The Location

The YEA is strategically located less than 40 kilometres north of the Gold Coast CBD and 40 kilometres south of Brisbane CBD, and is only a 30 minute drive to the Port of Brisbane and the Brisbane International Airport.

The YEA is a value-adding manufacturing region with businesses in food and beverage, construction materials, machinery and equipment, plastic and chemicals as well as warehousing, transport and distribution.

The YEA accommodates a range of large industrial facilities including Carlton United Brewery, Visy, V.I.P. Petfoods, Caterpillar and Flexopack. As well as a number of industrial parks, such as the Empire Industrial Estate which accommodates the 60,000m2 Caterpillar parts distribution centre.

Why invest?

1. Access to a diverse network of suppliers and related firms to facilitate further business efficiencies and long term sustainability.

2. Easy access to one of Australia’s main road transport corridors the M1 providing a high level of connectivity to local and regional markets, the Port of Brisbane and interstate trade destinations.

3. Located close to three world leading universities which including Griffith University, Bond University and Southern Cross University. These provide significant opportunities in the areas of research and development.


Opportunities exist for companies in sectors such as warehousing, freight and logistics, high technology manufacturing and mining and construction. A number of quarries are situated in the precinct which provides key resources for the extractive industries and other co-located industries including marine and motorsport.

Manufacturing of health and medical products are growing within the region creating new opportunities within YEA. This is supported by a growing skills base, strong growth in industry, advances in research and opportunities for collaboration between the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct and Griffith University Medical School.


The YEA offers a range of lot sizes (including lots larger than 10,000m2) for low, medium and high impact industry opportunities, with a range of greenfield and brownfield sites to allow for a range of purpose built uses.

A full suite of services and support is available under the investment attraction program. And as an added incentive, new businesses may be eligible for financial assistance to subsidise impediments in relation to non-development infrastructure which may include but not be limited to gas, communications, energy and/or smart cities infrastructure.

Further information

For further information on YEA and areas of opportunity for your business please contact Invest Gold Coast on +61 7 5581 6160 or email