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Gold Coast

Map of Gold Coast region

Our 12 Queensland regions are the best that Australia has to offer.

The Gold Coast is the sixth-largest city in Australia, making it the largest non-capital city, and Queensland’s second-largest city. It’s also one of Australia’s premiere tourist destinations combining, surf, theme parks, natural attractions and is renowned for its innovation, medical and education sectors.

This region is home to memorable tourism experiences and filled with innovators with ground-breaking ideas that are putting us on the world map.

Whether it’s using sophisticated computer modelling to protect beaches during extreme weather, creating a dive precinct to attract visitors and create jobs, or the addition of new theme park attractions, we’re backing Queenslanders who live and work in this region.

We know innovation and tourism are crucial to the region’s growth – now and in the future.

The Gold Coast region has many local success stories supported by our strong innovation and tourism investment. We’re working together to deliver jobs, economic growth and benefits for your community, our state and the world.

  • 850+

    Advance Queensland recipients

  • $22M+

    Advance Queensland funding

  • $98M+

    leveraged from external investment

  • $10M+

    local tourism investment

  • 194

    local tourism jobs

  • $2.43M

    Binna Burra Lodge rebuild


Anyone can have a great idea or come up with an innovative solution to a problem. The hard part when you’re in a region can be getting access to the help you need to turn your idea into a business and your business into a global success story.

Advance Queensland is helping Queenslanders to grow their business and build our innovation economy.

The Gold Coast has many local success stories that we support though programs such as Ignite Ideas, the Industry Attraction Fund and the Business Development Fund.

We have designed or funded many programs to support innovators across Queensland including:

  • Advancing Regional Innovation Program - gives each region up to $500,000 to develop region-wide innovation projects.
  • Regional Startup Hubs Support Program - a local skills-building program delivering education and networking events.
  • Startup Onramp Regional Queensland Program - shows people with a great idea how to become a startup founder.
  • Regional Angel Investors Support Program – helps investors to find innovators who need financial backing.

These ideas are supporting industry further and solving real problems with innovative solutions that will also contribute to the local economy.

Case study: Building jobs for the future

The multi-billion-dollar Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct is at the forefront of new ideas and innovation for the region’s growing expertise in med-tech. This 200-hectare space is a legacy of the 2018 Commonwealth Games and rapidly growing as the Asia-Pacific’s emerging health and innovation hub. With world-class universities, medical facilities, industry and innovators, the precinct is driving high-tech industry development, research collaboration and creating jobs of the future.

The COHORT Innovation Hub based in the precinct enables incubators, entrepreneurs, accelerators, mentors, investors and global companies to collaborate to power innovation and growth for the Gold Coast’s health and knowledge industry and build a strong innovation ecosystem with state-wide benefits.


Tourism is crucial to Queensland’s economic growth. The Gold Coast is one of the most popular spots in Australia with 4.2 million visitors a year. The region offers kilometres of pristine surfing beaches, backed by a hinterland that is littered with waterfalls and natural wonders. First class resorts and theme parks help bring $5.1 billion to the region annually.

Under the Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs Plan, the Queensland Government established the $15 million Queensland Aviation Route Restart Program to attract new services and resume existing services. This funding has been provided to 16 Queensland Airports including the Gold Coast to fast track the return of aviation routes and develop new routes into the Gold Coast from intrastate, interstate, and other key markets.

We’re investing in tourism to create jobs for Gold Coasters and a $5 million world-class dive site will do just that. Diving is growing in popularity worldwide and we are partnering with the Gold Coast Council to construct an artificial dive attraction just 2.5 kilometres from Main Beach. The project will create around 18 jobs during construction and over 80 jobs once the site is open.

Tourism is crucial to Queensland’s economic growth and we will continue to support the Gold Coast region to attract visitors and boost the local and state economy.

Case study: Binna Burra Lodge coming out of the ashes

In September 2019, fire destroyed Binna Burra Lodge and the surrounding buildings. The following day, we announced the establishment of a taskforce to rebuild the lodge. As part of the rebuild the Attracting Tourism Fund is providing $1.68 million to Binna Burra Lodge to build Australia’s first commercial ‘via ferrata’ or permanent climbing route at its property in the Scenic Rim.

The attraction will be a major drawcard for both international and domestic visitors with climbing routes supported by steel cables, fixed metal rungs, bridges and ladders to allow cliff face climbing. Up to 13,700 visitors are expected to spend $1.65 million per year in the region thanks to this investment. Seven jobs would be created during construction with 52 permanent jobs to be created within three years.

Last updated: 25 Feb 2021