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Traveler’s information and tips

How do I get there?

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Travel to the Gold Coast by car or plane. From Sydney its about a 10 hour drive and from Melbourne it is 20 plus hours. The Gold Coast is about 1 hours drive from Brisbane to the northern end of the Gold Coast. The main domestic airport serving the Gold Coast is Coolangatta Airport also known as Gold Coast Airport, which is 45 minutes from Surfers Paradise (depending on traffic)

Flight times from other cities;

From Hours
Sydney 1:15
Melbourne 2
Adelaide 2:45
Perth 4


There are two points of entry for domestic arrivals: the Gold Coast Airport and Brisbane Domestic Airport. The Gold Coast Airport is located in Coolangatta in the southern part of the Gold Coast, near the NSW border. The airport has recently been revamped; new facilities include bars, al fresco dining, gift shops and retail outlets. Brisbane Airport is approx 1 – 1.5 hours from Surfers Paradise (depending on traffic)

Airport Transfers

Gold Coast Airport:

On arrival at the airport there is a bus transfer available from a tour desk located in the arrivals lounge which will take you to most hotels. Taxi’s are usually plentiful and are metered and drop off at most hotels. These can be booked in advance. Rental cars are available from the airport.

Brisbane Airport:

The tour desk at the airport operates a service between Brisbane and Surfers. The Airtrain (train service) is another option to get to the Gold Coast. Train service runs from the airport and stops at Coomera, Helensvale, Nerang and Robina. Bus connections from Helensvale Station will take you into Southport, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, or a taxi is available from the train station directly to your hotel. Generally it is faster and cheaper to take the Airtrain from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, however you will have to get transport from the Gold Coast train station to your destination. For Surfers Paradsie it is best to get off at the Helensvale station. You do not need to pre book Airtrain – just head up to the station outside of the airport and purchase your ticket

Getting around for families

If you're not bringing a car with you to the Gold Coast, car hire is a good option for exploring the area. Another option is to purchase a Freedom Pass or a Smartpass. This pass provides unlimited travel on the Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle and includes door to door* Gold Coast Airport and theme park transfers plus unlimited travel on the Surfside Buslines ( public transport) network. Passes are available for 3, 5 or 7 days.

When to go, Weather

The Gold Coast averages 300 days of sunshine per year and enjoys a pleasant temperature year round.

Average Min/Max Temperatures
Summer (December to February) 20 - 28°C
Autumn (March to May) 15 - 25°C
Winter (June to August) 11 - 21°C
Spring (September to November) 15 - 25°C

What to wear

Casual lightweight clothing is the norm in the Gold Coast. A jacket or warmer clothing may be required for cooler winter evenings. Long pants and comfortable walking shoes are recommended if you plan to do any bushwalking or horse riding. To ensure adequate protection from the sun, wear a broad-rimmed hat, sunglasses and SPF 30+ sunscreen. These are essential all year round.

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