Study Tours


Catch the G-Link: City-building infrastructure & light rail – Full Day Tour

Cost: $110 –  SOLD OUT

The Gold Coast Light Rail is more than just a transport project; it is a significant piece of city-building infrastructure. The project represents a major step forward in transforming this fast-growing city into a modern, accessible destination and is being delivered in stages to respond to the city’s growth. The G:link began service on 20 July 2014 and has become a resounding success in terms of passenger numbers and changing the way that people move around our city.

The City is monitoring its success through a range of indicators relating to place (traffic, pedestrians, trees, building edges), prosperity (development, events, visitors, dining) and people (active, household composition, diversity, public art). Join us for a tour of the network including the destinations connected and created, the planning and delivery of the system, lessons learnt in design and delivery, and an overview of the future stages.

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Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) – Legacy Full Day Tour 

Cost: $110

Visit some of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games sports venues and athletes village and see on the ground how the precinct based master planning of these facilities has been an important part in delivering post Games legacies for the Gold Coast.

The tour will include site visits and venue tours of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre and Southport Broadwater Parklands, Gold Coast Sports precinct including, Metricon Stadium home of the Gold Cost Suns AFL team, the Carrara Indoor Sports Stadium which is now the HQ for Squash Australia and the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre. The tour will also spend time in the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct (GCHKP), which incorporates a new mixed-use residential development that was the athletes village during the Games.

The GCHKP is a fine example of an emerging Innovation District and includes two new hospitals and the ever growing Gold Coast campus for Griffith University.

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Tweed Heads and Aboriginal Cultural Heritage – Full Day Tour 

Cost: $110

Join us on a full day tour where we will introduce the recent PIA Award winning Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Plan, within local context to give you a sense of place, planning challenges and cultural sensitivities. Visit a highly sensitive Aboriginal Cultural landscape at Fingal Headland where you will learn about the site and Council’s Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plan (ACHMP), which builds on current legislative framework of the National Parks and Wildlife Act, NSW 1974. We aim to guide you in the understanding of the sensitivity and occurrence of Aboriginal cultural heritage both tangible and intangible in the Tweed Shire.

Following on from Fingal Head is the vibrant seaside town of Kingscliff which is undergoing some big changes. A new regional hospital, business and knowledge precinct and planned greenfield residential growth areas will assert Kingscliff as the centre for business, health, education, recreation and culture serving the Tweed coast.

This walking tour will explore Council’s recently completed major coastal foreshore revitalisation project that combines important coastal hazard infrastructure works with the magnificent new Rowan Robinson parklands and holiday park which has become the centre piece of the town.

** Please note sturdy comfortable shoes are recommended for this tour. Some walking on uneven ground required.

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Waterways and The Spit – Full Day Tour
Cost: $110

We begin our day with an investigation of the waterways in and around the Gold Coast. Touring along the Nerang River, Broadwater and canals, discussing the strategic planning, development assessment and environmental management function of the Gold Coast Waterways in managing the Seaway, waterways and Spit ocean beaches. Future plans for public transport within the Gold Coast Waterways will also be touched on.

After lunch we re-join the coach and Spit master plan team on a bus tour of Gold Coast’s famous Southport Spit – “the Spit”. Stopping at various locations on The Spit, the tour will include guided walks through key landmarks and places. Looking through the lens of the draft master plan, the tour will present and discuss various places ranging from underutilised vacant land that has been the subject of contentious development applications, the iconic sand pumping jetty offering impressive views to Surfers Paradise, and Philip Park, the location of the City of Gold Coast’s proposed offshore cruise ship terminal. Tour leaders will discuss the draft master plan, including the comprehensive public consultation process and describe how The Spit’s future can deliver a unique coastal landscape that provides visitors with a diverse range of land and water experiences.

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Planners hit the streets of the Gold Coast CBD – Half Day Walking Tour

Cost $60 – SOLD OUT

Southport has played a pivotal role on the Gold Coast for more than a century. It was one of the first coastal towns in the region, later becoming one of the dominate administrative and commercial centres of the Gold Coast. Southport was declared the Gold Coast’s Central Business District (CBD) in 2013, and since then government and private sector have been investing in its revitalisation.

The CBD has undergone an exciting period of transformation with more than $5 billion worth of public or private investment recently completed. These projects provide the foundation to support future development and deliver sophisticated transportation links, high-tech knowledge hubs, vibrant multi-cultural precincts and world-class sporting infrastructure. Join us for a walking tour to see the revitalisation that has occurred including the influence of Light rail, China town, laneways, streetscape improvements, co-working spaces, live music venues, award winning Broadwater Parklands, and new infill housing types.

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Please note program is subject to change and study tours may be cancelled if minimum numbers are not met.