Gold Coast: Useful Information
- The Gold Coast's current population of 496,000 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.
- The Gold Coast has over 70 kilometres of beaches with an average water temperature of 22 degrees.
- Gold Coast City is Queensland's most southern city situated at 27° 57'S & 153° 25'E. The city stretches along the southern coast of Queensland and features 70 kilometres of coastline from South Stradbroke Island in the north, to beautiful Rainbow Bay in the south.
- Gold Coast City is Australia's sixth largest city with a population of approximately 425,000. This is expected to grow to in excess of 500,000 over the next decade. The Gold Coast has a sub-tropical climate with plenty of sunshine year round (in fact an average of 300 days a year). Average Summer temperatures range from 19 to 29 degrees Celsius while average Winter temperatures range from an average of 9 to 21 degrees Celsius.
- The spire of Q1, the world's tallest residential tower, is 322.5 metres above street level with an observation deck on the 78th floor.
- The Gold Coast has many nearby theme parks including Warner Bros Movie World, Sea World, Dreamworld and Wet 'n' Wild as well as several wildlife parks such as Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
- A free Airport Link shuttle links to public transport outside the airport on the Gold Coast Highway. The Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle operates from the airport to most accommodation along the Gold Coast strip, but services must be pre-booked. Taxis are available outside the terminal building, and several limousine hire companies operate from the airport. A Transport and Information desk is located outside the International Arrivals hall.
- According to a study conducted by the Council in 1998, the Gold Coast is the most biologically-diverse city in Australia.
- Banks are open Monday through Thursday from 9:30am to 4pm, until 5pm on Friday. Some restaurants close Monday night, Tuesday night, or both; bars are generally open from 10 or 11am until midnight.
- Automatic Teller Machines (ATM’s) are available at many places in the city and in restaurants and pubs, offering 24-hour banking.
- The Gold Coast City Council employs the largest professional Lifeguard Service in Australia, which is responsible for the surveillance of the region's 60 kilometre coastal strip.
- Tipping is not the general custom in Australia, with the exception of fine dining restaurants where it is usual to tip food and drink waiters up to 10 per cent of the bill for good service. At any time, however, tipping is your choice.
- The Gold Coast’s time zone is GMT 10.
- The standard Australian plug has a flat body, three male parallel blades and a male grounding pin. Many now include an RJ-11 socket.
- Retail opening hours in the Gold Coast is from 9 - 5.30 weekdays, with selected stores staying open later in the city centre and tourists hotspots on weekends.