A laidback lifestyle, beautiful beaches, stunning landscapes and endless sunny days are just some of the reasons to call the Gold Coast home. Here are five of our top reasons to make the move to the sunshine state:
1. Housing Affordability
One of the key reasons for many to move to the Gold Coast is it's affordability. While many are priced out of the market in metropolitan Sydney and Melbourne, they can still afford the Australian dream on the Gold Coast.
The median house price for the Gold Coast currently sits around $627,500 and is growing at an average rate of 7%-8% yearly. Compare that to greater Sydney’s median house price of $973,644 and it is no surprise so many are making the move.
Units are also much more affordable and make a good investment, the medium price for an apartment is $430,000.
The suburbs on the Gold Coast that showed the most growth, where the median price for a house soared by 20% over the past 12 months, were the popular suburbs of Broadbeach Waters, Bilinga, Clear Island Waters and Currumbin Valley.
2. The Australian Dream Exists
The Australian dream home has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a double garage and sits on a 665 sqm block and costs around $650,000, according to ABS research. On the Gold Coast this isn’t a dream, it is reality.
Although the average block size in the whole of Southeast Queensland is now only 480 sqm, most older homes will sit on a block of about 650 sqm, which was the average size of a block only 10 years ago.
Like in Sydney and Melbourne, new development areas, subdivision of existing blocks and the trend towards Town House developments are contributing to the decrease in block size.
However, compare this to Sydney where the average lot size is only 417 sqm and you realise you’re getting much more bang for your buck.
3. The Sunniest Place in Australia
With an average of 300 days of sunshine the Gold Coast tops one of the sunniest places in Australia.
It has a subtropical climate, with summer temperatures averaging 21-29°C, typical are the short and intense tropical storms that roll in in the late afternoon and early evening. Humidity in the summer months can be high, 60-75%, but the cool sea breezes offset this.
Autumn and winter is what we live for here, that’s when you reap the rewards of living on the Goldie. Beautiful clear, sunny and dry days and cooler nights. Temperatures range from 15° to 25°C during the day time.
Spring is equally beautiful with sunny days and mild tropical evenings. The days can be a little windy though.
4. Best Beaches in the World
When it comes to beaches, you’re spoilt for choice on the Gold Coast.
There’s a total of 53km of golden sand and crystal clear water, from Rainbow Bay in the South to Stradbroke Island in the North. The surf is always epic somewhere along this continual stretch of 21 beautiful beaches.
Here’s a full list of the GC beaches listed from the Southern end to the North tip:
5. Conveniently Central
Located centrally on the Eastern Australian seaboard, the Gold Coast is developing into a hub for Australian and International visitors. Pre-COVID, over 380 flights each week serviced this little airport under the sun.
Domestically there are daily flights from Sydney (1h), Melbourne (2h 5m), Canberra (1h 35m), Cairns (2h 15m), Adelaide (2h 20m), Perth (4h 30m), Newcastle (1h 5m) and Rockhampton (1h 10m) with Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Tigerair and Qantas.
Recently the airport also started welcoming international flights from Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Japan and New Zealand. Making it a springboard into Australia for international arrivals and a gateway to Europe, South/North America and Asia from Australia. International carriers include Air New Zealand, Air Asia, Scoot, Hong Kong Airlines, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Tigerair and Qantas.
With Brisbane Airport only approximately 1 hour drive away this opens up the rest of Australia and the world. From here a further 31 airlines fly to 50 domestic and 29 international destinations, totalling over 700 flights a week.
Average Frequency of flights to the Gold Coast:
Sydney: 25+ flights a day with Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Tigerair and Qantas
Melbourne (Tullamarine): 15+ flights a day with Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Tigerair and Qantas
Melbourne (Avalon): Daily flights with Jetstar
Cairns: up to 2 flights per day with Jetstar
Newcastle: 1 flight per day with Jetstar
Adelaide: 2 flights per day with Jetstar and Virgin Australia
Perth: 4 times per week with Jetstar
Canberra: 6 times per week with Virgin Australia
Tokyo: 6 times per week with Jetstar
Hong Kong: 5 times per week with Hong Kong Airlines
Auckland: up to 4 flights a day with Air New Zealand, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Air Asia X
Christchurch: 5 flights per week with Jetstar and Air New Zealand
Queenstown: 3 flights a week with Jetstar
Wellington: 3 flights a week with Jetstar
Singapore: 4 flights a week with Scoot
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 11 flights per week with Air Asia.