Get a behind-the-scenes tour inside some of the Gold Coast’s quirkiest buildings at Open House

Always wondered what the Hot Tomato studios were like? Well now you can take a look inside the Gold Coast’s number 1 radio station as part of the city’s first ever Open House event.

A number of quirky, interesting and significant Gold Coast buildings are set to open their doors to the public on October 17th, giving locals the chance to take a behind-the-scenes tour of 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.


Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate launched the event this morning at The Station in Southport, which was one of the Coast’s first ever ambulance stations.

Mr Tate said Open House was a rare opportunity to step inside some of the city’s most historic and cutting-edge buildings.

“Open house is an event that raises awareness of good design and the importance of preserving the City’s wealth of historical architectural assests,” he said.

“This is the inaugural event but in years to come we expect to see the same success as seen in Brisbane which started with 20 properties and is now showcasing almost 90 spaces.”

Chair of Gold Coast Open House 2015 Greg Ewart said, “The buildings 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.”

On the day there will be a children’s program with free and entertaining activities available at many of the buildings, along with a photographic competition open to junior, amateur and professional photographers.

For more information and to register for some of the tours, visit