The Gold Coast is a coastal city in the Australian state of Queensland, approximately 66 kilometres south-south-east of the centre of the state capital Brisbane and immediately north of the border with New South Wales. The traditional owners of this region of south-east Queensland are the Yugambeh language people. The Gold Coast is the sixth-largest city in Australia, making it the largest non-capital city, and Queensland's second-largest city.
The Gold Coast is a major tourist destination with a sunny, subtropical climate and has become widely known for its world-class surfing beaches, high-rise dominated skyline, theme parks, nightlife, and rain forest hinterland. The city is part of the nation's entertainment industry with television productions and a major film industry. Situated within South East Queensland's growth corridor, the Gold Coast is one of Australia's fastest growing large cities. Tourism remains fundamental to Gold Coast City's economy, with almost 10 million visitors a year to the area and Tourism is Gold Coast City's main industry, generating a total of $2.5 billion in revenue per annum. The city has an industrial base formed of marine, education, information communication and technology, food, tourism, creative, environment and sports industries. These nine industries have been identified as the key industries by the City of Gold Coast Council to deliver the city's economic prosperity. The declaration of Southport as the Gold Coast central business district (CBD) and a Priority Development Area (PDA), as well as new investment into the CBD, is driving transformative change and creating new business and investment opportunities. The Gold Coast Economic Development Strategy outlines the framework for the city's long-term growth and prosperity. The strategy outlines actions in the following areas, Innovation, Culture, Infrastructure, Competitive business, Workforce, International.
Gold Coast is ranked #114 by the Global Urban Competitiveness Report (GUCR) which evaluates and ranks world cities in the context of economic competitiveness. Gold Coast is rated D by the Global Urban Competitiveness Report (GUCR) which evaluates and ranks world cities in the context of economic competitiveness. D cities are regional hub cities. Gold Coast has a population of over 600,000 people. Gold Coast also forms part of the wider Gold Coast-Tweed Valley metropolitan area which has a population of over 693,671 people. Gold Coast is the #70 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 5.0349 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores per 100,000 city residents.