Gold Coast is today known as a world famous tourist destination, with its sunny subtropical climate, surfing beaches, canal and waterway systems, its high-rise dominated skyline, theme parks, nightlife, and rainforest hinterland, making tourism one of its most significant industries.
Tourist attractions include surf beaches, and theme parks are, Dreamworld, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild, Water World, Warner Bros Movie World, WhiteWater World, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, David Fleay Wildlife Park, Australian Outback Spectacular and Paradise Country.
Since the opening of the world's highest residential tower in 2005, the Q1 building has been a destination for tourists and locals alike. It is the second highest public vantage point in the southern hemisphere after the Eureka Tower in Melbourne. The observation deck at level 77 is the highest of its kind in Queensland and offers views in all directions, from Brisbane to Byron Bay.
Gold Coast will host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
One of the key technical aspects of Gold Coast's successful bid was the fact that the city already has 80 percent of the planned venues in place. The vast majority of venues are located within 20-minutes driving time of the Athletes Village in Parkwood and are broadly grouped into three areas; Central Gold Coast, North Gold Coast and South Gold Coast. The only sports that will be held outside of the Gold Coast will be indoor cycling, Shooting and the preliminary rounds of Basketball which will be held in Brisbane and Cairns/Townsville respectively.
There are a total of 17 disciplines planned for the 2018 Commonwealth Games:
Cycling (mountain biking)
Bowling Lawn Bowls
Rugby union Rugby sevens
Shooting (Small Bore Rifle, Full Bore Rifle, Pistol and Clay Target)
The Gold Coast light rail system currently under construction will directly service a number of the key games venues including the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Broadwater Parklands and the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. The light rail system will connect these venues with the major accommodation centres of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach and the proposed Athletes Village at Parklands. The Gold Coast City Council are keen to extend the line to connect with Helensvale railway station before the games begin to enable rail access from Brisbane.