It’s almost time for the history buffs and sticky beaks among us to revel in the secrets of the Coast’s most historic and (usually) close to the public buildings. That’s right, Gold Coast Open House is upon us once again.
Many people, locals and visitors alike, believe the Coast town is made up of weathered shacks and glass high rises but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Some of our beautiful buildings date back to the late 1800’s and this is your chance to check them out!
Here’s six must-sees at this years Gold Coast Open House.
1. Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre
The brand new multi-purpose facility is made up of two sporting halls connected by a beautifully appointed pedestrian walkway. Created for the Commonwealth Games, the world-class centre will host badminton, weightlifting and wrestling competitions while doubling as a training centre for athletes. Don’t miss this one, the architecture is stunning.
2. KDV Golf & Tennis Academy
Take a self-guided tour through this modern, state of the art sporting complex. The Academy provides high quality golf and tennis coaching in an elite facility using the latest technology for improved performance. It’s a fascinating set up and one you’ll definitely want to check out.
3. Hill Avenue Residence
Located on a scarily steep site with street access from both the top and bottom, this unbelievable home is an absolute must-see. The design focuses on views to the ocean and distant city skyline on each level and the architecture is both beautiful and awe-inducing. You’ll want to move in asap – race ya.
4. Hinze Dam
The Hinze Dam is your local drinking water supply station and seeing it in the flesh is pretty spectacular. It is an un-gated dam, meaning that when it reaches 100 per cent capacity, water flows over the spillway and safely out of the dam, something everyone should witness at some point in their Coast-dwelling lives.
5. Art Deco Tour
Join a guided tour and learn more about the Art Deco buildings of Southport’s CBD. Admire the architecture, learn about our local history and be introduced to some of the buildings that line Scarborough and Nerang Streets. Often buildings such as these beauties are overlooked but we truly do have some stunning buildings in our midst.
6. Gold Coast Desalination Plant
Not sure about you, but this big guy was somewhat of a hidden Gold Coast gem before today. Found not too far from the beach in Tugun, the plant supplies water to the South East Queensland region and, unsurprisingly, it is huge. Definitely worth a look and you might learn a thing or two aswell.
There you have it, this is an event for both the inquisitive and architecturally inspired, or those simply interested in learning about the Gold Coast’s unique history.
Words by Kirra Smith