Naked City Guide was created in 2009 by a trio of creatives who couldn’t understand why Gold Coast culture was still a blind spot on the national radar. Following the overwhelming response from the book, we’ve put Naked online. In these pages you’ll find the same quality content available instantly and free.
Naked is a guide to Gold Coast venues that chalk up the fondest memories and the biggest wows. It’s about the people who achieve this through a blend of creativity, originality and community initiative. It’s about recasting the Gold Coast in a light that’s different to the burnt-out reputation of floozies and frippery. Naked tells the story of locals who’ve stuck around and pulled at a thread, revealing the simplistic beauty of this city and a thriving arts culture sweeping through once-forgotten suburbs.
How did it take us this long to realise we live in one of the raddest places on earth? After all our drummed-up controversies, it might just be the coolest thing to live in a city where you can get in your little car and be in the ocean in 20 minutes flat. And drink a coffee in the winter sun without longjohns and a big black coat. A city that’s lived whip-fast until you slip away, Into The Wild-style, to some secret rockpool/inlet/mountain top when it all gets a bit much. Never mind the spiders on steroids, the sand you’ll never vaccuum out of your car upholstery and the afternoon storms you can set a watch by in summer. It’s all part of the chaos and vitality of a growing, contemporary city, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.