Invest Gold Coast

Within the span of fifty years, the Gold Coast has grown from a small beach side holiday destination to Australia’s sixth largest city.

The Gold Coast is located in the middle of the booming South East Queensland corridor, with a population of more than 538,000 people and a catchment area of over three million.  The population is expected to grow to 730,000 people by 2026, based on a 2.5 per cent annual growth rate.

With a strong regional economy valued at over A$24 billion, the region remains one of the fastest-growing urban development areas in Australia.

Growing from a platform of tourism and construction, the Gold Coast industry has diversified in to knowledge based sectors – including education, health and medical, information communication technology, marine and sport.

A combination of lower costs, a highly-skilled local workforce, world-class infrastructure and a supportive business environment offer an ideal location conducive to achieving business success.

Famous for its sun, surf and sand, the Gold Coast stretches along 57 kilometres of coastline. Beyond the city’s beautiful beaches are a vast array of world heritage-listed rainforests with breathtaking scenery – all a short drive from our regional centres. Our natural attractions combined with the highest density of attractions in the southern hemisphere and a range of accommodation, shopping and entertainment options make the Gold Coast a tourism mecca. Each year we welcome close to 12 million people to our city.

City of Gold Coast has an investment attraction program to help you to relocate a business or invest in the city. Services range from financial assistance, to introductions and workforce development. Contact us to find out how we can assist you.



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Business & Invest

Gold Coast athletes top the Sport Earners Rich List

Australia boasts some of the most successful and highest paid sportsmen in the world and mixing it with the best is an elite group who call the Gold Coast home. The nation’s top-50 sporting earners collectively pocketed $164 million in 2014 – the majority of that coming from overseas money, both in endorsements and on-field earnings. Golfers Adam Scott (ranked 2nd) and Jason Day (ranked 3rd) top the list of profile stars who grew up on the Gold Coast and are joined by local surfing superstars Mick Fanning (ranked 19th), Joel Parkinson (ranked 34) and Stephanie Gilmore (ranked 39), one…
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Gold Coast athletes top the Sport Earners Rich List. See where Adam Scott, Jason Day, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, Stephanie Gilmore and Gary Ablett rank.
Business & Invest

Lime Tree Kids – On why the Gold Coast is great for business

It’s no secret that the Gold Coast lifestyle is the envy of many, but the city is also a much sought after location to start a business. Lime Tree Kids founder Shelley Mason transformed her home-based online children’s toy and product business into a thriving and successful store in Arundel in just three years. In 2011 she and her special needs son Samuel, now eight, were visiting up to four specialists a week and it was taking a toll on her mentally and physically. “To be honest I started the business as something to keep my mind focused on something…
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Lime Tree Kids founder Shelley Mason transformed her home-based online children's toy business into a hugely successful business in just three years.
Business & Invest

G8 Education gets back to building on stellar year

G8 Education (ASX: GEM) has capped off a stellar year by boosting its 2014 bottom line by 70 per cent and adding another 12 premium childcare and education centres to its portfolio. The childcare centre operator cemented its position as the Gold Coast’s biggest and most profitable company by posting a net profit of $52.7 million for the year to December 31, up from $31 million in calendar 2013. Underlying profit was even stronger, rising 88 per cent to $60.6 million thanks to deferred earn-out payments of $9.17 million not having to be paid to childcare centre vendors. However, the…
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G8 Education has capped off a stellar year by boosting its 2014 bottom line by 70 per cent and adding another 12 premium childcare and education centres
Business & Invest

Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur – Stuart Stratton, Con-x-ion

The Gold Coast has a vibrant innovation culture. The city has a strong network of entrepreneurs, co-working spaces, tech start-ups, incubators, businesses, universities and research institutions that are building a reputation for cutting edge research. Our entrepreneurial mindset is evidence in the fact that 20 per cent of the population own their own business compared to 15 per cent in Australia. This entrepreneurial mindset combined with rising student numbers, support from the City of Gold Coast and investment into key infrastructure (including the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct) will result in even higher numbers of innovative business ventures into…
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A budding young entrepreneur, Stuart Stratton, owner of Con-x-ion has taken out the Retail and Services category.