The official Gold Coast edition of Monopoly has been unveiled today at a spectacular launch on Surfers Paradise Beach.
The event began with skydivers flying high above the crowd with a giant Monopoly flag, before landing on the sand with the board game taped to their chests.
Mr Monopoly, the boardgame’s iconic character, then joined Deputy Mayor Donna Gates and Winning Moves representative Dale Hackett to officially unveil a giant version of the Gold Coast board, including the selected locally themed squares.
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Over the past few months, thousands of people have shared their thoughts to help determine which Gold Coast landmarks would be featured on the game.
Here is the list of the selected local spots:
- Brown – Tamborine Mountain and Springbrook National Park
- Light Blue – Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets, Beach Festival and Miami Marketta
- Pink – HOTA (Home of the Arts), CBUS Super Stadium and Metricon Stadium
- Orange – Dreamworld, Wet ‘N’ Wild and Movie World
- Red – Cavill Avenue, Pacific Fair and The Star
- Yellow – Main Beach, South Stradbroke Island and Sanctuary Cove
- Green – Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Bond University and QT Gold Coast
- Dark Blue – Skypoint Observation Deck and Gold Coast Lifeguards
Gold Coast Deputy Mayor, Donna Gates said the Gold Coast version of the popular game showcases what the city has to offer.
“It’s everything you love about the traditional game, adapted in a way that all Gold Coast lovers will enjoy for years to come,” she said.
“The pieces are the same as on a traditional Monopoly board. We did want to have the opportunity to have a cruise ship and a surfboard, but they stuck with the traditional.”
Winning Moves representative, Dale Hackett, said the game is a great way to celebrate the Gold Coast.
“We worked quite closely with the City of Gold Coast and Destination Gold Coast to find out how they wanted the city to be perceived on the board and I think we’ve done a good job. We have a good mix of everything, from cultural, to sport to education on there.
“Everyone wanted the lifeguards on there. We didn’t think of them initially, but the overall suggestions were overwhelming.”
The original Monopoly game first hit the shelves in 1935 and has since been played by more than 1 billion people. Today, it is played in 114 countries and enjoyed in over 47 different languages.
The new MONOPOLY: Gold Coast Edition is on sale now for $50 from leading toy retailers.