10 Vintage Photographs, holidays at the Gold Coast in the 1960’s & 70’s

Holidays at the Gold Coast in the 1960s and 70s, what a great place to be!

image source http://www.islandcontinent.com.au/gold-coast-in-colour-1971/

image source http://www.islandcontinent.com.au/gold-coast-in-colour-1971/

 image source: islandcontinent

The idea of a holiday at the Gold Coast in the 60s and 70s appealed to so many Australian families, offering a variety of accommodation for variable budgets.

You may have holidayed in a glitzy motel, one of those ubiquitous U shaped apartments clustered around a large in ground swimming pool on the glitzy Surfers Paradise strip. Or maybe a preference for something more sun & surf in a typical fibro beach shack, stacked to the brim with surfboards, frisbee’s and every beach game known to man. Another Australian favourite was the reliable vintage caravan loaded with enough food to last for a month, deck chairs set up with your own little outdoor utopia or simply packing the car with the large family tent, camping right next to the beach- no wonder the coast was so popular.

Why is it called the Gold Coast?
In the post second world war real estate boom, Brisbane referred to the ‘South Coast’ as the “Gold Coast”. This name was officially taken up in in late 1958 and the then documented by the Queensland government in 1959. Initially explored by timber getters, it was subsequently settled by cattle stations which later evolved into dairy and mixed farming, and by the start of the twentieth century to become a vacation destination.

Whilst the coast was given its label the “Gold” Coast because of the real estate boom it also referred to this because of its  glorious golden white beaches and fine sunny weather.

10 Vintage Photographs; holidays on the Gold Coast in the 1960’s & 70’s

Crowded beach at Surfers Paradise ca. 1960  Image via The State Archives, Queensland

Crowded beach at Surfers Paradise ca. 1

1.  Crowded beach at Surfers Paradise, ca. 1960
Image via State Archives – Libary of Queensland

Old Style Images El Dorado Motel

Old Style Images El Dorado Motel – Image via Snodge’s subjective travel blog

 2. Gold Coast Apartment holiday accommodation ca. early 60’s
Image via Snodge’s subjective travel blog

Meter Maids Gold Coast

Meter Maids Gold Coast Image via Bondi Jack2017 Blogger

 3. Meter Maids – Surfers Paradise    Image via BondiJack2017

 

Gold Coast 60's 70's

Gold Coast 60’s 70’s Image by Have-you-seen-the-old-Gold-Coast

4. Surf School , Surfers Paradise   
Image by: Have-you-seen-the-old-Gold-Coast

Surfers Paradise 1970's Image by Alistair Paterson

Surfers Paradise 1970’s Image by Alistair Paterson

5. Surfers Paradise 1970’s   Image by  Alistair Paterson

 

Florida Car-O-Tel Caravan Park, Redondo Avenue, Miami, August 1960

Image via The State Archives, Queensland

 6. Caravan Park, Redondo Avenue, Miami, August 1960
Image via State Archives – Libary of Queensland

Gold Coast 1960's 1970's

Gold Coast 1960’s 1970’s Image by Gold Coast.Memories.Reunions

 7.  Post Card from the Gold Coast   Image by GoldCoast.Memories.Reunions

Bombora Holiday Lodge at Coolangatta Gold Coast in 1970

Bombora Holiday Lodge at Coolangatta Gold Coast in 1970

8. Bombora Holiday Lodge at Coolangatta, Gold Coast in 1970

 

Gold Coast spray tanning  circa 1951

Gold Coast spray tanning circa 1951Photographer Unknown “Image courtesy of City of Gold Coast Local Studies Library”

 9. John Paterson – The Mutton Bird Man, spray tanning a young woman on Surfers Paradise Beach, Queensland, Photographer unknown

Image: Courtesy of City of Gold Coast Local Studies Library

 

Gold Coast 50's 60's 70's

Image source: Have you seen the old Gold Coast

10. Beach umbrellas ruled Beach at Greenmount, Coollongagtta
Image by: Have-you-seen-the-old-Gold-Coast

If you’re interested in historical photographs of the Gold Coast, there’s a wonderful book published by  Graham Burstow called Flesh the Gold Coast in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Graham is a life member and Patron of the Toowoomba Photographic Society, here you will find some amazing nostalgic photography.  For more details visit http://www.grahamburstow.com.au/

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VINTAGE, ANTIQUE & RETRO SHOPPING

What would your holiday be without a touch of holiday shopping!
If you’re lucky enough to be at the Gold Coast looking for a vintage shopping fix, check out our list of Vintage, Antique and Retro shops to find vintage Clothing, furniture and other vintage related services ..

Gold Coast Vintage, Antique & Retro Shops

Happy Shopping x

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