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The ‘Games Effect’

Hailed as Australia’s largest sporting event this decade, the Commonwealth Games were destined to shine the spotlight on the myriad attributes of the region and broader Queensland. A recent Griffith University study suggests the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, which cost more than $2 billion to stage, will deliver Queensland a $4 billion economic windfall. The 68-page report, co-authored by five academics specialising in tourism, accounting and finance, forecasts “the state and the country will benefit for years to

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Forecast is pure gold

Australia’s leading demographer and KPMG Partner Bernard Salt recently released the landmark Beyond the Horizon study into the 50-year future of the Gold Coast. The sixth largest city on the Australian continent was non-existent at the time of the 1954 Census and is today a metropolis of more than 600,000 residents. The Gold Coast was founded by a people of enterprise and of energy. That free-enterprise culture is still evident today: Gold Coasters are more likely than the residents of any of Australia’s largest cities to be

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Bonza beaches

It’s official, the Gold Coast's Burleigh Beach rates in the top handful of Australia’s 101 Top Beaches! Australia's best beach isn’t Bondi, Surfers Paradise or Whitehaven. No, it’s quirkily named Nudey Beach on Fitzroy Island in Tropical North Queensland. That's the verdict from beach expert, Brad Farmer, who has just released his annual 101 best Australian beaches list. But names can be deceiving! Nudey Beach is not a clothing optional stretch of sand! “The only thing stark-naked at Fitzroy Island's Nudey Beach is her

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