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The Friendship Force in Australia

Journeys enjoyed by Friendship Force Gold Coast
dating back to 1992, can be viewed by going to

See link above, or navigation bar on left.

Exchanges (now designated "Journeys") are listed under the following headings


Most recent exchanges (journeys) are shown at the top of each list.

List will be updated as journeys occur

** Site updated 2 December 2018 **


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view North from Burleigh
Looking North from Burleigh Heads

Q1 Building visible on right of scene
Q1 has lost its title as the world's tallest residential tower.
As of November 2012 it is the thirteenth tallest such building; it remains the tallest in Australia.
Height - 323 m (1,058 ft) No. of floors - 78 www.http://www.emporis.com/statistics/tallest-residential

view from 77th level Q1 tower
Photograph taken from Observation Deck ‘Q1 Building’ - 77th floor
(Mount Warning, NSW visible top right hand of photo)

Aerial view Gold Coast
Aerial view looking South


Janette McKeon
Telephone: 0407 028 569
E-mail: j.mckeon2509@gmail.com

Christine Wellburn
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Margaret Harris
Dennis O'Neil
Norm Wuest

Mary Matchett
Glenda Wigram
Barb O'Neil


Our Club has approximately 40 members, and we are happy to host around 14 Ambassadors on each Journey.

We were founded in 1992 as the Friendship Force of Currumbin-Gold Coast and in 1999 our name was changed to The Friendship Force of The Gold Coast.

We endeavour to host two Inbound Journeys each year, with one Outbound, normally of two or three phases.

We hold a Monthly Meeting and get together, and when not busy with Journeys we run other activities for the enjoyment of our members.

Ambassadors travelling by air within Australia can arrive at the Gold Coast Domestic Terminal, where they would be met by Club members.

If arriving in Australia direct from overseas, planes fly in to the Queensland International airport at Brisbane, the state's Capital City.

International flights also fly direct to the Gold Coast Airport from Asia and New Zealand.

Brisbane is approx. 100 kms from the Gold Coast and ambassadors (depending on size of group) are either met by a delegation of Club members and driven to the Coast in private vehicles or escorted to the AIRTRAIN which runs direct from the airport to the Gold Coast.

If you would like any further information about our club, or our city, or if we can help you in any way, please contact our President Janette or E-mail: Friendship Force of the Gold Coast

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MAP OF AUSTRALIAClick on map for magnified view

Australia, set in the sparkling Pacific Ocean, is affectionately known as “The Land Down Under”.

Inset map shows location of the City of the Gold Coast.

For a more detailed look at our lovely area, click on map. (Larger image may take longer to load)

The Shoreline of our city stretches for 60 kilometres along the Pacific Ocean, featuring some of the best surfing beaches in Australia.

With names like Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Palm Beach and Mermaid Beach, visions of glistening white sands, rolling surf and gently swaying palms spring to mind and that's exactly how it is.

The Gold Coast is recognised as the Holiday Capital of Australia. Last year approximately four million visitors came to spend some time with us.

And why wouldn't they? When you consider our sub tropical climate, with an average of 7.5 hours of sunshine every day of the year, and a temperature ranging from 9º to 25ºC, March to August, and 15º to 29ºC, September to February.

World Renowned Car Race
Surf Life Savers
Surf Life Saving

The Australian Surf Life Saving Association National Championships have been held on our beaches for many years, and in a totally different sport crowds in their thousands flock to enjoy the Armor All Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercar Championship Series.

For those who love excitement, the Gold Coast abounds in Theme Parks - ‘Movie World’, ‘Dream World’, ‘Sea World’ while Australian Outback Spectacular is a unique attraction that captures the grandeur of the Australian outback, bringing it to life with spectacular audio and visual effects never before seen in a live show.

While visits to the above theme parks are not included as part of the weeks' activites they can be arranged if ambassadors so desire.

An attraction often included during a Journey is a visit to one of the Coast's wildlife sanctuaries - Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary or David Fleay Wildlife Park where ambassadors are not only able to view Australia's native animals, but enjoy ‘hands on’ participation - you can pat a Kangaroo, cuddle a Koala, feed an Emu..... A highlight for visitors is to stand in a park and have hundreds of brilliantly coloured native Lorikeets fly down from the trees and feed from their hand.

lorikeets cuddling a koala
Ambassadors From San Antonio, Texas (1997) & Lincoln, Nebraska (2007)
at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Beautifully maintained Parks and Gardens abound in our city and in 2003 the first Australian native tree was planted in our very own “Friendship Avenue” in the new Botanical Gardens in Rosser Park.

For information on the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, and our clubs' practice of planting a commemorative tree each time we host a Journey from another country, click the image below:

[NOTE: as of 2017 the tradition of planting trees to commemorate the visits of Friendship Force clubs from around the world has come to an end. The page when accessed will remain as a reminder of the years between 2003 and 2017.]

tree planting
Frédéric From Sister City of Nouméa
& Kevin From Gold Coast Club
Planting a “Queensland Kauri Pine”
First Tree to be Planted in the “Friendship Force Avenue”
- July 2003 -

There is so much for visitors to our city to see and do that numbers increase every year. As at 30 June 2013, 4,442,000 people visited the Gold Coast. This figure comprised 3,664,000 domestic overnight visitors and 778,000 international overnight visitors. See Business Gold Coast, 30 June, 2013.

As a member of a Friendship Force Club on a Journey to us, you would have the unique opportunity to see parts of our cities' lifestyle that the average tourist rarely sees.

There are just under 600,000 people living in our city, and many Gold Coast residents have homes adjacent to the tidal rivers and hundreds of canals that exist here.

Our waterways stretch for 446 kilometres, which is nine times longer than the canals of Venice!

Nature has been kind to us here on the Gold Coast. Not only do we have the beautiful Pacific Ocean on our doorstep, we also have, only a short drive away, what we call the ‘Green Behind the Gold’.

This area (known as the Hinterland) is situated within a small mountain range. There are numerous bush walks through sub-tropical rain forest, (with giant Antarctic Beech trees dating back some 4,000 years), abundant wildlife, stunning waterfalls and magnificent views back over our coastline.

The Hinterland
Rain Forest Mountain Stream

The Gold Coast has much to offer Ambassadors from other countries who come to Australia, and we assure you of a friendly welcome.

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