Getting to the Gold Coast

Getting to the Gold Coast couldn’t be easier with access via two major International airports as well as effortless road access from Queenslands capital, Brisbane.

The Gold Coast is serviced by two major airports.  Gold Coast Airport is conveniently located 30 minutes from the city centre and offers extensive Domestic and International services.  Direct flights to and from all Australian capital cities and regional areas, plus the majority of metropolitan centres are readily available.  The airport operates from 4:30am each day with an average of more than 350 direct flights per week.

Brisbane Domestic and International airport is less than one hours drive north from the city centre via the M1.  Brisbane International Airport is open 24 hours a day and currently has more than 3,000 direct International flights per week to and from major destinations.

Broadbeach, Gold Coast

Broadbeach is home to one of the most pristine beaches in the world. It is perfectly located close to cafes, shops, nightlife and within close proximity to the Gold Coast’s numerous theme parks, golf courses and other attractions.

The Gold Coast’s world renowned beaches and laid-back outdoor lifestyle makes it one of the world’s easiest and most pleasant cities to visit. The Gold Coast has a vast cultural life and popular food scene; there is always something happening in Broadbeach from Jupiter’s 24 hour casino, bars, lounges and restaurants consistently offering up a number of entertainment options.

Gold Coast beach

Getting Around the Gold Coast

No matter which part of the Gold Coast you start from, there is a form of transport waiting to get you to your destination. Centred between two International airports, 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 more information, please visit www.visitgoldcoast.com/getting-around.


The Gold Coast light rail connections the Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith University to the fast growing commercial, retail and recreational centres of Southport, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.  Trams run every 7.5 minutes from 7am to 7pm on weekdays between the 16 stations.
For further information visit ridetheg.com.au.


Translink operates a 24 hour public bus service on the Gold Coast, which includes routes from Gold Coast airport along the Gold Coast highway.  The Gold Coast tourist bus offers transfers between hotels and the Gold Coast airport as well as return transfers to theme parks.
For further information visit surfside.com.au or translinks.com.au.


Airtrain transports passengers to and from the Brisbane Domestic and International airports to four Gold Coast stations: Helensvale, Nerang, Robina and Varsity Lakes.  Airtrains run every 15 minutes during peak periods.
For more information visit qr.com.au or translink.com.au.


The Gold Coast go explore card offers tourists and visitors a simple and flexible option to travel on TransLink buses and trams on the Gold Coast. Available for adults for $15 and children for $7.50, passengers can access one day unlimited travel on all TransLink Gold Coast bus and tram services. This includes the G route 777 with multiple stops between the airport and Broadbeach South station and theme park TX services.

The Gold Coast go explore card is available for purchase by hotels and ticketing desks from Ticketmates. Consumers can buy the Gold Coast go explore card from hotels, select 7-Elevens, a number of retail outlets on the Gold Coast or online.

Visit www.translink.com.au/goexplore to find out more.

Gold Coast light rail

Gold Coast Traveller Mobile App

Be informed, enlightened and inspired whilst visiting The Gold Coast. Available in both iPhone and Android, the Gold Coast Traveller App will be your best travel companion while in the City, offering inspirational photos from other visitors to show the huge variety of experiences available to be enjoyed on the Gold Coast.

The Hotspots feature has valuable insights into the top ranked amusement activities, best places to eat, best beaches, top shops, top sightseeing and adventure tours. Meanwhile, public transport information and even a direct link to flight details from both Gold Coast and Brisbane International Airports are at your fingertips.

Receive a discount on activities booked through the Gold Coast Traveller App. Simply enter the code GCCONV at check out.

  • Map out your days and nights as you explore all the amazing things to see
  • Be inspired by more than 1,000 photos submitted by Gold Coast holiday makers
  • Purchase tickets to all your favourite theme parks and entertainment
  • Show & Save: Ensure huge savings on your next Gold Coast holiday
  • Don’s miss a minute of the action on the Gold Coast events calendar
  • Add attractions, recreation and restaurants then map your itinerary, OR see your holiday come alive in augmented reality
  • Easy to read directions to all Gold Coast locations, including your own personal vehicle locator

Gold Coast Traveller App

Broadbeach Conference App

The Broadbeach Conference App was designed to make your stay in Broadbeach as a delegate of a major conference at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre even more enjoyable.

Thanks to the Gold Coast Convention Centre and Broadbeach Alliance, the app includes access to a variety of discounts and offers throughout the Broadbeach precinct, as well as attractions within the Gold Coast region. Simply download the Broadbeach Conference App to your smart phone or tablet to access the full list of offers and participating outlets. The app is accepted at all businesses that display the conference app sticker.

Culture, Dining and Attractions

The Gold Coast is known for its beach lifestyle, theme parks and good weather – all contributing to a relaxed environment that infuse the city and its visitors.

The city’s dining options are abundant, utilising the freshest local produce and products, including local seafood from pristine waters, with the clean flavours that define modern Australian dining and the exotic tastes of more than 100 countries.

For further information on Broadbeach, Gold Coast and surrounding Queensland, visit www.visitgoldcoast.com.


Broadbeach’s Pacific Fair is one of Australia’s largest retail centres with more than 300 stores, cinemas, and an array of casual dining. Shopping hours are normally 9:00am – 5:30pm on Monday to Friday, with late night trading on Thursday to 9:00pm.

Surf Safety

When visiting the beach be sure to follow the instructions of lifeguards and always swim between the red and yellow flags.

Time Zone

Eastern Standard Time (EST): GMT + 10 hours.  Daylight saving is not observed in Queensland.


The Gold Coast is blessed with wonderful weather, enjoying temperate climate with a mild and dry winter, and has more than 300 sunny days a year. Average temperatures in May and June range from 14°C to 22°C.

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International Conferences & Events

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