The Gold Coast is the sixth largest city in Australia, located approximately 66 kilometers (41 miles) southeast of the state capital, Brisbane. It has a population over 600,000. It is considered a major tourist destination with its sunny subtropical climate and has become widely known for its surfing beaches, as well as high-rise dominated skyline.
One of these beautiful, water facing, high rise residents will set you back approximately $2,700 AU/per month rent for a 85 m2 (900 sq. feet) apartment.
The city consists of 70 kilometers (43 mi) of coastline with some of the most popular surf breaks in Australia and the world including Burleigh Heads, Surfer's Paradise and many more. Burleigh Heads or Burleigh to locals, sits like a cool comma between Surfers Paradise to the north and Coolangatta to the south. It’s a picturesque punctuation mark along the Gold Coast.
Surfers Paradise colloquially known as 'Surfers', has many high-rise apartment buildings and a wide surf beach. The feature of the heart of the suburb is Cavill Mall, which runs through the shopping and entertainment precinct.
In February of this year this coastline was hit by Cyclone Oma. Nearly all southeast Queensland beaches remain closed — all on the Gold Coast and most on the Sunshine Coast as dangerous conditions sparked a severe weather warning for the area. Only experienced surfers were advised to venture out in the waves that some labeled the best in decades. Below is a footage of some of those experienced surfers enjoying the presence of Cyclone Oma.