From the bright lights of Surfers Paradise to the lush surrounds of the hinterland, the Gold Coast is the perfect mix of relaxation, entertainment and adventure.
Paddle out for a surf at one of the ‘Superbank’ beaches, like Snapper Rocks, Burleigh Heads or Kirra Point. Away from the beach, the Gold Coast offers boutique shops, an abundance of restaurants and bars, and a glittering nightclub scene.
Those looking to get their adrenalin pumping are spoilt by the coast’s many theme parks. Only a short drive away, 100,000 hectares of World Heritage listed rainforest awaits!
The Gold Coast Airport is serviced by domestic and international flights. There are regular daily domestic flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and there are also connecting flights to all other Australian cities. The trip from Sydney takes around 1 hour 25 minutes, around 2 hours 15 minutes from Melbourne and around 2 hours and 10 minutes from Adelaide.
International flights arrive from Auckland, Hamilton, Dunedin, Palmerston North and Christchurch in New Zealand. There are also flights arriving on the Gold Coast via Cairns from Japan (Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka), Taipei, Hong Kong and Singapore. Brisbane’s International Airport also provides links with the USA and Europe.
The Gold Coast Airport is located at the south end of the Gold Coast and located approximately 20kms from Surfers Paradise. There are a number of ways to get to where you need to go. The SkyBus Gold Coast Airport Shuttle is a dedicated service connecting the Gold Coast Airport to Gold Coast’s most popular tourist locations. The Gold Coast Airport Shuttle services all flights, 7 days a week from Tugun to Main Beach. For more information including fares, services, reservations or enquiries visit skybus.com.au/goldcoast or call 1300 655 655.
Or, you can catch a Taxi, organise a private transfer or hire a rental car, directly from the airport.
The major route from Sydney to the Gold Coast is via the Pacific Highway which is currently undergoing major upgrades and conditions vary.
Bus/Coach There are a number of coach services that pass through the Gold Coast. There are regular services from Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney and other major centres. There are bus transit centres in Coolangatta, Surfers Paradise and Southport. Travel time from Brisbane is around one and a half hours and from Sydney, an express coach service takes around 14 hours.
Train The Gold Coast is connected by rail to Brisbane’s Roma Street and Central stations. The closest railway stations servicing the Gold Coast include Nerang, Helensvale and Robina – there are connecting shuttle bus services available from the station to Surfers Paradise and other Gold Coast centres. Airtrain also operates regular rail services from Brisbane Airport to the Gold Coast which take approximately 90 minutes.
For pre-booked customers, the rideshare pick up point is located at the northern end of the Terminal, outside the departures area.
An approximate guide for taxi service;
Broadbeach Hotels $60.00
Surfers Paradise Hotels $70.00
Main Beach $75.00
BUSES, TRAINS & TRAMS
TransLink’s integrated network on the Gold Coast includes the G:link trams, Surfside Buslines and Queensland Rail. Routes 777 and 760 depart from the airport with various stops. The ‘Gold Coast go explore‘ pass is available from the Airport and is easy to use. The pass is only $10 a day for unlimited bus and tram travel. TransLink for more information.
Gold Coast’s buses, trams and trains to Brisbane are run through Translink. Tickets and journeys can be explored further at their website.
The Coast is a place where night bites, hatted restaurants, street-eats and breweries are all served with a side of alfresco. A place where five-star feasting means dusting the sand from your feet; where surfers swap their boards for a latte at sun-up and little ones break from beachside frolics to feast on epic spreads of fish and chips.
From Burleigh’s perennially popular rooftop bars to communal eateries in Palmy, fine dining at Broadbeach to reinvented venues in Surfers, there is a renaissance stirring up the Gold Coast culinary scene. Vegan eateries sit alongside revamped rooftops and converted warehouses, and foodies mix money-can’t-buy views with iconic surf clubs, food trucks and local espresso haunts; and once the sun goes down, speakeasy vibes and cosy rum hideaways add another flavour to the scene.
Whether you find yourself among the cool crowd at Nobby Beach, or part of the social scene in Broadbeach or Surfers Paradise, consider yourself an acai aficionado, a sausage sizzler or a coffee connoisseur, nothing says you’ve had a cracker-of-a-holiday quite like gaining a little extra padding around the middle. Bon appétit!
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