Gold Coast Facts & Figures
Area: 1402 square kilometres (approx. 541 square miles). Coastline 57km long from South Stradbroke Island to Rainbow Bay.
Population: 527,000 (in 2010) with an annual average population growth rate of 3.2% (Aust average is 1.8%)
Median age: 37
Climate: Subtropical with 287 days of sunshine annually.
Average Summer Temperatures: 20 to 28 degrees Celsius (68 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit).
Average Winter Temperatures: 9 to 21 degrees Celsius (48 to 69 degrees Fahrenheit).
Floral Emblem: Banksia Aemula Proteaceae or Wallum Banksia - flowers late summer and autumn. Grows into a small twisted tree and prefers sandy soil with good drainage in full sun. The red, well-marked timber has been used for cabinet making.
It is a dominant tree in some areas of sandy coastal heathland and dune ridges and is the species which has given its name to the natural habitat of sandy soils and vegetation that occurs in various places along the coastal margin. Wallum is the Aboriginal name referring to the natural habitat in which it grows.
The Aboriginal people have have been reported as gatherers of honey from the flower heads. The genus was named after Sir Joseph Banks the botanist with Captain James Cook on his voyage in the Endeavour.
Environment: In 1998, research undertaken for preparation of the City Council's Nature Conservation Strategy highlighted the fact that the Gold Coast is the most biologically-diverse city in Australia. It's vegetation ranges from mountain rainforest to coastal wetlands and is home to more than:
- 34 species of amphibians
- 323 birds
- 72 mammals
- 71 reptiles
- 25 species of fish
Attractions & Features: The Gold Coast is a dynamic city with a wide variety of built and natural attractions including:
- 57km of beaches with an average water temperature of 22 degrees
- A large broadwater and five major river systems
- Major shopping centres as well as numerous boutiques, specialty shops and markets
- More than 500 restaurants and cafes offering cuisine from around the world
- Nightlife entertainment from nightclubs, restaurants, clubs, hotels and Conrad Jupiters Casino to Broadway musicals, ballet and theatre
- 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
- Rural hinterland stretching to the west and north of the City encompassing many natural wetlands
- Tropical rainforest with abundant wildlife and numerous bush walks
- Large sugar cane farms and a wealth of industry in the northern districts of the City
- World-class sporting and recreational facilities
- A huge range of accommodation from five-star international resorts to camping grounds
- The Gold Coast Seaway (completed 1986) providing safe ocean access and over 270km of navigable waterways
Major Events: The Gold Coast is fast becoming the regional sporting and events capital of Australia. The City hosts many national and international events including:
- The Armor All Gold Coast 600
- Schoolies Week
- The Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions Horse Racing Carnival
- The Asia Pacific Masters Games
- The Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships
- The Gold Coast Airport Marathon
In addition, the City hosts yacht classics, horse races, triathlons and competitions in a variety of sporting codes.
Information courtesy Gold Coast City Council.