Gold Coast, Queensland
Guide to the Gold Coast
- Getting to the Gold Coast
- When to visit
From theme parks to shopping, surfing to ancient rainforest, here’s how to make the most of the Gold Coast.
The Gold Coast's star attraction is its beaches, including the world-renowned stretch of sand at Surfers Paradise. Beyond the beaches, discover laid-back neighbourhoods, a booming culinary scene and the Gold Coast's famous theme parks. And be sure to leave enough time for a trip into the subtropical hinterland for rainforest walks and waterfalls.
The Gold Coast can be reached by international and domestic air travel into two nearby airports.
- Gold Coast Airport (OOL) is 30km (19mi) from the city and services domestic and international arrivals
- Brisbane International Airport (BNE) is 80km (50mi) from the city and services domestic and international arrivals
- Once you have landed at either airport, you can easily hire cars or catch taxis, rideshares and shuttle services to the city centre
The Gold Coast is serviced by a variety of dependable trains, buses, taxis and ferries. When using public transport, be sure to get a go card as this electronic ticket can be used for transport services in South East Queensland.
With about 300 sunny days a year, you're likely to get good weather on the Gold Coast any time you visit. Soak up the tropical rays of summer or enjoy crisp winter days with cooler mornings and evenings. Although the climate here is temperate, expect the hinterland areas to be cooler than the beaches.
- High season: Summer holidays (November to January)
- Low season: Autumn, winter, early spring (March to August)
- Don’t miss: The major events happening in the Gold Coast
- Arrival: Gold Coast Airport caters to travellers with accessibility needs, including hidden disabilities.
- Getting around: The G:link tram system is a handy way to travel between key locations, with all services and stations accessible for passengers with limited mobility.
- Accessible experience highlights: Enjoy a day at one of the Gold Coast’s famous surf beaches with complimentary beach wheelchairs and matting, or charter a wheelchair-accessible cruise boat with Pacific Wind.
- Helpful resources: Find accessible facilities with the City of Gold Coast’s detailed mobility maps.