Gold Coast Open House turns five

Gold Coast Open House celebrates the evolution of architecture in a city where glittering towers soar by a glistening Surfers Paradise and parklands meet the sea.

Here, modern design celebrates the humble line of the 1950s beach shack and locals love of patio living finds new ingenious ways to bring the outside indoors.

Gold Coast Open House unlocks buildings, places and spaces right across the city, from heritage gems to sports venues and inspiring buildings, homes, churches, schools, universities, museums, art galleries, TV and radio stations, public utilities and workplaces that reflect our city’s unique architecture and urban design.

Famous for its interwar and post-war development boom and recreational industries, the Gold Coast has a varied and unique stock of buildings and places in comparison with many other major Australian cities.

The buildings included in the program each year show a snapshot of the evolution of architecture on the Gold Coast, with some buildings dating back to the late 1800s, early 1900s, through to cutting edge design of recent years by some of the Gold Coast’s leading architects.

Gold Coast Open House is a free event for young and old. Locals and visitors alike will have the opportunity to explore these urban spaces and learn more about the Gold Coast, its history and future aspirations—and how architecture and design have contributed to the city we know today.

The event turns five this year with about 60 buildings, places and spaces set to open to the public on 19 October alongside a program of walks, talks, tours and fringe events. Most will be so popular you’ll need to book.

The full program will be announced on 3 September. Tour registrations open on 6 September at

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