Geographically, Australia’s Gold Coast lies in a golden zone
The Gold Coast is the golden, sandy facade of one of the world’s most desirable living spaces – something akin to the flashing white teeth in the bright smile of a beautiful, healthy young girl. Yet there’s much more to the Gold Coast than the flash of beach beauty that smiles on its visitors.
The Gold Coast’s climate is about as healthy as the human can find. Here, heavily forested mountains rise behind the famous beaches. Verdant rainforests with towering trees and abundant wildlife stand in complete contradiction to the harsh, sunburnt conditions in Australia’s popular Outback image.
With one of the world’s most functional governments, high living standards and idyllic climate, the Gold Coast is a place that many inhabitants of ‘The Lucky Country’ – as Australians often refer to their homeland – wish they could move to. And, as the Gold Coast’s swish suburbs with luxury, canal-side homes testify, many wealthier folks have already done so.
Situated right in the middle of Australia’s east coast, the 30 kilometres of Gold Coast beaches stretch along the southern-most coast of Queensland state, ending where they border against the state of New South Wales. Brisbane, the state capital just 100 kilometres north of ‘The Coast’, is a modern city whose two million plus inhabitants enjoy comfortable lives spread through green, leafy suburbs – and use Gold Coast beaches as their primary weekend getaway.
‘The Coast’ occupies a rather narrow strip between beaches and mountains, rarely more than ten kilometres wide. The mountainous hinterland is so diverse and beautiful it can become a complete destination in its own right, offering verdant rainforests, mountains and valleys that cloister quaint, old-style dairy farms and numerous accommodation retreats.
A sub-tropical climate gives the Gold Coast hot summers and mild winters – near ideal for human comfort. The water temperature dips to a winter low of 19 degrees – considered too cold for swimming by the locals, but southern Australians and Asians from Japan, China and Korea are often seen in ocean during those months. When summer pushes water temperatures up to a comfortable 25 degrees the local Queenslanders head into the water in droves. And, of course, that Australian summer falls conveniently over the Christmas–New Year holidays when the northern hemisphere is in deep freeze, making it a desirable winter destination for those living far to the north.