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Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is a coastal city in the Australian state of Queensland, approximately 66 kilometers (41 mi) south-southeast of the state capital Brisbane and immediately north of the border with New South Wales.

The city consists of 70 kilometers (43 mi) of coastline with some of the most popular surf breaks in Australia and the world including, South Stradbroke Island, The Spit, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach, Nobby Beach, Miami, Burleigh Beach, Burleigh Heads, Tallebudgera Beach, Palm Beach, Currumbin Beach, Tugun, Bilinga, Kirra, Coolangatta, Greenmount, Rainbow Bay, Snapper Rocks and Froggies Beach. Duranbah Beach is one of the world’s best-known surfing beaches and is often thought of as being part of Gold Coast City but is just across the New South Wales state border in Tweed Shire.

There are also beaches along many of the Gold Coast’s 860 km (530 mi) of navigable tidal waterways. Popular inland beaches include Southport, Budds Beach, Marine Stadium, Currumbin Alley, Tallebudgera Estuary, Jacobs Well, Jabiru Island, Paradise Point, Harley Park Labrador, Santa Barbara, Boykambil and Evandale Lake.

Gold Coast City has grown from a small beachside holiday destination to Australia’s sixth largest city (and the country’s most populous non-capital city). Situated within South East Queensland’s growth corridor, the Gold Coast is one of Australia’s fastest-growing large cities.

The Gold Coast’s culture has been impacted by rapid development and traditional marketing programs orbiting around ‘sun, sand, surf and sex.’ [54]

Despite rapid socio-economic changes and a tourist-centered image, there is evidence of local resident-driven culture (such as surf gangs) in geographical pockets and a broader ‘Gold Coaster’ identity drawn from globalized resort and real estate marketing discourses. The Gold Coast hosts cultural activities that attract tourists and residents alike.

The car is the dominant mode of transport in the Gold Coast, with over 70% of people using it as their sole mode of traveling to work. The Gold Coast has an extensive network of arterial roads that link coastal suburbs with inland suburbs. In recent the years, the local and state governments have invested money in transport infrastructure on the Gold Coast to combat the increasing congestion on many of the city’s roads. The Gold Coast has an extensive public transport network that includes buses, heavy rail & the new light rail for commuting to work, visiting attractions, and traveling to other destinations.

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