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This year’s Gold Coast Open House program unlocks the doors of some historic landmarks, architecture award-winning private residences, schools, universities, sporting facilities, museums and public utilities on 19 October 2019.

The event turns five this year with 56 interesting places and spaces set to open or offer behind the scenes tours and its biggest ever program of walks, talks, workshops and fringe events.

It extends its footprint to head offshore by boat for tours at South Stradbroke Island; over the border with a bus tour to three award winning architect designed homes in northern New South Wales and sky high to visit a four-level Surfers Paradise penthouse.

Kids can visit a working fire station or see how things work inside a television broadcast studio.

Go inside Gold Coast Mosque to see how architecture is used to inspire prayer. A.B Paterson College and St Ambrose Catholic Primary School open new buildings that use grand design to inspire students and teachers. Both are new additions joining St Hilda’s School Gold Coast, which has been a part of Gold Coast Open House since its inception.

Explore Queensland’s oldest concrete lined rail tunnel at Ernest Junction or leave the car at home and make the most of contemporary public transport when you catch the G-Link to one of the many venues which can be found just a short walk from local stops.

Gold Coast Open House also opens the doors to some interesting places not usually accessible to the public.

Head to Hinze Dam for a guided tour of the fishway. Completed just a few years ago, it uses a revolutionary catch and hoist system to help fish complete their migratory journey upstream to breed beyond the mega HInze Dam wall.

Gold Coast Open House is a free event that teaches architectural appreciation and encourages locals and visitors to think differently about the built environment.

Some tours need to be pre-booked.


On Saturday 19 October 2019, the fifith annual Gold Coast Open House will open the doors of interesting and architecturally significant buildings and locations, inviting the public to take a behind the scenes look at places they may have only glimpsed from the street.

This year, Gold Coast Open House presents sites from the Southport Seaway to Bilinga, from heritage buildings to schools and university spaces, places of worship, private residences, television and radio studios, and some of the Gold Coast’s most architecturally inspiring landmark buildings and workplaces.

Famous for its interwar and post-war development boom and recreational industries, the Gold Coast has a varied and unique stock of buildings and places in comparison with many other major Australian cities.

The buildings included in 2019 combine to create a snapshot of the evolution of architecture on the Gold Coast, with some buildings dating back to the late 1800s, early 1900s, through to cutting edge design of recent years by some of the Gold Coast’s leading architects and landmark Gold Coast developments under construction.

Visitation over the past few years suggests that private Gold Coast residences are most-in demand, with all spaces fully booked ahead of the day by those wanting to peek one of the architecturally inspiring homes open for Gold Coast Open House.

Gold Coast Open House is a free event for young and old. Locals and visitors alike will have the opportunity to explore these urban spaces and learn more about the Gold Coast, its history and future aspirations—and how architecture and design have contributed to the city we know today.

  • Since 2015, the Gold Coast has been part of a world-wide ‘family’ of Open House events, which began in London in 1992.
  • Gold Coast Open House is not-for-profit and is run by volunteers.
  • The event has been made possible by founding partners, the National Trust, Australian Institute of Architects and City of Gold Coast.
  • Gold Coast Open House 2019 is a free event, providing visitors with the opportunity to step inside some of the City of Gold Coast’s diverse, well-designed, historic and cutting-edge buildings and spaces.
  • Selected buildings and spaces will be open to the public for self-guided and guided tours, encouraging the general public to explore and engage with the City of Gold Coast’s built environment.
  • The fifth ‘Focus on Architecture’ photography competition will be held in conjunction with Gold Coast Open House. Prizes will be won in Open and Junior categories.
  • Gold Coast Open House is seeking volunteers to assist with facilitation of the event.
  • Gold Coast Open House is also seeking expressions of interest from volunteer photographers.
  • Attendance at some Gold Coast Open House buildings require pre-registration for guided tours. Please check our Facebook, Instagram and website pages for updates on the full program release and tour registration dates.
  • Gold Coast Open House is an annual City of Gold Coast Cultural event that raises awareness of good design and the
    importance of preserving the City’s wealth of historical and architectural assets.


Get snapping for Gold Coast Open House. The five-year-old event will again host its popular Focus on Architecture
Photography Competition.

Photographers of all ages are invited to pack cameras, visit buildings, places and spaces that join this year’s program and get snapping for the chance to share some amazing in prizes. The competition is open to anyone who has an interest in architecture and design and a passion and flair for photography but remember, your entries must be taken on the day of the event – Saturday 19 October 2019.

Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges made up of Gold Coast Open House committee members, architects and sponsors. Snaps can be taken indoors or out. Judges consider creativity, photo quality and architectural significance when selecting the winners.

Juniors, primary and secondary school students should hashtag their photos #gcoh19 and #gcoh19jnr. Those entering the open photography section should hashtag their photos #gcoh19 and #gcoh19open. See competition terms and terms and conditions at www.goldcoastopenhouse.com.au

Gold Coast Open House encourages people to visit places they might only have read about or seen from the street. The 43 places that open to the public this year range from inspiring private residences to skyscraping towers, to heritage gems and some of the Gold Coast’s most spectacular sporting facilities.

The list also includes workplaces, public buildings, churches, schools, and universities; TV and radio broadcast studios and land and coastal walks.

In other news for snappers:

• Gold Coast Open House is hosting a series of mini Gold Coast Open House photography competitions as a warmup for this
year’s events. See the Gold Coast Open House Facebook page for details.
• Gold Coast Open House is seeking expressions of interest from volunteer photographers to help build a portfolio of images
for future event promotion.
• Registered volunteer photographers can enter the photography competition and submit their work to the Gold Coast
Open House committee for consideration and inclusion in the image library.

For information on becoming a photographer volunteer or to register click here

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