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Whether the name refers to the fine sand on its beaches or the money pouring in from commercialization, Brisbane's famed Gold Coast has become Australia's biggest tourist development. Every summer, throngs of just-graduated high school students invade Surfers Paradise, as this beach 30 miles southeast of the city is known. Their arrival kicks off what is sardonically called "schoolies week." (Supporting image from the project Hungry Planet: What the World Eats.)

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Whether the name refers to the fine sand on its beaches or the money pouring in from commercialization, Brisbane's famed Gold Coast has become Australia's biggest tourist development. Every summer, throngs of just-graduated high school students invade Surfers Paradise, as this beach 30 miles southeast of the city is known. Their arrival kicks off what is sardonically called "schoolies week." (Supporting image from the project Hungry Planet: What the World Eats.)