Regions of Queensland: What’s New in Gold Coast and Hinterlands

Did you know?

The Gold Coast and Hinterlands has over 57 kilometres of coastline and is bordered on its west by world-heritage listed rainforest. Approximately 12,500 new residents move to live on the Gold Coast each year, and it attracts over 12 million visitors. It is not only one of Australia’s favourite holiday destinations, but one of the most attractive options for investors, migrants and business travellers. It shares the title with Brisbane as one of the most desirable places in the world to live when ranked on political, social, economic and environmental factors, personal safety and health. For more information, see 

Next year, it is set to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games. It will provide Queensland with an opportunity to achieve lasting economic benefits, injecting more than $2 billion into the state economy and supporting up to 30,000 jobs.

In addition, many upcoming Hollywood movies have been filmed here, including Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales; Thor: Ragnarok and Kong: Skull Island with Aquaman being the latest upcoming film to be shot.

Latest in Industry, Business, Tourism and Projects 

There have been many developments spurred on by the 2018 Commonwealth Games, including residential projects and continued Gold Coast Light Rail development. The main industries include health, food and beverage, marine, tourism, sport and events.

Some major projects include:

To find out more about the major projects and industries, see Invest Gold Coast.

Key industries

  • Healthcare and Medical
  • Information Communication Technology
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Education
  • Sport
  • Marine
  • Film
  • Trades & Services

For more information about investment and business, please see TIQ Gold Coast Queensland investment opportunities.

Settlement information


The Gold Coast has buses, trains and trams networks, along with some community transport to assist eligible residents. Translink and the Gold Coast City Council have more detailed information about the different public transport options. The Gold Coast tram system is called G:Link, with a journey planner on their website. It is recommended to buy a car to get around the Gold Coast.


The Queensland state government has an online search available for the public and private schools in Gold Coast areas. More information about Universities, Technical and Further Education, Schools, English Language Schools and Vocational Education is also available on Study Gold Coast.

Major Events and Festivals

There are many cultural and food events happening in and around the Gold Coast, including:

To find out more about what’s happening in the area, check out the Gold Coast City Council’s community event calendar and multicultural activities, along with the Queensland Cultural Events Association,  More Gold Coast, Visit Gold Coast, Weekend Notes, and The Weekend Edition.

New Arrival Support

The Gold Coast City Council has community information for new and future residents and an online community directory. Other multicultural community organisations on the Gold Coast include Multicultural Communities Council Gold Coast, Access Community Services and Harmony Place.

Other Useful links

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