5 must dos at this year’s Gold Coast Open House!


Nicole Dyer is a well-known member of the local Gold Coast community, having hosted every program at the ABC Gold Coast since joining the station more than 15 years ago. Nicole has recently been announced as the Gold Coast Open House Ambassador for 2022.

With the Gold Coast’s unique history, colorful personalities and rapidly changing landscape, Nicole says this presents a unique challenge for architecture and buildings on the Gold Coast.

We found out a bit more about Nicole, including her favorite architectural gems on the Gold Coast and her top pick for a cuppa.

Tell us a bit about you. (Both personally & professionally)
My passion for radio began while I was studying journalism at the Queensland University of Technology….I always loved drama and acting so the idea of ​​becoming a radio broadcaster really appealed to me.

After my degree …I moved to Melbourne because I was in love and while that relationship didn’t work…I found a new passion working in community radio which gave me the experience to get jobs at commercial radio stations up and down the eastern seaboard from Townsville to Sydney for 13 years…before landing at ABC Gold Coast.

seriously? Who doesn’t want to work a block from the beach.

Breakfast radio hours are crazy and my partner who is also a journalist works at the opposite end of the day in Brisbane – so we play tag team with our 12 year old and write plenty of messages on the fridge whiteboard. I do a lot of driving on the M1 so I have a special bond with listeners who drive the Pacific Motorway every day.

You are the Gold Coast Open House Ambassador for 2022. For those who may not be familiar what is the Gold Coast Open House
GCOH is like getting a golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory…a chance to go inside innovatively designed homes and be inspired. As well as the private houses you get to experience spaces and places that are otherwise out of bounds or perhaps not on your radar such as the Desalination Plant, Broadwater Chapel by the Sea or the Ernest Junction Rail Tunnel.

This FREE event is for anyone who appreciates architecture or wants to become an architect. It also includes free guided tours and a stack of panel discussions such as future proofing homes and cost-effective backyard extensions.

My advice is to book ASAP as places go pretty fast, especially for private homes.

How did you come to be the ambassador Gold Coast Open House for 2022?
I’ve always had a fascination for how others live and how they design their homes to get maximum joy out of it – so when the former city architect and GCOH spokesperson Philip Follent asked If I wanted to help share the word about this event – ​​it was a no brainer.

What are your favorite Gold Coast architectural gems?
I love driving past the Southport Bathing Pavilion which was built in the 1930’s….as it immediately takes me back to the Gold Coast of old…when beach culture was emerging as a real past time.

I also love the HOTA gallery for its design, colours, and innovation. A couple of years ago…I visited the micro-terraces in the heart of Southport built from some of the smallest freehold residential lots in Australia. The balance between limited space, quality of lifestyle and design really stuck with me.

What are you most looking forward to at this year’s event?
I recently discovered the Gold Coast Historical Museum and fell in love with the history of the site which features the graves of early pioneers and a relocated cottage which artist Vincent Sheldon built himself. It is run by volunteers and this piece of paradise is perfect for a browse and picnic. I also love Cloudview which is a rainforest cabin at Springbrook that has a roof design that opens up…to help with gutter maintenance and water collecting.

What are your Gold Coast favourites…
Favorite cafe/coffee spot:
I am a big fan of having a cup of homegrown herbal tea at the Botanic Gardens at Benowa
Restaurant: I took my daughter to the Currumbin Wildlife sanctuary Koala breakfast for her birthday last year – not officially a restaurant but there were koalas and it was pretty special…As for actual restaurants….I can’t pick just one but I am a sucker for a good fresh seafood platter.
Bar or place for a drink: Anywhere with a good view and good service.
beach:- Coolangatta

How do you choose to spend your weekends
I love nothing more than a sleep in, yoga and a big cooked breakfast…then some quality time with my family.
Stand up paddle boarding is next on my Saturday to-do list.

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