Welcome to Australia’s answer to Miami. I say that having never been to Miami, so my deep knowledge of the place is everyone’s knowledge of Mars.
The city is like Miami though, I assume. Beautiful beaches and apartment buildings line the shore. The towers are getting bigger and the population is rising as Australia’s largest non-capital city looks forward to the future. Growth here is booming!
It is not a city built on colonial heritage. I’m sure there were some houses along the coast during those times, but they were few and far between. It became a conurbation, a series of little towns joining together to become a city.
This did not happen until later and over the last 50 years it has turned into a fast growing centre. There are plans to continue this growth with massive developments, not to mention past ones, such as the country’s tallest tower – Q1.
It is a place that draws Australians for more affordable housing prices and our insatiable beach love. Bigger cities like Sydney and Melbourne are astronomically expensive, some of the most costly places to live globally. So why not trade that in for the beach and the sunshine?
What the Gold Coast lacks is museums and different bars or cafes that tickle your senses. This is changing, and it is not a city like itself 20 years ago. It is getting new cool cafes and places to see unlike before, but like any slow process it’s taking a little time.
In saying that, show me another city in Australia of this size with so much. It is growing and I don’t think you can only find its amazement at the city’s tourist centre, Surfer’s Paradise. This is a suburb of mega, as in mega typical of a tourist place. I hope that the city looks past that, and realises that a good city has more than a beach, a good city also has a reason to stay longer with a little cultural spray across it’s face.
The Arts Centre (Home of the Arts or HOTA) is being developed so there are new things in the mix, new things coming in the future and like all Australian cities, this is not a place standing still. The Gold Coast is literally the country’s future on the move.
A new tram system has been constructed, as the city will host the Commonwealth Games in 2018. This is a needed public transport asset. The old buses and lack of train system (there is a connection north to Brisbane via a few stations at the rear of the Gold Coast) was a real worry. So onward and upward is the simple term to describe this city.
So that was my little description of how the city is changing, but go back to why it exists. The beach, the hills behind it and the little spots of National Park all play a key role. There is beauty in amongst the residential towers. There is beauty in what has come and what will be.