper class Brisbane residents.

The Gold Coast region grew significantly after the establishment of the Surfers Paradise hotel in the late 1920s. The area boomed in the 1980s as a leading tourist destination and in 1994, the Gold Coast City local government area was expanded to encompass the majority of the Gold Coast’s metropolitan area, becoming the second most populous local government area in Australia after the City of Brisbane.

The Gold Coast is a major tourist destination with its sunny subtropical climate, surfing beaches, canal and waterway systems, its high-rise dominated skyline, theme parks, nightlife, and rainforest hinterland, making tourism one of its most significant industries. Gold Coast will host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Find out about Gold Coast Weather, watch the Surfers’ Paradise Surf Web Cam and look at photos of the Gold Coast sorted into a variety of albums at these links.

The Gold Coast Airport is also known as Coolangatta Airport and is located at 1 Eastern Avenue Bilinga, Queensland, 4225.

There are some excellent websites with information about the Gold Coast that you may be interested in visiting.

Visit Gold Coast – places to see, things to do, tours to take, events to enjoy, where to stay, getting around, watch video, business events

Queensland Holidays – this is the official tourism website for the Gold Coast and this page links to the various Gold Coast Visitor Information Centres at  Canungra, Gold Coast Airport, Harbour Town Centre, Surfers Paradise and Tambourine Mountain.

Hello Gold Coast is an information guide for the local area and has a good summary on the home page, in particular about surf safety.

Gold Coast Bulletin is a News Digital Media publication with a variety of news stories as well as local information, classifieds and real estate information.

Please Take Me To Gold Coast has many Gold Coast Videos that will give you an introduction to the local area or you can watch the Tourism Australia Gold Coast Video or the Queensland Gold Coast Video or the Fun Travel TV Show of the Gold Coast.

There are many local attractions and activities you can visit in the Gold Coast area. Theme parks include:

More attractions listed at http://www.verygoldcoast.com.au/attractions

Shopping and Markets

Endless shopping choices including resort, unique lifestyle centres, malls, retails centres and markets.

Gold Coast Major Events and Festivals

Big Day Out (January)
Magic Millions Race Carnival (January)
Australian Ladies Masters Golf Tournament (February)
Breaka Burleigh Surf Pro (February)
Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro (March)
Surfers Paradise Festival (March/April)
Gold Coast Triathlon (April)
Gold Coast Film Festival (April)
Australian Surf Life Saving Championships (April)
Blues on Broadbeach (May)
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (May)
Cooly Rocks On 50’s and 60’s Nostalgia Coolangatta (June)
Gold Coast Airport Marathon (July)
Broadbeach Jazz Festival (August)
Gold Coast Eisteddford (August/September)
Australian University Games (September)
Swell Sculpture Festival (September)
Gold Coast Sevens (October)
Gold Coast 600 Australian V8 Supercars Series (October)
Coolongatta Gold Festival of Surf, Sun and Sweat (October)
Netfest (October)
Schoolies Festival (November)
Pan Pacific Masters Games (November)
Queensland Triathlon Series (Various Dates)


Details of additional Gold Coast major events can be found at http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/major-events-9324.html

Bushwalking around the Gold Coast

Explore our region’s natural beauty with national park areas, beautiful flora and fauna and quaint rural townships. As close as 15 minutes drive from Surfers Paradise.

Attractions include:

  • Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk
  • Burleigh Heads National Park
  • Binna Burra, Lamington National Park
  • Green Mountains O’Reilys, Lamington National Park
  • Mount Cougal, Springbrook National Park
  • Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park
  • Mount Barney National Park
  • Nerang Forest Reserve
  • Numinbah Forest Reserve
  • Pine Ridge Conservation Park

To find a park or forest visit:

Beaches and walks

Holidays by the sea, endless coastal strips, 40 patrolled beaches, fantastic foreshore areas and walks.


Trendy restaurants, coffee-shops, boutique shopping, free entertainment and more!



There are numerous markets located on the Gold Coast showcasing local produce and art and crafts from the region. Details of these markets are listed below.

For further information regarding markets, please contact Gold Coast Parks on (07) 5581 7344. For information regarding pre-packaged foods for sale at markets, contact Health and Regulatory Services on (07) 5581 6220.

Broadbeach Art and Craft Markets

  • Where: Kurrawa Park, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach
  • When: 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, 8am to 2.30pm
  • Contact: Art & Craft on the Coast – (07) 5533 8202
  • Email: info@artandcraft.com.au

Burleigh Art and Craft Markets

  • Where: Justins Park, The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads
  • When: Last Sunday of the month, 8am to 2.30pm
  • Contact: Art & Craft on the Coast – (07) 5533 8202
  • Email: info@artandcraft.com.au

Bundall – Turf Club Farmers’ Markets

  • Where: Gold Coast Turf Club, Racecourse Drive, Bundall
  • When: Every Sunday, 6am to 11am
  • Contact: Michelle Nugent – 0405 185 683
  • Email: michelle@yourlocalmarkets.com.au

Carrara Markets

  • Where: Corner Gooding and Manchester Drives, Carrara
  • When: Every Saturday and Sunday, 7am to 4pm
  • Contact: Carrara Markets – (07) 5579 9388
  • Email: info@carraramarkets.com.au

Coolangatta Art and Craft Markets

  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Park, Marine Parade, Coolangatta
  • When: 2nd Sunday of the month, 8am to 2.30pm, (plus the 4th Sunday of five Sunday months)
  • Contact: Art & Craft on the Coast – (07) 5533 8202
  • Email: info@artandcraft.com.au

Currumbin Valley Community Markets

  • Where: Currumbin Community Farm Campus, 1226 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Valley
  • When: Last Sunday of the month, 9.30am to 2pm
  • Contact: Andrew Lock – (07) 5533 0312
  • Email: alock16@eq.edu.au

Emerald Lakes Markets

  • Where: Emerald Lakes Complex, The Boulevard, Emerald Lakes Carrara
  • When: Every Thursday, 3pm to 7pm
  • Contact: Terri – 0417 759 777
  • Email: terri@marketsdownunder.com

Lakeview Fine Food and Farmers Markets

  • Where: Lakeview Boulevard, Cnr Bermuda Street and Hooker Boulevard, Mermaid Waters
  • When: Every Saturday, 7am to 12 noon
  • Contact: Michelle Nugent – 0405 185 683
  • Email: michelle@yourlocalmarkets.com.au

Marina Mirage Farmers Market

  • Where: Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
  • When: Every Saturday, 7am to 11am
  • Contact: Wendy Vaughan – 0414 767 507

Miami Organic Farmers Markets

  • Where: Miami State High School, 2137-2205 Gold Coast Highway, Miami
  • When: Every Sunday, 6am to 11am
  • Contact: David Whyle – (07) 3358 6309 or 1300 668 603
  • Email: info@gcorganicmarket.com

Monaco Markets (Preloved and New Fashion, Art and Craft)

  • Where: Monaco Centre, Corner Rio Vista Boulevard and Monaco Street, Broadbeach Waters
  • When: Last Sunday of the month, 8am to 12 noon
  • Contact: Coffee Sisters – (07) 5538 5655
  • Email: sales@monacomarkets.com

Mudgeeraba Farmers Markets

  • Where: Mudgeeraba Showgrounds, Corner Mudgeeraba and Worongary Roads, Mudgeeraba
  • When: 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, 6am to 11am
  • Contact: Paul Armstrong – 0438 163 186

Nerang Fresh Produce and Craft Markets

Palm Beach Currumbin Farmers’ Markets

  • Where: Palm Beach Currumbin State High School, Thrower Drive, Palm Beach
  • When: Every Saturday, 6am to 11am
  • Contact: Michelle Nugent – 0405 185 683
  • Email: michelle@yourlocalmarkets.com.au

Southport Sharks Farmers Markets

  • Where: Southport Sharks AFL Football Club, Corner of Musgrave and Olsen Avenues
  • When: Every Saturday, 6am to 11am
  • Contact: 0417 728 844

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

  • Where: The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
  • When: Every Wednesday and Friday night, 5.30pm to 10pm
  • Contact: Surfers Paradise Alliance – (07) 5584 3700
  • Email: markets@surfersparadise.com

The Village Markets (Burleigh)

  • Where: Burleigh Heads State School, Lower Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
  • When: 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, 8am to 1pm
  • Contact: Sarah or Marissa – (07) 5679 0375
  • Email: stalls@thevillagemarketsgc.com.au

Zero 2 Five Market – Runaway Bay

  • Where: Runaway Bay Indoor Stadium, Sports Avenue, Runaway Bay
  • When: 1 September, 9am to 12 noon
  • Contact: Karren Hackling – 0433 831 140
  • Email: info@zero2five.com.au

Zero 2 Five Markets – Upper Coomera

  • Where: Upper Coomera State College, Reserve Road, Upper Coomera
  • When: 3 March, 5 May, 21 July, 15 September, 10 November, 9am to 12 noon
  • Contact: Karren Hackling – 0433 831 140 Email: info@zero2five.com.au

More things to see and do around the Gold Coast online at http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/Australia/State_of_Queensland/Gold_Coast-1875847/TravelGuide-Gold_Coast.html

You may also be interested in reading our ‘What’s On and Markets‘ page which lists a variety of markets, locations, times and phone numbers (to check if they are running before you visit).

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