HOW TO GET HERE
Most visitors fly to the Gold Coast, so the first decision is which airport!
There's the Gold Coast Airport (aka Coolangatta Airport) and Brisbane Airport.
GOLD COAST AIRPORT
Gold Coast International Airport is conveniently located only 20 kilometres from Surfers Paradise and 1 kilometre from Coolangatta, it's a thirty minute drive to the main accommodation and conference precinct of Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise.
Domestically, Gold Coast Airport is serviced by Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Qantas, Tigerair and Jetgo. Flights are available direct to the Gold Coast from Melbourne (Tullamarine and Avalon Airports), Sydney, Canberra, Cairns, Newcastle, Adelaide, Perth, Townsville and Rockhampton.
For international flights, Gold Coast Airport is serviced by Jetstar, Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, Air Asia, SCOOT and Hong Kong Airlines and currently fly direct to destinations in New Zealand (Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown and Wellington) Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Singapore, China (Wuhan), Japan (Tokyo), Fiji (Nadi) and Hong Kong. With connecting flights throughout South East Asia & China.
Serviced by an extensive range of ground transport operators, including rental cars, taxis, limousines and bus operations. Terminal facilities include bars, cafes, alfresco style dining, duty-free shopping, retail stores and wireless internet. Over 2,000 parking spaces are also available, and can be pre-booked online.
BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Brisbane International Airport is located 13 kilometres (eight miles) northeast of Brisbane's city centre. Transfer time is approximately 35 minutes into Brisbane. Airport coach transfers from Brisbane to the Gold Coast take about 90 minutes. Taxis and car rental are also available . Baggage trolleys are available at the International Terminal at no charge in the baggage retrieval area. The Airtrain Citylink passenger rail service links Brisbane's international terminal with the Brisbane central business district and the Gold Coast. Brisbane International Airport offers a variety of restaurant and bar facilities as well as postal, shopping and duty free shopping facilities.
GETTING AROUND & TRANSFERS
The Gold Coast is serviced by trains, buses, taxis and ferries, along with plenty of self-drive options. Tours and transfers are available to all major regional destinations. For transfers from the airport (Gold Coast & Brisbane) there are a number of options, such as Bus/Coach, Shuttle, Private Transfers or Car Rental.
To view these options go to the "Visit Gold Coast" website and click on "Getting Around" in the "Plan" section.
PASSPORTS & VISAS
All international visitors to Australia require a visa and valid passport to enter Australia. All visas must be obtained prior to arrival in Australia. The only exceptions are Australian and New Zealand citizens travelling on passports issued by these countries.
For more information on visa requirements visit the Australian Border Security website (https://www.border.gov.au/).
The Gold Coast averages 245 days of fine and sunny weather each year, and those rainy-day exceptions typically fall in the summer period (December - February).
During summer the average temperature on the Gold Coast is a pleasant 20-28°C (68-83°F).
In autumn (March - May), temperatures fall between 16-26°C (61-77°F).
Winter (June - August) on the Gold Coast is generally sunny and dry with comfortable temperatures of 11-21°C (52-70°F).
Spring (September - November) on the Gold Coast offers sunny days followed by mild tropical evenings.
Some quick tips from the locals:
- You can get sunburnt even on cloudy days. Wear sun protection all year round, a broad brimmed hat, shirt with collar and sleeves and maximum sun screen to exposed skin.
- While casual is the Gold Coast norm, some golf courses have dress codes so check when booking.
- Gentlemen may need a jacket when fine dining, or enjoying a sophisticated evening at a club or restaurant.
- Hinterland areas may be cooler and wetter. Take a jacket and a heavier coat in winter.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes in national parks and farms.
- Pack swimwear all year round - winter offers pleasant warm weather during the day.
CURRENCY & MONEY
- Travellers' cheques can be cashed at banks and major hotels
- ATMs are widely available 24 hours a day
- Major credit cards accepted at shops, hotels and restaurants. Common credit cards include American Express, Bankcard, MasterCard and Visa
- Bank hours: 9am to 4pm (Monday to Thursday), 9:30am to 5pm (Friday)
- Bureau de Change offer more flexible hours
Currency exchange facilities are located at airports, hotels and key tourist centres. Australia has a Goods and Services Tax (GST) on all goods and services. Prices are quoted including GST. Travellers may be eligible for GST refund on departure through Customs. www.customs.gov.au.
ELECTRICAL PLUG & VOLTAGE
The domestic mains power supply in Australia is 240V AC, 50Hz. Standard 3-pin earthed power outlets are rated at 10Amps and are usually switched. The 3-flat-pin plug is used in all States of Australia (including its external territories.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON TRAVEL INFORMATION ON THE GOLD COAST - VISIT http://www.visitgoldcoast.com/travel-information.