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Gold Coast City


The Gold Coast is a rapidly growing residential and tourist area, with substantial rural, commercial and parkland areas. Gold Coast encompasses a total land area of nearly 1,400 square kilometres and features significant beaches, coastline, waterways, islands, national parks, state forests, rainforests and hinterland areas. The Gold Coast is a rapidly growing residential and tourist area, with substantial rural, commercial and parkland areas. Most of the population is in the linear urban coastal area, to the east and west of the Gold Coast Highway (between Coolangatta and Paradise Point). Tourism is a major industry with many resorts, holiday accommodation places, theme parks and golf courses. Much of the rural area is used for sugar-cane growing, dairy farming, cattle grazing and tropical fruit farming.

Key employment sectors include retail, manufacturing, health, tourism, accommodation and construction. The Gold Coast has numerous retail centres, the most significant being Australia Fair Shopping Centre, Harbour Town Shopping Centre, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Robina Town Centre, Runaway Bay Shopping Village, Sanctuary Cove and various centres in Southport and Surfers Paradise. The main industrial areas are located in the suburbs of Arundel, Ashmore, Beenleigh, Currumbin Waters, Helensvale, Molendinar, Nerang, Ormeau, Stapylton and Yatala. The Gold Coast features one major public hospital (Gold Coast Hospital), three large private hospitals (Allamanda, John Flynn and Pindara), and two smaller private hospitals (Pacific Private Hospital and Palm Beach Currumbin Clinic). Tourism is an important industry, with numerous resorts, holiday accommodation places, theme parks, attractions and golf courses.

Gold Coast City

NOTE: The land use shown in the map is derived from ABS Mesh Block categories. Mesh Blocks broadly identify land use and are not designed to provide definitive land use. It is purely an indicator of the main planned land use for a Mesh Blocks. For more information please refer to ABS Mesh Block categories.

Transportation Networks

  • Gold Coast Highway
  • Pacific Highway
  • Pacific Motorway
  • Gold Coast (Coolangatta) Airport
  • Beenleigh and Robina railway lines
  • numerous buses


  • Brisbane CBD 80km
  • Brisbane Airport 90km
  • Port of Brisbane 80km

Major Industrial Precincts

  • Arundel (north-east)
  • Ashmore (north-east)
  • Beenleigh (around Logan River Road)
  • Burleigh Heads (west)
  • Currumbin Waters (north)
  • Helensvale (south)
  • Molendinar
  • Nerang (south-east)
  • Ormeau (east of Pacific Motorway)
  • Stapylton
  • Varsity Lakes (south)
  • Yatala