Moving to a new city is challenging for most people, especially if they are relocating from another state or country. The reason for moving is different for everyone – some relocate for better job opportunities or setting their business in a thriving market, whereas some move to obtain higher education or support their spouse.
Whatever the reason, the process is emotionally draining, physically exhausting, and financially taxing because leaving a familiar environment, completing formalities, finding accommodation, hiring removalists, and managing other moving-related tasks is neither easy nor cheap. Therefore, when moving to the Gold Coast, it becomes important to find people to connect with, depend on, and help you in the city.
It is common for newcomers to struggle with finding mates in a new city due to shyness or unawareness of places to meet new people. If you are among them, there is good news for you as Gold Coast is a culturally diverse and highly inclusive city. There are numerous places visited by locals and tourist that you can go to befriend them. You can find the time to visit these places and partake in different activities like eating the local food, shopping, attending festivals, etc by hiring a reliable removalist company to handle storage, loading, transportation, unpacking and other removals tasks.
Here is your complete guide to know about places to find new mates to hang out in Gold Coast.
Community Street Meets
The city’s government promotes the hosting of Community Street Meets to help people know their neighbours. You can host one yourself via the free Meet our Street kit available on the government’s website.
If for any reason, you are too shy or don’t have the resources to host a meet, be a part of one by keeping an eye for events that may happen in the neighbourhood. These events can be tea parties, picnics in parks, house parties, or any other group activity. Most of them are hosted on or near the Neighbour Day that is celebrated on the last Sunday in March annually, but people organise them at other times as well.
For bibliophiles, one of the best ways to meet new people and make good friends is to visit public libraries. Explore them to read your favourite books and to learn about events and programs that happen all year round to attend. These may include functions for local & national authors, workshops for writer’s block, themed reading activities, and much more.
In addition, find out if your local public library hosts events for adults such as English conversation circle, OK Knit, Open Lab, LabCamp, Film Club, Computer or Mobile basics, among others. If you have toddlers/ children, then attend activities like Baby Rhyme Time, Story Time, Toddler Time, School Holiday Activity etc. Some of the most popular public libraries hosting these activities are located in Upper Coomera, Broadbeach, Nerang, Elanora, Robina, and Helensvale. To know more about such events and timings explore the city government’s website.
Festivals in Gold Coast
Nothing brings people together like joy hence, while your hired removalists take care of moving tasks, meet new people and look for mates by attending festivals hosted by the government or local communities. These festivals are a great way to meet people with same interests and like doing similar activities. One of the biggest events to be a part of is BLEACH* that is a Gold festival supported by the Gold Coast government and celebrated across the city in April.
Other popular festivals are Blues on Broadbeach, Cooly Rocks On (Coolangatta), Surfers Paradise Festival, Gold Coast Greek Festival (Bundall) etc. In addition to these festivals, if you have moved in January befriend people by participating in Australia Day celebrated on 27th of the month.
Note: if you are moving in January, try to schedule it in the third or fourth week, as due to holiday season it may be hard to book good removalists in the Gold Coast.
The Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens are ideal for exploring a variety of plants, flowers, and butterflies. The Gardens are vast and well kept with facilities like shelters, barbecues & picnics areas, and walking trails. Besides being a spectator if you are interested in volunteering become a part of Friends of the Garden that is dedicated to maintaining the park’s beauty. The Community hosts activities for children, volunteering programs, and group activities for crafts, herbarium, nursery propagation etc.
Popular Tourist Destinations in Gold Coast
Gold coast is a thriving tourist destination and the fourth most visited city of Australia. It is even termed as the glitter strip and has a variety of places you can go to engage with locals and tourists. You can taste the local cuisines, shop, and enjoy doing different activities. Here is a list of a few places and things to do.
• Beaches of Surfers Paradise, Coolangatta, Broadbeach and Burleigh Heads, are among the most visited sites. These beaches are balmy, scenic, and clean. Try water sports here like parasailing, surfing, Jet Ski to befriend people who do them with you and the instructors.
• If you are interested in wildlife, you can visit the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Lamington National Park, and Springbrook National Park. Be part of bird watching, hiking, and other expeditions to look for mates with similar interests and have meaningful conversations.
• For adventure activities and leisure go to SkyPoint (Surfers Paradise), Dreamworld, Sea World, Warner Bros Movie World etc. At these places its easier to engage guides, instructors, or locals in conversations.
• In addition, you can explore sports venues, aquatic centres, and shopping precincts & market where you can talk and befriend shopkeepers, professionals, locals, guides, tourists, and guides who are welcoming and who can help you explore the city.
Arts & Culture Events
According to the Culture Strategy 2023 as part of the Gold Coast government’s arts and cultural initiatives, numerous events and programs are hosted to engage locals, tourists, and new people who have moved to the city. The main areas of focus are
• Public, Performing, and Visual Arts
• Indigenous history and heritage
• Urban art
• Indigenous culture
For people who are artistically or culturally inclined, by participating in these initiates, they can be a part of a community. It will be easier for you to find people with similar interest and inclinations. Finding likeminded people will help embolden your sense of belonging in the Gold Coast.
Gold Coast is a culturally diverse city with numerous locals, tourists, and new residents. Therefore, the people are welcoming, which makes it easy to find people to befriend. For finding new mates to hang out with there are several places in the city as mentioned above. You can find time to engage with new people and do a variety of activities while your removalists in Gold Coast take care of your moving-related tasks.
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