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The most expensive suburbs of the Gold Coast

The most expensive suburbs of the Gold Coast

It's no secret the Gold Coast real estate market is booming. And more and more suburbs are joining the million dollar club. Here are the 5 fastest growing suburbs as well as a full list of all the suburbs where the median house price now surpasses the million dollar mark. The fastest growing suburbs of the Gold Coast Looking at the median house price growth over a 6-month period since December 2020, here are the top 5 suburbs that recorded the highest growth. 1. Burleigh Heads The median house price in Burleigh Heads increased by 26% in just six months, from $928,750 to $1,170,000 at the end of June 2021. In 2016 the median house price in Burleigh was $725,000 that's a growth of 61% in less than five years. 2. Bundall In the last six months Bundall recorded a growth of 25% in median house price, from $1,065,000 in 2020 to $1,330,000 by the end of June. 3. Mermaid Waters Also joining the million dollar club in 2021 is Mermaid Waters with a median house price of $1,175,000 by the end of June, compared to a median price of $950,000 in 2020 that's an increase of 24%. Since 2016 the median house price grew by 55% from $760,000. 4. Main Beach Main Beach has been a million dollar suburb for a while, but in 2021 it is the first suburb to break the 2-million dollar median house price record. In just six month the median house price here grew by 18% from $1,775,000 to $2,100,000. Five years ago the median was $1,335,000. 5. Gaven The only suburb in the top 5 where the median house price is still below the million dollar mark is Gaven. This suburb recorded a growth of 18% in the past six months, from a median house price of $770,000 in 2020 to $910,000 at the end of June. Since 2016 the median price increased by 48% from $615,000. A couple of notable mentions... Just losing out on the top five are Palm Beach and Burleigh Waters. But both deserve a mention breaking the million dollar mark in 2021 with a respective median house price of $1,140,000 and 1,082,500 by the end of June. Million Dollar Suburbs of the Gold Coast As the Gold Coast continues to grow, so do the number of suburbs where the median house price is over the million dollars. Just in the first 6-months of 2021, nine suburbs joined the club. Here are all the Gold Coast suburbs where the median house price now surpasses 1 million dollars. Main Beach Mermaid Beach Surfers Paradise Broadbeach Waters Bundall Paradise Point Clear Island Waters Guanaba Currumbin Valley Runaway Bay Tallebudgera Mermaid Waters Burleigh Heads Palm Beach Tallai Currumbin Burleigh Waters Miami Benowa Coolangatta Hope Island

Private Schools on the Gold Coast

Private Schools on the Gold Coast

A comprehensive list and interactive map showing all private schools on the Gold Coast by location, including an indication of school fees. Interactive Map Gold Coast Private Schools Click on the expand symbol [ ] in the top right corner to enlarge the map or click on the open menu symbol in the top left corner (next to the title) to open the menu & filter schools by location or click on the school symbols on the map for more information. The schools with an orange symbol are special schools. List of all Gold Coast Private Schools by Location 👉 SOUTHERN GOLD COAST 👉 CENTRAL GOLD COAST 👉 NORTHERN GOLD COAST 👉 WESTERN GOLD COAST Private Schools Southern Gold Coast from Tweed / Coolangatta to Palm Beach / Tallebudgera) Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School, South Tweed and Terranora Although not technically in Queensland, Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School serves students of the southern Gold Coast. It is a is a co-educational independent Anglican school, and offers Early Learning (Preschool) through to Year 12 Fees: approx. $7,000 - $10,000 per year Pacific Coast Christian School, Tweed Heads The Pacific Coast Christian School is also located just across the border in NSW, but many children from the Southern end of the Gold Coast attend the school. It is a Christian school, from Prep to Year 12. Fees: approx. $2,400 - $2,800 per year St Augustine’s Parish Primary School, Currumbin St Augustine's Parish Primary School is a co-educational Catholic primary school, Prep to Year 6. Fees: approx. $3,000 per year St Andrews Lutheran College, Tallebudgera St Andrews is a private co-educational Lutheran school and offers an Early Learning Centre (Kindergarten & Pre-Prep) and Prep through to Year 12. Fees: approx. $6,700 - $9,500 per year Private Schools Central Gold Coast (from Burleigh to Broadbeach) Marymount Catholic Primary School, Burleigh Waters Marymount is a co-educational Catholic Primary School providing education for students from Prep to Year 6. Fees: approx. $1,700 per year Marymount College, Burleigh Waters Marymount College is an independent Roman Catholic co-educational secondary school for students from Year 7 to Year 12. Fees: approx. $4,400 - $5,000 per year Gold Coast Christian College, Reedy Creek Gold Coast Christian College is a Christian school from Kindergarten (Early Learning) to Year 12. The College offers small class sizes to maximise learning outcomes and is Christ-centred with daily class worships, weekly chapel programs and additional special event Fees: approx. $6,000 - $8,000 per year Hillcrest Christian College, Reedy Creek Hillcrest Christian College is an independent Christian school located in Reedy Creek. The medium-size (approx. 1500 students) co-educational Christian school caters to kids from Pre-Prep (Early Learning) to Year 12. Fees: approx. $7,500 - $11,000 per year King’s Christian College, Reedy Creek King's Christian College is a co-educational Christian college. They have three campuses including Reedy Creek, Pimpama and Logan Village 40km south of Brisbane opened in 2020. The Reedy Creek campus offers an Early Learning Centre and Prep through to Year 12 as well as a Trade Training Centre (Years 10-12). Fees: approx. $6,000 - $9,000 per year Mastery Schools Australia, Varsity Lakes (Special School) Opening in 2021, Mastery Schools Australia is a new concept Middle School that focusses exclusively on the needs of students Year 4-9 who have fallen behind or are experiencing learning difficulties. Fees: textbook and consumables levy approx. $1,000 per year Arcadia College, Robina (Special School) Arcadia College is a co-educational secondary school (Year 7 to Year 12) located in Robina. As a Special Assistance School, they cater for a diverse range of students’ learning, emotional, psychological and physical needs. The college doesn’t charge school tuition fees, just a levy of $250 per term to ensure students have access to quality resources and facilities. Fees: approx. $1,000 per year Somerset College, Mudgeeraba Somerset College is an independent, non-denominational Christian day school. Located in the heart of the Gold Coast, Somerset College is one of Australia's leading independent Primary and Secondary education providers and caters for approximately 1500 students from Pre-Prep to Year 12. Fees: approx. $15,000 - $19,000 per year All Saints Anglican School, Merrimac All Saints Anglican School is a prestigious Christian school on the Gold Coast and welcomes all students irrespective of ethnic or religious origins. All Saints offers a Junior School, Middle School and Senior School from Pre-Prep to Year 12. Fees: approx. $8,000 - $10,000 per year St Michael’s College, Merrimac St Michael’s College is a co-educational Catholic College for students from Years 7 to Year 12. Situated high on the hill at Merrimac, the school takes in expansive views of the beautiful Gold Coast coastline. Fees: approx. $6,100 per year St Vincent’s Primary School, Clear Island Waters St Vincent's Catholic Parish Primary School are a co-educational primary school (Prep to Year 6) and is a part of the Surfers Paradise Catholic Parish. Fees: approx. $3,700 per year Private Schools Northern Gold Coast (from Surfers Paradise north) St Kevin’s Catholic Primary School, Benowa St Kevin's School is a coeducational Catholic primary school, serving Prep to Year 6, they also have an Early Leaning Centre. Fees: approx. $3,700 Emmanuel College, Carrara Emmanuel College is an independent, co-educational, multi-denominational Christian school. The College caters to students from Prep through to Year 12 and there is also an affiliated on-campus Early Leaning Centre. Fees: approx. $8,000 – $10,000 per year Josiah College, Carrara (Special School) Josiah College is a small multi-denominational Christian school that provides specialist educational programs for Junior and Senior school-aged students (Y2 - Y10) with autism spectrum disorder. Fees: approx. $9,200 – $10,500 per year Aquinas College, Ashmore Aquinas College is a Roman Catholic co-educational school. The college is owned by the Parish and is administered and staffed by Brisbane Catholic Education. Aquinas College has approx. 1200 students from Year 7 to Year 12. Fees: approx. $5,000 per year Guardian Angels’ Catholic Primary School, Ashmore Guardian Angels is a Christian Primary School in the Catholic tradition, serving children Prep to Year 6. Fees: approx. $3,500 per year Trinity Lutheran College, Ashmore Trinity Lutheran College is a Prep to Year 12 Christian co-educational college, it also offers an on-site Early Learning Centre. Fees: approx. $9,000 to $11,000 St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School, Nerang St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School is a small (approx. 410 students) co-educational Catholic primary school serving families of the Nerang Catholic Parish from Prep to Year 6. Fees: approx. $2,800 per year St Hilda’s School, Southport (Girls only) St Hilda's School is an all-girls independent Anglican day and boarding school, Prep to Year 12. Fees: approx. $13,000 - $22,000 per year The Southport School, Southport (Boys only) The Southport School, also referred to as TSS, is an Independent Anglican school for boys from Kindergarten (Early Learning) to Year 12. Boarding is also available from Year 7. Fees: approx. $14,000 to $25,000 Southport Flexible Learning Centre, Southport (Special School) The Southport Flexible Learning Centre falls under the banner of Edmund Rice Education Australia. The school is committed to working with young people who wish to re-engage with education, and who have found challenges at mainstream school. It is a catholic, co-educational school for Y7 - Y12. Fees: n/a AB Paterson College, Arundel A.B. Paterson College is a leading co-educational, non-denominational private school. They offer Pre-Prep, Primary and Secondary education. Fees: approx. $11,000 – $13,500 per year Jubilee Primary School, Pacific Pines The Jubilee Primary School is one of Brisbane Catholic Education’s three Ecumenical Schools, it offers education from Prep to Year 6. Fees: approx. $3,000 per year St Francis Xavier School, Runaway Bay St Francis Xavier School is a Catholic primary school for Prep to Year 6 Fees: approx. $3,300 per year Coomera Anglican College, Coomera Coomera Anglican College is co-educational Private Christian School offering early learning, primary and secondary education to approx. 1,400 students per annum. Fees: approx. $7,500 – $11,000 per year Saint Stephen’s College, Coomera Saint Stephen's College is a co-educational, Preparatory to Year 12 independent school. They also offer Early learning for children aged 2 to 5. Fees: approx. $2,100 - $2,800 per year St Joseph's College, Coomera Part of the Brisbane Catholic Education, St Joseph's College in Coomera opened in 2019, and teaches students from Prep to Year 12. Fees: approx. $3,000 - $4,400 per year Assisi Catholic College, Upper Coomera Assisi Catholic College is a co-educational Prep -Year 12 College staffed by Brisbane Catholic Education. Fees: approx. $3,600 - $5,200 per year King’s Christian College, Pimpama King's Christian College is a Christian co-educational college with three campuses; Reedy Creek, Pimpama and Logan Village 40km south of Brisbane opened in 2020. The Pimpama campus currently offers an Early Learning Centre, Primary Education and High School Years 7 to 9, an additional year level is added annually, with Year 10 commencing in 2022 and the first Year 12 cohort will graduate in 2024. Fees: approx. $6,000 - $8,000 per year Livingstone Christian College, Ormeau Christian education to families on the Northern Gold Coast, from Prep through to Year 12. The College also has an Early Learning Centre and offers a Pre-Prep education program. Fees: approx. $4,200 - $6,500 per year LORDS, Lutheran Ormeau Rivers District School, Ormeau LORDS (Lutheran Ormeau Rivers District School) is a co-educational Lutheran school for students from Kindy to Year 12 Fees: approx. $4,000 - $6,100 per year Toogoolawa School, Ormeau (Special School / Boys only) Toogoolawa School is an alternative provider of education for boys aged 9-15 years who no longer attend or are no longer welcome in mainstream schooling. They don’t charge school tuition fees, just a levy of $45 per week to cover the cost of resources and facilities. Fees: $45 per week Rivermount College, Yatala Situated on 32 hectares alongside the Albert River at Yatala, Rivermount College is a non-denominational, co-educational Christian College for students from Prep to Year 12. Fees: approx. $6,300 - $8,000 per year Private Schools Western Gold Coast (Mt Tamborine Area) St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Beaudesert St Mary’s is a Catholic Primary School from Prep to Year 6, run by Brisbane Catholic Education. They also offer an onsite kindergarten (Early Learning Centre). Fees: approx. $2,000 per year Tamborine Mountain College, Tamborine Mountain Tamborine Mountain College is a small independent, non-denominational co-educational school for ages Prep to Year 12. Fees: approx. $3,500 - $7,000 per year Emmaus College, Jimboomba Emmaus College is a co-educational ecumenical College that caters for students from Kindergarten (Early Learning) to Year 12. Fees: approx. $3,300 - $5,300 per year Silkwood School, Mt. Nathan Silkwood is a private, government accredited co-educational school for students Prep to Year 12. They also offer and Early Learning Centre. Fees: approx. $3,500 - $6,800 per year All Saints Primary School, Boonah All Saints’ School is a co-educational Catholic Primary School that provides an education for students from Prep to Year 6. Fees: approx. $1,900 per year The Kooralbyn International College, Korralbyn The Kooralbyn International College is a small non-religious, co-educational school for Prep to Year 12, they also offer boarding. School fees vary drastically for families living in the local area vs out of area enrolments. Fees: approx. $900 - $1,800 per year (in area) / approx. $4,700 - $7,000 per year (out of area) N.B. School tuition fees are offered as a guide only, and are based on 2021 published fees, based on one child and in some cases may exclude special levies.

The hidden costs of buying a home on the Gold Coast

The hidden costs of buying a home on the Gold Coast

When it comes to buying a home, there's more to it than the price of the property itself. There's a number of extra costs that you should be aware of, and budget for, when you're buying a home in Queensland. The costs are often dependent on the value of the purchased property. Additionally, things like stamp duty and transfer fees vary dramatically from state to state so its good to do your research and be prepared. So what are the costs of purchasing a property on the Gold Coast, QLD? 1. Transfer Duty (previously known as Stamp Duty) Transfer duty is the tax you pay on the purchase of the property and is payable to the QLD revenue office no later than 30 days after settlement of the property. How much transfer or stamp duty you pay is dependent on a number of factors: the purchase price of the property if you're a first time home buyer if it's your primary residence if the property is purchased as an investment if the property is vacant land As an example, the transfer duty for a primary residence with a purchase price of $800,000 is $21,850. An additional duty of 7% applies to purchases of residential property by foreigners (including companies and trusts). Use the Queensland Government Transfer Duty (Stamp Duty) Calculator to work out how much you are likely to pay. 2. Mortgage Registration Fee & Transfer Registration Fee The mortgage registration fee is the fee you pay for formally registering a mortgage, in Queensland this is a flat fee of $195. The mortgage registration ensures that the mortgage can be viewed by a simple title search. The transfer registration fee is the cost associated with transferring the property title into your name, how much you have to pay is dependent on the purchase price of the property. As an example, the transfer fee for a primary residence with a purchase price of $800,000 is $2,489 The RACQ online calculator is great for working out these costs. 3. Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI) Lenders mortgage insurance is a mandatory cash deposit designed to protect the lender in case you default on your loan. Should the deposit you have for the property you're buying be less than 20% you need to pay the LMI. How much the fee is depends on the size of your deposit, the closer you get to the 20% the less you pay in LMI. As an example, the Lenders Mortgage insurance for a home with a purchase price of $800,000 and you have a 10% deposit of $80,000 is $17,856 Use this easy to use Lender Mortgage Insurance Calculator to work out what your fees may be. 4. Mortgage application or set-up fee The fee to establish the mortgage is dependent on the type of loan and the lender. The loan application fee is approx. $500-$600, but in some instances lenders will waive the fee, so its worth asking or shopping around. 5. Conveyancer or Solicitor Fees Although it is possible to do much of the work yourself, it is highly recommended to use a quolified conveyancer or solicitor to provide advice and to prepare and review the legal documents for the purchase of the property. As the process of buying a home and the conditions surrounding the purchase are different from state to state, it is an advantage to use a solicitor in the state where you're purchasing as they're more intimately familiar with the local laws and conditions. The cost will depend on the complexity of the transaction. In general expect to pay between $800 - $1,500 in solicitor fees, and approx. $400 for property and title searches. 6. Build & Pest Inspection As part of the process of buying a house in Queensland is a build and pest inspection. This inspection is conducted by certified inspectors who will check the property for any structural issues, damage and pests like termites. These inspections are particularly of essence for older properties where hidden damage can be a costly issue down the track. The cost of this inspection is between $500 - $600 7. Council Rates & Utility Bills Council and utility rates are paid in advance, generally until the end of the quarter. You'll need to pay your portion of the rates to the vendor. This is calculated by the number of days in the quarter after the settlement date. Your portion of the rates are added to the purchase price.

What happens when you regret your move? And how to avoid it.

What happens when you regret your move? And how to avoid it.

Careful consideration, and a healthy dose of research and planning should go into preparing for an interstate or overseas move. But what if you come to regret your move? This is exactly what happened for Sarah Berry and her partner Toby who made the move from Sydney to Byron Bay in Northern NSW only to regret it and move back a few years later. In an interview with the Domain podcast Property Unpacked, Sarah, Lifestyle Health Editor at The Age & SMH, unpacks what happened when they made their northern migration. Have a listen of the interview. Then I'll explore what lessons I think can be learnt from Sarah's experience and give tips on how to avoid making some of the same mistakes. What lessons can be learnt from Sarah's experience? A couple of things really stood out to me about their story, I'll go into a bit more detail and explain each below; they had the right attitude "to give it a go" there seems to be a lack of clarity in terms of why they were making the move they did little planning and research, and as a result they were ill-prepared they seemed to have an unwillingness to make lifestyle adjustments Don't be afraid to give it a go Sarah and Toby certainly had the right adventurous attitude "to give it a go", with the reassurance that "if it doesn't work out, you can always move back". Big life-changing decisions, like moving overseas or interstate, are made easier when you take the pressure off. Don't see it as the biggest thing in your life, that cannot be undone. Try to see it as an adventure. When we started contemplating a move from Sydney to the Gold Coast I was initially very overwhelmed by the enormity of the decision. However, when I came to look at it as a family adventure, that could last 6 months, a year or a lifetime (as it turns out), the weight was lifted of my shoulders and I felt confident and assured in my decision making. Be very clear on why you're moving It is very important that you are very clear (and on the same page) as to why you're moving. What is driving the move? Are you ready for a life-changing experience? There didn't seem to be any real reason for Sarah and Toby to move to Byron Bay. Yes, Toby had some work opportunities in Byron Bay, but other than that there was no real desire for a relocation or a change of lifestyle. So if nothing is driving you, then what is the incentive to make it work? We briefly considered a move about 10 years ago, not long after our first child was born. But when we really considered it, there wasn't enough motivation or the right motivation to move at that time. We simply weren't ready. Fast forward to 2017 and there was a lot driving us: the desire to lead a more balanced life, to be more present for the kids and each other, to be able to buy a house without a million-dollar-plus mortgage, to have access to co-ed (private) schools that were not going to cost a bomb, to offer the kids an upbringing where they are carefree and can play with their friends in the street. When there are enough reasons for you to want to move. When you're in every sense ready to uproot your life and start fresh. That's when the chances of success are best. Research and planning are key A quick internet search would've told Sarah that the average rent in Byron Bay for a unit at the moment is $600 a week and $798 per week for a house, and that the number of properties available for rent is low. They didn't do this research, nor did they consider what was important to them in terms of lifestyle when looking for a place to live. So they ended up in Bangalow, a good 20 minutes inland from Byron Bay, which did not offer the lifestyle they were used to or wanting. Lesson to learn: Work out what's important to you in terms of lifestyle and your living environment. Think about things like distance to work; access to public transport, amenities such as shops, doctors/hospitals, schools, playgrounds and parks, do you want to be close to the beach or do you prefer a bush setting etc. Work out what your budget is. And if you're going to buy or rent. Get a really clear picture what it is that's important and then do your research to see what areas will best offer you what you're looking for. No doubt there will be compromise, but as long as most boxes are ticked you're more likely to be satisfied with your decision. If you're not sure where to start your search, we can help. We offer a range of services to assist our clients with researching and narrowing down the suburbs. Be prepared to adjust & embrace the lifestyle changes There's a big adjustment when moving from the big smoke to a smaller city or regional town. As Sarah acknowledges in the podcast, she moved with her city lifestyle and city mentality intact. The fact that she worked from home in her job as editor meant meeting new people, making friends and getting out and about wasn't per say necessary. Between the four walls of her home she continued to lead a life that was more synonymous with Sydney's than with the laid-back lifestyle of Byron. One of the things I've loved about moving to the Gold Coast was the fact that people are easy-going, friendly and up for a chat. People will look you in the eye, they will smile, and they will say 'hi, how you doing'. Unthinkable in the streets of Sydney. In fact, if anyone dared to look or start a conversation I'd more likely run the other way. I love it that I can give people a smile here and I will get one in return. I love the random chats I have with people when I get my coffee at my local café or take the dog for a walk in the park. Similarly Carly, who recently moved to the Gold Coast from Melbourne commented that she needed to learn to slow down and adjust to the different pace of life on the Gold Coast. It was exactly the more relaxed, less rushed pace of life that she was looking for when they moved here. So she's embracing the lifestyle change and making an effort to slow down.

Most in-demand suburbs of the Gold Coast right now

Most in-demand suburbs of the Gold Coast right now

Considering the influence COVID is having on people's lifestyle choices, it isn't a surprise to see one of Gold Coast's suburbs ranked in the top 10 of Australia's most in-demand suburbs. Surfers Paradise one of Australia's most sought-after suburbs Realestate.com.au recently published a list of Australia's most sought-after suburbs based on how engaged buyers were with listings on their site across the country in the past 12 months. Surfers Paradise was ranked second, after Melbourne, when it comes to buyer interest for units, with 40,936 highly-engaged buyers looking for units in the area over the past year. Gold Coast's most popular suburbs When looking at a breakdown by state, the Gold Coast is clearly in high-demand with 7 of the top 10 most sought-after suburbs for house hunters located on the Gold Coast and 5 of the top 10 when looking at buyer-interest for units. Here are the top 10 most in-demand suburbs across Queensland for houses and units: Top 10 QLD Suburbs - Houses based on number of highly engaged buyers in the past 12 months to end Feb'21 Buderim (Sunshine Coast) - 42,355 Camp Hill (Brisbane) - 29,439 Helensvale (Gold Coast) - 29,420 Coorparoo (Brisbane) - 28,766 Southport (Gold Coast) - 26,838 Hope Island (Gold Coast) - 26,368 Upper Coomera (Gold Coast) - 25,840 Robina (Gold Coast) - 25,544 Broadbeach Waters (Gold Coast) - 25,510 Coomera (Gold Coast) - 25,240 Top 10 QLD Suburbs - Units based on number of highly engaged buyers in the past 12 months to end Feb'21 Surfers Paradise (Gold Coast) - 40,938 Southport (Gold Coast) - 21,326 Broadbeach (Gold Coast) - 19,332 Maroochydore (Sunshine Coast) -19,209 Palm Beach (Gold Coast) - 19,047 Brisbane City - 18,313 Burleigh Heads (Gold Coast) - 17,428 New Farm (Brisbane) - 16,792 Mooloolaba (Sunshine Coast) - 16,023 Kangaroo Point (Brisbane) - 15,448

Gold Coast's 5 safest suburbs and the 5 suburbs to avoid.

Gold Coast's 5 safest suburbs and the 5 suburbs to avoid.

When evaluating where to live, safety is often a main concern. Here we unpack the top 5 safest areas and the 5 suburbs with the highest crime rates on the Gold Coast. When looking at the crimes rates, this takes into account 'all' reported crimes in an area over a 12-month period and is calculated per 1,000 residents. The Gold Coast as a whole has a reported crimes' rate of 70.6 offences per '000 population. Crimes include all matter of reported crimes, major and minor. 5 Safest suburbs to live on the Gold Coast 1. Currumbin Valley & Tallebudgera The safest area on the Gold Coast, ranked number one with a crime rate of only 14.1 per '000, is the Currumbin & Tallebudgera area located in the Southern Gold Coast. 2. Highland Park* Located just South of Nerang, Highland Park is second on the list of lowest reported crimes for all Gold Coast suburbs, with a rating of 23.6 per '000 residents. 3. Reedy Creek Coming in at number three is Reedy Creek. Located inland just behind Burleigh Heads, in the Southern part of the Gold Coast, Reedy Creek is a safe and family friendly area with a crime rate of 24.0 per '000. 4. Mudgeeraba & Bonogin Situated inland on the Southern/Central Gold Coast area are Mudgeeraba & Bonogin. With a crime rate of 24.8 per '000 this area offers a safe and friendly living environment. 5. Coombabah* Rounding up the top 5 with a crime rate of 25.1 per '000 population is Coombabah in the Northern region of the Gold Coast. *NOTE to the reader: Although the reported crime rates for Highland Park and Coombabah are low, both these suburbs have a lower socio-economic index, lower median household income and higher unemployment rates compared to the rest of the GC. 5 Gold Coast suburbs to avoid with the highest crime rate Looking at the crime rates across the different areas of the Gold Coast, it becomes very apparent that the suburbs with a higher population density and a population that is more transient including the tourism and entertainment precincts (areas with a lot of shops, hotels, bars, cafes, restaurants, nightclubs) tend to have a higher crime rate. 1. Surfers Paradise Not surprising, Surfers Paradise with its high number of holiday accommodation, bars, cafes & restaurants, is ranked number one with a reported crimes' rate of 220.8 per '000. 2. Mermaid Beach & Broadbeach This is also an area with a transient population and one people descend on from all over the Gold Coast to go out. A crime rate of 175.7 per '000 is reflective of this. 3. Broadbeach Waters If the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre wasn't located in the Broadbeach Waters suburb, then it wouldn't have been listed in this top 5. Close to 60% of all reported crimes happen in or around the famous Shopping Centre. So although this suburb comes in at number 3, with a crime rate of 151 per '000, it is probably not a true reflection of the safety of this suburb. 4. Southport Home to the Gold Coast's central business district and many bars, restaurants, shops and holiday accommodation this area also has a higher than average crime rate of 144 per '000. 5. Coolangatta Another suburb that is categorised by a transient population and with a high number of holiday accommodation and entertainment facilities, Coolangatta has a reported crime rate of 141.3 per '000. Want to know if a specific suburb is safe? If you're thinking of moving to the Gold Coast, and want to know how a specific suburb is rated, please get in touch with me. I can also help you narrow down which suburbs best suit your needs and lifestyle. Email me at info@movingtothegoldcoast.com Footnote: Crimes rates are calculated using the 2020 Estimated Resident Population of the suburb or area and the crime statistics as reported by the Queensland Police Service for the a 12-month reporting period from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

10 Reasons to make a post-COVID move to the GC

10 Reasons to make a post-COVID move to the GC

The coronavirus has spurred on many city slickers' move to regional areas. Here are 10 reasons to make a post-COVID move to the Gold Coast. 1. Space for days With a population density of 465 persons per square kilometer, compared to greater Sydney with an urban population density of 1,900 / km2 and Melbourne 1,500 / km2, there's no need to be in each others face. 2. Zero covid deaths and no lock-downs Life on the Gold Coast has by large been unaffected by the pandemic with only a very minimal amount of restrictions in place for a short time early in 2020. The GC has recorded no COVID-related deaths and only 230 confirmed cases in total. 3. Close to nature With 52km of beaches, six stunning National Parks and 2,314 parks, nature is on your doorstep everywhere you turn. 4. Housing affordability As house and unit prices are going through the roof in the major capital cities, house prices on the Gold Coast are still affordable at a median house price of $669,000 and unit price of $435,000. 5. Great for families The Gold Coast is an awesome place to raise your family. Its safe, clean and green and has an abundance of activities and entertainment on offer to satisfy the whole family. 6. Laidback lifestyle The Gold Coast offers a more relaxed lifestyle, away from the hustle and bustle and stresses of life of the big smoke. 7. Excellent accessibility With its close proximity to Brisbane and easy interstate access to all Australian capital cities by air, 25+ flights per day to Sydney as an example, the city is well connected. 8. Affordable private schools There are some outstanding schools up and down the coast, and compared to many of Sydney and Melbourne's elite private schools, the fees are a lot more affordable. Case in point, Somerset College (one of the top schools in the area) annual tuition fees is $17,634 at most. 9. World-class universities The GC is home to some of the best universities offering a variety of high-quality courses including Griffith University (ranked 303 in the QS World University Rankings 2021), Bond University and Southern Cross University. 10. Job opportunities As the second largest city in Queensland, and the 6th largest city in Australia, the Gold Coast economy is strong and offers plenty job opportunities.

Carly's story; moving from Melbourne to the Gold Coast in the middle of COVID.

Carly's story; moving from Melbourne to the Gold Coast in the middle of COVID.

After spending months in lockdown in Victoria and home-schooling her kids, Carly was yearning for a more balanced and outdoorsy lifestyle for her family. They decided it was time to make the move from Melbourne to Palm Beach on the Gold Coast. Here's her story. Why did you choose to move to the Gold Coast? We already had loose plans to move to Queensland in a couple of years time, in search of warmer weather and to be nearer to the beach. The plan was, after the birth of our fourth child in 2020, to spend some time exploring the areas between Byron Bay and the Sunshine Coast and decide where we'd want to move. Covid hitting stopped us from doing this, but it also intensified our desire to relocate and it accelerated the move. We considered the Sunshine Coast as my grandparents lived there for years. It is a beautiful area and not as built up. However we're both quite social and love going out to restaurants and bars, so we were afraid the Sunshine Coast would be too quiet for us. Initially I wasn't sold on the Gold Coast, as I thought of the Gold Coast as Surfers Paradise and all the stereotypes that go with that...the people, clubs, drugs, violence. I had concerns about my kids growing up around that. But the reality is that those problems exist wherever you're, they were near us in Melbourne too. We otherwise found that the Gold Coast offered a good balance; it has nice restaurants and bars, offers a laid-back lifestyle with beautiful beaches and great weather pretty much all the time. It offered a more balanced and outdoorsy lifestyle, which was important to us. So which suburb did you settle on? We settled on the southern end of the Gold Coast as it it has a nice feel and is very family oriented, and far away form the hustle and bustle of the tourist hot spots. We looked at both Palm Beach and Burleigh. I really liked the Palm Beach State School so we decided on Palm Beach. What was it like moving during Covid? In Melbourne we had spent the best part of 2020 in isolation and I homeschooled the kids for three quarters of the year. We weren't able to see our family or friends, go out, do sports etc. A lot of time spent at home meant we had time to really think about what lifestyle we wanted for our family. Which is what made us decide to push our move forward. I then spent a lot of time researching online and even paid a buyer advocate $200 to pick his brain about suburbs on a zoom call. In early December I flew up to the Gold Coast and after 14 days of mandatory hotel quarantine with my baby, I spent 4 days exploring Palm Beach and Burleigh and visiting schools. Ideally I would've liked to have looked at homes as well, but there just wasn't enough time. Did you buy or are you renting? We weren't ready to sell up in Melbourne just yet, so we decided we'd rent first. There are definite pros and cons to renting, in some ways I wish we'd had everything in order to be able to buy straight away. But considering Covid and the on-going border restrictions we would've had to buy sight-unseen, which would've made it really hard. It wasn't easy to find a rental, but I got really lucky in the end and managed to find a nice house in Palm Beach, which put us in the Palm Beach State School catchment. Renting first and now having more time to explore the different suburbs has made us realise we probably want to be in Burleigh or Miami. Palm Beach is great, but it is a little too inconsistent. It's clear the suburb is going through a massive gentrification, but there's still a way to go. What school are your children in? Our two eldest are at Palm Beach State School. It is a lovely school, the principal and teachers all seem really nice and the facilities are great too, they're in fact putting millions into extensions and upgrades. One afternoon a week the kids get to walk to the beach and do all sorts of activities and next term they're doing a surf program - unthinkable in Melbourne. Now having been at the school a few months, I do find the school is lacking in terms of 'community'. They don't have any way for parents to connect with other parents, like a directory or even through a class-rep for example. Moving from interstate, especially with kids in higher grades, makes it hard to become a part of the community and make friends. Our eldest daughter is in child care at Kids on 4th in Palm beach, they have been really fabulous. It's a great centre. How about employment on the Gold Coast? My husband and I both work for ourselves. My husband has a real estate photography and marketing service business in Melbourne which he continues to work for remotely. Covid in a way has made that easier, as everyone is more accepting and used to people working from home. I'm a professional photographer, but I stopped doing that a few years back. I'm now a crypto currency trader, which is ideal as I can do it from anywhere and I can work any time of the day. Any challenges transitioning to Gold Coast life? It's a different pace, you've got to slow down, oh and dress down too! The 'shoes' or the lack of, got me in the beginning. People are in thongs pretty much everywhere all the time, or bare feet, even in the supermarket!! I remember the first day of school pick up and I was wearing what I would in Melbourne; a nice dress and wedge shoes. I looked thoroughly out of place. I adapted and I actually love it now. It means I can drop the kids in my active wear and flip flops and fit right in. The other thing that was a challenge was finding my way around and finding services like the best supermarket, fresh fruit & veggie shop or a butcher. A gym and sports club. What dentist or GP to go to. Where to get the car serviced. Things you don't even consider when you've lived somewhere for a while, but when you're starting from scratch it takes some effort. Is there anything you miss about Melbourne? My friends and family for sure!! And like I said, being familiar with the place. At the moment it's all still very new, but I know this will change, it already is. Other than that...I don't miss the Melbourne weather and I don't miss the urban-ness. What I love about the Gold Coast is the sense of space, being so close to the beach wherever I am. I can be driving around and catching glimpses of the ocean, or be down by Tallebudgera or Currumbin Creek in minutes, while in Melbourne I would be stuck behind a tram in city traffic. Any advice for anyone thinking about moving to the Gold Coast? If you can, get up here and have a good look around to get a feel for the place. When you do move, you've got to be prepared to put yourself out there. I didn't know anyone before moving here. But I made a real effort chatting to people, for example at my Pilates class I would just strike up conversation. I have made some lovely new friends by doing this. There are a lot of people that have moved here from interstate and that have been in your position before, so don't be afraid to put yourself out there and say 'hey, I'm new here, would you like to go for a coffee or drink'. The other thing is learn to slow down, it's a more relaxed pace of life on the Gold Coast. Which is actually one of the reasons we moved here, to get away from the hectic-ness of the city. Carly's top 3 tips for settling in Buy a cool cabana, your beach days will be so much better!! The theme parks have super cheap annual passes for locals Slow down and get yourself a pair of flip flops 🤣

Top Primary Schools on the Gold Coast, from South to North

Top Primary Schools on the Gold Coast, from South to North

The top 5 best primary schools including state (public) and private primary schools on the southern Gold Coast, central Gold Coast and northern Gold Coast. When reviewing schools, a school's academic results aren't all that matter. Other factors that one should consider for example are the size of the school and class size, the teaching philosophy, facilities, access to support staff and special services, before/after care facilities etc. What is important or what works for one child or family, will be different to the next.... Purely looking at academic performance, here are the top 5 primary schools by Gold Coast region, from South to North. Schools are listed by ranking 1 to 5 by Gold Coast region and results are based on the 2019 year 5 academic results (in 2020 Naplan was cancelled due to COVID), view the full list here bettereducation.com Top 5 primary schools Southern Gold Coast (from Coolangatta to Palm Beach / Tallebudgera) 1. Tallebudgera State School, Tallebudgera Located in beautiful natural surroundings, Tallebudgera State School is a QLD government school for years Prep to Y6. The school only takes students living within the Tallebudgera catchment area and has a maximum enrolment capacity of 805 students. Government school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: n/a 2. Currumbin Valley State School, Currumbin Valley Currumbin Valley State school is a small, co-educational QLD government school for students from Prep to Year 6. The school only takes students living within Currumbin Valley catchment area and has a maximum enrolment capacity of 213 students. Government school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: n/a 3. St Andrews Lutheran College, Tallebudgera St Andrews is a private co-educational Lutheran school and offers an Early Learning Centre (Kindergarten & Pre-Prep) and Prep through to Year 12. Private school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: approx. $6,700 per year 4. Elanora State School, Elanora Elanora State School is a Prep to Year 6 co-educational QLD Government primary school serving families living in the Elanora catchment area. The school has a maximum capacity of 1,379 students. Government school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: n/a 5. St Augustine’s Parish Primary School, Currumbin St Augustine's Parish Primary School is a co-educational Catholic primary school, Prep to Year 6. Private school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: approx. $3,000 per year Top 5 primary schools Central Gold Coast (from Burleigh to Broadbeach) 1. Somerset College, Mudgeeraba Somerset College is an independent, non-denominational Christian day school. Located in the heart of the Gold Coast, Somerset College is one of Australia's leading independent Primary and Secondary education providers and caters for approximately 1500 students from Pre-Prep to Year 12. Private school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: approx. $15,000 per year 2. All Saints Anglican School, Merrimac All Saints Anglican School is a prestigious Christian school on the Gold Coast and welcomes all students irrespective of ethnic or religious origins. All Saints offers a Junior School, Middle School and Senior School from Pre-Prep to Year 12. Private school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: approx. $8,000 per year 3. Gold Coast Christian College, Reedy Creek Gold Coast Christian College is a Christian school from Kindergarten (Early Learning) to Year 12. The College offers small class sizes to maximise learning outcomes and is Christ-centred with daily class worships, weekly chapel programs and additional special event Private school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: approx. $6,000 per year 4. King’s Christian College, Reedy Creek King's Christian College is a co-educational Christian college. The Reedy Creek campus offers an Early Learning Centre and Prep through to Year 12 as well as a Trade Training Centre (Years 10-12). Private school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: approx. $6,000 - $9,000 per year 5. Broadbeach State School, Broadbeach The Broadbeach State school serves families in the Broadbeach and Clear Island Waters catchment area. It is a co-educational, QLD government school, with a maximum of 992 students. Government school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: n/a Top 5 primary schools Northern Gold Coast (from Surfers Paradise north) 1. AB Paterson College, Arundel A.B. Paterson College is a leading co-educational, non-denominational private school. They offer Pre-Prep, Primary and Secondary education. Private school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: approx. $11,000 per year 2. The Southport School, Southport The Southport School, also referred to as TSS, is an Independent Anglican school for boys from Kindergarten (Early Learning) to Year 12. Boarding is also available from Year 7. Private school / Boys only / Tuition fees: approx. $14,000 per year 3. Emmanuel College, Carrara Emmanuel College is an independent, co-educational, multi-denominational Christian school. The College caters to students from Prep through to Year 12 and there is also an affiliated on-campus Early Leaning Centre. Private school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: approx. $8,000 per year 4. Bellevue Park State School, Ashmore Bellevue Park is a Queensland government co-educational state school serving children from the Ashmore / Southport area from Prep to Year 6. Bellevue Park State School only takes students living within the catchment area and has a maximum enrolment capacity of 688 students. Government school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: n/a 5. St Hilda’s School, Southport St Hilda's School is an all-girls independent Anglican day and boarding school for students Prep to Year 12. Private school / Girls only / Tuition fees: approx. $13,000 per year N.B. School tuition fees are offered as a guide only, and are based on 2021 published fees, based on a minimum per child and in some cases may exclude special levies.

Top High Schools on the Gold Coast, from South to North

Top High Schools on the Gold Coast, from South to North

Here are the top ranked secondary (high) schools on the Gold Coast, including private and state schools. Schools are ranked and displayed by Gold Coast region and are based on the 2019 year 9 academic results (in 2020 Naplan was cancelled due to COVID). Top high schools Southern Gold Coast (from Coolangatta to Palm Beach / Tallebudgera) 1. St Andrews Lutheran College, Tallebudgera St Andrews is a private co-educational Lutheran school and offers an Early Learning Centre (Kindergarten & Pre-Prep) and Prep through to Year 12. Private school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: approx. $6,700 - $9,500 per year 2. Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School, South Tweed and Terranora Although not technically on the Gold Coast, Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School serves many students of the southern Gold Coast area. It is a is a co-educational independent Anglican school, and offers Early Learning (Preschool) through to Year 12 Private school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: approx. $7,000 - $10,000 per year Top high schools Central Gold Coast (from Burleigh to Broadbeach) 1. Somerset College, Mudgeeraba Somerset College is an independent, non-denominational Christian day school. Located in the heart of the Gold Coast, Somerset College is one of Australia's leading independent Primary and Secondary education providers and caters for approximately 1500 students from Pre-Prep to Year 12. Private school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: approx. $15,000 - $19,000 per year 2. All Saints Anglican School, Merrimac All Saints Anglican School is a prestigious Christian school on the Gold Coast and welcomes all students irrespective of ethnic or religious origins. All Saints offers a Junior School, Middle School and Senior School from Pre-Prep to Year 12. Private school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: approx. $8,000 - $10,000 per year 3. Varsity College, Varsity Lakes Varsity College is a QLD government secondary school for families in the Varsity Lakes catchment area. The school has a total capacity of 3,619 students from Year 7 to Year 12. Government school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: n/a 4. King’s Christian College, Reedy Creek King's Christian College is a co-educational Christian college. The Reedy Creek campus offers an Early Learning Centre and Prep through to Year 12 as well as a Trade Training Centre (Years 10-12). Private school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: approx. $6,000 - $9,000 per year Top high schools Northern Gold Coast (from Surfers Paradise north) 1. AB Paterson College, Arundel A.B. Paterson College is a leading co-educational, non-denominational private school. They offer Pre-Prep, Primary and Secondary education. Private school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: approx. $11,000 - $13,500 per year 2. Emmanuel College, Carrara Emmanuel College is an independent, co-educational, multi-denominational Christian school. The College caters to students from Prep through to Year 12 and there is also an affiliated on-campus Early Leaning Centre. Private school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: approx. $8,000 - $10,000 per year 3. St Hilda’s School, Southport St Hilda's School is an all-girls independent Anglican day and boarding school for students Prep to Y12. Private school / Girls only / Tuition fees: approx. $13,000 - $22,000 per year 4. St Stephen’s College, Coomera Saint Stephen's College is a co-educational, Preparatory to Year 12 independent school. Private school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: approx. $2,100 - $2,800 per year 5. The Southport School, Southport The Southport School, also referred to as TSS, is an Independent Anglican school for boys from Kindergarten (Early Learning) to Year 12. Boarding is also available from Year 7. Private school / Boys only / Tuition fees: approx. $14,000 - $25,000 per year N.B. School tuition fees are offered as a guide only, and are based on 2021 published fees, based on one child and in some cases may exclude special levies.

Where to find the best furniture shops on the Gold Coast?

Where to find the best furniture shops on the Gold Coast?

So, you've made the move and are settling in. But your home needs a few bits & pieces. Here's where to go shopping for furniture and homewares on the Gold Coast. Southern & Central Gold Coast Furniture & Homewares on Bundall Road, Bundall Find all your major furniture shops & brands, as well as a number of beautiful boutique furniture shops, in and around the Bundall Road area in Bundall. Shops are all located close to each other on Bundall Road, Ashmore Road and Upton Street, shops include: Major furniture shops & brands Nick Scali Furniture, 100 Bundall Road, Bundall Forty Winks, 62 Bundall Road, Bundall Plush Sofas, 60 Bundall Road, Bundall Amart Furniture, 117 Ashmore Road, Bundall Adairs Bundall Homemaker, 61 Ashmore Road, Bundall Harvey Norman, 29-45 Ashmore Road, Bundall Domayne, 29-45 Ashmore Road, Bundall Fantastic Furniture, 36 Upton Street, Bundall Oz Design Furniture, 76 Upton Street, Bundall Boutique furniture & homewares shops The Beach Furniture Shop, 48 Bundall Road, Bundall Village Stores, 1/54 Bundall Road, Bundall Biku Furniture & Homewares, 54 Bundall Road, Bundall Rice Furniture, 58 Bundall Road, Bundall Alfresco Emporium, Cnr Ashmore & Bundall Road, Bundall Salvage Imports, 9 Upton Street, Bundall Northern Gold Coast The Brickworks Centre, 107 Ferry Road, Southport There are a number of major and boutique furniture and homeware shops located together in and around The Brickworks Centre on Ferry Road in Southport. Shops include: Major furniture shops & brands Freedom, The Brickworks Centre, 107 Ferry Rd, Southport Coco Republic, The Brickworks Centre, 107 Ferry Rd, Southport King Living, The Brickworks Centre, 107 Ferry Rd, Southport Wheel&Barrow, The Brickworks Centre, 107 Ferry Rd, Southport Boutique furniture & homewares shops Maison & Maison, The Brickworks Centre, 107 Ferry Rd, Southport St Barts, The Brickworks Centre, 107 Ferry Rd, Southport Lux Street, 106-110 Queen Street, Southport Globe Interiors, 129 Ferry Road, Southport Homeworld Helensvale, 502 Hope Island Rd, Helensvale At the Homeworld Helensvale you'll find a huge variety of furniture and homeware shops conveniently located in one major shopping centre. Major furniture shops & brands Adairs, Shop 27, Homeworld Helensvale Bedshed, Shop 9, Homeworld Helensvale Eureka Street Furniture, Shop 18, Homeworld Helensvale Fantastic Furniture, Shop 1, Homeworld Helensvale James Lane, Shop 5, Homeworld Helensvale Oz Design Furniture, Shop 20, Homeworld Helensvale Pillow Talk, Shop 10, Homeworld Helensvale Snooze, Shop 28, Homeworld Helensvale The Furniture Shack, Shop 21, Homeworld Helensvale Boutique furniture & homewares shops The Outlet, Shop 8, Homeworld Helensvale Soul Living, Shop 19, Homeworld Helensvale The Big Kahuna - Ikea Now, if this doesn't satisfy your shopping cravings, then the big kahuna of furniture shops - Ikea, plus more great homewares and furniture shops, are located in the Logan Super Centre in Logan, just south of Brisbane.

What age do children start school on the Gold Coast, QLD?

What age do children start school on the Gold Coast, QLD?

At what age a child starts its schooling is different in every state of Australia. Here's how to work out what year your child will enter into the Queensland education system. Your child's date of birth will determine when they enter the school system. The child needs to be 5-years old before the State's cut-off date to start the school year in January of that year. For the Gold Coast, and all of Queensland, the cut-off date is the 30th of June. So for example, if your child turns 5 on the 30th of May, then they would start the school year in January in the year that they turn 5, so for the first five months your child will be 4 years old when they're in their first year of school. School-ready age cut-off dates across Australia It is important to note that the age guidelines are the minimum age at which a child can start school. Parents can decide to delay when the child starts school if the child is born between January and the cut-off date. If they're born after the cut-off date then you have no choice as to when your child starts its first year of school. Moving Interstate mid-way through your child's schooling So what happens when you move states mid-way through your child's schooling? Well, the same cut-off dates will apply throughout a child's school-age years. Which can mean that your child may be held back (compulsory) or may be progressed (not compulsory) a year, depending on what state you're moving from and to. For example; if your child was born on 15 July 2015 they could have started their first year at school in January 2020 if they lived in NSW. Then if they move to Queensland at any point during their schooling, they will be set-back by a year, because the cut-off date in Queensland is 30 June (compared to 31 July in NSW). The opposite example; if your child was born on 15 January 2015 in Tasmania, they would've only started their first year at school in January 2021. When moving to the Gold Coast, you could technically skip a year. But I can't imagine many scenarios in which this would be desirable. So realistically, only if you move from NSW and your child is born between 1 July and 31 July plus you chose to start your child early (instead of holding them back when they started kindy in NSW), may it happen that your child will be held back a year. In all other instances, moving from any other state to the Gold Coast, your child will be able to transition to the same school year. What is the first year of school called in Queensland? On the Gold Coast, in Queensland the first year a child attends school is called Prep, this is the same in Victoria and Tasmania. In NSW the first year is called Kindergarten or Kindy, in Western Australia it’s Pre-Primary, in South Australia it’s referred to as Reception while in the NT and ACT it’s known as Transition.