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Gold Coast culture

Nestled between the beautiful hinterland and some of the nation’s favourite beaches, the Gold Coast provides an endless itinerary of things to do. We are a diverse city, with over a quarter of our residents born overseas, something that we’re immensely proud of and that is reflected in local businesses, cultural events, and community-led gatherings.


The Gold Coast’s food scene is something special – mouth-watering cuisine from all around the world meets gorgeous venues and our trademarked laid-back atmosphere. You’ll find everything from fine dining to simple yet satisfying eats here, whether you stick to city hotspots or venture out.

We’re big coffee aficionados, too – there’s nothing more typically Gold Coast than an incredible breakfast at a local café, complete with your favourite meal and go-to caffeinated beverage.  

Within walking distance of Bond, you will find a few magical coffee spots to grab your early morning cup of joe, including Blackboard Coffee, whose beans can be found roasting all around Australia. There are also a number of great takeaway restaurants and more formal dining options at nearby Market Square in Varsity Lakes, a popular haunt for our Bondies.


There’s far more to do here on the Gold Coast than first meets the eye, and it’s only getting more and more exciting – the city is practically unrecognisable from what it was just a decade ago. Explore cultural pursuits and entertainment options both here and in Brisbane, approximately an hour’s train ride or drive to the north, and Queensland’s biggest city and capital.  

Here on the Gold Coast, you will find entertainment, events and activities of all shapes and sizes wherever you look. Some of the most popular spots include Home of the Arts (HOTA), an art gallery, cinema and theatre combo that often hosts live music, plays, musicals and events. Miami Marketta is another must-visit venue, combining live music and entertainment with food trucks multiple nights per week.

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Sport is something of a cultural hallmark of the Gold Coast, and after you have been here a little while, you might find yourself starting conversations about your favourite rugby team, or anecdotes about your morning surf. It’s integral to how we relate to one another and enjoy our downtime, too, and there are lots of ways to get involved. From watching a match here or in Brisbane, to finding a social sporting team to join (our club sports here at Bond are a great place to start!) you will find that sport is an important part of Gold Coast life.


The great outdoors

Finally, ask any Gold Coaster why they love living where they do, and chances are they will mention something about our physical landscape. And who wouldn’t? With glittering seas and lush coastline on one side, and vast expanses of hinterland on the other, our corner of the world is an outdoorsy person’s dream destination.  

Living here, there is so much to explore outside, whether you are content with an occasional beach day or want to start every morning with a refreshing ocean dip. Head out to the hinterland for a hike, and visit one of our urban outdoor spaces like the Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens or the Broadwater to relax with a little nature.  

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