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Gold Coast Open House Unlocks The City Of Gold Coast


Sat 17 Oct 2015, 10:00am–3:00pm

Where: HOTA, Home of the Arts, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise, Queensland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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On Saturday 17 October 2015, the City of Gold Coast will host the inaugural Open House, unlocking the doors of quirky, interesting and significant buildings and inviting Gold Coasters to take a behind-the-scenes tour of private places not typically available for public access.

From the old Southport Drill Hall constructed in 1890, to the Hot Tomato on-air studios in High Street, to the iconic ‘80s Paradise Waters mansion of Gold Coast pioneer Keith Williams, the public can discover what lies behind the closed doors of fascinating buildings and places they may have only ever seen from the street. Around 20 properties are listed for the inaugural Gold Coast Open House.

Chair of Gold Coast Open House 2015 and Chair of the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers’ branch of the Australian Institute of Architecture, Greg Ewart, says the list is impressive and diverse. “We have been overwhelmed by the positive response and enthusiasm we have received for the first event and hope Gold Coasters get behind Gold Coast Open House with the same enthusiasm shown for Brisbane Open House, an event that has grown to more than 100 buildings over the past five years.

“Open House will provide a snapshot of the future of urban design on the Gold Coast as well as a journey into the past, with a collection of both contemporary and historic architecture open to the public.

“The buildings this year will appeal to all ages and people from all walks of life, from those with an interest in architecture and sustainable design to the inquisitive and creatively inclined,” said Mr Ewart.

Gold Coast Open House also offers a children’s program with free and entertaining activities available at many of the buildings open to the public.

A photographic competition, open to junior, amateur and professional photographers, will be held in conjunction with Gold Coast Open House. Sponsored by Hickey Lawyers, the competition offers prizes valued at $1,400 across the three categories.

Entry details and categories are available at ''.

Gold Coast Open House is calling for volunteers to assist in the facilitation of visits by the general public to the 20+ buildings across the City. Participating as a volunteer at Gold Coast Open House provides the opportunity to show pride in the City of Gold Coast, its architecture and design, and gain valuable experience working at a major Gold Coast event.

Volunteer greeters and hosts are required, as well as volunteer photographers to help boost the Gold Coast Open House image library for this year’s and future Open House events.

To volunteer for GCOH, email '' or register online at ''.