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Tips for First-Time Travellers to Bali
Flights Gold Coast to Bali are just over 10 hours long. Generally, the flights Gold Coast to Bali includes a layover, giving travellers the chance to stretch their legs. Luckily, that layover is usually at Singapore’s Changi Airports - one of the most luxurious and entertaining in the world.
From the moment you step out of the plane at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS), you feel Bali’s heat and humidity. Whether you’re looking for tickets to Bali from Gold Coast to enjoy a tropical holiday, or you have some business to attend to - expect warm, humid weather.
Balinese culture is predominately made up of a unique blend of Buddhism and traditional Balinese cultures and customs. Maybe Australians book Gold Coast to Bali return flights and look forward to the beautiful beaches, resorts and jungles. But there’s a cultural aspect to Bali unlike any other in the world. When looking for your flights Gold Coast to Bali, why not do a bit of research on the local culture so that you can make the most of your trip?
Major Events and Festivals
Bali Spirit Festival (March)
Every year, thousands of people land in Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) just to attend the Bali Spirit Festival held in Ubud. The festival runs for five days and invites all attendees to experience international musicians, join in massive yoga classes, or book their space in a healing workshop.
Folk Art Festival of Buleleng (April or May)
Love art? How about the creative side to foreign cultures? If you answered ‘yes’ to either of those questions, the Folk Art Festival of Buleleng (North Bali) is a great reason to start looking for cheap flights to Bali from Gold Coast. This traditional festival showcases some of the most creative practices and customs from Bali’s culture, including performances in dance, music and tapestry.
The Best Time to Visit
The best time to book your Gold Coast to Bali flights is for travel between July and August. Of course this depends on what you’d like to get out of your holiday, and how much you’re willing to spend on your trip to the beautiful island. If you’re looking for cheap flights to Bali from Gold Coast, the best time to book would be over October and November - the rainy season.
While the weather is perfect during the mid-year months, Bali does see thousands more tourists passing through Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS), making the main island extremely crowded at times.
Most people book their tickets to Bali from Gold Coast looking for a tropical holiday experience, but if you’re landing on flights Gold Coast to Bali anytime between October and November, you could be in for a bit of rain. Make sure you have plenty of beachwear. Board shorts, t-shirts, sandals and thongs are all perfect for everyday use - even in the rainy season when temperatures don’t often dip below 25°C.
Cameras and Technology
When packing for your flights Gold Coast to Bali, it’s almost a given that you’ll be bringing items to capture the memories and beauty of your holiday. Bali is lush and beautiful, so there are many opportunities to take great photographs, from the moment you land at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). Just a reminder, if you are bringing a camera drone, they may not fly higher than 150m (492 feet), can’t weigh more than 7 kilograms and can’t be flown within 15 kilometres of any airport.
After landing on your flights Gold Coast to Bali, the last thing you probably want to do is hang around at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS), but there’s one thing we recommend you take care of upon arrival - purchasing a local sim card. Data is cheap and there’s signal in all major tourist spots, giving you the chance to share your experiences with your online friends.
Travelling with Children
Bali is a great place to take your kids. The beaches, clear blue water, thick jungles and ancient temples are all excellent places for children to explore and have fun. However, before you rush off and buy your family tickets to Bali from Gold Coast, remember that the bustling island country is strewn with busy streets, thousands of scooters and cars, and crowds of locals and tourists. As soon as you land at on flights Gold Coast to Bali, we recommend you keep your children close and with sight - at least until you get to the beach.
The best time to visit Bali
Bali has two seasons: wet and dry. The wet season lasts from November to March and it rains almost every day during this time. If you book cheap flights from the Gold Coast to Bali at the beginning or end of the wet season, there won’t be quite so much rain, but it will be extremely humid.
Bali experiences its best weather between May and September. Unsurprisingly, this is the busiest time for visiting tourists. If you venture off the beaten track though, there are increased odds of avoiding the crowds. Humidity levels vary between the seasons, however the average temperatures in Bali are pretty stable year-round; at or slightly more than 25°C.
Bali is an affordable place to visit for Australian travellers, so you’ll always be able to find great deals on flights and hotels, even in the high season. For great rates, smaller crowds, and nice weather, book your return flights from the Gold Coast to Bali during the island’s shoulder seasons in October or April.
Departing From the Gold Coast
Gold Coast Airport (OOL) is located in the suburb of Bilinga, close to the border Queensland shares with New South Wales. It is the main airport for travellers departing from the Gold Coast region.
With about 200 cheap flights from the Gold Coast to Bali each week, you can be enjoying island life in no time. Several airlines offer cheap airfares from the Gold Coast to Bali, such as Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Scoot, AirAsia and Garuda Indonesia. Flights include a stopover but even then, the flight time comes in at 9 hours.
Getting to Gold Coast Airport
For an easy and convenient journey to Gold Coast Airport (OOL), you can catch the SkyBus from a variety of Gold Coast suburbs, such as Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Burleigh Heads. The bus can pick up passengers from 400 hotels throughout the Gold Coast, so if you live near a hotel, you could arrange to be picked up outside of it. The SkyBus runs between 5am and 9pm every day, but be sure to book your ticket in advance. Tickets cost $21 AUD one-way for adults, and children travelling with an adult can ride the SkyBus for free.
For the most affordable option to the airport, you can catch the 777 or 760 bus. Both bus routes stop at Gold Coast Airport. The 777 bus runs every 15 minutes and originates at the Broadbeach South tram station. The 760 bus runs every half hour, with stops between Varsity Lakes train station and Tweed Heads.
You can also catch a taxi or an Uber to Gold Coast Airport. A taxi will get you there in about 30 minutes from Surfers Paradise; 15 minutes from Burleigh Heads; less than 10 minutes from Coolangatta and Tweed Heads. A taxi from Surfers Paradise costs about $70 to $95 AUD; taxis from Burleigh Heads run at about $40 to $55 AUD; and a taxi from Tweed Heads costs around $20 AUD.
Parking at Gold Coast Airport
There are several options for parking at Gold Coast Airport to accommodate different budgets. All car parks offer quick access to the airport terminal and can be booked online in advance for the best rates.
Where to Park at Gold Coast Airport
• The Budget car park offers covered and uncovered spots that are within walking distance to the terminal. Weeklong parking rates start at $87 AUD for an uncovered spot and $115 AUD for a covered space.
• The Terminal Long Term car park offers easy access to the terminal. It only takes 2 minutes to walk from your car into the airport. Spots are covered, and parking for a week starts at $140 AUD in this car park.
Arriving in Bali
Bali has one airport that receives all incoming flights: Ngurah Rai Airport (DPS) in Denpasar, the island’s largest and capital city. Located in the south of Bali, the airport has easy access to various beach hubs, including Uluwatu, Kuta and Seminyak. The airport is connected with affordable transport options, so getting to the towns further north is relatively easy.
How to Get from Ngurah Rai Airport (DPS) to Your Bali Hotel or Accommodation
Many hotels and resorts across Bali offer free airport transfers. It is worth checking to see if your Bali accommodation offers this service, before you look for alternative methods of transfer. .
If you’re staying in the southwest of Bali, the most affordable option of getting to your hotel is by jumping into a Blue Bird taxi. A taxi from the airport to Seminyak costs about 80,000 rupiah ($7 AUD); a taxi to Uluwatu is about 165,000 rupiah ($15 AUD); the trip to Kuta is roughly 55,000 rupiah ($5 AUD). Uber is also available in Bali.
If you are travelling to Ubud or the northern side of Bali, arrange for a private driver to pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. You can agree on a price ahead of time, and you can even ask for more recommendations of what to do while you’re in Ubud. With a private driver, a ride from the airport to Ubud’s town centre costs about 200,000 rupiah ($18 AUD).
Things to do in Bali
You can’t book cheap flights from the Gold Coast to Bali and not spend some time at the beach. The beaches of Bali are, after all, one of the main drawcards for visitors venturing to Indonesia. Kuta Beach is a frequent go-to, however with this popularity comes larger crowds, especially during peak season. Head a bit further up the coast to Seminyak where you can expect quieter beaches and swanky beach clubs. Balinese beach clubs are often located right next to the sand; serve food and drinks, and often have an infinity pool overlooking the ocean. For a quiet and authentic beach experience on your Bali holidays, visit Canggu where you’ll find a happy mix of beaches and rice fields.
Visit Local Temples
There are many stunning temples to visit around Bali. Tanah Lot is a temple located in the ocean, and Uluwatu Temple sits on top of a cliff and is a lovely spot to watch a Balinese sunset from. On the northern side of Bali, Pura Tirta Empul is a beautiful water temple where locals go to meditate and wash away bad thoughts and energy.
While the Balinese beaches are amazing, the hinterland of the island has just as much to offer. Ubud has a reputation as an artistic city and is loved for its calmer, more relaxed atmosphere. Ubud is well-known for its rice fields; the most popular being the Tegallalang Rice Terraces. There, you’ll get to experience stunning views and vivid shades of green. The Ubud Monkey Sanctuary is another must-visit. The sanctuary is home to hundreds of monkeys, many of which will eat fruit right from your hand.
Island Hop to the Gili Islands
When you book return flights from the Gold Coast to Bali, take some time to visit the nearby Gili Islands as well. You could visit the Gili Islands as a day trip, but if you have enough time, a few days is perfect. The Gilis are made up of three islands and each isle offers something unique. Gili Trawangan is full of exciting nightlife and activities, Gili Meno is quiet and secluded, and Gili Air is a hybrid of the other two. The Gili Islands are known for their great snorkelling and beautiful sunsets over the mainland of Bali. The Gilis, like Bali, feel like a real tropical paradise.