Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The Report of the U.N. Brundtland Commission, Our Common Future, 1987

"History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives"

Abba Eban

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

Buckminster Fuller, philosopher, futurist and global thinker (1895 - 1983)



The Gold Coast city has a large range of accommodation to choose from including hotels, apartments, and Airbnb. Whilst we have not secured any rooms, we recommend accommodation close to the tram line which runs straight to the Griffith Gold Coast campus. Some options include Surfers Paradise, Southport, Broadbeach, the Broadwater.


  • Walking distance to the campus is the Mantra at Sharks, a four-star hotel which opened in 2018. Mantra at Sharks can offer a special 15% off the Mantra Daily Rate for guests wishing to book their own individual accommodation only online. This rate won’t be available with other specials. To make a booking using this special discount, please visit and before processing the booking, use the promotional code CE2020, through the booking process. For more info please contact the hotel: or call 07 5603 3200.
  • QT Hotel is a five-star hotel situated in Surfers Paradise, close to the G: Link tram line.

For a comprehensive list of accommodation on the Gold Coast, please click here. For other accommodation options also visit these sites:

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