10 Reasons to Move to the Gold Coast
There are many compelling reasons to move to the Gold Coast, some of which we've covered below.
1. Job growth
The Australian Insititute's report 'Jobs Growth in Queensland- Trends and Prospects' revealed that the Gold Coast is set to record the highest growth of any Queensland region*, even topping Greater Brisbane. Over 45,000 jobs (a 15% increase) will secure the futures of many workers for years to come.
We always advise securing employment before making the move though, unless you are keen for some time out before you embark on your next career journey.
2. The beaches
The Gold Coast is home to over 57km of beautiful sandy shores. Sinking your feet into the soft sand, sandcastles, picnics, morning ocean swims and long walks on the beach can become part of your everyday life when you live on the Gold Coast.
There's nothing more beautiful than watching the sun slowly sink into the ocean at the end of each day.
3. Breathtaking nature
The Gold Coast is boarded by lush world heritage-listed rainforest and beautiful sloping hinterland mountains. Within an hours drive of the Gold Coast, you'll find places such as Tamborine National Park, Springbrook National Park, Lamington National Park and Mt Barney.
These lush green areas are home to waterfalls, rainforest canopy walks, bush tracks and hidden rock pools. Amongst the rainforests and mountains, you'll also find small communities with boutique shops, cafes and wineries.
4. The weather and climate
Queensland, beautiful one day, sunny the next. The climate on the Gold Coast is subtropical, with winter temperatures ranging from 12.5–21.5°C and summer temperatures from 21-28.5°C. Luckily the weather is warm enough to be able to enjoy the beautiful beaches from spring through to autumn. Storms often occur in the summer months, but watching the clouds come rolling in and hearing the rain on your roof is a relaxing moment.
5. Rich in wildlife
Home to many species of animals, the Gold Coast is one of the most biologically diverse cities in Australia. The Gold Coast is also home to wildlife sanctuaries like Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and David Fleay Wildlife Park. For a nighttime adventure, visit the glow worms at Tambourine Mountain or O'Reillys Rainforest Retreat. You'll also find dozens of friendly parrots, just waiting for a feed at both Currumbin and O'Reillys.
6. Green spaces
The Gold Coast is home to many parks and green spaces – over 2,200 to be exact. An excellent place to visit on the weekend, parks give you the chance to be amongst nature, play on one of the many playgrounds, hold a classic Aussie barbecue or take your dog to an off-leash dog park.
Many of the park's beautiful spaces are available to hire for private events such as weddings.
7. Family fun
If you're getting sick of the beaches (yeah right) then you'll be sure to have fun at one of the Gold Coast's 6 theme parks. Nowhere else in Australia are there as many rides for the whole family to enjoy. There are often discounts for locals as well.
The Gold Coast theme parks are:
- Sea World
- Warner Brothers Movie World
- White Water World
- Paradise Country
- Wet’n’Wild Water World
With the amount of beautiful scenery and waterways, it's no surprise that many people in the Gold Coast are quite active and spend a lot of time in the great outdoors. There are so many activities to enjoy including surfing, swimming, bushwalking, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, cycling, BMX and more.
The Gold Coast City Council also runs an 'Active and Healthy' program which offers several free activities including Tai Chi, Yoga and Aqua Aerobics.
9. The food
The Gold Coast is fast becoming a foodie destination with many boutique breweries, cafes and restaurants opening up. New eateries are popping up everywhere from Surfers Paradise to Burleigh and Mermaid Beach.
Being a healthy city, you'll find many cafes that provide healthy options and support dietary needs such as gluten-free and dairy-free.
10. Festivals and markets
Just when you thought there was nothing more that you could do in the Gold Coast there are the festivals and markets. The Gold Coast markets include markets such as The Village markets in Burleigh, The Carra markets, the beachfront markets along The Esplanade in Surfers Paradise, China Town markets in Southport and the farmers' markets in Bundall. There's a market to suit everyone!
The Gold Coast also holds its own arts festival called Bleach Festival which occurs in April every year. Bleach Festival includes all arts genres and features dance, theatre, contemporary music, opera, installations, circus and major public events. SandTunes is a new music festival set to play at Coolangatta Beach on 30th November and 1st December 2019.
*The Australian Institute. (2016). Jobs Growth in Queensland- Trends and Prospect.