Visit Gold Coast
My wife and I visited the Gold Coast, the renowned Surfers’ Paradise, on 20th December, 2016. This is our second visit to Gold Coast. In 2009, I paid my first visit to the theme parks there together with my daughter and the family. We had a happy holiday there especially with the grandson, Sam. As the time flies, Sam is now a big boy, he will be sitting HSC examinations next year. My visit this time is mainly to spend Christmas holidays with the family again.
We all know that Gold Coast is a well-known holiday resort in the Australian state of Queensland. It is about 66 km from the state capital Brisbane. With a population of 494,501 in the 2011 Census, the Gold Coast is the sixth-largest city in Australia.
Like most of the Australian states, the history of Gold Coast is not too long, it is over hundred years or so. The area became known after the establishment of the Surfer’s Paradise Hotel in the late 1920 and boomed in the 1980s as a tourist resort, particularly a secluded holiday destination for wealthy Brisbane residents.
The Gold Coast is today 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 was originally known as the South Coast (because it was south of Brisbane). Gold Coast was considered as a derogatory nickname but it was later became a convenient way to refer to the holiday strip from Southport to Coolangatta. In 1958 it was accepted and renamed as “ Gold Coast”.In 2007, Gold Coast overtook the population of Newcastle, New South Wales to become the sixth largest city in Australia and the largest non-capital city.