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Tiny Travel Story: Pacific

What's Gold Coast Like?

On the Gold Coast you'll enjoy the best of both worlds: all the modern conveniences, entertainment, and excitement of city life, mixed with the leisure lifestyle of an internationally renowned beach resort destination. The Gold Coast is internationally famous for offering over 40 miles of uninterrupted golden surfing beaches and world heritage listed national parks.

From the Gold Coast, you can easily travel to all parts of Queensland, Australia and the rest of the world, including internationally famous tourist resort areas such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Sunshine Coast, and Byron Bay. The natural beauty, relaxed lifestyle and ideal location make the Gold Coast one of the most unique cities in which to live, study, and work.

Region and Population

The Gold Coast is a coastal city in southeastern Queensland. Located only 60 miles south of Brisbane, it is the second most populous city in the state and the most populous non-capital city in Australia. Because of its ideal location, the population is ever increasing and diversifying.


Gold Coast experiences a humid subtropical climate with warm winters and hot, humid summers with highs averaging around 71 degrees in the winter and 83 in the summer. The city experiences substantial summer precipitation mostly concentrated in thunderstorms and heavy showers with rain events occasionally lasting up to a few weeks at time, while winter is pleasant and warm with little rain.
Avg. Rainfall5.026.664.415.074.564.6222.241.703.784.875.37

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