A while back we were on House Hunters International which showcased our search for a new home on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Here’s a quick synopsis on the episode (Danielle is referenced as a film maker as she worked in makeup artistry at the time we moved).

Action! on Australia’s Gold Coast

In this episode of House Hunters International, a Floridian filmmaker agrees to move with her husband to his native Australia. Her expectations are colossal after moving away from everything she knows, but he’s concerned with what they can afford in the touristy Gold Coast region.

I won’t give the end of the episode away. We moved to the Gold Coast for work but this is why we stayed, and why you may want to consider living on the Gold Coast.

The Gold Coast is a popular tourist destination, but it’s also a great place to live. With its beautiful beaches, sunny weather, and vibrant lifestyle, the Gold Coast has something to offer everyone.

Where to Watch

House Hunters International was originally filmed for HGTV in the USA and aired last year. It has since aired in Australia in 2023 on Free To Air on the 9 Networks 9Life, as well as on Foxtel. The episode is currently available to watch for free on 9Now. Watch Season 175, Episode 3 on 9NOW.

House Hunters International at Daark Espresso
House Hunters International at Daark Espresso

Moving To The Gold Coast?

If you’re thinking of moving to the Gold Coast, here are a few things you need to know:

  • The weather: The Gold Coast has a subtropical climate, with an average temperature of 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit). There are around 300 days of sunshine each year, so you can enjoy the outdoors all year round.
  • The beaches: The Gold Coast is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. Whether you’re a surfer, a swimmer, or just a sunbather, you’ll find the perfect beach on the Gold Coast.
  • The lifestyle: The Gold Coast is a vibrant and exciting place to live. There’s always something going on, from festivals and events to nightlife and shopping.
  • The cost of living: The cost of living on the Gold Coast is generally higher than in other parts of Australia. However, there are still ways to live affordably on the Gold Coast, especially if you’re willing to share accommodation.
  • The job market: The job market on the Gold Coast is strong, especially in the tourism and hospitality industries. However, there are also opportunities in other sectors, such as technology and healthcare.
  • It’s more than what you think: my friends from Melbourne or Sydney often say, the Gold Coast, really? And I get what they mean. Most people from the larger cities who’ve visited the Gold Coast think Surfers Paradise on a Saturday Night, maybe because that is what they experienced on a holiday or when they went to schoolies. But the Gold Coast is much bigger than Surfers.

If you’re looking for a beautiful, sunny place to live with a vibrant lifestyle, the Gold Coast is a great option. Just be prepared for the higher cost of living and do your research to find a job that’s right for you.

House Hunters International filming Danielle at desk
House Hunters International filming Danielle at desk

Other Considerations for Living On the Gold Coast

Here are some additional things to consider when moving to the Gold Coast:

  • Where to live: The Gold Coast is a large city, so there are many different neighborhoods to choose from. Some popular areas include Surfers Paradise, Burleigh Heads, and Coolangatta.
  • Transportation: The Gold Coast has a good public transportation system, but it’s also easy to get around by car. If you’re planning on driving, be sure to factor in the cost of parking, which can be expensive in some areas.
  • Schools: The Gold Coast has a variety of public and private schools. If you have children, be sure to research the schools in the area before you move.
  • Healthcare: The Gold Coast has a good healthcare system, with hospitals and clinics located throughout the city.
House Hunters International at the Beach
House Hunters International at the Beach

If you’re still not sure if the Gold Coast is the right place for you, I recommend visiting for a few days before you make a decision. This will give you a chance to experience the city and see if it’s a good fit for you.

Luke and Danielle’s episode of House Hunters International is streaming on 9Now for a limited time. To watch it for free in Australia visit 9Now