Gold Coast Statistics & Facts

A collection of stats for the Gold Coast region including population, demographics, and tourism statistics.

 

Gold Coast fast facts

  • Population: 638,090 (ABS 2017)
  • Area: 1,334km²
  • Time Zone: AEST (UTC+10)
  • GRP: $33.9 billion (Gross Regional Product)
  • Coordinates: 28°01′0″S 153°24′0″E
  • Mean max temp: 25.1 °C
  • Mean min temp: 17.2 °C
  • Annual rainfall: 1,218.2 mm
  • NRL Team: Gold Coast Titans
  • AFL Team: Gold Coast Suns

Age Demographics

 

Service age group (years) Number %
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) 115,493 20.8
Young workforce (25 to 34) 76,418 13.8
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) 69,931 12.6
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) 60,209 10.8
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24) 51,174 9.2
Seniors (70 to 84) 49,763 9.0
Primary schoolers (5 to 11) 48,279 8.7
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17) 39,835 7.2
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) 32,978 5.9
Elderly aged (85 and over) 11,643 2.1
Total 555,723 100.0

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016

 

Employment by Industry

 

Industry sector Number %
Health Care and Social Assistance 32,380 12.4
Construction 29,959 11.5
Retail Trade 29,293 11.2
Accommodation and Food Services 25,240 9.7
Education and Training 21,127 8.1
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 15,980 6.1
Manufacturing 14,000 5.4
Inadequately described or not stated 12,806 4.9
Administrative and Support Services 11,311 4.3
Public Administration and Safety 11,074 4.3
Other Services 10,373 4.0
Transport, Postal and Warehousing 9,844 3.8
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services 7,719 3.0
Arts and Recreation Services 7,718 3.0
Financial and Insurance Services 6,709 2.6
Wholesale trade 6,323 2.4
Information Media and Telecommunications 4,052 1.6
Mining 1,828 0.7
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services 1,520 0.6
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 1,295 0.5
Total employed persons aged 15+ 260,551 100.0

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016

 

Tourism Statistics (year-end 2017)

 

Stat

Visitors

Holiday

VFR

Business

Expenditure ($m)

Domestic Overnight

4,005,000

2,133,000

1,299,000

440,000

$3,099.1m

Annual % change1

▲ 8.1%

▲ 7.9%

▲ 6.7%

▲ 18.7%

▲ 3.8%

3-yr trend % change2

▲ 4.5%

▲ 4.3%

▲ 4.6%

▲ 6.2%

▲ 2.7%

International Overnight

1,069,000

852,000

160,000

36,000

$1,227.9m

Annual % change

▲ 4.1%

▲ 4.9%

▲ 9.7%

▲ 1.2%

▲ 2.1%

3-yr trend % change

▲ 8.0%

▲ 8.5%

▲ 6.8%

▲ 5.8%

▲ 6.1%

TOTAL

5,074,000

2,985,000

1,459,000

476,000

$4,327.0m

Annual % change

▲ 7.3%

▲ 7.0%

▲ 7.0%

▲ 17.2%

▲ 3.3%

3-yr trend % change

▲ 5.2%

▲ 5.5%

▲ 4.8%

▲ 6.2%

▲ 3.7%

Source: Tourism and Events Queensland.

Sources of Domestic Vistors to the Gold Coast (year-end 2017)

 

Region Visitors % Chg Nights % Chg
All Visitors Visitors % Chg Nights % Chg
Brisbane 1354000 8.00% 3211000 11.00%
Regional Qld 789000 23.30% 2376000 21.70%
Sydney 658000 15.80% 2758000 17.10%
Regional NSW 421000 -14.00% 1820000 0.20%
Melbourne 432000 25.70% 2282000 3.00%
Regional Vic 92000 -36.70% 599000 -22.50%

Source: Tourism and Events Queensland.

Top 10 Sources of Domestic Vistors to the Gold Coast (year-end 2017)

 

Country Visitors % Chg Nights % Chg
China 309000 5.70% 1758000 27.60%
NZ 202000 -0.90% 1592000 -7.90%
UK 70000 -0.20% 693000 -14.70%
Japan 65000 2.20% 888000 -11.30%
USA 39000 3.50% 482000 -9.50%
Taiwan 38000 3.00% 348000 17.70%
Hong Kong 37000 29.00% 226000 16.50%
Korea 34000 14.10% 326000 -34.10%
India 33000 31.90% 246000 61.50%
Singapore 29000 -11.20% 192000 5.20%

Source: Tourism and Events Queensland.