Seaside Stories

Sail through the Gold Coast’s sea stories

Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park

Popular attractions included the octopus ride, horse-o-planes and merry-go-round. Read this story
Neptune Royal Life Saving Club

Neptune Royal Life Saving Club

Neptune’s became the world’s first all-female Royal Life Saving Club to both perform regular patrols and have its own permanent club house. Read this story
Rose's Rooftop Garden

Rose's Rooftop Garden

Rose’s Rooftop Garden included a dance floor and telescope to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area. Read this story
The Grand Hotel Labrador

The Grand Hotel Labrador

Theodore Lenneberg proposed a new and luxurious hotel at Deep Water Point. Read this story
The Burleigh Rock Pool

The Burleigh Rock Pool

The ocean water pool at Burleigh Heads provided a safe swimming spot for holidaymakers and locals alike. Read this story
The Cyclone of 1954

The Cyclone of 1954

On Saturday 20 February 1954 the centre of an unnamed tropical cyclone crossed the coastline at Coolangatta. Read this story
The Scottish Prince

The Scottish Prince

The Scottish Prince was an iron hulled barque with three masts built in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1878. Read this story
The Cambus Wallace

The Cambus Wallace

The Cambus Wallace was wrecked on the ocean side of a thin isthmus connecting North and South Stradbroke Islands. Read this story
The Burleigh Whale

The Burleigh Whale

The whale on Burleigh Beach at the height of the 1926 Christmas season was, initially, an irresistible attraction for residents and visitors alike. Read this story
Sand Mining

Sand Mining

In the early 1900s technology was developed to separate the valuable minerals found in sand. Read this story
Oysters and Oystering

Oysters and Oystering

The commercial oyster industry thrived in the South Coast region from the 1870s to the 1920s, and was one of the largest fishing industries in southern Queensland. Read this story
Jack Evan’s Porpoise Pool

Jack Evan’s Porpoise Pool

Jack Evan’s Pet Porpoise Pool, or Dolphin Oceanarium, opened in the same year at the Snapper Rocks Sea Baths on the northern side of Point Danger, Coolangatta. Read this story