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The Pink Poodle sign
Sign in 2015
Plaque at the Pink Poodle sign, Surfers Paradise, Queensland
Plaque, 2015

The Pink Poodle was an iconic motel in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia. It was located on the corner of Fern Street and the Gold Coast Highway. Although no longer extant, its signage remains and is listed on the Gold Coast Local Heritage Register.


The Pink Poodle was built in 1967 and features a neon sign of a pink poodle. Many felt it was synonymous with the "glitzy" allure of the Gold Coast and it was frequently used as an image to depict the Gold Coast. The motel was demolished in 2004 but the sign was preserved and relocated a short distance to 18 Fern Street. A bar and restaurant in the new development that replaced it bears the name "The Pink Poodle".

In 2005, the National Trust of Queensland nominated the sign to be one of Queensland's Heritage Icons.

In 2015, the signage appeared on a postage stamp issued by Australian Post as part of its Signs of the Times series.

In popular culture

In 1995, author Matthew Condon published a novel, A Night at the Pink Poodle, about the rise and fall of a Gold Coast highrise apartment salesman.

Coordinates: 28°00′48″S 153°25′50″E / 28.013276°S 153.430515°E / -28.013276; 153.430515

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