Ocean View, on the appropriately named View Avenue, represents how Surfers Paradise developed in the 1950s and 1960s. From View Avenue it is possible to admire the white sandy beaches and sparkling blue breakers of Surfers Paradise. Large photographs on display boards mark the significant development which began in the area after World War II. At that time many servicemen came to the beaches here for rest and relaxation. The city’s first motel, the El Dorado, was built in 1954 on the site now occupied by the Crowne Plaza. Four years later the first high rise building, Kinkabool, was built at Hanlan Street. From these small beginnings, the Gold Coast has become renowned for its many high rise buildings including Q1, one of the world’s tallest residential towers.The foreshore was comprehensively redeveloped in 2011 as part of a $25 million project, with new seating, viewing platforms and other amenities.
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