The Gold Coast: A snapshot

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Hundloe, T. (2015). The Gold Coast: A snapshot. In T. Hundloe, B. McDougall, & C. Page (Eds.), The Gold Coast Transformed: From Wilderness to Urban Ecosystem (pp. 21-33). Clayton South, Australia: CSIRO Publishing

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Extract: We know the city's boundaries as they are today (they have changed dramatically over time) and that is all we need to answer the question: what is the size of the city? The city's boundaries today are shown in Plate 3. As noted previously, the Gold Coast was a lot smaller in a geographical sense a couple of generations ago. When it was known as the 'South Coast' (or simply 'the Coast'), its northern boundary was at Lands End, north of Labrador. Coolangatta to Lands End established the south- north limits. Beenleigh in Logan City was considered the half-way mark between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Just south of Beenleigh is the tiny town of Yatala, famous for its meat pies (the food of choice for Australians at sporting events or when travelling by car). Many a traveller to the Gold Coast stopped at Yatala to purchase the famous pies. Today the northern boundary of the Gold Coast stretches to Yatala and Beenleigh, home of one of the largest breweries in Australia. If the Gold Coast manufactures anything on a large scale it is beer.

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