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THE GOLD COAST is the city of

sandy beaches

The city of the Gold Coast is just 1 hour south of Brisbane. It is renowned for its big sandy beaches and surfing hotspots. Additionally, it is the location of theme parks including Dreamworld, Sea World, and Wet'n'Wild. The Gold Coast is the perfect destination for international students who want to experience the best of Australian culture, education and lifestyle.

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Getting Around

Moving around the Gold Coast is easy with an affordable, user-friendly public transport system that connects the central business district with the broader metropolitan area.


To use public transport including buses, trains, and ferries in Brisbane, it’s recommended that you purchase a TransLink Go Card. You’ll need to load the Go Card with money to cover your fares before taking any trips on public transport. To start your ride, tap your card on the reader when you board your selected mode of transport and be sure to tap off when you disembark.

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Where to stay

Choose from a range of accommodation options to suit your lifestyle and budget. Stay with a local Australian family for an authentic experience, share an apartment with friends, or live alone.


Homestay allows you to live with an Australian host family - usually within 30 minutes of the CBD. You’ll pay a fee that covers accommodation, breakfast and dinner and Greenwich College can make the arrangements on your behalf.

Alternatively, you can rent (or ‘lease’) a house or apartment - either alone or with others.

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Making friends

The Gold Coast is incredibly diverse and the people are warm, friendly and always looking to meet new friends from around the world.


Despite this, moving to a new country where you may not know anyone can feel incredibly daunting - so here are our tips to help you make friends and settle in when you arrive:

  • Making friends can be as simple as saying 'hello' and seeing where the conversation will take you
  • Participate in Greenwich College’s social functions
  • Get a job and participate in social occasions with fellow workers, such as Friday night drinks
  • Join a sporting club
  • Don’t turn down social invitations!

Things to do

SURF, SAND, SUN...and theme parks, outdoor activities, music festivals, art shows, endless restaurants, shopping centres, sporting events, whale watching – you get the big picture?!



The Gold Coast is a place to relax, recharge and get outdoors. To get you started, here are some things to do on the Gold Coast:

1- Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a heritage-listed zoological garden

2- Sea World is the premier marine animal park on the Gold Coast. The park includes rides, animal exhibits and other attractions.

3- Meet your favourite stars and super-heroes and experience the exhilaration of world-class adventure rides at Warner Bros. Movie World 

4- Have you always wanted to visit the top of Australia's Tallest Building? SkyPoint Observation Deck offers panoramic views of the Gold Coast.

5- Australia's famous Surfers Paradise Beach lies at the heart of Queensland's Gold Coast. Swim and surf along the expansive beaches with this two kilometre  stretch of golden sand.



In general, the Gold Coast is a generally safe city to live and study. The crime rate is statistically low and physical assaults are not common. However, it is still important that you take precautions to reduce the chance of an incident occurring.


General safety tips:

  • Ask local friends about places to avoid, especially at night
  • Keep valuable possessions out of sight and be aware of surroundings on public transport
  • Travel in the front carriage near the driver when the train is almost empty
  • Check transport timetables in advance, to help avoid long waits.
  • Stand in well lit areas
  • Walk in well lit areas, even if this means you must walk a longer distance
  • Avoid short cuts through dark, isolated areas
  • If you feel threatened in any way when walking, go to a shop or house (with lights on at night) – and ask a person to phone police
  • Avoid using cash machines when you're in an isolated area at night

Help available at Greenwich College:
Business hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5.00 pm 
Telephone:+61 7 3040 4417

Emergency Assistance:
Dial triple zero ‘000’ or ‘112’ from a mobile phone for police, ambulance and fire brigade.



The Gold Coast has a humid subtropical climate with year-round period with warm to hot temperatures. Gold Coast generally experiences 3 months of mild cool winter from June to August.


The Gold Coast experiences an annual mean minimum of 16.6 °C (62 °F) and mean maximum of 26.6 °C (80 °F), making it Australia's second-hottest capital city after Darwin. Seasonality is not pronounced, and average maximum temperatures of above 26 °C (79 °F) persist from October through to April.

Major Attractions

There is always something to do in the Gold Coast! Watch the slide show and click on a link that interests you.

  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Sea World
  • Broadwater Parklands
  • Warner Bros. Movie World
  • SkyPoint Observation Deck
  • Springbrook National Park
  • Snapper Rocks
  • Burleigh Heads
  • Surfers Paradise Beach
  • Dreamworld
  • Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast
  • Federation Walk Coastal Reserve
  • Kirra Beach
  • Tallebudgera Creek

Kirra Gold Coast
Laid-back charm and world class waves, Kirra Beach is world famous as one of the Gold Coast's most iconic surfing spots.
Tallebudgera is famous for its sparkling creek, framed by the Burleigh Heads National Park on one side and Palm Beach on the other.
Burleigh Head National Park is a wild, natural headland in the heart of the Gold Coast offers walks along the rocky foreshore and through rainforest, and the chance to see whales in spring and sea-eagles soaring along the coast.

Day Trips

The Gold Coast's surrounding areas are not to be missed! Take a day-trip to experience the beauty of Moreton Island and North Stradbroke island or enjoy a weekend away.

Moreton Island

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Moreton Island

Moreton Island is the third largest sand island in the world and located only 40 kilometres north-east of Brisbane


Stradbroke Island

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Stradbroke Island

Stradbroke Island is an island that lies within Moreton Bay in the Australian state of Queensland, 30 kilometres southeast of the centre of Brisbane.


Gold Coast

Study in the Gold Coast and experience the best of the sunshine state.