THE arrival of more than 100 Finks bikies on the Gold Coast is not opposed by tourism authorities and the State Opposition, despite the motorcycle club being declared a serious criminal organisation.
Finks from across the country have converged on the Coast to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the city's chapter, the third oldest in Australia.
Today, the Finks, who have travelled from as far as South Australia for the celebrations, will ride through the Gold Coast Hinterland before finishing their run in Surfers Paradise.
Shadow police minister Vaughan Johnson said the Finks 'should be made welcome.'
"But if they want to come and cause the police grief and cause heartache to the community they won't be welcome," he said.
Gold Coast Tourism spokesman Ben Pole also said he did not believe the Finks' visit would harm the city's image.
"Everyone has a right to experience the Gold Coast, I can't see that it is going to stop visitors coming," he said.
The Finks denied the ride into Surfers was a deliberate show of strength to combat claims police had crippled the feared club.
"It's our 40th anniversary so we were heading there anyway," said Blacktown Finks sergeant-at-arms Ferret, who is the spokesman for the NSW United Motorcycle Council.
"People from all over Australia are coming. But it's not compulsory; if people want to turn up they turn up.