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Gold Coast, Australia: ¡la ciudad favorita de muchos!

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Australia's favorite city

The Gold Coast is a beautiful coastal region located in southeast Queensland. Known for its miles of golden sand beaches (hence its name), it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and attracts millions of visitors each year. Do you want to live in Goldie? We explain its advantages to you!

The Gold Coast, in fact, is thefavourite tourist destination of Australians. The main attraction of the seventh largest city in Australia is, without a doubt, the enormous number of beaches that extend for more than 60 kilometers. And also its fantastic subtropical climate!

The pros and cons of living on the Gold Coast

Main advantages

  • The Gold Coast has gone from being a small coastal holiday destination to being a the seventh largest city in Australia. Located in southeastern Queensland, it is consideredthe fastest growing city in Australia.
  • About 10 million tourists visit the Gold Coast each year. Tourism is the largest industry in the region, accounting for one in four jobs in the city.
  • There are approximately 60 km of beach, 600 km of canals, 100,000 hectares of nature reserve, 500 restaurants, 40 golf courses and 6 theme parks in the city.
  • It is the surf city par excellence! You will find many beaches and several spots to learn to surf or perfect your surfing.
  • It is also considered the party city. There are night plans for all tastes!
  • You will find quiet neighborhoods to live at a good price.
  • It is a very comfortable city to get around by bicycle.
  • There are many Spanish speakers on the Gold Coast. Perfect for sharing impressions!
  • The quality of life and multicultural environment of the Gold Coast are just another of the many reasons that make this city the favorite of any Australian… and maybe yours! Would you like to live on the Gold Coast?

Some small - very small - drawbacks of the city:

  • Being a tourist destination, it is not a city where you can meet many Australians if you move around the central areas.
  • It is Australia's main tourist destination, so in summer the main areas are full of people.
  • El trabajo es temporal y en invierno hay menos oferta que en temporada alta. ¡A tener en cuenta a la hora de decidir cuándo vas a aterrizar! Pero eso no significa que haya poca oferta de trabajo las otras estaciones del año. ¡Si te lo propones, trabajarás!

Where exactly is the Gold Coast located?

Gold Coast está situada en la costa este de Australia y forma parte del estado de Queensland, a 70 km al sur de la ciudad de Brisbane y a 850 km al norte de Sídney. ¡Es el lugar perfecto para vivir tu aventura y salir a explorar Australia!

En los últimos 50 años, se ha transformado de conjunto de pueblos aislados a zona urbana donde habitan más de 650.000 personas. El clima subtropical y sus playas atractivas para el surf (las más cercanas a Brisbane), atraen a millones de turistas nacionales e internacionales cada año, además de la ingente cantidad de locales que se han decidido ir a vivir en Gold Coast.

Si bien sus 44 kilómetros de playas son el destino principal de aquellos que visitan Gold Coast, lo cierto es que la zona interior (Gold Coast Hinterland) puede presumir de ser uno de los entornos naturales más importantes de toda Australia. En total suman alrededor de 100.000 hectáreas de reservas y bosques salpicados de varios parques nacionales que recomendamos visitar por su encanto. ¡Son espectaculares!

El más importante de los parques nacionales de la zona es el Lamington National Park, que se divide a su vez en dos partes: Green Mountains (Las Montañas Verdes) y Binna Burra. Otro de los parques más visitados es el Springbrook National Park, donde llevamos a menudo a nuestros estudiantes. ¿Te vienes?

Gold Coast weather

Australia está situada en el hemisferio sur, eso hace que las estaciones del año vayan al revés que en Europa o América. Cuando en Europa es verano, en Australia es invierno y viceversa. Aunque esto probablemente ya lo sabías.

El clima en Gold Coast es subtropical húmedo, con inviernos suaves y veranos cálidos y húmedos. En verano hay tormentas, mientras que el invierno es soleado, cálido y bastante seco.

¡Olvídate de los paraguas! Cuando llueve, suele estar acompañado de un fuerte viento, por lo que, si no quieres empaparte y quedarte con un paraguas roto, lo mejor será que lleves un chubasquero en tu maleta para esos días.

No olvides llevarte un jersey independientemente de la época del año en la que llegues. Aunque es una zona tropical, en invierno puedes pasar frío y, sin embargo, en verano la temperatura puede alcanzar los 40 grados.

How to get around the Gold Coast

El transporte en Gold Coast se compone básicamente de una línea de tranvía y de autobuses.

Por la ciudad, desde Nerang a Broadbeach puedes usar el tranvía usando la Go Card. El viaje normal es 3,20 AUD; en los off-peaks, tienen el 20 % de descuento (8:30 am – 3:30 pm, 7:00 pm – 6:00 am, fines de semana y public holidays) por lo que la mayoría de veces te quedaría con este descuento a 2,56 AUD.

El recorrido del tranvía es casi paralelo a la playa, por lo que, si quieres ir a zonas de interior o algún suburbio más al sur de Broadbeach, como Burleigh Heads o Coolangata, necesitarás llegar hasta la última parada del tranvía y allí enlazar con un autobús. Si haces este tipo de conexiones no te cobrarán el segundo transporte que cojas.

La bici es una de las maneras más económicas y fáciles de desplazarse por la ciudad de Gold Coast. ¡Casi todos los estudiantes la usan! Puedes comprarte una de segunda mano o una nueva muy bien de precio en Kmart o Reid Bicycles.

The best neighborhoods to live on the Gold Coast

¿Cuáles son las mejores zonas para vivir en Gold Coast? Es una respuesta difícil de responder. No existe una lista de los mejores barrios para vivir en Gold Coast; todo depende de tus preferencias, tu estilo de vida, dónde tengas la escuela y si estás dispuesto a usar mucho transporte público o prefieres moverte a pie o en tu bici. Lo que sí es ideal es vivir en las zonas más cercanas a la playa. Gold Coast tiene muchos suburbios de interior, pero ¿qué sentido tiene ir a vivir a Gold Coast para estar lejos de la playa?

Los precios no varían según las zonas, dependen más del tipo de habitación y las condiciones de la casa o piso. A continuación, tienes una recopilación de los mejores barrios para vivir en Gold Coast, ordenados de norte a sur:

  • Southport: this area is home to the majority of language schools, so you can enjoy the best international environment integrated with the Aussies in the area. The Australian Fair Shopping Center makes this neighborhood a truly advisable for searching for work. It is a quiet neighborhood, without much of a nightlife but with many possibilities during the day. If you want to come to the Gold Coast to relax and unwind, this is your option. If you come in search of beaches and not stop for a single moment, choose another one!
  • Main Beach: en nuestra más sincera opinión, es una de las mejores playas que podéis encontrar. Las olas de esta zona son un destino obligado para cualquiera que viaje con una tabla de surf bajo el brazo. Este barrio es una de las zonas más tranquilas de Gold Coast. Pese a sus muchos restaurantes (detalle que hace de este barrio un buen destino para encontrar trabajo en hostelería), Main Beach no es tu destino si lo que buscas es ambiente en la calle a todas horas.
  • Surfers Paradise: Here you can find one of the best-known beaches in the city and even in the entire country. It is one of the most central neighborhoods on the Gold Coast, the core of the city. Today, this neighborhood is full of job opportunities in hospitality, shops... It has become the epicenter for young people who travel to this destination without hesitation in search of a little piece of paradise. The contrast of its nightlife, its nightclubs, with its quiet areas between the canals (Peninsular Drive, Chevron Islandor Capri Island) make this neighborhood one of the frequent destinations for anyone who wants to live the Aussie experience to the fullest. But don't be fooled by its name. If you like surfing, better choose another neighborhood.
  • Broadbeach: a multitude of hotels, restaurants, shops, pubs, countless cafes with their terraces in the sun and a magnificent park with BBQs that extends along the beach characterize Broadbeach. With countless areas for practicing outdoor sports, public showers and sports facilities, in this neighborhood you will not miss surfing at any time.You will always find a way to get out and stay in shape! It is presented as an area full of atmosphere at all hours of the day.
  • Burleigh Heads: If you choose Burleigh Headsas a destination, you will see that the number of tourists in this area is considerably lower than in the rest of the Gold Coast neighborhoods that we have mentioned.This area is also ideal for wave addicts. So, if you prefer to end up exhausted after a good surf session instead of spending the night dancing in the best venues, consider Burleigh Heads as one of your favorite options.
  • Coolangatta:This neighborhood located south of the Gold Coast is one of the best areas to live if you are an unconditional surf lover. This area concentrates the best waves not only in Australia, but - we dare say - in the entire world. Beaches like Kirra, Rainbow Bay, Duranbah or Snapper Rocks are waiting for you to be amazed by the waves they have to offer.Tourism is also one of the main drivers of the area, so hospitality, shops, hotels and all kinds of jobs for young people are relatively easy to find in this Gold Coast neighborhood.

Find out about all the Gold Coast events 

We have compiled a compilation of the best events on the Gold Coast so you don't miss out on what's happening in your new city:

  • January: Australian Day. It's Aussies Day! On this day all Australians go out to barbecue to celebrate. There is no special festival but it is an important event in which the streets, beaches and parks are filled with people drinking and eating.
  • February: Sand Safari. This month the Australian sand sculpture championships are held. Artists carve life-size sand masterpieces over three days. Visitors can vote for their favorite creation. In addition, like any event in this city, they are accompanied by activities, music and atmosphere in the streets.
  • March: Bleach Festival. This event is celebrated in March or April, depending on the year. It is a mix of sport, art, avant-garde music, circus, theater and dance over several weeks, using the city streets as a stage.
  • April: World Surf League. It is the first stop of the World Surfing Championship on one of the Gold Coast beaches, Snapper Rocks.
  • July: Broadbeach Country Music Festival. World-class country music artists play on Broadbeach beach for free. This event held on the beach is free. In addition, you will find other entertainment activities, markets and more.
  • September: Swell Sculpture Festival. This is a outdoor sculpture exhibition, it is free to the public and is open all hours. The Swell experience also includes performances, music and yoga among the sculpture and culinary delights.
  • October: Buskers by the creek .This day celebrates the ancient art of free street performances known as busking. Artists showcase their talents at Currumbin Creek with performances, magicians, bands and dancers. There are also many food stalls.
  • November: Supercars Gold Coast 600. This is the racing weekend in Surfers Paradise. Riders compete on the streets of Surfers Paradise for the final of the Pirtek Enduro Cup at street level.
  • December: Christmas in Surfers Paradise. The last two weeks of December are full of music events, activities and performances on the streets of Surfers Paradise related to this time of year, ending with fireworks on the beach on the 31st to ring in the new year.

Mistakes to avoid on the Gold Coast

  • Do not pass the Go Card through the sensor when getting off the tram. You have to swipe the Go Card on a screen outside the station, both when getting on and off. If you forget to pass it when you get off, the next time you use it you will see that you are charged double for the previous trip.
  • Sitting in a restaurant or cafeteria without looking at prices. In Australia, going out to eat or have a coffee is expensive. There are more affordable sites, but You should check it before ordering if you don't want to be shocked when asking for the bill.
  • Partying without identification. If you think that you appear to be of legal age and that is why you do not need to show your ID or passport to enter a nightclub, you are wrong. They always ask for it here, regardless of how old you look.
  • Bathing in areas where there are no flags on the beach. The waters of the Gold Coast are characterized by strong currents. For this reason, the bathing areas are always marked with flags, and monitored by the If you bathe outside that area, they will probably call your attention through a megaphone and you will have to run away. Better said, swimming.
  • Do not use the helmet to ride the bicycle in the city. They are very strict here. If you don't wear helmets you get fined!

What to visit on the Gold Coast

The main attraction of the city of Gold Coast and its surroundings is, without a doubt, theenormous number of beaches that extend for more than 60 kilometers. One of the most valued characteristics of these beaches is that the water always has a very pleasant temperature, an average of 22 degrees. It won't take long for you to fall in love with beaches like Main Beach, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.

In fact, Surfers Paradise, the best-known beach on the Gold Coast, is also one of the most famous in the whole country. In the Broadbeach area we can find a large number of shops and restaurants next to the beach. On the other hand, if what we want is to dedicate ourselves body and soul to surfing, then Duranbah, Burleigh Point, Kirra, Coolangatta or South Stradbroke will be the places that will captivate us forever.

You can't miss:

  • Burleigh Heads National Park: On the same beach as Burleigh Heads there is a natural park where you can find many animals and have incredible views of the entire city.
  • The Spit: It is a super long jetty with a dock at the end with incredible views, especially at sunset.
  • Miami Marketta: Located in Miami Beach, it is a market for food and desserts from around the world with live music and a very alternative and cool style.
  • Sky Point: is a 360º observation point of the city of Gold Coast located on the 77th floor of the Q1 building in Surfers Paradise.
  • Shopping in Harbor Town: outlets of all types of stores and brands, there are also fruit shops and restaurants.
  • Coombabah National Park: A natural park to walk and see kangaroos and koalas with ease.
  • Springbrook National Park: Springbrook National Park is a national park in Queensland, located 78 km south of Brisbane. It is part of the Gondwana Rain Forests of Australia, a site classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
  • Currumbin Rock Pools: Slippery rocks create natural slides into the fresh water.There are plenty of picnic tables, toilets, in an environment surrounded by greenery.
  • Coolangatta Beach: is an ideal destination for surfers and beach lovers. It is half an hour from Surfers Paradise and it is a set of beaches that you cannot miss if you come to the Gold Coast. Especially Froggy's Beach, a very special little corner surrounded by rocks where one of them is a friendly frog.
  • Stradbroke Island: is an easily accessible island 30 kilometers from Brisbane known among Aussies as Straddie. It can be reached in half an hour by boat from the port and there are very cheap campsites where you can camp. It is a perfect spot to see kangaroos, koalas and dolphins.

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