Are you thinking of living in the Gold Coast? Australia’s Gold Coast has been greatly increasing in popularity since the 2018 Commonwealth Games showcased the area to the world, but with the coronavirus taking hold in 2020 people have been flocking there from southern cities such as Sydney and Melbourne.
If you’re migrating to Australia but looking for an alternative to Sydney, Melbourne or Perth, the Gold Coast and Queensland are certainly worthy of serious consideration.
For some, the name of this place alone is enough to draw them into investigating it as a potential new home. The Gold Coast is certainly a romantic name for a region; conjuring as it does images of sparkling waters and golden sandy beaches, this impression is pretty much the truth!
It’s one of the jewels in Australia’s already stunning crown and, with more interest than ever in this spot, now is definitely the time to learn more about it if you’re considering moving from the UK to Australia.
The Gold Coast was so-called due to the tourism boom which the city experienced in the 1950s which led to real estate and living costs rising very suddenly. Things have certainly levelled out now though and it’s now one of the fastest growing regions of Australia with many Australians deserting Sydney and Melbourne in favour of the better value and quality of life on offer in this surfer’s paradise.
The trail of stunning beaches which Queensland is famous for is concentrated in all its glory in the Gold Coast and for sun-starved Brits, that’s a big draw!
There are many great reasons to live in the Gold Coast, but check out our top 10 great reasons and feel free to add your own!
1. Modern economy and Australia’s leading digital surf city!
The Gold Coast is Australia’s 6th largest city and with so much to offer it’s no surprise it’s one of the fastest growing. As a result there are plenty of employment and business opportunities even in these difficult times.
If there is anywhere that’s going to bounce back quickly then it’s the Gold Coast!
There is no better place to advantage of the rise of the work at home culture than the Gold Coast. The local government already has plans well underway to make the Gold Coast Australia’s leading digital city and the coronavirus pandemic is only accerating this.
If you’re considering moving from the UK to the Gold Coast, then now might be the time to put those feelers out for employment.
2. It’s one of the most beautiful places on earth
This is for many the most important of considerations when choosing a place in which to begin a new life. What you see on a daily basis, the beauty or lack of it, can seriously affect your mental health. Waking up to blue skies will always make your day start off on the right note and the Gold Coast is certainly not short of those!
The scenery on the Gold Coast rivals some of the most famously stunning spots in the world and the beaches are only the beginning!
3. Its beaches are to die for
Most people think of Surfer’s Paradise when they think of the Gold Coast and it can’t be denied that this glitzy seaside resort is an attraction for people of all ages and from all walks of life for good reason.
But for those not interested in shopping, dining, surfing and nightclubs there’s an array of quietly idyllic beaches to choose from in less developed areas, such as Snapper Rocks which plays host to the annual Quicksilver Pro Surfing Completion and the nearby Froggys Beach, a popular wedding destination.
Then there are also some lively and cosmopolitan beaches such as the award-winning Burleigh Heads from which you can see the skyline of the Gold Coast, looming dramatically over the bright blue waters. When you choose to live in the Gold Coast you’ll have access to 57km of stunning coastline where you can really live the Australia dream!
4. It’s bordered by World Heritage listed rainforests
If you’re looking at moving to the Gold Coast to take advantage of a more outdoorsy lifestyle, then you will definitely be interested in the epic rainforests which the area boasts. Not too far from the metropolitan area is Tamborine National Park which offers eco adventures, rainforest canopy discovery walks and many educational opportunities which help to conserve the area’s outstanding natural beauty and wealth of wildlife. In fact, the Gold Coast has over 21,000 hectares of exotic rainforest to explore.
5. The perfect sunny subtropical climate
This is a serious plus for anyone considering moving to Queensland. The Gold Coast is…well… it’s cosy all year round! Warm, wet winters and hot humid summers make for a very special environment in which beautiful plants and trees thrive in the lush landscape and aching bones cease to ache.
It’s a popular destination with those over 60 due to the weather and especially good for anyone who isn’t fond of the drier conditions found in the southern part of Australia. When you live in the Gold Coast you’re guaranteed sunshine all year round!
6. World class theme parks!
What good is all that stunning weather without a good selection of theme parks in which to enjoy it! When you’re tired of the beach (if that’s something you think might actually happen!) then you can head to any one of these amazing theme parks.
- Sea World
- Warner Brothers Movie World
- White Water World
- Paradise Country
- Wet’n’Wild Water World
7. Shopping experiences to rival any European city
Gold Coast shopping is above and beyond many other Australian cities because it has always had to cater to its large tourist influx. This is after all the favoured place for Aussies to holiday and a large portion of European and American visitors head here. The city houses some of Australia’s largest duty-free outlets and shopping centres as well as a growing independent sector.
8. Amazing and great value housing!
Like any large metropolitan area, the housing on the Gold Coast varies in terms of price but there’s one thing for sure and that’s the fact that you get a lot for your money, especially when compared to other Australian cities.
Compared to British housing, Australian houses are generously sized and tend to have a laundry room in addition to a separate kitchen or kitchen diner. On the Gold Coast, most houses are built with the weather in mind and will include a great outdoor area for eating or relaxing day and night.
Covered verandas are popular for obvious reasons and with gardens being on average larger than those in the UK you’ll still have tons of space for the kids to play outside because they don’t take up half the garden!
9. Australia’s most biologically diverse city
As if there weren’t enough curious creatures in Australia to begin with, it seems most of them live on the Gold Coast and surrounding areas. There are over 1,300 animal species here and 1,700 plant species. Good news for gardeners! You’ll see amazing birds of all colours, dramatic amphibians and insects galore on the Gold Coast as even a simple walk turns into a nature trail very quickly as you begin to notice the vast array of animals, birds and insects around.
10. It’s one of the most desirable places in the world to live
Officially! Sharing the title with Brisbane, the Gold Coast is listed as one of the most desirable places in the world in which to live. Considerations which were taken when compiling this list included political, social, economic and environmental factors in addition to personal safety and health.
If that was not enough to tempt you, check out this drone footage of the Golf Coast from the air!
So, bearing in mind all of these encouraging facts…what are you waiting for? Get packing!
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