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What are the best ways to get around the Gold Coast?
One of the best ways to get around the city is with a bike. The Gold Coast has more than 600 kilometres of bike paths that connect to public transport routes and various neighbourhoods. The city also has a bike-share program, which is an affordable way to explore and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time. There are more than 30 bike stations around the Gold Coast, and you can download the Mobike App for up-to-date prices and a location map.
The region's buses aren't the fastest way to get around. You'll need to factor in time for delays, which may not be the best option if you're trying to stick to a tight schedule. TransLink is the main bus operator, and Surfside Buslines will connect you to the south and north of the Gold Coast. If you're staying out late, you can take the after-midnight bus that's run by NightLink.
Once your flights to the Gold Coast land at the airport, the best way to get to your hotel is with a taxi. The Gold Coast Cabs are easy to spot outside the arrivals terminal and also operate all over the city. A one-way trip from the Gold Coast Airport (OOL) in Coolangatta to Surfers Paradise will cost $55. Another alternative is Uber.
If you want more freedom getting around the Gold Coast or you have a few day trips planned, it's best to hire a car. You can book one ahead of time on Webjet, rent one from Gold Coast Airport (OOL) in Coolangatta or pick up a set of wheels at one of the kiosks in the city.
SkyBus Gold Coast Airport Shuttle
The Gold Coast Airport shuttle meets all flights to the Gold Coast and operates seven days a week. It's one of the most affordable transportation options from the Gold Coast Airport (OOL) and runs between Tweed Heads and Main Beach.
When is the best time to visit the Gold Coast?
To find, book and travel on cheap flights to the Gold Coast, the best time to visit the Gold Coast is in the shoulder months of April and May. The weather is perfect (not too hot and not too cold) and avoiding school holidays means affordable return flights to the Gold Coast may be easier to find.
High season for the city is in November and December. During those two months, teenagers finishing Year 12 flock to the Gold Coast for Schoolies Week, as well as the end-of-year and Christmas holidays. The cost of return flights to the Gold Coast for this period can skyrocket as it's one of Australia's top family destinations. You'll need to book your accommodation for a few months in advance if you want to stay at your first choice hotel. If you don't mind the crowds, the weather is perfect for days at the beach and water sports.
October is also a more expensive month to travel on flights to the Gold Coast. The city hosts the annual Coast Coast 600 V8 racing festival, attracting thousands of people and driving up prices for airfares to the Gold Coast.
How much time should I spend on the Gold Coast?
When planning your flights to the Gold Coast, how much time you spend here depends on if you're travelling solo or with a group. For a family-friendly holiday, one week is more than enough time to hit up all the theme parks and relax at the beach.
If you're travelling by yourself or with a group of friends, it's easy to extend your trip by two or three weeks. You can use the extra time in your itinerary to fully explore Surfers Paradise, visit nearby wineries and beaches, and enjoy day trips to Stradbroke Island or Byron Bay.
It's easy to book tickets to the Gold Coast and fill a 10-day itinerary with a good balance of activities and days soaking up the sunshine on some of Australia's best beaches, including Burleigh Heads Beach.
What are the top things to do and see on the Gold Coast?
Q1 is Australia's highest external building walk, and it's not for the faint at heart. The best time to visit is an hour before sunset. You'll summit the building in time to watch the day go out in style over Gold Coast's bustling metropolis.
Visit the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre
One of the main reasons people visit Australia and book flights to the Gold Coast is to learn about the country's Indigenous culture. At the Jellurgal Cultural Centre, you'll walk through the rainforest while hearing one of the Gold Coast's oldest Dreamtime stories and visiting traditional sites.
Learn how to surf
People from all over the world book flights to the Gold Coast to learn how to surf and ride some of the city's famous waves. There are plenty of surf schools along the coast, and you can find instructors for beginners and more advanced surfers. When you're done, don't forget to visit the Surf World Gold Coast museum.
Go to the Lost World Valley
Are you looking for adventure on the Gold Coast? Visit the Lamington National Park and tackle one of the many hiking trails. The Lost World Valley is only a 30-minute drive from Surfers Paradise and boasts hidden waterfalls and private swimming holes.
What are the top tips for first-time travellers to the Gold Coast?
When your flights touch down at the Gold Coast Airport (OOL), you’ll actually be arriving in Coolangatta, a suburb about 30 kilometres south of Surfers Paradise. This location is just north of the border between Queensland and New South Wales, so flights to Coolangatta position you nicely for exploring the glamorous Gold Coast and its hinterland, as well as the towns of northern New South Wales. Direct flights to Coolangatta depart from a variety of destinations across Australia, including Sydney and Cairns.
If you are planning to travel on a budget, consider looking for accommodation outside of Surfers Paradise. Hotels in Surfers Paradise tend to be more expensive than other areas on the Gold Coast, thanks to the neighbourhood’s close proximity to the beach and other top attractions. You may want to research other suburbs in the surrounding area, such as Coolangatta, Mermaid Beach or Burleigh Heads when booking your tickets to the Gold Coast.
Visiting the Gold Coast’s theme parks can be an expensive exercise, especially if you are travelling with the whole family in tow. However, with some preparation, you can save some money on your visit. Take some time to research if any special passes or discounts are available to purchase directly from the theme park’s website. Pre-purchasing your tickets before your flights to the Gold Coast arrive or buying several tickets in a bundle is a great way to save a few extra dollars that you can put towards other activities during your holiday. Some parks also allow you to bring your own food, which can save you a decent amount of money if you plan to spend all day riding roller coasters and exploring park attractions.
If you are considering hiring a car upon your arrival at the Gold Coast Airport in Coolangatta, it’s important to note that just like the rest of Australia, cars travel on the left-hand side of the road. The wearing of seatbelts is mandatory in Australia, and fines and other penalties apply for those found to be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Although the Gold Coast is perhaps best known for its theme parks and beautiful beaches, there is plenty more to discover beyond these much-loved attractions. If you can, set aside some time to explore the region’s great dining options, discover the vibrant local arts scene or venture into the hinterland for a different experience altogether.