The Tourism Era & Future Transformation: the history of the Gold Coast, Part 3

Gold Coast

After the struggle of the 80s and 90s, Gold Coast developers wasted no time taking advantage of the prosperous 00s. With sophisticated nightclubs and no-height-limit developments taking shape, the 2000s completely transformed our beloved Gold Coast. The 2010s race for entertainment and shopping venues kept our holiday destination status thriving, which has enticed many to call the Gold Coast their home.

The future of the Gold Coast is an exciting one, with many revolutionary developments in the works and on the plans. The future of our city will be a time unlike any other and one that will make our history as a small little beach town difficult to recall out of the soaring skyscrapers and innovative city infrastructure.


Gold Coast History: 2000s-Now, and Looking Forward

Aerial view over central Southport CBD and Broadwater Parklands, Southport, Queensland, 2013 / Daryl Jones, Photographer

Following the recession of the 1990s, the early 2000s brought a steady economic recovery to the region. This was also the era when tourism was embraced and attracted high-value investment from government and private enterprise. The establishment of a varied and sophisticated nightlife with nightclubs, such as Vanity, Swingin’ Safari, The Ruby Tramp and many more, cemented the Surfers Paradise ‘Glitter Strip’ amongst the nation’s top attractions.

The 2000s was an era that achieved unprecedented heights, pun intended. During this time, the Gold Coast skyline welcomed many major developments reaching incredible heights, including: Q1, Soul, The Oracle twin towers and more. It was a development boom unlike any other, with many investors and project developers achieving residential tower heights never before seen in South East Queensland.

Alongside major residential high-rise developments, the 2010s welcomed many new entertainment venues and shopping precincts. It was a sign that the Gold Coast had evolved into a sophisticated, prosperous and highly attractive city where more and more people are choosing to reside and invest.

The future of the Gold Coast is projected to be a prosperous one, with multiple multi-billion and multi-million development projects in the works. It is an exciting time to be on the GC. Dedicated to ongoing economic growth, the Gold Coast can expect to see tourism, residential and entertainment projects that will transform its beautiful skyline.

From new parks and environmental projects to billion-dollar residential towers and more, this is definitely the place to be. To learn more about the future of the Gold Coast, make sure to visit the Gold Coast City Council’s official page dedicated to future advancements and development projects.

Future Gold Coast

2000s-Now and Future Impacting Moments on the Gold Coast:

  • 2000s – Nightlife resurges within Surfers Paradise with the launch of new first-class venues, including: Swingin’ Safari, The Ruby Tramp and more.
  • 2005 – Q1 completes construction. Recorded as the tallest building in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere at the time, it was a building that transformed the Gold Coast skyline.
  • 2006 – Conrad Jupiters Casino undergoes $53 Million on refurbishments, expanding their gaming room to twice its size and introducing new attractions, including: Gold Club room, new restaurants, balconies and two new bars.
  • 2008 – Conrad Jupiters Casino spent $16 million refurbishing 442 of their hotel rooms and the hotel’s front office and lobby.
  • 2010 – The $850 million, two-tower luxury apartment developed by Nikiforides Group, The Oracle in Broadbeach, opens.
  • 2010 – The Conrad Jupiters Casino rebrands itself as Jupiters Hotel & Casino.
  • 2012 – The 243m tall Surfers Paradise residential tower, Soul, completes construction. It continues to be the second tallest building on the Gold Coast.
  • 2012 – The Broadbeach Soccer Oval is renamed Nikiforides Family Park by the Gold Coast City Council, in recognition of the family’s long contributions to the city over the years.
  • 2015 – Jupiters Hotel & Casino is rebranded as The Star Gold Coast. Construction begins on the Star Gold Coast’s $345 million redevelopment project. This included the new 19-storey tower, called The Darling.
  • 2017 – The Park, a 59-storey unit development in Mermaid Beach, is completed. Developed by the Nikoforides brothers under their new development company, Nu-Dev.
  • Future – Being called The Star Residences, Broadbeach Island is set to receive a new 53-storey tower development. It is reported to be an incorporation of residential, hotel and retail offerings.
  • Future – It is forecasted that by 2050 the Gold Coast will home to over one million people.
  • Future – $1.2 billion Spirit Tower is being planned for Surfers Paradise. Set to stand 89-storeys, which would make it the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest tower.
  • Future – The controversial Gold Coast cruise ship terminal is still in planning with many trying to secure approval.
  • Future – The five-tower, $3 billion ASF Integrated Resort project will go before the State Government for approval.
  • Future – The $1 billion, 3-tower development, the Jewel in Surfers Paradise, is currently underway and is set for completion in 2019.

Images: Copyright held by Gold Coast City Council.

Stroll back through time and discover the history of the Gold Coast in our 3 part series: 1960s-1980s, 1980s-2000s and (above) the 2000s-Now and glance at the Future.

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