PHOTO: Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate standing in front of the light rail network at Southport in 2015. Photo: Glenn Hunt

Eat your heart out, Sydney. Not only has the Gold Coast’s most recent light rail extension finished ahead of schedule, it’s also largely regarded as a success.

The G-Link as it’s known originally opened in 2014, with the Helensvale extension in operation by the end of 2017 and further expansion planned.

A project update released this February detailed eight new stations in the stage 3A extension to Burleigh Heads – at Mermaid Beach, Mermaid Beach South, Nobby Beach, Miami North, Miami, Christine Avenue Station, Second Avenue Burleigh and Burleigh Heads itself.

And while the Gold Coast market had a subdued end to 2018 before experiencing a surge prior to the federal election, experts agreed that the G-Link’s effect could be seen in the property values along its route.