Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is Australia's largest and most aggressively marketed holiday and retirement site. With a population of about half a million, it is now the sixth largest city in Australia and, together with Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, forms a 200 km metropolis from Noosa to the Tweed River. The beach resort known as the Gold Coast extends from the end of The Spit (east of Labrador) to Coolangatta-Tweed Heads, a distance of about 40 km. A more expansive description has the Gold Coast reaching from the mouth of the Coomera River to Banora Point, New South Wales.

Further Reading: 

Jim Davidson and Peter Spearritt, Holiday business: tourism in Australia since 1870, Melbourne University Press, 2000

Hector Holthouse, Illustrated history of the Gold Coast, Sydney, Reed, 1982

Michael Jones, Country of five rivers, Sydney, Allen & Unwin, 1988

Robert Longhurst, 'Settlement and Development of Queensland's Gold Coast to 1889' in Settlement of the colony of Queensland, Brisbane, Library Board of Queensland, 1978

Alexander McRobbie, The fabulous Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise, Pan News, 1984

Alexander McRobbie, The real Surfers Paradise, Brisbane, Pan News, 1988

Alexander McRobbie, 20th century Gold Coast people, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Arts Centre Press, 2000

John Vader, The Gold Coast book, Milton, Jacaranda, 1980

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Inner Hinterland, Robina, Southport, Stapylton and Surfers Paradise entries


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