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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.

2022 School Holidays & Public Holidays  - Gold Coast, QLD

2022 School Holidays & Public Holidays - Gold Coast, QLD

The term dates and school holidays differ from state to state. Here's a list of the Queensland school holidays 2022 and the public holidays for the Gold Coast. Gold Coast Public Holidays 2022 ^Show holidays are public holidays appointed in specific districts throughout Queensland and are in relation to annual agricultural, horticultural or industrial shows. Dates for a possible show date or people's holiday for 2022 have not yet been confirmed. ^^Because Christmas Day falls on a Sunday and Boxing Day falls on a Monday the Tuesday is also a public holiday. Gold Coast School Holidays & Term Dates 2022 These term dates apply to all Queensland state schools. Some independent, private and catholic schools observe alternative dates, often you'll find they have an additional week off at the start of the state holiday week.

5 Reasons to Move to the Gold Coast

5 Reasons to Move to the Gold Coast

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.

Alternative schools, Steiner and Montessori education on the Gold Coast

Alternative schools, Steiner and Montessori education on the Gold Coast

On the Gold Coast there are two types of schools; State and Private Schools. A State School is a Queensland government funded school that follows the state curriculum while Private Schools are made up of a diverse range of school cultures and teaching and the curriculum is set entirely by the individual's school charter. (read: State vs Private - How to choose the right school for you? for more on this topic) While most private schools on the Gold Coast have a religious affiliation there are a few that are non-denominational and even fewer that offer alternative teaching philosophies like Steiner or Montessori education. Here's an overview of the schools on the Gold Coast offering alternative education programs. Steiner School on the Gold Coast Until only recently the nearest Steiner School for Gold Coast students were located across the border in Northern NSW including Aetaomah School in Terragon, Shearwater Steiner School in Mullumbimby and Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School in Byron Bay. While the closest Steiner school located in Queensland is the Samford Valley Steiner School 30km North West of Brisbane. A new Steiner School is due to open on the Gold Coast in January 2022, starting with grades prep (kindy) to year 3 initially then up to year 6. The Evergreen Steiner School is located in Beechmont in the Gold Coast Hinterland, they're taking enrollments now. Benowa State High School offers a Waldorf Steiner Excellence Program for students of Year 7 to Year 12. The program provides a creative and academic way of learning to extend students in all subject areas. Students accepted into the program undertake, Extension English, Mathematics, History, Geography and the Sciences. In addition, a creative program including Visual Art, Music, Dance and Drama are interwoven throughout units of study and across the course. Montessori School on the Gold Coast When it comes to Montessori education, there are a number of Early Learning Centres that offer the Montessori educational program, but the nearest Montessori primary or high school to the Gold Coast is the Brisbane Montessori School located just outside of Brisbane. Other Alternative Schools on the Gold Coast The Village School Gold Coast located in Coolangatta opened its doors in 2021 for primary school students from Prep to Year 6 across two mixed-age classes. They follow a mix of teaching philosophies that are child-focused and play- and skills-based and provides curiosity-led and place-based learning experiences with consistent low student to teacher ratio. Silkwood School is set in a beautiful location in the Gold Coast Hinterland. They offer an alternative and progressive approach to education modelled on the Steiner School philosophy, catering to students from Prep to Year 12. A new senior school campus, for student year 10 to year 12, is set to open in Robina in Jan, 2022. Toogoolawa School in Ormeau is a small school for boys from grades 3-10 who find it difficult to function in mainstream schools, particularly those boys who feel overwhelmed by large numbers of students and who respond better to small groups. Their teachings are designed around the five values of Truth, Love, Peace, Right Conduct and Non-violence. Mindfulness Meditation is central in it's practices.

Amanda's story; moving from Bondi to the Gold Coast

Amanda's story; moving from Bondi to the Gold Coast

Amanda was craving space, and the Bondi traffic was driving her mad, so she packed up her family and moved from busy Bondi in Sydney to the Gold Coast in 2017. Here's her story. Why did you decide to move to the Gold Coast? We were living in an apartment in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, and I was craving space for my boys (and me). And was fed up doing 5 laps around the block just to pick up a takeaway coffee! We considered a move to Sydney's Northern Beaches, but that would have meant a lot more commuting for my husband, he would have spent another couple hours a day in traffic, what’s the point right? We also briefly contemplated the South Coast of NSW, but I was eager to be closer to my family (who are in Brisbane), the beach and the glorious Queensland weather. That's why we ultimately settled on the Gold Coast. Where on the Gold Coast did you settle? On a weekend away, my husband had fallen in love with the Tallebudgera Valley. And I really liked the Tallebudgera State School so we needed a home within the catchment area for the school. We rented a house in Currumbin Valley for 12 months at first, just to make sure we were happy about such a big move. After that we bought our current home in Currumbin Waters. We love the rural rainforest and bush feel with close proximity to the beach, and the cruisiness of the south end of the coast. What schools do your kids attend? Both boys went to Tallebudgera State School. We chose this school because of the space, so much beautiful green space, backing onto horse paddocks and a nature reserve. There are koalas in the trees!! It’s a beautiful country school vibe but with exceptional teachers and program. My oldest son now goes to St Andrew’s Lutheran College. It's a really kind, caring and nurturing school. Was it hard to find work? My husband moved up with a job as a BDM for an experience design and digital consultancy. I took some time to reconfigure my extensive experience as a professional makeup artist and have built a new business positioned as an over 40’s makeup expert. I've created an online makeup masterclass series The Shine Sessions and opened an online shop catering to this group of women. What was the hardest about the transition to the GC? Leaving our friends behind. How's life on the Gold Coast? I love that it's a great mix of super chilled beachside and rural lifestyle with lots of entrepreneurial people doing really cool and interesting projects. What I miss is having a “central” place to hang... everything on the GC is super spread out, there’s no real hub. This is changing though as Burleigh Heads becomes more of a meeting place. I just wish Surfers Paradise could get a makeover, and be a bit of a Surry Hills of Sydney or Melbourne CBD type location with good bars, cafes and restaurants... I would love it to move away from the cheap fast food outlet and naff tourist shops. It’s just so soulless there... and I feel like there is a huge opportunity to transform it into a place GC locals want to hang out. Any advise for anyone considering moving to the Gold Coast? Do it!

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 school and suburbs etc online. Then 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 🤣

Cheapest Private Schools on the Gold Coast

Cheapest Private Schools on the Gold Coast

The tuition fees for private schools range anywhere from a couple of thousand up to $25,000 per year. We've already covered off the most expensive private schools on the Gold Coast, but what are the cheapest? Here are the top 5 most affordable private primary and high schools on the Gold Coast: Cheapest primary schools on the Gold Coast 1. The Kooralbyn International College Located in Kooralbyn in the far west of the Gold Coast, approx. 1.5 hours inland, The Kooralbyn International College is a small non-religious, co-educational school offering Prep to Year 12. Although their school fees are the lowest on the Gold Coast, approx. $900 per year, these fees apply only to students living in the local area. School fees for out-of-area students are approx. $5,000 per year. 2. All Saints Primary School Also located in the far west of the Gold Coast is All Saints’ School Boonah. A tiny co-educational Catholic Primary School with 150 students from Prep to Year 6. Annual fees per student are approx. $2,000. 3. St Mary’s Catholic Primary School St Mary’s is a Catholic Primary School run by Brisbane Catholic Education, and is located in Beaudesert in the Gold Coast Hinterland approx. one hour inland. The fee per annum is roundabout $2,200. 4. Pacific Coast Christian School Although not technically on the Gold Coast, Pacific Coast Christian School in Tweed Heads serves many students of the southern Gold Coast. It is a Christian school offering Prep to Year 12. Fees for primary school students are approx. 2,400 per year. 5. St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School is a small (approx. 410 students) co-educational Catholic primary school Prep to Year 6 and is located in Nerang. The annual fee to attend St Brigid's is approx. $2,800. Cheapest high schools on the Gold Coast 1. The Kooralbyn International College As well as being the cheapest primary school, The Kooralbyn International College is also the most affordable option when it comes to private high schools on the Gold Coast with an annual fee of $1,750 per annum for students living in the local area. If however, you live out of the area, the fee goes up to approx. $7,000 per year. 2. Marymount College Located in Burleigh Waters, Marymount College is an independent Roman Catholic co-educational secondary school for students from Year 7 to Year 12. To send your child here will set you back approx. $4,400 per year. 3. St Joseph's College St Joseph's College in Coomera opened in 2019 with 250 students from Prep to Year 4 + Year 7. Each year two new year levels are added, working towards offering Prep to Year 12 by 2024. Fees for students in the senior years are approx. $4,400 per year. 4. Assisi Catholic College Located in Upper Coomera, Assisi Catholic College is a co-educational college staffed by Brisbane Catholic Education offering Prep to Year 12. Annual fees per students in the senior school are approx. $4,660. 5. Emmaus College Emmaus College is a co-educational ecumenical college that caters for students from Prep to Year 12. The school is located in the Gold Coast Hinterland in Jimboomba, approximately 50km inland from Pimpama. The fee per year for a child in senior school is in the order of $5,000 Read next.... Comprehensive list of all Gold Coast private schools including their fees 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.

Differences between the Northern, Western, Central and Southern Gold Coast explained.

Differences between the Northern, Western, Central and Southern Gold Coast explained.

The key differences and characteristics of each of the different areas of the Gold Coast explained. The Gold Coast is located in south-east Queensland, about 78 kilometres south of Brisbane. There are a total of 81 suburbs covering an area of 1,358 km2 with a total population of 635,191. You can loosely divide the Gold Coast into 4 main area: 1) Southern Gold Coast from Palm Beach south to Coolangatta / Tweed Heads 2) Central Gold Coast from Burleigh Heads north to Southport 3) Northern Gold Coast everything north of Southport 4) Western Gold Coast or Gold Coast Hinterland everything further inland Each of these areas offers a different lifestyle and feel, from laid-back beach vibes of the Southern Gold Coast, to bustling precincts in the Central Gold Coast, to the urban sprawl of the Northern Gold Coast and quiet rural lifestyle of the Gold Coast Hinterland. Here we explain some of the differences of each area. Living in the Southern Gold Coast Suburbs Palm Beach south to Coolangatta / Tweed Heads The southern end of the Gold Coast has some of the best beaches and surf breaks in the world. It has a laid-back feel and is a favourite with lovers of the great outdoors. Key characteristics & selling points: Known for it's laid-back lifestyle Good selection of trendy cafes and a thriving food culture Continuous stretch of beautiful beaches and the best surf breaks Pristine rainforest, mountains, lots of parks and green spaces Home of the Gold Coast Airport 100km from Brisbane CBD Relatively low crime rate Median house price $1,050,000 (Jul 2021) High-density living (apartment blocks & high-rises) along the coastline Medium-density living, free-standing homes & townhouses on medium to small blocks between the GC Highway and the M1 Low-density living, free-standing homes on larger blocks and acreage properties west of the M1 Home to John Flynn Private Hospital (nearest Public Hospitals Robina and NSW Tweed Hospital) and Southern Cross University Congested motorway (M1), although widening of the motorway is underway due for completion '23. No heavy rail or light rail (yet...) >> Discover the suburbs of the Southern Gold Coast Living in the Central Gold Coast Suburbs Burleigh Heads north up to The Spit, including Southport & Surfers Paradise The suburbs of Central GC are vast and varied, from the more laid-back suburbs of the south end to the bustling entertainment precincts of Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise and Southport CBD further north, to small bush-fringed communities further inland. Key characteristics & selling points: A mix of bustling nightlife precincts, laid-back beachside living and quiet bush-fringed communities Good selection of trendy cafes and restaurants up and down the coast Developed foreshore with playgrounds, walking & cycling paths, outdoor gyms and surf beaches Endless canals and waterways with premium waterfront living 15-30mins to Gold Coast Airport and 80-90km from Brisbane CBD Areas with higher crimes rates, due to entertainment precincts and more transient population Median house price $930,000 (Jul 2021) with a big disparity between the suburbs with the lowest median 600k-700k (e.g. Labrador, Arundel, Southport) and the highest $1.3M up to $2.1M (e.g. Bundall, Mermaid Beach, Main Beach) Home of the most densely populated suburbs of the Gold Coast including Surfers Paradise, Mermaid, Broadbeach, Labrador and Southport) Areas of medium-density living, free-standing homes & townhouses on medium to small blocks between the GC Highway and the M1 (Miami, Burleigh Heads, Burleigh Waters, Varsity Lakes etc) Areas of low-to-medium density living, free-standing homes on larger blocks and acreage properties in the suburbs west of the M1 (Worongary, Mudgeeraba, Bonogin, Reedy Creek, Tallai) Home to Robina Hospital and Gold Coast University Hospital in Southport and Bond University & Griffith University Connected via Heavy Rail (Train) Varsity Lakes to Brisbane and Light Rail (Tram) Broadbeach to Helensvale via Southport >> Discover the suburbs of the Central Gold Coast Living in the Northern Gold Coast Suburbs Everything north of Southport Home to the famous Gold Coast Theme Parks, the Northern Gold Coast is growing at a rapid pace with major urban development taking place in this region. The largest of the suburbs is Upper Coomera with a population of 30,078, with Pimpama and Ormeau not far behind. Key characteristics & selling points: Large suburbs each offering all the amenities you need in one place; shopping, dining, entertainment, sports Not much available in the way of trendy cafes, bars and restaurants Easy access to parks and conservation areas Convenient location for those working in Brisbane, approx. 50-60km from Brisbane CBD 20-30mins to the nearest beach and 45mins to Gold Coast Airport Medium level crime rate Lots of gated communities and retirement living villages Median house price $680,000 (Jul 2021) with a big disparity between the suburbs with the lowest median 480-600k (Pimpama, Ormeau, Oxenford) and the highest $1.1M to $1.3M (Hope Island, Runaway Bay, Paradise Point) Home of the fastest growing suburbs on the Gold Coast, Pimpama +141% & Coomera +48% since 2016 Predominantly medium-density living. Older suburbs in the area (Helensvale, Oxenford) predominantly feature wide streets, with free-standing homes on large blocks (+600m2) with lots of greenery while in the newly developed areas (Pimpama, Coomera, Ormeau) the streets are sparse and narrow and blocks are smaller (-400m2) Some areas of low-density, rural living with large free-standing homes on big blocks and acreage properties located west of the M1 (Willowvale, Maudsland) 15-20min to Gold Coast University Hospital Connected via Heavy Rail (Train) to Brisbane and Light Rail (Tram) up to Helensvale >> Discover the suburbs of the Northern Gold Coast Living in the Western Gold Coast Suburbs Also referred to as the Gold Coast Hinterland which includes Lamington National Park, Mt Tamborine, Springbrook National Park, Numinbah Valley Head further inland, and be surrounded by pristine rainforest and charming mountain villages and close-knit communities. This area is for those who love nature, space and peace & quiet. Key characteristics & selling points: Dotted with small villages and remote communities, surrounded by bushland Quiet rural lifestyle, removed from city, commerce and services World-heritage listed rainforest on your doorstep 60mins to Gold Coast Airport and 80km from Brisbane CBD 50mins to the nearest beach Very low crime rate Median house price $900,000 (Jul 2021) Low density living, primary acreage properties and working farms 40mins to nearest Hospital 25-30mins to the M1 Motorway Not sure which area or suburb of the Gold Coast to move to? Let me help you! I can assist in finding the right suburbs and the best schools for you. This starts with a list of questions and a phone call to gather more information. I then conduct a review of the suburbs and schools that best suit your requirements and lifestyle, and create a recommendation report that details key information about the suburbs and schools. Finally, we will discuss the findings in a call to answer all your questions. If this is something that you're interested in email me at info@movingtothegoldcoast.com

Emily's story; moving from Auckland, New Zealand to the Gold Coast

Emily's story; moving from Auckland, New Zealand to the Gold Coast

Emily and her family moved from Auckland, NZ to the Gold Coast in January 2020. Here's their story. Why did you move from New Zealand to the Gold Coast? Before living in Auckland, we were in Sydney, where my husband is from, I'm originally from Kentucky in the USA. My husband was a lecturer at the University of Auckland, which is why we moved to New Zealand in the first place, but we knew at some point we would move back to Australia to be closer to family. He received a great job opportunity on the Gold Coast which is what spurred on our move. We also considered Wollongong in NSW, but in the end we decided the Gold Coast would be a better option for us. We particularly liked the lifestyle it would offer, a reasonable cost of living and more affordable real estate. How did you find the move? The hardest thing with any move is getting settled and making big decisions about schooling, where to live, where to work, etc. It takes time to get to know different areas and finding your way around. We don’t have any family nearby which is also challenging. Where on the Gold Coast did you settle? We first rented a furnished apartment in Varsity Lakes while we looked to buy our home, plus it took some time for our shipping container to arrive from New Zealand. We’ve moved quite a bit and have always been renting and we really didn’t want to rent again. We were really looking forward to buying a home and putting down some roots. We now live in Clover Hill in Mudgeeraba. We chose Clover Hill as it had a great community feel, quiet streets with lots of families. There’s a lot of bush land around as well with access to trails. Good schools were within walking distance to our house and we are also close to Robina Town Centre and the M1. Plus the beaches are still close. What school do your children go to? We arrived in Australia from New Zealand late January, we literally had 10 days to find a place to live and a school for the boys. It was hectic! My husband had researched the schools online before we came. We then met with the principles and had a tour of the different schools. In what felt like a super rushed decision, we chose Kings Christian College in Reedy Creek. Unfortunately it turned out not to be a good decision. We're not religious people, and not knowing much about the school, we hadn't realised how intrinsic the religious aspect is at the school. It certainly wasn't made clear when we had our tour of the school. So after we moved from Varsity Lakes to Clover Hill, we decided to change schools. Our kids now go to Clover Hill State School. We love that it’s within walking distance to our home and most of the kids in the neighbourhood go there as well. There’s often a big crew of them walking home together after school. We like that it’s a relatively small school, the teachers have been great and the kids have settled in well. The only down side is that Mudgeeraba and Reedy Creek have a concentration of schools right in the same area which can make traffic at pick up and drop off a bit of a pain. Was it hard to find work? My husband is an academic at Griffith University and he was offered the role before we moved here. I am a speech pathologist and I had no trouble finding work. There’s actually a shortage of allied health workers so there are plenty of jobs in this area at the moment. I wanted a part time position with flexible hours because we have school aged children, and I’ve been able to arrange this. Employment has worked out really well for both my husband and I. What do you like about living on Gold Coast? Definitely the lifestyle. We enjoy spending time outside so we hit the beaches regularly. The kids have new surf boards and my husband loves taking them out to Currumbin Alley. I also like to walk Burleigh Headland or I go for a bike ride along the pathway from Currumbin down to Coolangatta. We also enjoy exploring the National Parks; Lamington, Tamborine, Springbrook… to do day walks or a few nights camping. I also like the size of the Gold Coast; it’s not too big, and not too small. We lived in Sydney for years and I’d really had enough of the traffic, parking, and volume of people there. But in the past we had also lived in small communities which had limited shopping and dining options. The Gold Coast offers a happy medium. And last but not least it’s in a great central location! We sometimes head north to the Sunshine Coast or to Brisbane to catch up with friends, check out restaurants and museums. But you can also head south to visit Byron and all the beautiful spots that Northern NSW has to offer. Any advice for anyone thinking about moving to the Gold Coast? People often think of Surfers Paradise, amusement parks, tourists, etc. when they think of the Gold Coast, but since living here I’ve realised those images don’t fully reflect the culture here. Yes there’s a beachy, holiday vibe but there are also well-established small communities in each different suburb. If you can, take some time to see which community feels right.

Full list of all Private Schools on the Gold Coast

Full list of all Private Schools on the Gold Coast

A comprehensive list and interactive map showing all Gold Coast private schools by location, including an indication of the 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 The Village School Gold Coast, Coolangatta This new school opened in 2021 for primary school students from Prep to Year 6 across two mixed-age classes. They follow a mix of teaching philosophies that are child-focused and play- and skills-based. Fees: approx. $7,000 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. $3,200 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. $6,200 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 St Joseph's College, Coomera Part of the Brisbane Catholic Education, St Joseph's College in Coomera opened in 2019 with 250 students from Prep to Year 4 + Year 7. Each year two new year levels are added, working towards offering Prep to Year 12 by 2024. Fees: approx. $3,000 - $4,400 per year Coomera Anglican College, Upper 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, Upper 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. $8,300 - $11,000 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. $2,200 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 Evergreen Steiner School, Beechmont Located in Beechmont in the Gold Coast Hinterland this is a new Steiner School due to open on the Gold Coast in January 2022, starting with grades Prep to Year 3 initially then up to Year 6. Fees: not available 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. $1,960 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) Read next.... Alternative schools, Steiner and Montessori education on the Gold Coast 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.

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.

How to find and secure a rental property on the Gold Coast

How to find and secure a rental property on the Gold Coast

Low supply and increased interstate migration have fuelled competition in the rental market resulting in a shortage in rental properties across the Gold Coast. Finding and securing a lease has become a real struggle for both locals and people relocating to the Gold Coast from interstate. So how do you find a rental on the Gold Coast? Here are our top tips to putting you in the best position to securing a rental property. Where on the Gold Coast is your best chance to find a rental? The available residential rentals have declined steeply since April 2020 at the height of COVID when the average vacancy rate was just over 3% across the Gold Coast regions. Your best chance now to find a rental is in the central Gold Coast where the vacancy rate is 1%, the toughest area to secure a lease is in the southern Gold Coast with a vacancy rate of 0.5%. While in the northern suburbs of the Gold Coast and the Hinterland the vacancy rate currently sits at 0.7%. Searching for rental property listings The predominant real estate website in Queensland is realestate.com.au followed by domain.com.au. It is a good idea to save your searches on these sites and set up alerts, so that as soon as a new property that meets your criteria is listed, you receive a notification. Other alternative platforms worth checking are gumtree.com.au, Facebook Marketplace and local area Facebook groups. Surprisingly there are quite a few listings to be found. Speak to the local real estate agents. Compile a list of the top rental agents in your search area and contact them directly to see what they have coming up, this is a good way to be the first to find out when a new property comes to the market. Be prepared! Gather everything you need to apply for a rental Don't leave gathering the required documents to the last-minute and find yourself scrambling around when you've found the perfect house or unit. Be organised and have everything ready to go before you start looking. Agents prefer online applications, this makes their lives remarkably easier, so make sure you have digital copies of everything. Here's what you will need: 1. 100-points of identification including passport, driver's license and/or birth certificate, Medicare or healthcare card, copies of accounts in your name e.g. electricity, internet or phone bill 2. Evidence of income: to show your financial ability to pay for the property include two recent payslips and/or an employment contract or a letter from your employer indicating your employment arrangements and income. If you're self-employed or a contractor include your last notice of assessment from the ATO. 3. Rental history & references: provide a summary of previous rentals and contact details (name, address + phone number) of the agents/landlords of your previous rentals and include a record of your rent payments. It's an advantage if you're able to include a written refence from the agent or landlord which will assure the new agent/landlord you're responsible and trustworthy. 4. Personal or work references: you may be asked for a couple of character references, these could include your employer, co-worker, flatmates, family members or close-friends. Before popping their details down on your application, make sure you've given them the heads-up. 5. Pet reference: if you're moving with a dog or cat, it is a good idea to also include a character reference for your furry-friend from your past landlord highlighting the condition of the property you're leaving or even one from your neighbours describing the manor and/or disturbance level they've experienced from your pet. 6. Covering letter: with a cut-throat rental market you have to do everything you can to stand out, so it is a good idea to include a cover letter describing why you're moving, who's moving, why you like this particular property and any other relevant information that may help sway an agent/landlord in your favour. I also suggest to include a family snap, it creates a visual for the landlord who ultimately makes the decision on who to sign. 7. Organise the bond: make sure you have the funds available to pay the bond (and first couple of week's rent) as soon as you get your application approved. Agent's won't wait around for it, they'll just move on to the next applicant. Attending inspections & applying for a property Once you have found a property, its time to organise the inspection. Most listings are advertised with set inspection times - these are more often than not during work hours on weekdays, so you'll have to be flexible. Make sure that you register for each inspection you go to as most agents will only send you an application form once you've registered online. When attending the inspection make sure to leave a good impression on the agent; introduce yourself and have a couple of questions ready. Look presentable, be enthusiastic and friendly - it's all about standing out from the crowd. As the rental market is very competitive, make sure you have your application form filled out and ready to go prior to the inspection so that you can submit it straight after. Timing is everything! Follow up after an inspection, highlight that you've submitted an application and ask the agent what the process is from there. It shows that you're interested and guarantees that you're top-of-mind. Should you offer more than the listed price? There are a couple of tools available in the toolkit to help you stand out from your competition and help secure a lease. One of these is offering more rent than the listed price. This practice is currently not uncommon, but it's pushing up prices for everyone, including yourself. Also, consider that you may be able to afford the extra now, but how about when there are further rent rises in the future? Another option is to offer to pay a period of rent upfront if you can afford it; 3-months, 6-months or even 12-months is not unheard of in today's rental market. Lastly, any agent will favour the application that meets the vacancy date - the sooner they rent it out the better! So if that means you'll have to start paying before you're ready to move than this is a cost you may need to bear in order to be successful in the application and secure the lease. Need help finding a rental property on the Gold Coast? I can help with that! Rental agents generally require you to inspect a property before accepting or considering your application. I can do the inspection on your behalf to ensure you get in quick, save valuable time and be in the best position to secure the lease. I will provide a detailed report on the property and location, answer all your questions, take measurements and include a detailed video tour showing all the ins-and-outs of the property and the location. Enquire about this service