Gold Coast Airport sits at the south end of the coast, near Coolangatta. It’s a 40-minute drive from Surfers Paradise and about 90 minutes from Brisbane. There is one terminal for domestic and international flights, with nine airlines offering almost 400 flights a week to destinations in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
You can get around the whole Gold Coast region, including to and from the airport, accommodation and theme parks, using taxis or a ride-share service (such as Uber). Hire a car at the airport or at one of the region’s major centres to drive along the coast and explore into the hinterland. The Gold Coast is a great place to discover on foot or on two wheels. There are more than 1000km of dedicated bike paths, including the 48km Darren Smith Memorial Route that runs from Coolangatta in the south to Paradise Point in the north.
Gold Coast public transport
The G:link light rail, which opened in 2014, stretches from Southport to Surfers Paradise to Broadbeach, with trams running every seven to 15 minutes. There are more than 60 bus routes through the Gold Coast that connect almost every suburb, and trains run through major centres such as Helensvale, Nerang, Robina and Varsity Lakes.