1. Life before European settlement
Archaeological evidence suggests that Aboriginal people have inhabited the Gold Coast region for about 23,000 years before European settlement and the present.
2. Meeting place for tribes
The area around Bundall, proximate to the Nerang River and Surfers Paradise, along with various other locations in the region was an established meeting place for tribes visiting from as far away as Grafton and Maryborough.
3. Luxury home now lives at The Southport School
In 1885 Queensland Governor Musgrave built a holiday home known as the 'Summer Place' on the banks of the Nerang River near Southport. It began to get a reputation as a resort for Brisbane's wealthy and influential. 'Summer Place' is now known as 'Biddle House', and is the senior school boarding house at TSS.
4. Surfers Paradise was originally named Elston
When a new coastal road was built between Brisbane and Southport, Elston residences successfully lobbied to change the name in 1933, just as the real tourism boom began.
5. World War II soliders
In WW2 Americans commandeered the beach area at Coolangatta to establish rest areas.
6. How we became the Gold Coast
Inflated prices for real estate and other goods and services led to the nickname of "Gold Coast" from 1950.
7. Why we have meter-maids
Meter-maids were introduced to prevent holiday makers from getting parking fines in 1965.
8. Getting our name on the world map
The first international event held on the Gold Coast was the 1965 World Water Skiing Championships.
9. Becoming a tourist-hub
Gold Coast's reputation as an international tourist centre came after the Coolangatta Airport opened in 1981, with Japanese property investors building theme-parks and making the skyline soar.
10. 909. Sea FM
The Gold Coast's very own Hit 90.9 Sea FM first went to air on March 19, 1989.